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The Dreadful Ten: 10 More Horror Films We Hope You See in 2016!Fearful Features,Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
Earlier this year, FANGORIA offered up ten of our top recommendations from the 2015 festival circuit to look out for in 2016. Fortunately, half of those fright films were either released or picked up for distribution and might just be available before the year is out. But in the months since, FANGORIA has been to festivals, conventions, and screenings around the world, and so, we’ve assembled a new batch of terror titles to hopefully look out for before 2017 is upon us!
10. THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (dir. Nicolas Pesce)
Produced by Antonio Campos, the filmmaker behind SIMON KILLER and the upcoming OMEN prequel, this twisted arthouse horror offering marks the audacious and unsettling directorial debut of Nicolas Pesce as well as a striking, unforgettable performance from actress Kika Magalhaes.
9. PHANTASM: RAVAGER (dir. David Hartman)
The first PHANTASM film not to be helmed by series creator Don Coscarelli, the swan song of Angus Scrimm as well as the return of PHANTASM’s core cast ranks among this horror hound’s most anticipated titles.
8. NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE (dir. Jonathan Straiton)
Disgusting, transgressive, and absolutely bonkers, Jonathan Straiton’s NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE will be the most jaw-dropping horror offering you’ll see all year, and aims to test Philly fright fans’ mettle at the upcoming Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival.
7. THE VOID (dir. Steve Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie)
The latest eerie effort from Astron-6’s Steve Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie, THE VOID breaks from the Canadian Collective’s horror-comedy mold in exchange for a straightforward, practical FX-driven sci-fi/horror hybrid.
6. JACK GOES HOME (dir. Thomas Dekker)
From actor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Dekker, this star-studded psychological thriller aims to get under your skin sooner rather than later.
5. BEYOND THE GATES (dir. Jackson Stewart)
Described as JUMANJI for the horror crowd, BEYOND THE GATES was produced by and stars newly minted FANGORIA Hall of Fame inductee Barbara Crampton in a rare villainous turn, terrorizing THE MIND’S EYE’s Graham Skipper, JOHN DIES AT THE END’s Chase Willamson, and DEXTER’s Brea Grant.
4. THE GREASY STRANGLER (dir. Jim Hosking)
The cinematic lovechild of PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE, John Waters, and Troma, THE GREASY STRANGLER breaks every taboo while taking the audience into a Freudian nightmare that’s as likely to elicit gasps as it will laughs.
3. THE LOVE WITCH (dir. Anna Biller)
Wonderfully crafted and shot beautifully on 35mm film, this tongue-in-cheek horror melodrama is guaranteed to seduce fans of ’60s pulp scare fare and over-the-top erotic thrillers.
2. THE SIMILARS (dir. Isaac Ezban)
A brilliant and subversive homage to THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE SIMILARS not only is a twisty thriller with a health of humor, but registers Isaac Ezban as a genre filmmaker to watch in a big, bold way.
1. WE GO ON (dir. Andy Mitton, Jesse Holland)
A horror offering that’s as contemplative as it is absolutely chilling, those who feel IT FOLLOWS missed the mark in the character department should line up for this compelling creepshow, which also plays at PUFF 2016.
And now, here are some honorable mentions that unfortunately didn’t make the cut…
WE ARE THE FLESH
Perhaps this writer’s favorite fright flick of 2016, the surreal, perverse vision of WE ARE THE FLESH isn’t for everyone.
Although this writer has yet to see this lauded sequel, a BLAIR WITCH continuation from the minds of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett has the potential to be a winning mix.
Twisted in all the right ways, PET is likely to continue turning heads throughout fall’s festival season.
THE MASTER CLEANSE
Bobby Miller’s drama is part creature feature, part introspective tragedy, though thrillseekers should leave their hope for straightforward scares at the door.
UNDER THE SHADOW
THE BABADOOK with a political edge, UNDER THE SHADOW will give fans of slow-burn horror their fair share of goosebumps.
OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL
After a string of successes, Mike Flanagan’s narrative craftsmanship has turned this petrifying prequel into this Autumn’s must-see studio horror offering.
Darren Bousman returns, and his colorful take on the haunting genre has had festival crowds buzzing since it’s summer debut.
THE DEVIL’S CANDY
THE LOVED ONES director Sean Byrne offers yet another rule-breaking horror offering, this time taking on serial killers and inherited evil with his particular brand of brutal misdirection.
Over-the-top? Sure, but this impressive revenge film from last year’s Mile High Horror Film Festival should be making it’s way stateside any day now.
RETURN TO RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH A/K/A VOLUME 2
Troma is back and as crude as ever, offering the long-awaited conclusion to the RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH saga, chock-full of splattery independent goodness.