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Most Memorable Kills in the Horror Movies of 2023

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Evil Dead Rise

It’s been quite a year for some great, and not-so-great horror movies. With that also comes on-screen carnage. As we all know one of the things that make a great horror movie is the inventiveness of the kill, and this year there were some good ones. But with that originality came unsettling scenes of self-harm, child violence, and self-mutilation. Some detractors might ask, with all that’s going on in the world, why would anyone want to see such graphic displays?

To them, I would emphasize that as a species we are intelligent enough to know that it is all fake. None of what we see in movies is real so we can then appreciate the filmmaker’s visions and all the special effects work that goes into perfecting a gag; the more clever, the better.

As you go through the list, be warned there are spoilers and scenes of violence that are mentioned above. If you can’t differentiate what is real from what is not or are easily triggered by scenes of graphic gore or violence against human beings of all ages, you might want to reconsider reading this article.

For the rest of us, here are some of the best horror scenes 2023 has to offer in film.

Evil Dead Rise

Evil Dead Rise is complicated because no one really dies, they just come back…different. But there is one kill scene in which a living mass is destroyed at the end so if you don’t want spoilers don’t read (or watch) any further.

In the last scene, every Deadite merges into a single mass called the Marauder. It has working limbs that grab weapons in an attempt to kill our final girls Beth and Cassie.  But Beth manages to maneuver the creature into a whirling wood chipper grinding everything but the head into a pulp. In the end, Beth, having been taunted one last time by the severed demon head, gets the last word before punting it into the spinning teeth of the industrial appliance.  

Evil Dead Rise

Thanksgiving  

Eli Roth knew what fans wanted and he delivered it in Thanksgiving. Of all the kills “John Carver” performs there is one that contains a few horrific jabs. First, a character named Kathleen is shoved into a large oven and cooked alive. Then, after being oven-roasted her arms and legs are tied and positioned like a Thanksgiving turkey on a dining table in front of the gagged and bound survivors. The killer then cuts a slice of cooked white meat from her inner thigh and forces her husband to eat it. 

Thanksgiving

Cocaine Bear

Poor Ranger Liz (Margo Martindale). She means well but nothing ever works out. First, she has a crush on an unavailable man, and then a huge bear hopped up on illegal stimulants is terrorizing her peaceful park. Her one bout of good luck comes after she is injured and an ambulance quickly arrives to take her to the hospital. That’s cut short after the bear leaps into the back of the speeding ambulance launching her and the stretcher face-first at high velocity into the pavement where the momentum drags her several more feet. 

Cocaine Bear

Saw X

There were a few kill scenes that were difficult to watch this year. Valentina’s death in Saw X was one of them. After her part in a medical scam against John Kramer (Jigsaw) he captures her and creates a trap that forces her to choose between amputating her leg and collecting enough bone marrow or failing and suffering the consequences: decapitation with a Gigli saw. We watch every excruciating second as she saws into her leg and then, after failing, her head slowly being sliced from her shoulders. 

Saw X

Scream VI

Scream VI had many kills, but the ladder above the alley might have been the most memorable. Anika is the girlfriend of Mindy Meeks and is unfortunately at the wrong place at the wrong time when Ghostface comes calling. In a harrowing scene several stories above a New York City alleyway, she is tasked with crawling across a ladder bridged between two windows to an adjacent building. Fearful of heights she nervously starts her transition but midway through Ghostface rocks the ladder and Anika falls to her death bashing her head against a steel dumpster on the way.

Scream VI

When Evil Lurks

This is probably the most suspensefully well-crafted scene of 2023, and it’s also the most provocative. Vicky, the young daughter of our hero Pedro, is sitting next to the large and hefty family dog who has just become infected by a demon virus. As Pedro and his ex-wife Sabrina argue, Vicky’s older brother looks on in horror as the possessed dog mauls the little girl and drags her down the street. This isn’t the most gruesome scene in the film, but it is the most shocking.

When Evil Lurks

No One Will Save You

This isn’t a human kill, it’s an extraterrestrial one. Our heroine Brynn is in a tense game of cat and mouse inside her house with a large gray alien on her heels. Just as it looks as if the alien is going to win she kills it using a bell tower from her miniature village diorama. What makes this kill so great is that it’s a headshot and we don’t see it coming, and neither does the alien. Furthermore, we aren’t sure what is going to happen next: is the E.T. really dead? And if so what happens next?

