The 50 Greatest Movie Moments of 2018

In the cold doldrums of January, with the multiplexes still mostly dormant, there’s only one thing for movie fans to do: look back at the previous year. And that’s what the /Film staff spent much of the past week doing as we assembled to create a list of the 50 greatest movie moments of 2018. First, we debated and argued and fought for which movie moments belonged on the list (all recorded in podcast form for your listening pleasure) and then we voted on the order.

The result? A list of 50 scenes, sequences, lines of dialogue, and shots that reflect what moved us, thrilled us, chilled us and gave us life in 2018.

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: We did it, readers. We survived 2018. In the tradition of revitalizing ourselves with a new yearly beginning, Chris and myself would like to offer some “Fresh Start” watches for you this week. Streamable titles with an emphasis on exposing the real you, or pursuing a new path, or finding alternate existential meaning. You know, before December rolls around once again and we’re ready to restate all those resolutions and personal promises of growth with the hope that motivation sticks this time around.

Chris: Happy New Year! Let’s start the new year off on a positive note, shall we? We can all better ourselves! Just kidding, we’re doomed. Much like the folks in the films below! The characters in these films are all hoping for a fresh start, but what they get instead is terror. Sounds like someone I know. That someone is you, dear reader. 

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Deck, the halls with torment and bodies, fa la la la la – you get my drift. Yes, SlashFilm. It’s a very special Christmas horror edition of “Now Scream This,” as the smell of gingerbread attempts to overpower the burning embers left behind in Krampus’ wake. Zombie elves, exploding presents, murderous snowmen who stalk their pretty to tropical island resorts…you won’t find these titles in the Hallmark Channel’s rotation. Unless Hallmark got rad as hell and unleashed winter massacres on unsuspecting families in primetime. Cowards.

Chris: Happy Holidays, boils and ghouls. Matt and I have loaded up on eggnog, donned Santa hats, and are ready to bring you some holiday horror! The fact of the matter is, there are a lot of Christmas horror movies. Too many, in fact! And many of them are terrible, and usually variations on the same theme: someone dressed as Santa, or Santa himself, kills people. And that’s fine, if that’s your thing. But for this very special Christmas Now Scream This, we wanted to give you some variety. The films don’t have to take place on Christmas (although they can), but have to at least invoke some sort of Christmas feeling, vague as that might be. So string up the lights, stuff the stockings, and stream these films by the light of the Christmas tree. 

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Best Horror Movies Streaming

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Apologies for the lack of theme this week – blame me. My stack of Christmas Horror screeners and awards season voting catch-up has grown into an untamable beast filling half my apartment. This week you’re getting a selection of favorites, fresh hits, and forgotten films done dirty by the vast influx of VOD titles that bury last week’s releases despite overall quality. Plus, Chris and I are going to gift-wrap some seasonal treats next week, so expect a double-down on December streaming content. We’ll make up for it, don’t worry.

Chris: Matt and I are still recovering from Thanksgiving, so we’re giving you an old-fashioned, un-themed round-up of horror for this edition of Now Scream This. Themes are great, but sometimes it’s fun to just kick back and watch whatever the hell you want, restrictions be damned.  

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Thanksgiving – the nightmare that is cyclical forced family engagements. Another night spent dodging questions about how you’re almost thirty and still not “settling down,” forced to seek comfort inside a whiskey bottle while averting Aunt Sally’s searing judgemental snark (“hypothetically”). This year, why not just skip all the in-person terrorization and stream an at-home “Horrors Of Family” marathon? There’s no other choice regarding “Now Scream This” theme with Thanksgiving on the horizon, so Chris and I thought it fair to recommend some of our favorite horror flicks involving family units (you can watch right now). Child snatching demons, chainsaw massacres, and hairy Celtic rogues. Still somehow more normal than Thanksgiving dinner conversations.

Chris: It’s Thanksgiving week (unless you’re Canadian – then you celebrate Thanksgiving in April or some such nonsense). The holiday rolls around every November to give us an excuse to act like gluttons while also forcing us to spend time with our families. What could be more horrifying than that? In honor of Thanksgiving, Matt and I have gathered together films that reflect the horrors of family – be it in the form of a family get-together, or otherwise. So this Thanksgiving week, after you’ve eaten too many carbs, why not kick-back and watch some of these horror movies? Or you could watch football like a weirdo, I guess.

