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Gerald's Game (2017)
This adaptation of Stephen King's 1992 novel was a labor of love for director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) who would routinely take a copy of the book to Hollywood meetings in case he was asked about his dream project. Carla Gugino stars as a woman left handcuffed to a bed in a remote house after her bondage-fan husband (Bruce Greenwood) dies of a heart attack.
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Cult of Chucky (2017)
Fiona Dourif's character Nica from 2013's Curse of Chucky returns to be further terrorized by everyone's favorite killer-doll, this time within the confines of a mental institution. Writer-director Don Mancini's film succeeds in delivering bucketloads of fan-service (thanks to the presence of franchise veterans Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, and, of course, the Chucky-voicing Brad Dourif), while also being a nicely nasty addition to the franchise in its own right.
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Train to Busan (2016)
There's not much new about this South Korean movie — it’s essentially "zombies-on-a-train." But filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho weaves together all the best bits from half a century of undead tales to create a genuine heart-pounder of a film.
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We Are Still Here (2015)
Filmmaker Ted Geoghegan's debut movie has terrifying ghosts, a wonderful central performance from Barbara Crampton, and the best ever onscreen demise of filmmaker Larry Fessenden (which, as aficionados of the Habit auteur's death-filled acting resume will be aware, is really saying something).
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The Invitation (2015)
You're best off knowing as little as possible about this slow-burn movie, which stars Logan Marshall-Green from Prometheus and The O.C. But we do promise it features the worst movie dinner party since the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
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The always great Lauren Ashley Carter plays the title role of a young woman who agrees to look after Sean Young's spooky old New York house — despite the awful thing which happened to the last caretaker. Mickey Keating's black-and-white chiller is a micro-masterpiece.
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The Babadook (2014)
Has the titular monster's recent transformation into a gay icon robbed writer-director Jennifer Kent's film of its ability to terrorize the viewer? Hell. No.
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This tricksy haunted house tale from New Zealand effectively turns into a different kind of movie every half hour or so — and they are all great.
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It Follows (2014)
Maika Monroe plays a teen who has sex with her new boyfriend, only to discover that she is now being slowly, but relentlessly pursued by a terrifying entity. The best John Carpenter movie not actually made by John Carpenter.
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The found footage horror anthology franchise reached a deranged peak with its second entry and, in particular, with Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto's Indonesia-set apocalypse cult tale, Safe Haven.
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Cabin Fever (2002)
Want to see a really disgusting film about a highly aggressive virus eating the flesh of some friends out in the boonies? Hey, that's why God created director Eli Roth!
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The Craft (1996)
This tale of four high school witches (Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True) is a horror-adjacent highlight of the dire-for-the-genre '90s. Want to learn more? Then check out our recent oral history.
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Clive Barker's movie introduced a genuine horror icon in the form of Doug Bradley's Pinhead and remains an entertainingly weird slice of sadistic supernatural mayhem.