5. The Larry Fessenden Collection (Scream Factory/IFC)
Scream Factory had an incredibly impressive year, both on their own and from their partnership with IFC. Through all those great releases one truly stood out for me and that was The Larry Fessenden Collection (my review). Even if the name Larry Fessenden doesn’t ring familiar to you, you’ve likely seen him if you’re a horror fan. A true jack-of-all-trades, Fessenden has basically worked every job imaginable on a film set. The set gives us 4 directorial efforts from Fessenden – No Telling, Habit, Wendigo, and The Last Winter.
The films start at the beginning of Fessenden’s career and end with one of his most recent releases. Watching the films in order of which they were released allows you to see the progression of an extraordinary talent. When I first got this set I wasn’t familiar with Fessenden’s work and this served as the perfect introduction. In addition to the four features the set is packed with special features, including a number of short films. If you want to dive into the mind of Larry Fessenden this collection is the way to go.