Another year another list declaring the best movies of 2016. Unlike the endless stream of list from other sites, I wrote this one so it’s automatically more better cause i know words good… Anyways this year I decided to not just name 10 flicks I dug, but include the opinion of Matt and Jay from the SJP Podcast. That’s right for the last 2 weeks we have been discussing which movies deserved to be on the list. By discuss I mean drunkenly hurling insults at each other and swearing for no real good goddamn reason. Hell. Ass. Some how through the yelling and tears a list was cobbled together. To hear a detailed account of how we picked the movies, what got left out and list of horribly racist insults we called each other making this list check out the next SJP Podcast (featuring an interview with Jackson Stewart, director of Beyond the Gates). If you feel we left anything off and should be hit in the head with a 2×4 shoot us an email ( firstname.lastname@example.org) tell us which movie belongs, why it does and a good old-fashioned insult! We will read all emails on the podcast. Enjoy the list!
Writer/Director: Bryan Bertino
The Monster was a movie that none of us saw coming. We had heard almost nothing about it until it landed in the SJP inbox and all three of us went in with zero expectations. This turned out to be the best way to see this flick. Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine deliver the best on-screen performances of the year. If you took out the monster this movie would still be fully captivating and intense. Adding a monster just makes it that much more badass!
Writer/Director: Robert Eggers
The Witch won for me because there was an actually witch. Like a real, honest to god (or devil) cackling, broom flying witch. Fortunately for us horror hounds the witch in question isn’t the poisoning apple type, but more like the stealing babies and sacrificing it to the devil type. Director Robert Eggers went to painstaking lengths to fully capture an authentic 16th century Puritan life right down to the dialogue. Plus the man turned out some of the most tense and frightening scenes I’ve seen in a horror movies in years.
3-Train to Busan
Writer/Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Every time I announce I am done with zombie movies it seems the horror gods like to make me look like an asshole. Train to Busan is one of the best zombies to come out in the last 10 years. With the recent wave of zombies that have been released that is saying a lot. Amazing action scenes, strong performances from the whole cast and story that is completely believable. Outside of the dead rising up and eating human flesh that is.
Writer/Directort: Hong-jin Na
Oh South Korea. When it comes to genre films I am convinced that you are the only country that can produce solely original stories. The Wailing is unlike any movie I have ever seen. It’s a comedy, drama, thriller, mystery, horror film that never once feels disjointed or sloppy. With a running time over 2 hours The Wailing had me on board every step of the way. Then the ending hits and man it’s like a baseball bat to the head.
Director: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
There is no other scenario I dread more than spending an evening with my ex and her new partner. Talk about a living hell. Now imagine if you and your ex haven’t spoken since the death of a child 3 years ago and now she has gathered you and your closest friends to pitch a self-help group that is totally not a cult. Yeah, that may just be the worse night ever! Director Karyn Kusama came out swinging strong with The Invitation and delivers psychological thriller with one hell of a brutal ending.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel
Mike Flanagan has more style than any other genre director out right now. He can take a basic plot like home invasion and deliver it like you have never seen before. A strong performance by lead Kate Siegel, who plays a deaf author living in the woods being stalked by a nameless psycho (John Gallagher) helps sell this cat and mouse story.
Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
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Director: Shawn Crahan
Writer: Joe Casey
If you have ever read the comic Officer Downe (the source material for this movie and written by Joe Casey who also wrote the movie) you know that it is impossible to capture the brutal story and adapt in on film. Well, they not only brought it to the screen they actually managed to amp it up. Officer Downe is not a perfect movie, but holy hell is it a wild ride. Kim Coates was born to play Officer Downe and makes over the top senseless violence look like so badass!
Writer/Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Hard to talk about this one with out bring up Anton Yelchin’s unfortunate passing. What a fucking shame that was and Green Room just cements the fact that we lost one hell of an actor. Anton is amazing in this movie. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier knows how to make a movie and casting Patrick Stewart as a neo-nazi trying to kill a punk rock band locked in a green room. If that isn’t a plot that gets you excited I don’t know what will.
Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Writer: Hideaki Anno
An honest to god Godzilla movie came out this year! Not a Hollywood VFX crapfest, but straight outta Japan practical effects Godzilla movie. AND it kicked so much ass. Watch the trailer and tell me this doesn’t get you excited.