Oscars almost never nominate horror flicks, but they should

hof the Academy Awards, not a single horror movie has been nominated.

Sure, the dearth of award-winning horror flicks is nothing new, but as the genre continues to turn out excellent art, it’s becoming harder and harder to justify the lack of awards recognition. Before diving into the numbers, here are some of the best horror flicks of 2016 that didn’t receive any recognition from the Academy and should have.

“The Witch.” This movie was flat-out spectacular, and we’ll probably be seeing its breakout star Anya Taylor-Joy in a lot more movies very soon. Its cinematography, which relied heavily on natural light, would’ve felt at home in a Stanley Kubrick movie like “The Shining,” and its script creatively incorporated primary sources to capture the zeitgeist of early puritan America. “The Witch” should have been nominated for best original screenplay.

“Green Room.” This tight flick keeps the scale small and the tension high. Add a clever script and killer supporting work from Patrick Stewart as a neo-Nazi hunting down members of a punk band, and you’ve got a unique thriller. This was also one of up-and-comer Anton Yelchin’s last movies before his untimely death, and it represents one of his best contributions to the medium. Jeremy Saulnier should have been nominated for best director, and Yelchin should have been considered for best actor.

“Don’t Breathe.” Sure, this movie’s a little more of a genre-pic than the other two, relying on jump scares, exploitation and a clear baddie (the engaging Stephen Lang). But “Don’t Breathe” benefits from quietly brilliant cinematography. Nearly the whole movie takes place inside a small home, which the camera maps out in a single shot at the beginning to give viewers a clear sense of the space the characters occupy, and their options at every turn. 2016 was a strong year for cinematography, but this was as good as (if not better than) many of the nominees.

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