The Awakening (2011)

Nick Murphy’s The Awakening gets off on the right foot, blending greying horror visuals with a strong protagonist to craft an absorbing set of possibilities. But Murphy and Stephen Volk’s screenplay steers things so entirely askew for the last third that the goodwill of this 2011 British movie is driven into the ditch.

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Devil’s Due (2014)

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence are responsible for Devil’s Due, a 2014 found footage horror piece that contends with a good old-fashioned Satanic birth. The screenplay by Lindsay Devlin bears a quarter of a million comparisons with Rosemary’s Baby, while the scrambling cinematography of Justin Martinez makes it feel […]

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The Silenced (2015)

Lee Hae-young’s The Silenced is a lot of things at once. The 2015 South Korean picture features a screenplay by the director, with gorgeous cinematography by Kim Il-yeon and lush, spectral music by Dalparan.

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Piranhaconda (2012)

B-movie stalwart Jim Wynorski directs Piranhaconda, a ridiculous jaunt clearly in the vein of other Syfy Channel outings like Sharktopus. This 2012 flick is produced by Roger Corman and features a screenplay by Mike MacLean, who coincidentally wrote the aforementioned Sharktopus.

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Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda (2014)

Directed by Kevin O’Neill with a screenplay by Matt Yamashita, Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda is the sequel to 2010’s Sharktopus. It somehow manages to be more ridiculous than its predecessor, which is no small feat. Produced by Roger and Julie Corman, it also slips into the same pattern set by its toothy ancestor.

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Sharktopus (2010)

Produced by Roger Corman and directed by Declan O’Brien, the 2010 horror B-movie Sharktopus is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. The screenplay by Mike MacLean does the job of merging a shark with an octopus for despicable purposes, while the cinematography of Santiago Navarrete navigates the bevy of beach beauties.

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Krampus (2015)

For one reason or another, the merging of horror and the Christmas season seems a perfect fit. In Krampus, director Michael Dougherty creates a familiar moral fable out of the titular figure of Alpine folklore and the results are underwhelming.

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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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