We did it folks! We made it to March!
Somehow making it through the slog that is January, and seeing some relatively neat stuff
in February, we’re in the clear now. Awards-season is over, the year-end dumping
of odds and ends has been completed, and now we can look forward to some fresh and fun
new horror as we rapidly approach the summertime. That’s not to say that the year has been
completely devoid of quality horror flicks. Far from it!
It’s just that the beginning of the calendar year tends to be slow in the cinema sphere.
Fret not! There were some good flicks to grace the screens big and small.
Let’s see if you agree with my evaluation of the movies thus far.
Hello horror heads, and welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube: Top5ScaryVideos.
I’m your horror host, Keegan Hughes, and today we’re counting down the Top 5 Best
Horror Movies of 2020 So Far. Keep in mind that I’m actively avoiding
flicks that I mentioned on the previous 2020 prediction lists for the sake of variety,
and also because I was wrong about a lot of them. Take that as you will.
Before we get started, make sure to give this video a big thumbs up, and subscribe for more
spooky, scary celluloid. Wicked, let’s begin.
NUMBER FIVE: BLISS This flick is a psychedelic trip, man.
All about an artist who decides that hallucinogens are the fast-track to artistic success.
Of course, dear sweet surly Dezzy rapidly spirals into the deep, dark, depths of madness.
To say that Bliss is visceral would be an understatement; you definitely feel like you’re
also on whatever the hell Dezzy is snorting. It’ll leave you reeling, maybe even exhausted.
A lot of folks are comparing to Climax or Mandy, and for good reason.
This flick elicits a lot of the same feelings you get watching those two wild rides.
Director Joe Begos elected to shoot on 16mm, which is always welcome in my books.
This choice gives the movie a very lively feel at the beginning, and foregrounds the
insane tonal shift later on as well. Once Dezzy inhales the bonkers powder, everything
changes. The colour palate becomes eye-scorchingly
red and purple, and the cutting becomes frenzied and jumpy.
It’s loud, abrasive, and wild. Also, there are blood orgies and cannibalistic
mayhem. All while Dezzy makes increasingly inspired
art. It’s hard to pull a clear message from the
flick, but not everything needs to be so black and white.
This flick is definitely not in greyscale. Give it a go, and get taken for a ride.
NUMBER FOUR: UNDERWATER It’s Alien! But underwater!
What else could you ask for? Anyone with a fear of drowning will find this
terrifying. Folks who don’t like lakes and oceans because
of hidden creatures beneath their feet will shudder in despair as well.
Now, like I said before, this is a flick doing its best Ridley Scott impression.
This makes it derivative, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s immediately bad!
Underwater is a solid, mostly effective horror movie.
We’re plunged into the thick of things almost immediately; an underwater drilling crew gets
thrown into disarray when a sub-aquatic earthquake destroys most of their facility.
Cracking glass, bursting airlocks, the whole nine yards.
It’s not long before people start to piece together the fact that it wasn’t just tectonic
activity causing them so much trouble. This is no disaster movie, if you catch my
drift. Kristen Stewart leads the cast, doing her
best Sigourney Weaver. Level-headed, and solid as a rock, she does
a majority of the heavy lifting here. Other characters are quite flat, both in writing
and delivery, and we’re treated to a past-due performance by TJ Miller doing TJ Miller things.
If you liked him in Deadpool, you might find yourself rolling your eyes a little here.
Can’t win ‘em all! Director William Eubank does a respectable
job taking all sorts of parts from the previously mentioned deep space series and implementing
them in the equally unexplored depths of the ocean.
From direction choices, to freaky, phallic monsters, to some surprisingly similar sound
cues, you name it. The water is always used effectively, thank
goodness. Could you imagine if they made a movie called
Underwater and biffed the use of water? It’s ever-present, leaking and dripping
and bursting through in murky torrents, ensuring that nobody can see too far ahead, keeping
the tension high. If you don’t mind a bit of big-budget schlock,
Underwater is a perfectly serviceable deep-sea monster movie.
NUMBER THREE: THE LODGE If you can trust a distributor to put out
consistently engaging stuff, it’s NEON. Between them and A24, there has been a veritable
gold rush of excellent small-to-mid budget horror, among other indie and arthouse goodies.
