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[Poll Results] The Bloody Disgusting Readers Chose the 10 Best Horror Movies of 2016

DON'T BREATHE courtesy of Sony

Which horror film did YOU choose as the best of 2016?

All this week we have been celebrating the end of 2016 by looking back at our favorite horror films released in the past twelve months, but rather than simply tell you what we thought of the year in horror, we wanted to also open up the floor to you awesome readers. Last week we launched a poll designed to let YOU pick the best horror movies of 2016, and now that it’s been open for a full week and voting has been closed, we’re here to share the results. We’re happy to report that 5,062 of you guys and girls voted, and we thank each and every one of you for taking the time.

So give yourselves a pat on the back before we proceed.


1. THE WITCH – 1,469 VOTES

Okay. So let’s cut right to the chase: the best horror movie released in 2016, as chosen by the Bloody Disgusting readers. You chose The Witch as THE standout highlight of 2016, and we’re not at all surprised that a whopping 1,469 of you placed votes for it. I’m not sure there’s a single year-end ‘best of’ list that Robert Eggers’ incredible directorial debut is not on, and there’s a damn good reason for that. The Witch is horror filmmaking at its finest, accomplished and masterful on every conceivable level. So kudos to you for coming out the gate with a masterpiece, Mr. Eggers.

As for the rest of the reader-chosen Top 10 of 2016, let’s not wait any longer…

The Conjuring 2 Review


Jane Levy stars in Screen Gems' horror-thriller DON'T BREATHE.






10 Cloverfield Lane


lights out diana




HUSH via Netflix

9. HUSH – 147 VOTES

The Invitation


Other films with a notable number of votes (more than 50) include: The Wailing (120), Blair Witch (116), Rob Zombie’s 31 (104), The Neon Demon (95), Clown (75), The Shallows (75), Phantasm: Ravager (67), and Ouija: Origin of Evil (60).

Thanks again to all who voted. Your great taste has made us proud!



  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    Some good choices fellow Disgusters. Glad to see Conjuring 2 and Train to Busan in the top 5.

  • Creepshow

    I cheated and voted twice. Once on the computer and once on my cellular device. But it only proved that cheaters never win. : (

  • J Jett

    the killer should have left the mask on for the entire film (or most of it). it would have made it a scary/scarier movie.

    • Angela M Campany

      Agreed, the problem i had with the movie ….oh that and it had little to no suspense ,IMO !

    • nowaygetreal

      Completely agree. I’m curious as to how this was voted in the top 10. I know my opinion is not end-all-be-all but I thought it was a ridiculously formulaic and boring movie.

  • Angela M Campany

    I wanted to love `The Witch `but came out of it not overly pleased after the hype ! My daughter even fell asleep watching it.

    • The_Gentleman

      You’re a terrible parent.

  • Chaybee

    7. LIGHTS OUT – 200 VOTES?! Haha, whoa. That flick was woeful.

  • Sasha Kozak

    Glad “THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE” showed up, glad The Witch and Green Room got lots of votes to. The movie that got the least love that should be on that list? My Mothers Eyes


    Have to say I dont agree with The Witch being up there as number one but i do like the rest of the list.

  • disqus_1O3aEKQpld

    Lights Out was the favorite film of the year for 200 people?

  • Munchie

    Don’t Breathe was such a joke. I’m flat out amazed it got as much praise as it did.

    • Erik The Red

      Unlikeable characters constantly make dumb decisions who could’ve easily jumped the home owner in the beginning when he had no clue anyone was in there. Tie him up (don’t have to worry about blindfolding him), steal his shit and be on their merry way. The end.

      Don’t Breathe is beyond overrated. Lol

    • Daxtreme

      It’s overrated, wasn’t all that great.

  • 2016 was the best year for horror movies in the 21th Century, period. Like always Indies gave us amazing film and mainstream Hollywood horror movies FINALLY were great again. Last year I had 16 great horror movies on my list, and only 1 of them was a mainstream Hollywood film, this year I have like 30 films, and many of them are mainstream horror flick, and adobe all of them is The Witch, by far the best of the year, it’s the most profound genre film of 2016, the subtext its rich and fascinating, evil is a character that is in every frame, and the performances are all around remarkable, The Witch its an instant horror classic.

