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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

THE BEST HORROR FILMS OF 2019

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By Charlie David Page
27th October 2019

Halloween is the time of year when all of the ghouls, goblins and gremlins come out to play. For lovers of horror, it's the perfect time of year to take in a scary movie or two.

If you're looking for something spooky to watch, SWITCH has compiled our best horror film reviews from the year, so wander through our collection and see if something surprises you!

Piercing - A penetrating pitch black comedy
PIERCING
A penetrating pitch black comedy
This is a compact two-hander that offers a stylishly presented, off-kilter treat for fans of black comedies.
Greta - Isabelle Huppert: horror icon?!
GRETA
Isabelle Huppert: horror icon?!
Let’s just get this out of the way - ‘Greta’ is absolute trash, a throwback to when thrillers were nasty, gnarly and nuts. Even though it is in no way a great film, it’s sure as hell a fun one.
The House That Jack Built - This ain't no nursery rhyme
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
This ain't no nursery rhyme
If you are familiar with Lars von Trier’s work, then a warning that this film is not for the faint of heart is no surprise - yet nothing here feels remotely as compelling as his previous films.
Us - Another jaw-dropping classic from a new master of horror
US
Another jaw-dropping classic from a new master of horror
Jordan Peele aims higher with his second feature, crafting a highly ambitious, unwieldy and shockingly bold horror classic that elevates his work into the operatic.
The Hole in the Ground - Stylish but familiar Irish horror
THE HOLE IN THE GROUND
Stylish but familiar Irish horror
Despite some flaws, ‘The Hole in the Ground’ boasts strong direction, cinematography, acting and some eerily effective locations.
Pet Sematary - A nightmare of an adaptation for all the wrong reasons
PET SEMATARY
A nightmare of an adaptation for all the wrong reasons
It assumes so little of its audience's intelligence, goes for the cheapest scares, and doesn’t care whether it makes any sense or not. This is one of the most inept horror films of the past few years.
The Curse of the Weeping Woman - Horrifically mediocre
THE CURSE OF THE WEEPING WOMAN
Horrifically mediocre
This is a nice safe horror movie. It isn’t painful to sit through, nor is it game-changing, but you'll find it a fun sit, with some creative scares and decent acting.
In Fabric - The best worst film ever?
IN FABRIC
The best worst film ever?
Filled with oodles of style, colour and imagination, there is a wonderful retro feel with nostalgic and a mysterious spookiness for those so inclined.
Here Comes Hell - High society British horror
HERE COMES HELL
High society British horror
Director Jack McHenry makes the most out of his black and white film’s old-fashioned style, but the actors' over-the-top line delivery is often funnier than the lines themselves.
The Wind - A paranoid Western nightmare
THE WIND
A paranoid Western nightmare
Horror Westerns are incredibly hard to accomplish, and director Emma Tammi’s boldness and imagination makes ‘The Wind’ a spooky breath of fresh air.
The Dead Don't Die - A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
THE DEAD DON'T DIE
A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
A luxuriously paced, wittily gory zombie comedy, it’s part social commentary, part homage to cinema, and all ridiculous. You’d be dead right to want to check it out.
Come to Daddy - A morbidly amusing genre mash-up
COME TO DADDY
A morbidly amusing genre mash-up
A film for people who laugh when they see somebody walk into a glass door, then laugh even harder when they notice that the person got a bloody nose. A delightful and unexpected highlight.
Zoo - Toothless and shambling
ZOO
Toothless and shambling
It only takes one good and original zombie film to breathe new life into the genre that refuses to die and make us believe in the walking dead once more. ‘Zoo’ is not this film.
Tumbbad - Visually rich Hindi horror
TUMBBAD
Visually rich Hindi horror
As a unique historical fantasy film coming out of India, ‘Tumbbad’ is a triumph for the filmmakers and a high-point for Hindi horror cinema.
Midsommar - Ari Aster brings the gore but lacks the emotion
MIDSOMMAR
Ari Aster brings the gore but lacks the emotion
The film sadly never reaches the height of Ari Aster's feature debut 'Hereditary' - it's filled with bland characters and shock value that never goes anywhere
Memory: The Origins of Alien - Three Men and a Xenomorph
MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN
Three Men and a Xenomorph
A comprehensive look at the three men who created 'Alien' and the influences which bled together into a masterpiece.
Extra Ordinary - Just plain old ordinary
EXTRA ORDINARY
Just plain old ordinary