The Lodge Premiered at Sundance in 2019, but got released in February of 2020, so we’ll
count it. Any fans of Goodnight Mommy will be thrilled
by this next entry by it’s creators. This is a darkly atmospheric psychological
horror that rattles you deep within. It’s not going for cheap scares, or trying
to pay homage to all sorts of classic films. The Lodge just wants to make you as uncomfortable
as possible over a long period of time. The odd, irresponsible bottleneck plot devices
are easy to ignore once you let yourself get drawn into the weird web of gaslighting and
cult activities. We’re introduced to a man who wants a divorce
after a long separation. He’s found a new woman, Grace, who survived
a mass suicide commiting cult. This prompts his current wife to commit suicide
herself, scarring their two children. Following a period of grieving, the father
convinces his kids to spend Christmas with his new wife at their remote cabin.
This, of course, leads to plenty of hostility between the kids and their new stepmom.
They’re rude and indignant towards her, often outright ignoring her.
This takes a toll on poor Grace, who finds herself in an unfamiliar situation full of
proto-religious imagery with people who don’t like her.
Things take a turn for the worse when papa heads back to the city for work, and inexplicably
leaves the three musketeers in the lodge together. Stuff gets weird fast.
Reality is questioned. Is there gaslighting going on? Or is something truly sinister happening?
What happened to the heater? Is purgatory real?
All of these questions compound, and slowly build towards an insane ending.
NUMBER TWO: COME TO DADDY I don’t want to say too much about this
one. There’s a twist, and everything spirals
out of control from there. Maybe just go watch the trailer.
I guess what I will say is that it stars Elijah Wood sporting a ridiculous haircut.
The plot concerns a rich, goofy musician, who just so happens to be a recovering alcoholic.
He’s invited to his estranged father’s lakefront estate for some catching up after
all those years lost. Things start out pleasantly enough, but soon
enough his dad starts acting strange and violent. He’s constantly making shady phone calls
under cover of darkness, and begins to actively undermine attempts to connect with his kid.
One thing leads to another, and some best-kept secrets are indeed revealed.
This all snowballs, and becomes ridivulous very fast.
I suppose I’ll end off by saying that daddy isn’t who he says he is.
Come to Daddy is funny and scary, without sacrificing one for the sake of the other.
It’s a wicked screwball of a movie, and once it gets going there’s no stopping.
Worth a watch for sure. NUMBER ONE: THE INVISIBLE MAN
How could I leave out the breakout horror of early 2020!
Blumhouse does it again! 100 million on a 9 million dollar budget!
Directed by Leigh Whannel, and starring Elizabeth Moss, this is a classic idea done very, very
well. We follow a woman haunted after the death
of her manipulative, dickhead partner. Even though he’s apparently dead and gone,
strange things keep happening to her. She’s passing out at strange times, and
her friends are being attacked by invisible forces, making them assume it’s her doing
the deed. Soon enough, she’s framed for a violent
crime, and committed to a mental hospital. So what is happening! Is she going nuts? Or
is there an invisible man creeping around in the periphery?
Well, considering how brank-spankin’ new this one is, I won’t say much more.
But seriously, this flick outperformed my expectations.
The other Universal Classic Monster movies kinda flopped, right?
I was expecting more The Mummy, more Dracula Untold, more The Wolfman.
But by keeping the budget tight, and the outlook fresh, Whannel and Moss were able to elevate
this one above its contemporaries. The sparkly new take on an older tale does
wonders. The Invisible Man foregrounds the suffering
of a woman at the hands of a manipulative abuser in a smart, non-exploitative way, and
it really uses the invisible aspect well to keep the tension high.
Every scene is shot in such a way that makes you think that the ghostly man could be in
the background at any given moment. It just works.
Moss gives a great performance, and Whannel steers the ship clear of disaster, and towards
pristine waters. This is one that’s getting a lot of talk
and attention, so you should probably go see it if you wanna be able to talk shop with
the general public. Plus now I wanna be invisible so I can mess
around with the people I’ve sworn revenge on. Watch your back, people in the comments.
OUTRO 2020’s got a SPICY outlook going forward,
but these are five fearsome flicks to keep you satisfied until the next big thing hits.
Also go see VFW, I just couldn’t fit it on the list after talking about it in another
video. What do you think?
Any 2020 flicks that I missed? What are you most looking forward to in the
coming months? Make sure you let me know down in the comments!
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