    I understand why The Wailing and Under the Shadow did not make the cut, not a lot of people has seen them, but both of them deserve some love too.

    • *Under the Shadows* will be on Netflix in like 2 weeks

  • NicktheD

    Still don’t understand how The Witch gets such good reviews, That movie was boring with only a few interesting moments.

  • amir ezra

    Maybe The Eyes Of My Mother or Southbound should be in the honorable mentions list. Maybe Phantasm Ravager shouldn’t be in there at all.

    It’s doesn’t matter if Ravager is the long awaited final Phantasm flick. To me the CGI is painful, the storyline confusing and it just ends un-epically.

    • CdnHorrorFan

      U watched The Eyes of My Mother this morning…was slow and plodding

      • amir ezra

        Oh well, the cinematographer for Mother is stunning, and just realize not everyone here dig The Witch. In my top 5, I would put
        1- Train To Busan
        2- Autopsy Of Jane Doe
        3- Don’t Breathe
        4 The Witch
        5 Hush

  • joewaters

    That’s a pretty cool. I hope they implement this every year

  • Train to Busan & The Conjuring 2 were my favourites of the year. I thought The Witch was very slow but the last 30 mins were pretty intense.

  • Erik The Red

    The Witch reminds me of true old school (70’s/80’s) horror. The atmosphere is so dark and dreadful. The tension constantly escalates throughout the whole movie, knowing it’s only going to get worse for the family. Imagining what you would do in that situation is horror at it’s best. Terrified and helpless. Bravo.

  • Chromwagner

    Most of these are not even horror films and the ones that are, well most of those are laughable.

    Wake me up when someone tops Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive!

  • G.A. McGillivray

    Wow – I check this site a few times every day – and never once saw an article or anything about voting for best movies of the year. O well, lots on the list I haven’t seen so looking forward to them now!

  • Loretta Phy

    We apparently watched two different version of the movie Witch. I’ve watched it twice. The goat was the most interesting. Should have saved my time & just visited the petting zoo. It would have been better.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      is a fantastic movie overall and one of the best horror movies coming out the commercial side of horror since a long time

      • Satanzilla

        I agree that it’s a fantastic movie but not really a horror movie per se. Wasn’t scared once nor did I feel a sense of dread or apprehension. Id call it more a sense of fascination. Perhaps more a dark fantasy film than horror.

    • Even a petting zoo can be a horror show in and of itself! Like my third cousin once removed told me, sometimes even a picnic is no picnic… 😉

  • Shane

    Shame on the 104 people who voted for 31 haha

    • ’31’ was not only the WORST horror movie of 2016, it will soon be ranked among the WORST MOVIES EVER MADE, period. Mark my words on that one, please do… >-)

      • Travis_Bickle

        100% Agree, its an abomination

      • Larousse

        No it can’t be ranked as worst movie. The title goes and belong for life to Uwe Boll and all his movies.

        • I have never seen any of Boll’s films because of his reputation, BUT at this point Zombie is losing ALL credibility in my eyes. It sounds like Zombie is aspiring to be the next Uwe Boll at this rate…

    • The_Gentleman

      SPOT ON!

    • Jeff Eastwood

      Even by Rob Zombie standards it was a terrible film. It’s probably the only way his wife could get work.

    • REC03

      well that was mostly Rob, Sherri Moon and their friends votes tbh.

  • Peter Kushing

    ‘Clown’ and ’31’ are easily way better than most of the films on this list.

    • Travis_Bickle

      Delete your account

      • aFriendlyAgenda

        I thought that movie was good enough
        More interesting than anything jj abrams has ever done

        • Travis_Bickle

          Can’t disagree with that logic

    • The_Gentleman

      31 isn’t even a good Rob Zombie movie. It was utter nonsense. Go away

      • Peter Kushing

        Great! Now go fuck your face.

