The Invitation (2015)

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.

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3-Headed Shark Attack (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.

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2-Headed Shark Attack (2012)

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.

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Finders Keepers (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.

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The Sacrament (2013)

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.

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Ava’s Possessions (2015)

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.

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Creep (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.

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The Chosen (2015)

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.

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Bleed (2016)

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.

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Honeymoon (2014)

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.

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Emelie (2015)

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.

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You’re Next (2011)

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.

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The Witch (2015)

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.

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The Ouija Experiment (2011)

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.

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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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.

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Sinister 2 (2015)

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.

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The Purge (2013)

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.

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