A chilling and astute horror picture, The Invitation is directed by Karyn Kusama from a screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. There’s a lot to mull over in this 2015 film and Kusama keeps the suspense building while laying the philosophical footing for a gut punch.Read more "The Invitation (2015)"
Christopher Ray directs 3-Headed Shark Attack, adding an extra head to his accomplishments from 2012’s 2-Headed Shark Attack. This 2015 direct-to-video offering from the Asylum features a screenplay by Jacob Cooney and Bill Hanstock, with cinematography by Finders Keepers director Alexander Yellen.Read more "3-Headed Shark Attack (2015)"
The good people at the Asylum deliver everything advertised with 2-Headed Shark Attack, a 2012 horror movie that just so happens to feature a shark with two heads. Christopher Ray is the director and the screenplay is by Edward DeRuiter and H. Perry Horton, with cinematography by Stuart Brereton.Read more "2-Headed Shark Attack (2012)"
Most people know what they’re getting when they check out a movie by the Asylum, so it’s fair to say that 2014’s Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys more or less meets expectations. It is outlandish, stupid and full of lampreys. That is a spectacular statement in and of itself.Read more "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (2014)"
Look, there’s nothing in Alexander Yellen’s Finders Keepers you haven’t seen before. The 2014 made-for-TV movie features a story by Jeffrey Schenck and a screenplay by Peter Sullivan and ticks off all of the boxes in the creepy-kid-has-creepy-doll subgenre.Read more "Finders Keepers (2014)"
Ti West’s 2013 film The Sacrament is an unsettling and distressing experience. It is presented in the found footage style, but its “documentary” presentation serves to excuse and explain the often theatrical mounting of the material.Read more "The Sacrament (2013)"
Jordan Galland’s Ava’s Possessions is a colourful and creative romp, but it’s also burdened to the point of self-destruction. The 2015 horror comedy is strengthened by a high-spirited aesthetic and imaginative cinematography by Adrian Peng Correia, plus it features an enjoyable set of performances.Read more "Ava’s Possessions (2015)"
Directed by Adam Robitel from a screenplay he penned with Gavin Heffenan, The Taking of Deborah Logan starts with a treasure-trove of a premise and runs way, way off the rails. This 2014 horror movie is a found footage piece, with the gimmick of a documentary serving as the justification.Read more "The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)"
Patrick Brice directs, writes and stars in the 2014 horror film Creep. He wrote the screenplay with Mark Duplass, who also stars in what amounts to a two-man show. There’s a lot to like about this lean and mean found footage thriller, but it also drags in places.Read more "Creep (2014)"
Mark Tonderai directs House at the End of the Street, a laborious film from 2012. Based on a screenplay by David Loucka and Jonathan Mostow, this horror and/or thriller movie was actually shot in 2010 and features Jennifer Lawrence at the top of the marquee.Read more "House at the End of the Street (2012)"
Ben Jehoshua helms The Chosen, a 2015 horror film that trades a half dozen lives for a life in a rumble for the ages. Or whatever. Based on a screenplay by Jehoshua, Barry Jay Stitch and Andrew Scheppmann, this thing is all kinds of ridiculous.Read more "The Chosen (2015)"
Tripp Rhame’s Bleed leaves no cliché unturned. This 2016 horror picture is a trap of horror movie tropes and things get outright nuts before the closing credits, with Rhame and Ben Jacoby’s screenplay almost devouring itself in the process.Read more "Bleed (2016)"
A warped and unnerving horror film from director Leigh Janiak, Honeymoon works as parable and curious fiction. Featuring a screenplay by Janiak and Phil Graziadei, this 2014 motion picture moves with sophisticated purpose and weaves an account that reveals itself one slimy step at a time.Read more "Honeymoon (2014)"
As delicate as a garbage can fireworks display, Michael Thelin’s Emelie is a sluggish and ostentatious trek. The 2015 motion picture features a screenplay by Richard Raymond Harry Herbeck, with protracted cinematography by Luca Del Puppo.Read more "Emelie (2015)"
A black comedy with a slasher movie chaser, Adam Wingard’s You’re Next uncorks a chilled bottle of social satire. The 2011 picture is written by Simon Barrett and ostensibly seems like a conventional home invasion piece, but there’s an edge to it that sets it apart in the genre.Read more "You’re Next (2011)"
A classically disconcerting tale, Robert Eggers’ The Witch is awash in tacit trepidation. The 2015 picture was also written by the director and features the cinematography of Jarin Blaschke, who explores the lasting unknown in malnourished woods.Read more "The Witch (2015)"
Israel Luna writes and directs the 2011 horror picture The Ouija Experiment. Made for an estimated $1,200, there’s something admirable about its gumption. It doesn’t feature the best acting and the special effects are kind of adorably quaint, which suggests that Luna has the chops to make do with less.Read more "The Ouija Experiment (2011)"
In the 2013 horror film The Purge, writer and director James DeMonaco unearthed a timely parable that explored American attitudes toward the homeless and disenfranchised. With his sequel, the 2014 movie The Purge: Anarchy, DeMonaco returns with one of the most pointed political satires in recent memory.Read more "The Purge: Anarchy (2014)"
Back in 2012, Scott Derrickson directed a fairly generic horror picture called Sinister. The same year, Ciarán Foy helmed the frightening Citadel. The latter was a “character-drive vision of phobic terror,” while the former stumbled through pieces of better horror films.Read more "Sinister 2 (2015)"
A haunting, effective and supremely timely horror film, The Purge accomplishes a lot as both social allegory and efficient thriller. The 2013 movie is written and directed by James DeMonaco, with cinematography by Jacques Jouffret.Read more "The Purge (2013)"