    • Gerald scali

      Never understood why Clown wasn’t better received by horror fans.Would never degrade or belittle anyone for their like of a movie but 31 could win a horror movie Razzie this year.

  • DSG0728

    Agree with most of this list but I would have definitely had Pet somewhere in the list. Probably the best mid-movie twist I’ve seen in a while.

  • CdnHorrorFan

    The Conjuring 2 was terrible…too many jump scares and CGI…The Green Room was awesome but is a 2015 film…glad to see 31 was off the list…The Neighbor, Fear Inc and Scare Campaign should be included

    • Jeff Eastwood

      Loved Scare Campaign. Actually scary and didn’t see that final twist coming. The Neighbor was a little disappointing but Josh Stewart was great as always.

  • Travis_Bickle

    It was a shitty year for horror too….

  • Perfect perfect PERFECT list. All of my favorites were on this list!

  • PsychoMantis18

    Fuck yeahs – go Witch.

    • Satanzilla

      Oh I thought “the majority are morons” — isn’t that what you just said in the Carrie Fisher thread you sad little man?

      • PsychoMantis18

        Yeah, it absolutely is…. do go on..

        Bit sad to know you’re following me around though.

  • The conspiractor

    Home invasion movies seriously need to die.

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      So do zombie flicks,
      so do superhero flicks,
      so do remakes,
      so does found footage

      I thought Dont Breath was pretty good,
      but the blindman was so awesome that he carried most of the weight for that movie

      I thought hush was pretty useless

      • The_Gentleman

        Yes on Hush. It was pedestrian shit

  • Redsam6

    Just watched Autopsy of Jane Doe and it seemed to me they were showing how to make a Resident Evil film properly in a few parts there. Don’t Breathe and Green Room are both rockin!

  • Fr0gg0

    The Witch? The Conjuring 2? Don’t Breathe? What?.. Just no.

    • Nathan Michael

      Yes i’m with you. Train to bussan easily is my favorite this year. And the wailing is very close to that. I can’t believe how it doesn’t make it. Do horror fans even really go to this site.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    Finally got around to seeing Dont Breath, that movie is crazy

    I didn’t think I would like it at first becasue the wigger guy boyfriend was too obnoxious
    I wouldn’t be able to watch a whole movie with him in it
    But then after he got killed so quick, I was enthusiastic again

    It sure had a lot of good parts, a little too gross in a few ways like the turkey baster,
    and it stretched things longer then it needed to in a few places where tightening things up would have been better, but I thought it was pretty good compared to most things that I’ve seen in awhile I might have to check out more on Alverez’ work

    Thank you for the list, I haven’t seen all of these yet

  • Blade4693

    I liked Don’t Breathe but the second act looking back took away from the film for me a small bit. I was enjoying the movie more when I thought the blind paranoid old man was a true victim, for losing his daughter and now being robbed…then I instantly stopped caring about him once I realized what he was really up to. So then I was forced to choose between a crazy ass old man who kidnaps chicks and artificially inseminates them against their will, or people who sunk low enough to try and rob a blind old man…some choices there lol

    On the real though I did enjoy the movie, and I can safely say that Fede is 2 for 2 and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

  • Job Kuizenga


  • Nathan Michael

    The witch and don’t breathe lead my list of most disappointing horror movies of the year. Clearly smart plots are not a criteria.

    • The_Gentleman

      Being intelligent and enjoying great film making is clearly not in your criteria.

      • Nathan Michael

        Actually those are my two of my main criteria and neither of those movies encompassed that. I think critics are riding the hype and advertisement train of the big money horror movies that were, barely passable when this horror site was more indy.

        Witches had a very predictable and poorly paced plot that led the main protagonist to make poor decisions throughout the movie in the name of moving the plot along.

        Don’t breathe. Gosh. That was even more awful. As a detroiter,the idea that there’s some mystical area in the city where this plot could happen was a bit too much to believe. But, aside from a Deux Ex Machina location pretending to be “gritty detroit” there’s a lot of suspending more suspending of more belief to be had with this movie. A completely blind man kidnapped and hunted down a suspect he’s related, built this amazing contraption in his house to keep it all a secret, and did so without any neighbors, contractors or family members knowledge . Then a group of the stupidest protagonists in the world, who, were just too unlikable from the beginning to even care about.

