Natty’s TOP TEN HORROR FILMS OF 2014

IS2Sitting down and jotting down a top ten list of great films from 2014 was no easy feat. Why? Because some damn good horror films grabbed this year by the balls and refused to let go. After much pondering, (and debates with my inner thoughts) I have finally figured out my list. To me, this year meant late night movie nights with friends, and being exposed to some of the best films the genre had to offer. If 2015 has just a fraction of the greatness 2014 had, then I have no doubt next year will be amazing for horror and genre films. So here are the films from this past year who confirmed my love for the genre (and maybe turned me on a little).


TUSK

TUSK

10.) TUSK

Oh my. I am going to get so much shit for this, but guess what? I don’t care. I recently watched TUSK, and I absolutely fell in love with it. This film caught me by surprise. It was dark, sad, visually weird, funny (a very dry funny), and made me wonder what the hell I was watching. The images from this film stuck with me for a while, and thoughts of it still linger in my mind from my viewing. Now, I’m not saying this is a film for everyone. There will be people out there who watch it and might despise it. For me, it attached itself to my brain and refuses to let go. Not because Justin Long looks just like Carrie Brownstein when she dresses up like a man in PORTLANDIA, but probably because Michael Parks plays a character that nightmares are made of. Like…really he is creepy as hell. I highly recommend this to anyone who is willing to give it a chance. I’m really glad I did.

Almost Human

Almost Human

9.) ALMOST HUMAN

This became an instant favorite of mine during a double feature I had with my closest friends. I am very grateful I was introduced to this film. First of all, I love anything (usually) if it has to do with extraterrestrials, the unknown, and extremely terrifying mysteries of space. Especially if those forces decide to come to earth and tear shit up. I enjoyed everything about ALMOST HUMAN, for many reasons. I loved the 1980s feel that this film seemed to represent, along with the amazing effects that made this film so great. . There are some intense action scenes in this movie, and they are near perfect. As I enjoy doing when I find a film I like, I have seen this multiple times and it is always enjoyable to watch alone, or with friends. Also, if your friends aren’t cool enough to appreciate this unique piece of cinema, then I suggest you stop returning their texts and find yourself some new friends.

LATE PHASES

LATE PHASES

8.) LATE PHASES

I had the chance to check this out one day on a whim. I went into it not knowing anything about it only that Ethan Embry was in it (that’s all I really needed to know). I was completely taken by surprise when I soon realized that it involved werewolves. I freakin love werewolves. So of course that grabbed my attention. The cool thing about this film, is how interesting itis. It has a very serious, and strong story involving a strained relationship between a Father and So, and then out of nowhere…bam! Werewolves! One thing that stood out for me while watching this, was how incredibly awesome it was from beginning to end, there just isn’t a single dull moment in the entire film. There was just the right amount of gore, a large amount of suspense, and just a genuinely great film. Even though LATE PHASES came out pretty late in 2014, I consider it a favorite film of mine because it is everything you would expect in a monster movie, and then some.

BLOODSUCKA JONES

BLOODSUCKA JONES

7.) BLOODSUCKA JONES

Anyone that follows me on social media, or actually anyone who converses with me on a regular basis will tell you that I am all about BLOODSUCKA JONES. The first sign that this movie was going to be my jam was our Editor in Chief, Jerry, sending me a message while he was watching it and telling me I would love it. Of course I checked it out, and it became an instant favorite. Not only is it obvious that the entire cast had the time of their lives filming it, but it also has the vibe that can only be achieved from a group of friends coming together to create something genuine and hilarious. I would definitely consider it horror comedy, and extremely entertaining. I mean, come on…it involves a vampire hunter with an afro, his sexy sidekick, vampires, and hilarious characters that will keep you laughing the entire time. Not only have I seen this multiple times, but each time I laugh like I have never seen it before. Which is a good thing, and a way to keep this film on my list of favorites.

THE DEN

THE DEN

6.) THE DEN

2014 was also a milestone year in my world simply because of films like this that scared the shit out of me. Till now, I thought I had been completely desensitized to horror. I was wrong. To gain the full effect of my viewing of THE DEN, I watched it late at night, in the dark, and of course on my computer. Being that this is filmed to look like it is coming from a computer, you can see why I didn’t sleep for a few days, and was near soiling myself. THE DEN perfectly captures the dark, and horrifying side of the internet while playing on our biggest fear of being stalked, and targeted virtually. Seriously. Imagine how much that would suck, and how insanely scary it would be. I appreciated many things in THE DEN, and of course the main reason being how terrifying it is for a complete found footage movie, without dragging out the similarities that seem to make found footage films a bore. THE DEN was far from dull, and indeed did what it was intended to do…which is to scare the hell out of those who are brave enough to give it a chance.