No One Will Save You

It’s a Wonderful Knife

Some might think the axe attack is the best kill in the mediocre It’s a Wonderful Knife, and that might be accurate. However, as a horror fan, the kill is only as good as its gag. For this gag our heroine’s best friend Cara and her boyfriend head off on their own for a private kissing session. During the liplock Cara in recoils in disgust at the taste of her partner’s breath. The camera pans out and we see that he has been impaled and bleeding through the mouth by a large sharpened candy cane yard decoration.

It’s a Wonderful Knife

Beau is Afraid

Not everybody likes Beau is Afraid, it is probably the most divisive horror movie of this year. It is so weird and non-linear that some filmgoers got confused and asked the modern question “What did I just watch?” That’s fair because there is so much artistic exposition about anxiety, depression, and grief the culminated result is an exhausting think piece.

There is one memorable scene that deals with mental illness resulting in self-harm and death. Beau is staying with Roger and Grace and their trepidatious daughter Toni. In one scene, Toni, under the spell of an intrusive thought, begs Beau to drink some blue house paint, and when he refuses she engulfs it herself thus resulting in her death.

It is such a weird moment that only adds to then quirkiness of the movie, but it remains with you in afterthought.

Beau is Afraid

These are just a few noteworthy kills in horror movies this year. We know there are more that weren’t included. So if you have a favorite that we missed, let us know in the comments.

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Bloody Valentines: Date Movies for the Horror Loving Couple

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Valentine’s Day is upon us, and stores are dripping red with candy filled hearts and teddy bears of every shape and size.  It’s a great night to curl up on the couch and watch a movie with the one you love.  If you’re hanging out on iHorror.com, though, I have a feeling the regular regime of romantic comedies just might not be for you.  So, in the spirit of the season, We’ve put together a list of flicks that just might be perfect for the horror lover’s Valentine’s Day.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but they’re some of my favorites and I hope they’ll be added to yours.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Though problematic in places, this is certainly one of the most opulent versions of the classic tale to ever grace the screen.  Oldman’s Dracula oozes sex appeal and as one of my close friend’s once said it, “If any man ever looked at me the way he looks at Winona Ryder in that movie, he could have my blood, land, life, whatever.  Just keep looking.”  Available for purchase here.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Warm Bodies

Does love really conquer all?  In Warm Bodies it does.  Not only is love capable of taming a zombie’s hunger, it also has the power to restore his humanity.  Nicholas Hoult is at his charming best as the zombie in question and Teresa Palmer only slightly softens the badass appeal that made her a scene stealer in I am Number Four.  This is probably the “cutest” movie on the list, but it’s perfect for the YA fiction horror set and certainly fits the bill of putting a twist on Valentine’s Day romance.  If you don’t have a copy, you can pick it up here.

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Phantom of the Opera

A genius composer with a murderous obsession, a promising ingenue, a wealthy patron, and the glorious setting of a French opera house…what could go wrong?  If you’re familiar with the tale of The Phantom of the Opera, you know exactly what could and does go wrong and you love it anyway.  Brought to life by a brilliant cast, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of the tale is perfect viewing for Valentine’s Day.  Available for purchase here.

The Phantom of the Opera

Carrie

Carrie is going to the prom, and her school will never be the same again.  We all know the story of Carrie and her awesome telekinetic powers.  Her apocalyptic revenge on the fellow students who abused and bullied her for years is legend in the genre, but the story also has elements of the Cinderella story as Carrie dons her prom gown and shares a dance with the coolest, cutest guy in school.  With romance, the dance, a crazy mother and buckets of blood, this is a movie with everything you need for a romantic evening with your horror honey.  Get it here!

Carrie

My Bloody Valentine 3D

Oh come on…you knew this was going to be on the list.  This remake of the 1981 original stars Jensen Ackles and puts an interesting twist on the plot of the original, and the only film on the list that actually centers around Valentine’s Day and all the trappings that go with it.  Get your copy here.

My Bloody Valentine 3D

An American Werewolf in London

A movie that’s all about letting the beast out in all the right ways, John Landis’ classic werewolf tale is not only a highly entertaining film filled with the restless undead and an unlikely werewolf terrorizing London, but it also contains a sensual love story brought to life by David Naughton and Jenny Agutter.  And, let’s not forget that awesome scene in the porn theater with the hilariously polite British porn playing in the background.  Get your copy here.

An American Werewolf in London

The Strangers

A  young couple tormented through the night by a trio of sadistic, mask wearing psychopaths?  What’s not romantic about that?  Seriously though, Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are electric as the couple in question and if tension is an aphrodisiac for you and your sweetheart, this is the film for you.  Get it here.  You won’t be disappointed!

