10.) Joe Begos “Almost Human”
Reminds me of the drive-in horror movie of the 70’s and 80’s. For that alone it deserves the spot.
9.) Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler”
In these days of instant news competing for ad revenue, the truth hardly matters anymore.
8.) E.L. Katz’s “Cheap Thrills”
This is why I don’t bet. But I bet you’ll love it.
7.) Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive”
Reminds me a lot of Xan Cassavette’s “Kiss of the Damned” which made last years list. Only cooler. Gorgeous movie. Brilliant performances. Existential dialogue. And blood popsicles.
6.) Adam Wingard’s “The Guest”
What if Jason Bourne was more like Frankenstein’s monster? Very intense and funny with an amazing performance by Dan Stevens.
5.) Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer’s “Starry Eyes”
A Faustian tale except Faust wanted everything, Sarah only wants to star in a B horror film. Amazing performance by Alex Essoe. Her audition alone scene is brilliant. And brave.
4.) Jeremy Saulnier’s “Blue Ruin”
An odd thriller/revenge film with heart and humor. could have just as easily been my number one pick. Plus it has Jan Brady!
3.) Mike Flanagan’s “Oculus”
The man behind one of my favorite movies, “Absentia” brings forth a story told in flashbacks, brilliantly edited about the dangers of the mirror, mirror on the wall…
2.) Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin”
It’s amazing how the Puritanical/Catholic beliefs that sex is a sin and can kill your souls still can work so powerfully as a metaphor for an alien killing men. A lot of non-actors hold their own in a film with Scarlett Johansson who always bring her A game.
1.) Jennifer Kent’s “The Babadook”
Best descent into madness film since “The Shining” caused by the grieving process. I don’t think Elisabeth Kübler-Ross had this in mind when she defined the five stages of grief. Because it can be ugly. Very painful and ugly.