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
Welcome 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 and stay tuned for our ultimate list at the end of the series!
John’s Top 3 Picks of 2019
#1: The Lighthouse
Not only do I find The Lighthouse to be the best horror movie of the year, I place it just behind Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood as the second best movie of 2019. Featuring powerhouse performances by Willem Dafoe (who deserves a Best Actor nomination for this performance) and Robert Pattinson and expertly directed by Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse is classic cinema at its best. Yes, an actual sequel to The Shining came out this year… but The Lighthouse is the true spiritual successor to Kubrick’s cabin fever masterpiece to debut in 2019. Repeat viewings of this film open up its brilliant sound design and allow the viewer to catch every visual detail, absorb every nuance, and chortle at every absurdity. It simply doesn’t get better than this! read more
We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!
Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on Blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of January 2020! read more
Nearly three years after his incredible debut with The Witch, writer/director Robert Eggers returns with another cinematic delight in The Lighthouse: a film that continues his focus on immersive, well-researched period pieces and advances his prowess in visual and auditory design. Friday night audiences who love mainstream jump scares will likely leave the theater even more disappointed than they were by The Witch; but fans of brooding, absurd, psychological character studies are going to relish every second of this carefully constructed descent into drunken madness. read more
After a busy, but underwhelming summer for horror films, this fall season offers a few less offerings than this past summer (and last fall). The upside for horror fans (and studio executives) is the fact that this fall will bring two heavyweight Stephen King adaptations to the table, with one that is all but guaranteed to do some major damage at the box office: the jump-scare machine entitled It: Chapter Two. The fall will also see the debut of King’s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, by the fan favorite creator of The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan. read more
After bursting onto the scene in 2015 with his phenomenal debut, The Witch, writer/director Robert Eggers was rumored to be working on several potential projects before finally settling on his sophomore project. Filmed in black and white and offered up in a claustrophobic 4:3 aspect ratio, The Lighthouse offers all of the period dread and paranoia audiences have grown to expect from Eggers.
A24 have finally begun to promote The Lighthouse, and the film is accompanied by such taglines as, “There is enchantment in the light” and “Keepin secrets, are ye?”. The studio’s official Twitter describes the movie as, “A nautical tale of madness and dread, soaked in filthy glee, starring Willem Dafoe & Robert Pattinson.” read more