I try to at least half-plan my Horror Picks every year, but I leave a lot of room for a few movies to enter my brain organically. This is a perfect example. Yesterday I did It Comes At Night, a claustrophobic film about a family that stays in their cabin for fear of a plague that has taken over the outside world. That immediately made me think of another film with this extremely similar premise, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Oh man, I forgot how much I loved this movie. If yesterday’s film felt claustrophobic, today’s is a downright straightjacket. 10 Cloverfield Lane follows a woman that gets in a car accident and wakes up in an underground bunker with two men. She’s told there was an alien invasion and the air outside is poisonous so no one can leave. But slowly as the movie progresses, questions start popping up as to what actually is happening. That’s where I’ll stop because this is definitely one of those movies where the least said about it, the better. Obviously whenever JJ Abrams is involved there is a mass amount of secrecy, but in this case there’s good reason. This horror/scifi/mystery will keep you guessing all the way until the very end. While there are numerous reasons to recommend this film, the story, the pacing, the unrelenting suspense, for me the biggest draw is the acting. In particular, John freaking Goodman. We’ve all seen him in a million things where he’s constantly amazing. Personal favorite – Walter from Big Lebowski. But here, he might give his most intense and demanding performance ever. His character of Howard is both terrifying and heartbreaking. You never quite know what to make of him and his intentions, yet you can’t take your eyes off of him. I actually think he deserved an Oscar nomination for this role, but alas, horror/scifi movies are usually not part of the mix. Regardless, everyone should check this movie out. It’s a wide recommend for the entire gamut of viewers. It’s a complex and twist-filled journey that will leave you speechless. See it. Now.