Welcome to Horror News Network’s Ten Best Horror Movies of 2019, a series where our staff writers offer their top three picks of the year, which are then calculated using the data gathered to compile a ranked ultimate top ten list of 2019. Each entry below contains excerpts from the staff members who included each film in their personal top three individual picks. Some of the choices were clear cut, and some ties had to be broken, but what you have before you represents many of the best horror films of the year.
Welcome back to Horror News Network’s Best Horror Movies of 2019, a series where our staff writers declare their top three picks of the year and use the data to compile an ultimate top ten list of 2019. Be on the lookout for a new “Top 3” list from an HNN writer every day in early January, and stay tuned for our ultimate list at the end of the series!
Nick’s Top Three Picks of 2019
Ari Aster’s follow up to the gut wrenching Hereditary proved to be another uncomfortable and devastating film, and effectively avoided “the sophomore slump” that plagues young filmmakers. Shifting his sights to folklore and pagan ritual, Aster brought horror into the sun with gruesome sights as well as the slow burn (get it?) of a burgeoning trip into madness. read more
The possession tale has become so synonymous with horror films that everyone knows the playbook. The slow reveal of the demonic presence, the reluctance to believe the individual/family, the manifestation of supernatural powers (speaking in tongues, telekinesis, newfound flexibility), the intervention of the church, and the cleansing of the possessed through some form of prayer or exorcism. What I am describing is, of course, the playbook written by Exorcist director William Friedkin in 1973 which has been used by his many imitators that have followed in his stead. read more