The Strangers

Horns

Horns is everything.  Love story, horror, mystery, thriller… everything rolled into one tight package.  Ig and Merrin, played expertly by Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple, have the kind of love that most people only dream of, so of course it’s doomed from the start.  I won’t give away more, but you have to see it.  Get a copy here and enjoy it with your favorite love!

Horns

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas sees spirits everywhere he goes.  He helps them bring justice to the people who murdered them.  He helps them move on and find peace.  Odd also has a sweet girlfriend who gets him and even helps him when the need arises.  There’s so much more to this film and the ending?  Heart wrenching springs to mind, but it’s totally worth the ride and it’s a perfect blend of comedy, horror and romance for any Valentine’s Day date.  You can get a copy here.

Odd Thomas

Candyman

A love that lasts beyond death?  An obsession that cannot be denied?  And all you have to do is say his name five times…”Sweets for the sweet” has never been so insidious as it was in Candyman.  This one’s a heavy hitter for the horror couple who doesn’t mind some gore with their romance, but I highly recommend it for your Valentine’s day celebration.  Get your copy here and enjoy!

Candyman

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7 Horror Movies Releasing Before Valentine’s Day 2024

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The year has barely started and we are already getting a slew of new horror titles — that’s an observation, not a complaint. But as much as people love horror movies, they also (hopefully) love their significant others, and if both of those things are in sync then there is no other month like February to celebrate them together.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and along with it comes candy, flowers, and perhaps a night out on the town. But until then, you are in for a treat because we have sifted out seven upcoming titles to enjoy before the big day, starting with a doc on one of the greatest pulp horror movie directors of all time.

So whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, get ready for two weeks of slashers, monsters and other nasty things. Here is a list of upcoming horror movies for the week of February 1 through February 14.

Dario Argento Panico (documentary) (Shudder Feb. 2)

Dario Argento Panico

Even in his eighties prolific director Dario Argento is keeping busy behind the camera. His most recent movie was 2022’s Dark Glasses. But most people know his prolific work from the ’70s. Taking a cue from director Mario Bava, Argento created some of the most revered Giallo movies to ever exist. From The Bird With the Crystal Plumage to Susperia to Demons, Argento’s oeuvre contains films that still influence the filmmakers of today.

Synopsis: Experience the world of Dario Argento like never before in Simone Scafidi’s documentary, Dario Argento Panico. It offers an intimate look at Argento’s creative journey and impact on horror, with insights from icons like del Toro and Noé.

Departing Seniors (VOD/PVOD Feb. 2)

Departing Seniors

If you’re slasher craving wasn’t satisfied with last month’s Founders Day, perhaps Departing Seniors will meet your needs. Billed as a horror-comedy, this one looks promising for a genre that is undeniably shop-worn.

Synopsis: Mexican-American and queer, high school student Javier doesn’t exactly fit in with the popular kids. But he might be the only one who can save them. After an act of bullying sends Javier to the hospital, he begins experiencing visions that foresee glimpses of shocking murders at his school right before they happen. Now, in between navigating the social hierarchies and prejudices of clique culture, Javier (Primo’s Ignacio Diaz-Silverio) and his best friend Bianca (Candyman’s Ireon Roach) must try to unmask a serial killer before he strikes again.

Departing Seniors puts a fresh spin on teen slasher movies like Scream and Freaky, updating them by putting its queer protagonist and characters of color front and center. It’s a horror-comedy with a sarcastic, whip-smart edge and appealingly complex characters.

Lisa Frankenstein (In theaters Feb. 9)

Lisa Frankenstein

Writer Diablo Cody is back with her brand of social commentary. This time the monster isn’t Megan Fox (Jennifer’s Body), but Cole Sprouse as a re-animated corpse. This is a highly anticipated film from director Zelda Williams (Jane the Virgin, Criminal Minds).

Synopsis: A coming of rage love story from acclaimed writer Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body) about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness… and a few missing body parts along the way.

Out of Darkness (In theaters Feb. 9)

Out of Darkness

Monsters existed 45,000 years ago and Out of Darkness proves that point. This is what they call a “survival horror film” which is to say that several people are running from something big enough to block out the sun.

Synopsis: Out of Darkness is a survival horror film following a group of six who have struggled across the narrow sea to find a new home. They are starving, desperate, and living 45,000 years ago. First they must find shelter, and they strike out across the tundra wastes towards the distant mountains that promise the abundant caves they need to survive. But when night falls, anticipation turns to fear and doubt as they realize they are not alone. As relationships in the group fracture, the determination of one young woman reveals the terrible actions taken to survive. Adding to the film’s authenticity, Out of Darkness is shot on location in the Scottish Highlands with the use of a bespoke language called “Tola,” which was developed specifically for the project by a linguist and an archaeologist. 

