Sickle's Top 10 Films of 2016

It's been a fun and successful year in the realm of horror, despite quite a few lackluster efforts across the spectrum. I'm not entirely sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I found it was pretty easy to put this list together, even the order. There is a decent number of honorable mentions, but I was pretty sure most of them were going to end up there anyways... The most vague factor in end-of-the-year lists is whether or not the film actually came out in 2016 or not...Some films on the list had a limited release last year, while others we were able to catch in a limited release at Telluride Horror Show and won't have a wide release till 2017...so, we're ignoring that garbled mess o

Blind Killing the Blind

Don't Breathe Review Don't Breathe follows a trio of young serial burglars who decide to rob the house of a blind man who supposedly has a large sum of money locked away in his house from a settlement. During their invasion, the trio slowly uncover the horrors the old man has been hiding and quickly learn that, not only is he someone not to be trifled with, but isn't such an innocent old man. Don't Breathe was a bar above solid from a home invasion film perspective. Its gritty nature and visceral treatment of violence reminded me a lot of the recently reviewed Green Room. I think Green Room wins by a nose, but both films are difficult to recommend to some crowds because of their material. Do

Two Evils Don't Make a Good

The Wailing Review One of the most critically-acclaimed horror films of 2016 was The Wailing. Hailing from South Korea, a factory for good horror, the film follows a policeman who is investigating a series of gruesome murders that seem to be related to some kind of maddening disease that is spreading through the village. When his own daughter appears to be suffering similar ailments, he seeks answers down any avenue he can. One of the common review points I've heard since its release is the apparent and simple plot of good versus evil. Perhaps I am showing my ignorance here, but I didn't really pick up on this blatant tale of good versus evil. In fact, as the film went along, the good became

Warring Views

Rogue One Review About one to three times a year (there really isn't a rule for it), a movie comes out that we feel is deserving of a review for its popularity on the movie-going public. In most cases, these movies are of the scifi or action variety (again, no rules) with little to no horror to speak of. Yet, their impact on our lives as fans of film in general lure us into a desire, or even a need, to give our two-cents. When it came to Rogue One, we just couldn't resist putting in our opinion. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in a projected numerous amount of standalone films that are based in the Star Wars universe. As the guinea pig for this unprecedented approach to the cinemat

We Need to Talk About Kevin [Smith]

Yoga Hosers Review Yoga Hosers follows two friends who must fight off a horde of Nazi sausages in a convenience store. Using their "yoga skills" and unlimited dry sarcasm, the pair fight the relentless onslaught of processed meats hoping to discover the means of their existence. The plot, while outlandish and ridiculous, is not the problem here. The film is simply unbearable for much of its runtime. The two girls are unfortunately difficult to handle in their overly dry delivery. There is a tinge of Clerks in the humor, but this unabashed attempt to feed 'member berries with a dose of fantasy to the audience is irritatingly off-target. I am one who found Red State to be a unique piece of cin

Like a Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor Review It's always nice to mention in cases like this a preface that the film in question isn't precisely horror. The Good Neighbor falls into this magic category between indie drama and horror/thriller, with elements that both compliment and contrast our genre of choice. So, despite our review below, go into the film expecting a minimal level of horror. The Good Neighbor follows two high school best friends who set up rigs and cameras in their neighbor's house in order to document an artificial haunting. The plan is two-fold in its goal; they want to pioneer a one-of-a-kind documentary on the psychological toll of a haunting, and should the grumpy, old neighbor suffer for

Ho Ho Horror

A Christmas Horror Story Review Low-budget horror anthology films are surprisingly more hit than miss. What makes anthology films more successful than other low-budget films is a mystery to me. Perhaps it is a combination of variables that make them seem more entertaining. Whatever that quality is, A Christmas Horror Story continues the trend with a very solid holiday-themed horror extravaganza. This anthology piece follows 4 tales wrapped around a jaded, incompetent radio show host played by William Shatner. The four tales intertwine and take place all at once. In no particular order the stories follow a morally-bare family being hunted by Krampus, a couple who finds their boy replaced with

Grey Matters

Night of the Living Deb Review Night of the Living Deb follows a man and woman who wake up after a one night stand into a zombie apocalypse. To darkly comedic effect, the two attempt to survive and escape their zombie-ridden town. They first must find some common ground, for despite their brief intimacy the night before, they can't seem to get on the same page. The overly cartoonish behavior of the cast, particularly our female lead, was a bit too much to swallow at times. The awkward delivery made you cringe rather than giggle. However, the wide, dead-eyed stare of the private security leader with his dry delivery was a particular highlight for me. Unfortunately, his role was rather small a

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