        CLoverfield lane, train to bussan, trash fire, the wailing, green roometc. THere’s 5 movies that are better written, filmed and acted than those movies.

  • The Witch? How is possible?

  • Amy Starling

    Is crazy how people’s taste and opinion varies from person to person. I’m not exaggerating when I say The Witch was torture to sit through, I haven’t sat through something this painful since The Village.

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      The Conjuring 2 was terrible,
      mostly beause it was just boring

      I’ve heard of the Enfield occurrence,
      so half of the work writing a story was already done

      And they still made something boring out of it

  • The Wolf

    All hail to The Witch!

    • erikire


  • “Wouldst thou like to live… deliciously?”

  • REC03

    I find The Conjuring series overrated tbh. well made movies but….idk. the rest of the list is solid though.

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    Surprised Green Room didn’t rate higher. Stellar flick

  • PsychoMantis18

    Feel free to explain how i’m “completely contradicting” myself…

    • Satanzilla

      Oh dear, you really don’t see it, do you?

      • PsychoMantis18

        Nope, I don’t.. any minute now.. you’re clearly living at your keyboard ready to jump on any response with playground wisdom but still no justification… when you’re ready…

  • PsychoMantis18

    Welcome! So glad you’ve finally decided to take some time away from your bumbling adolescence! Now, let me point out where you’ve gone very wrong, Simplezilla –

    The majority of people didn’t vote for The Witch – the majority of the BD-crowd did – and even if the majority of people did, you’re still incorrectly attributing the votes for 2016’s best horror film solely on the intelligence of the viewer. Not only are there many other variables that could’ve influenced votes (e.g.: peer-pressure; familiarity with the films on the list, obvious pick, good-taste, etc), but you’re also ignorantly excluding many other intelligence-related factors (e.g.: maybe The Witch is so awesome that even the dumb can recognise its awesomeness; maybe all the morons voted for many of the other films on the list whereas all the intelligent votes went one way, etc).

    So as you can see, you’re confusing your lack of intelligence and respect for logic with “wit”. Hopefully you’ll address the “witty” error you’ve made and one day realise that life isn’t as simple as you hope it is, Simplezilla.

    • Satanzilla

      Wow look at him twist himself into a pretzel — wall of text — meanwhile the most popular of the movies was The Witch and most people are idiots according to psoriasis mantis so the witch must suck! And he’s one of the gibbering idiots who likes what the most people did. Well he’s finally right about something! Now go back to peeling oily flakes from your forehead, psoriasis.

      • PsychoMantis18

        Ohhhhh…. back to your weaseling… shame. Thought maybe you’d finally escaped the playground-mentality and were actually going to show some integrity by standing behind one of your ludicrous arguments for once, but no – pah-thetic.

        Bye-bye then, Simplezilla.

        • Satanzilla

          Such a loser he can’t even gather up *keyboard* courage, the only type of courage his type typically has.

          • PsychoMantis18

            I never meant 2 cause u any sorrow
            I never meant 2 cause u any pain
            I only wanted 2 one time see u laughing
            I only wanted 2 see u laughing in the purple rain

          • Satanzilla

            Sorry but I’m spoken for psoriasismonkey18. You do present yourself rather like the Phillip Seymour Hoffman character in Boogie Nights though — I hope you find that special chubby chaser soon. He can help you apply the ointment.

  • Jérémy Kuprowski

    The Conjuring 2 and Don’t breathe as 2nd and 3rd places?!

    Clearly you guys have bad tastes.

  • Evan3

    Yay for my vote finally counting (god knows my vote for Gary Johnson didn’t do anything!). Glad to see 10 Cloverfield Lane miss out on the top-10 as it deserved. Most surprising to me? SOmehow, Rob Zombie cobbled together 100 (protest?) votes for 31!

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