2016 boasted a lot of indie and straight to video horror flicks. Fortunately, not all of them were gutter worthy. Check out these films that you might have missed and might want to check out before 2017 hits us with a whole lotta newness.
1.) Under the Shadow: Directed by Babak Anvari
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
This one flew completely under my nose. The ratings are high, the story and theme is strong, and generally, foreign horror films are a lot smarter if they aren’t attempting to appeal to an American audience.
2.) Neon Demon:Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
It was easy to turn a blind eye to this hit; it just seems like something women have to deal with daily. It came off too artsy, shiny, and pretty but Jenna Malone’s performance is all I keep hearing about and I’m a fan so I might just have to grab some vino and girl-out with this sexy horror picture show.
3.) Abattoir: Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
An investigative reporter teams up with a Police officer to solve the mystery of why a seemingly good man murdered her sister’s family.
Bousman is my boy and I had to give him props. This flick did relatively well in the smaller festival circuit and the concept is an intriguing one.
4.) The Eyes of My Mother: Directed by Nicolas Pesce
A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.
If the synopsis is simple and mysterious, I’m going to assume the movie will be the same. Those who have seen it rave about the gorgeous cinematography and the haunting, disturbing imagery.
5.) Autopsy of Jane Doe: Directed by Andre Ovredal
A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.
This one could go very right or very wrong. I’d tread with caution but hell, Brian Cox is in it and I’d do anything for that guy.
6.) Beyond the Gates: Directed by Jackson Stewart
Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father’s video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a VCR board game dubbed ‘Beyond The Gates’ that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.
Beyond the Gates is without a doubt a tribute to 80s horror and those sweet horror board-VHS combo games that I can’t name at the moment.
How about you? What’s your secret, undiscovered horror hit of 2016?
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