At its best, the film is alive with light humour and a clumsy romance. But it's too uneven - with a wonky tone, hit-and-miss jokes and annoying acting - to be anything more than merely ordinary.
Rampant - Ho-hum historical Korean zombie thrills
RAMPANT
Ho-hum historical Korean zombie thrills
It excels neither as a zombie film, nor a throne-room drama, but what it lacks in originality is made up for with gruesome visuals and cold-blooded savagery.
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
THE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALE
An extremely silly zomedy
If you’re seeking a lightweight and absurd comedy featuring zombies, then this film might just tickle your funny bone with its eccentric characters and plot.
Dark Place - An unsettling Indigenous horror anthology
DARK PLACE
An unsettling Indigenous horror anthology
Running at a lean 75 minutes and offering a bounty of gore, atmosphere and thought-provoking stories, it's a rare horror anthology that moves from strength to strength and never overstays its welcome.
It Chapter 2 - The ambitious conclusion to the beloved horror epic
IT CHAPTER 2
The ambitious conclusion to the beloved horror epic
Epic, ambitious, crazy, witty and unafraid to go for the heart as well as the throat. This adaptation of maybe Stephen King’s greatest work feels singular in the landscape of modern horror cinema.
Braid - A dark and unhinged fairytale
BRAID
A dark and unhinged fairytale
Rooted in Polanski-like psycho horror and with an ending that is interpretively ambiguous, this film leaves something to be desired as a story.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - A harmless tale that won't haunt you
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
A harmless tale that won't haunt you
There’s just enough scares to appeal to the under-15s with disposable income, but very little for anyone else looking to get into the real Halloween spirit.
Midsommar: The Director's Cut - Ari Aster elevates an already remarkable film to a masterpiece
MIDSOMMAR: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Ari Aster elevates an already remarkable film to a masterpiece
With his director's cut, Ari Aster has elevated an already incredible film to the status of a masterpiece.
Zombieland: Double Tap - The gang's back for a brainless zombie comedy sequel
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP
The gang's back for a brainless zombie comedy sequel
It’s easy to see ‘Double Tap’ is designed for fans of the original. Even with its flaws, the sequel doesn’t overstay its welcome, and remains a solid piece of popcorn entertainment.
Little Monsters - No brains, all heart
LITTLE MONSTERS
No brains, all heart
If you’re looking for a zombie film with a little more meat on the bone, look elsewhere; however, if you’re after a heartwarming 94 minutes that just so happens to involve zombie decapitation, this is for you.
Ready or Not - Not quite horror, not quite comedy, but a wickedly good time
READY OR NOT
Not quite horror, not quite comedy, but a wickedly good time
It doesn’t sport as many laughs as you'd want for this ridiculous story, nor is it dark enough to be a true horror, but it’s still a fun, thrilling, wicked romp through a blood-soaked mansion.
The Furies - A bloody well-executed gorefest
THE FURIES
A bloody well-executed gorefest
Aside from boasting gruesome gore effects, it also has impressive acting from its female leads and some thoughtful twists to its premise that elevate it above the masses of low-budget horror flicks.
Satanic Panic - Demons, dildos and deep dish pizza
SATANIC PANIC
Demons, dildos and deep dish pizza
More than just a fast-paced, 88-minute horror-comedy, first-time director Chelsea Stardust demonstrates that some of the most exciting work in the horror field is being done by female directors.
3 From Hell - They should have stayed there
3 FROM HELL
They should have stayed there
This shambling revenant of a film is something that might only be appreciated by the most indiscriminate midnight-movie crowd and diehard fans of the series.
The Golem - A horrifying spin on Jewish folklore
THE GOLEM
A horrifying spin on Jewish folklore
The film emphasises humanity over inhumanity not only by being a slick-looking period piece featuring an underused monster, but also an immersive morality tale that is as hopeful as it is horrific.
47 Metres Down: Uncaged - Fails to surface
47 METRES DOWN: UNCAGED
Fails to surface
If there’s anything that these last four decades of ‘Jaws’ knock-offs and wannabes have taught us, it’s that it takes a Steven Spielberg-level talent to make a great movie about a killer shark.
Dark Whispers Vol. 1 - A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
DARK WHISPERS VOL. 1
A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
After flicking through every page and watching the eerie stories brought to life by 11 talented Australian female filmmakers, you’ll quickly decide on your own favourites and be left wanting more.
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