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Having already injected Overlord’s glowing serum into my eyeballs at Fantastic Fest, let me assure you lovely readers that genre content this wild (typically) doesn’t get blockbuster treatment these days. Nazi experiments, bone-crunching body contortions, tough-as-nails military action blended with Re-Animator afterlife tampering? Overlord goes for it, and despite a lengthy attic stay during the film’s second act, delivers on making Nazis even more evil than history books profess. With that in mind, Chris and I decided to honor some other big-budget horror titles that embrace the lunacy of B-movie patchworking on the largest screen possible. Infected school lunches, snarling zombie clowns, Michael Rooker with tentacles. You know, the usual!

Chris: I’ve yet to see Overlord, because I don’t get out as much as Matt (I’m basically a shut-in, folks; get off my lawn). That said, I do love when B-movie sensibilities slip through into mainstream cinema. I was hoping to include M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening – the ultimate big budget B-movie – on this list, but sadly, it’s not streaming anywhere. Because life isn’t fair. So I had to include another M. Night movie instead. A side-note: some of the films on this list aren’t “big-budget” compared to something like a Marvel movie, but they’re certainly more well-funded than your standard, ultra-low-budget B-movie.

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Comics Like Practical Magic

(Welcome to Comic Book Drive-In, a series where comic and movie fans Jazmine Joyner and Rosie Knight recommend brand new, ongoing, and completed comic book series that tie into classic films and new releases.)

This week’s eerie Comic Book Drive-In all about the 1998 Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman Halloween classic Practical Magic. It’s a fun, frightful, and surprisingly feminist flick about sisterhood, witchcraft, and family. We love this film and have picked three brilliant comics that perfectly complement the magical movie.

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Now Scream This: Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Each week, my recommendations unlock a little piece of what makes “Matt Donato” tick, but with Halloween’s party atmosphere in mind, I wanted to go “Full-Force Donato.” Titles that’ll kick your fiesta up a notch with significant ties to yours truly. It wasn’t an easy task because I’ve already unleashed my go-to demon raves and midnight favorites on y’all, so these are going to cut deeper. Deathgasm? Re-Animator? Demon Wind? You’ve heard too much from me on those. Time to dive farther into streaming catalogs than I’ve previously thought advisable. Pray for me, and also thank your Gods or Spaghetti Monsters that you don’t have to wade these murky waters yourself. 

Chris: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween season is upon us in full-force, and as we get closer and closer to the big day, the need to binge horror movies increases. I don’t know what your Halloween activities entail, reader, but I’ll tell you what I do every October 31: I watch movies. With that concept in mind, Matt and I have each programmed our own individual Halloween movie marathons. With my choices, I’ve decided to give you a little bit of everything: zombies, witches, ghosts and good old fashioned monsters. The evening starts light, then eventually gets darker, before ending with fun. Happy Halloween, folks. 

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Comics Like Let the Right One In

(Welcome to Comic Book Drive-In, a series where comic and movie fans Jazmine Joyner and Rosie Knight recommend brand new, ongoing, and completed comic book series that tie into classic films and new releases.)

For this week’s spooky Comic Book Drive-In, we’ve selected the beautifully dark Swedish horror offering Let the Right One In. The deceptively simple film about a young boy and his mysterious new neighbor who may or may not be a vampire is a complex and moving story about friendship, trust, love, and, of course, drinking blood. We’ve selected three fantastical comics that build on everything that makes Let the Right One In so special.

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Horror Movies to Stream

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Sorry, all! We’re back on our normally scheduled “Now Scream This” programming after festivals upon conventions upon workload buildup. Chris is a stronger man than I since he provided entries while away at TIFF. The same can not be said for this Fantastic Fest attendee. The last two weeks have been travel-palooza between Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, Austin’s Fantastic Fest, and then catching the Black Plague after forgoing sleep some two straight weeks. In any case, all systems once again go! Back to the streaming recommendations. That’s more important, anyway.

Chris: It’s good to be back! I promise that we’ll get back to themes again soon, as I always find this column goes down better with a common throughline. That said, I’m just happy to be here to recommend some great horror. It’s Halloween season, the most wonderful time of the year. While I think I’ll save my specific Halloween faves for closer to the holiday itself, you can’t go wrong with most of the titles below.

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