CHEAP THRILLS

CHEAP THRILLS

5.) CHEAP THRILLS

I had the chance of catching this earlier this year thanks to a friend bringing it over for a movie night. I was on an emotional rollercoaster the entire time. My emotions ranged from shock, anger, sadness, horror, excitement, and feeling like a terrible person for enjoying what was happening in front of me. It’s so so intense! I recently spoke to Embry regarding this one and LATE PHASES, and  I couldn’t contain myself during a recent interview and had to tell him about how much he turned me on. CHEAP THRILLS makes you feel strange feelings, and I don’t think I will ever be the same after this. I bought my copy immediately after watching it. And no one had to bet me any money to do so.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY

THE PURGE: ANARCHY

4.) THE PURGE: ANARCHY

The first PURGE movie left me VERY disappointed. With that being said, its sequel, THE PURGE: ANARCHY gave me rock hard nipples the entire time. It was exactly what the first film should have been. Let’s face it…being out in the streets during purge night would be way better than hanging out in the safety of a well secured home. Of course, I probably wouldn’t last ten minutes, but it was interesting to meet a group of likeable characters (who happen to be an unlikely group of friends) come together to survive a night of gore and senseless murder. I caught THE PURGE: ANARCHY twice during its theatrical run and loved it both times. I appreciated the plot, characters, action, violence, and political messages throughout the entire film.

THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING

THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING

3.) THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING

Going back to my previous statement of actually getting scared while viewing movies this year, THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING is the another movie that is guilty of making sure that I lost sleep for a few days. I was fortunate enough to attend a FANGORIA screening of this at the New Beverly in LA (thanks to Rebekah McKendry!), and I absolutely loved it. Everything from the found footage element, to the grief stricken widower who gets more than he bargained for by flirting with sinister forces that should have been left alone. Personally, I’m not a huge believer in demons, or the possibility of being possessed by the devil. After seeing this one, it almost made me question my existence. In fact, Shane Johnson did such a great job at portraying a poor individual who lost his soul..that at the screening, there was a Q & A, as well as a signing and I was actually scared to meet him. I ended up sucking it up and talking to the guy and surprisingly, he was totally not possessed, but very awesome.

THE SACRAMENT

THE SACRAMENT

2.) THE SACRAMENT

I was late to THE SACRAMENT party. It seemed like everyone around me had a chance to see this, and although I was dying to see it, I simply could not bring myself to watch it without my husband (we made a pact to watch it together). However, opposing work schedules and life got in the way, and it never happened. One day I decided I was going to play Netflix adultery on him, and I am very glad I did. This was another recent viewing of mine, and I fell hard in love with this one so much that I ended up watching it twice in one day. THE SACRAMENT starts out slow, yet interesting…and then escalates faster than comments on a Reddit thread. I was both deeply disturbed, and oddly interested. Let’s face it…nothing is scarier, or crazier than a cult. After my last viewing, I contemplated getting therapy because I feel like I was exposed to some severely traumatizing material. No. Just a really good film that doesn’t hold back when it comes to showing us exactly how a cult could ruin (and terrorize) the lives of anyone involved. I still can’t stop thinking about it.

WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?

WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?

1.) WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?

This film is responsible for my desire of wanting to legally change my name to Natty “Fuck Bomber” Cox. Seriously. Once again, I was lucky enough to get a hold of this to review…and it semi-changed my life. As a huge fan of Japanese cinema (especially that of the violent kind), I was already head over heels for this movie within the first fifteen minutes. I was drawn to the over-the-top violence, dramatic fight scenes, and dry humor that only a film like this could deliver. Another awesome thing was how this film was a tribute to movies, and done in a really cool way. There were a few Bruce Lee film references, along with a couple KILL BILL influenced scenes…so it was clear after my first viewing that it was going to become not only one of my favorite films of the year, but one that I was going to consider a favorite film of all time.

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