Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying that horror recently has experienced a massive surge in quality. The genre went through a deep stagnation in the 2000s, but recent years have seen a strong comeback for the once defunct film style. That means less torture porn, and more legitimate fear. For horror fans, it's a welcome change of pace.

On that note, we have compiled a list of the 10 best horror movies from 2016. Some of these films centered on supernatural horror, while others focus on more realistic forms of terror, but all of them are phenomenal films that make us proud to be fans of the genre. Now let's get started with one of the most successful horror franchises in recent memory...

10. The Conjuring 2

Sequels are always a tough nut to crack in the film industry, and horror sequels have a nasty habit of being the worst of the bunch. That being said, it appears that James Wan has figured out the horror sequel formula in grand fashion. The Conjuring 2 once again highlighted the exploits of paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) as they investigate the infamous Enfield haunting in England. The film is tense, bone-chilling, and completely lives up to the quality of the original.

9. The Shallows

Shark movies have become their own horror genre over the years, and The Shallows completely lives up to the reputations of classics like Jaws and Open Water. Using a relatively simple premise, the film follows a young woman (Blake Lively) struggling to survive when a vicious great white shark forces her onto a reef during a surf trip. Once the carnage starts, it seldom lets up and The Shallows made for a perfect summer horror adventure.

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