We here at Bloody-Disgusting often get spoiled. We get to go to film festivals (sometimes for free) and see loads of horror movies months (sometimes years) before they get any sort of release. It can also be alienating for readers to read a bunch of top 10 lists containing a plethora of films that they themselves are unable to see. That is why I don’t include festival films on my top 10 lists. It’s not fair to all of you and the last think I would ever want to do is make you feel left out. So I’ve created a separate list to start the year off on a positive note, in the effort to get your hopes up for some truly special films that will hopefully see a release this year. The following eight films are festival favorites of mine that I’ve seen in the past two years and for some reason still haven’t seen a release.
It’s no secret that Chris Peckover’s Safe Neighborhood, which pits a babysitter (Olivia DeJonge, The Visit) and her charge (Levi Miller, Pan) against some psychotic intruders, was one of my favorite films of the festival. It provides a bonkers twist on the home invasion sub-genre that had me squealing with glee from start to finish. It has earned its place with Gremlins, Krampus and Batman Returns as part of my annual holiday viewing tradition. Just don’t let anyone spoil the twist for you when it gets released (supposedly in the 2017 holiday season). It’s a doozy.
Man, I cannot believe this hasn’t seen a release yet. I saw this back in September 2015 at Fantastic Fest here in Austin and it wound up being one of my favorite films of the festival. Sean Byrne’s (The Loved Ones) The Devil’s Candy is a thoroughly enjoyable possession film about a painter (Ethan Embry) who is possessed by Satanic forces after he and his wife (Shiri Appleby, UnREAL) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) move into a new house. Part haunted house film and part possession film, The Devil’s Candy is a fresh take on a stale sub-genre. The final 20 minutes are incredibly tense and worth the price of admission alone.
Just what the hell is going on with Oz (son of Anthony) Perkins’s The Blackcoat’s Daughter (my review)? It was a hit at many 2015 film festivals and has been running into release issues ever since. His second feature, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (review), already saw a release on Netflix this year. This is depressing because The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a truly haunting film with great performances that will stick with you for days (or even weeks) after you see it. I can’t get the damn thing out of my head and I saw it a year and a half ago.
UPDATE: I wrote this article the day before this news broke. You’ll get to see it soon!
Don’t Kill It (my review) is incredibly fun B-movie trash that is a hoot from start to finish. Lundgren is really in his element here and gets to show off his skills as a comedian (the guy is hilarious) while Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween) has some fun playing his foil. Director Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!, The Gravedancers) gets a lot of mileage out of a gimmicky villain. The film does peak about halfway through with a town hall meeting and never fully recaptures the batshit insanity of that scene, choosing to play the ending a little too seriously. Still, it’s a fun popcorn movie that deserves to be seen with a crowd.
Next: A cannibal coming-of-age tale and an Anne Hathaway kaiju movie!