Skeletons in the Closet (Shudder Feb. 9)

Skeletons in the Closet

Terrance Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in this possession movie-with-a-twist. This is getting a Shudder release so keep a look out for it on the platform.

Synopsis: Follows Olivia and her friends as they go to a vacation. After Olivia nearly drowned with a slit wrist in her bathtub after her fiancé’s funeral, her friends suspect that she killed herself, but she believes someone attacked her.

Double Blind (VOD/PVOD Feb. 13)

Double Blind (2024)

Big Pharma is making a killing off prescription drugs. But before they can get approved by the Food & Drug Administration they have to be tested. In Double Blind, one such test has very weird results.

Synopsis: After an experimental drug trial goes awry, the test subjects face a terrifying side effect: if you fall asleep you die. Trapped in an isolated facility, panic ensues as they try to escape and somehow stay awake

Stranger in the Woods (VOD/PVOD Feb. 14)

Stranger in the Woods

Do taxidermists scare you? Remember Norman Bates stuffed his own dead mother and propped her up in a rocking chair in Psycho. In this movie, a creepy guy may or may not have done the same thing to a dog that belongs to vacationers renting a cabin next door. Who’s next?

Synopsis: Follows Olivia and her friends as they go on a vacation. After Olivia nearly drowned with a slit wrist in her bathtub after her fiancé’s funeral, her friends suspect that she killed herself, but she believes someone attacked her.

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10 Horror and Thriller Releases Coming To Netflix This February 2024

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Netflix Horror February 2024

As February approaches, Netflix is set to spice up its catalog with a collection of gripping horror and thriller titles. Ranging from classic horror adventures to contemporary psychological thrillers, this month’s selection promises to deliver a blend of chills and thrills to viewers. Here’s a rundown of the top 10 spine-tingling films and series making their way to the streaming platform this February, complete with release dates and synopses to help you plan your next binge-watch session.

Anaconda (1997): February 1st

Anaconda Official Trailer

In this horror-adventure film, a film crew headed by Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube journey into the Amazon jungle only to be hunted by a giant, monstrous anaconda. The suspense intensifies as they encounter not only the deadly snake but also a mysterious hunter who knows more than he reveals.


It (2017): February 1st

IT Official Trailer

Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, this horror film follows a group of children in Derry, Maine, who face their biggest fears when they confront an evil clown named Pennywise. The movie delves into themes of childhood trauma, unity, and overcoming fear.


Resident Evil (2002): February 1st

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012): February 1st

Resident Evil (2002) Trailer
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Trailer

These installments of the Resident Evil series follow Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, as she battles the Umbrella Corporation and the zombie apocalypse they’ve unleashed. The films combine horror with action-packed sequences, set in a dystopian world overrun by the undead.


X (2022): February 1st

X Trailer

An A24 horror film set in rural Texas, where a group of young filmmakers set out to create an adult film. Their project takes a terrifying turn when they become the targets of the reclusive, twisted couple whose guesthouse they’re using.


Home for Rent (2023): February 10th

Home For Rent Official Trailer

This international horror story revolves around a landlord who unwittingly rents out a house to a cult. The plot thickens as eerie events unfold, leading to a shocking revelation about the true nature of the tenants.


Lost in the Night (2023): February 10th

Lost In The Night Official Trailer

A Spanish mystery thriller that centers on unexpected events during a night out in Madrid. The story weaves through twists and turns, as secrets are revealed and the characters’ lives are changed forever.


The Abyss (2024): February 16th

The Abyss Official Trailer

Nope, it’s not The Abyss you were thinking of. This Swedish horror/thriller explores the unsettling events in the town of Kiruna, which is literally sinking. The plot follows Frigga, who finds herself torn between her family and her duty as a security chief in an underground mine, as the town faces inexplicable threats.


Can I Tell You A Secret? (Season 1): February 21st

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A gripping documentary series that delves into the lives of women affected by a stalker who infiltrates their social media accounts. The series sheds light on the broader issue of online harassment and its real-life implications.


American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders (2024): February 28th

No trailer at this time, but you can read our article about this Netflix docuseries here.

This true-crime documentary explores the mysterious and controversial case known as “The Octopus Murders.” The series investigates a web of conspiracy theories, delving into various accounts and evidence to uncover the truth behind these chilling crimes.

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