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For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Limited Release Film!

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With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to the Best Limited Release category, there were several features that were so close to making the cut, including Corin Hardy’s THE HALLOW and the horror anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN making it all the way to the last phase of voting. And, of course, this category would be looking very differently had IT FOLLOWS remained on its intended limited release schedule earlier in 2015. Nevertheless, FANGORIA was able to sift through all the excellent terror titles of this past year and nominate our five favorites for your consideration.

So without further ado, here are your FANGORIA Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Limited Release Film…

 

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ANGUISH, directed by Sonny Mallhi

In a year filled with low-budget ghost stories and possession thrillers, Sonny Mallhi’s ANGUISH stood out among the crowd to bring genuine chills to the screen. With a strong script and great performances, ANGUISH may not have been the most popular horror offering of 2015 but will certainly find an audience in due time. But the question now is if it’s small but vocal audience is big and dedicated enough to push ANGUISH into a Chainsaw Award win.

 

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THE FINAL GIRLS, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson

Offering far more than your standard horror comedy, THE FINAL GIRLS strikes a stellar chord in choosing to deal with loss, grief and closure in the paradigm of a slasher film. Emotional yet hilarious and respectful of the horror genre, THE FINAL GIRLS was an audience favorite throughout the festivals it played in 2015. Should that audience rally together, there’s a good chance that THE FINAL GIRLS could take the Chainsaw from its worthy competitors.

 

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SOME KIND OF HATE, directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer

Brutal, unforgiving and inventive, SOME KIND OF HATE is a fantastic call back to the nasty slasher flicks of old while dealing with a relevant, contemporary issue. And with a villain that sports one of the most gruesome gimmicks in recent memory, SOME KIND OF HATE holds a sinister surprise around every corner, all of which comes with clever direction from newcomer Adam Egypt Mortimer. Even though it may not be the most high profile of the nominees, SOME KIND OF HATE has certainly grown in popularity after its inclusion on Netflix Instant, making it 2016’s dark horse contender for the Chainsaw.

 

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WE ARE STILL HERE, directed by Ted Geoghegan

An old school haunting tale complete with its own mythology and Fulci-esque madness, WE ARE STILL HERE quickly became one of the most buzzed about indie horror titles of 2015. Sporting an excellent ensemble cast that included Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden and Monte Markham, WE ARE STILL HERE is one hell of a showcase for director Ted Geoghegan, balancing splattery FX and unsettling scares masterfully. However, even though the film is one of the frontrunners for this year’s Chainsaw, WE ARE STILL HERE still needs to collectively rally its widespread supporters to vote, making this anyone’s race.

 

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi

Hysterical, brilliant and with the perfect amount of pathos, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS slayed audiences in a big, bold way during its limited rollout early in 2015. Yet by the end of the year, few films remained as relevant and discussed as WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, all but guaranteeing a spot the Chainsaw Award nominee to beat in 2016.

If you would like to vote for any of these films for Best Limited Release Film, check out the full ballot here and send your completed ballot to chainsaw@fangoria.com.

About the author
Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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