Yesterday, we put the spotlight on ten 2016 studio horror films that we were most excited for. Now we turn our attention to ten independent horror films that we are most excited for this year (some of which we’ve already seen)! This list was a bit more difficult to make, as there are just so many independent horror films being released this year. It almost seemed cruel to limit it to just ten, but here we are. Back in my end-of-2015 posts, I mentioned how I didn’t think 2015 was as great of a year for horror. That is because many of my favorite films were screened at festivals that had not seen a wide release at the time. Well, their time is now, and I can confidently say that 2016 will be a much better year for our favorite genre. This is assuming that they all see a 2016 release, as some of these films have yet to obtain a distributor. Since it is only January, we are optimistic that they will all see a release sometime this year (unless they get Green Inferno‘d). Without further ado, here are ten must-see independent horror films (hopefully) getting released in 2016.
The Witch (A24 Films) – February 19th
As Kalyn already mentioned in her review, The Witch is a fantastic film. I was fortunate enough to catch this at Fantastic Fest back in September, and I can tell you that she is absolutely right, though I fear it is destined to be the It Follows or The Babadook of this year due to overhype. The Witch is a very scary film, but the lack of traditional scares may turn some people off (I can practically hear the cries of “That’s it?!” coming from theaters that weekend). That being said, it is a moody, atmospheric film that deserves all of the accolades it has received so far and is on track to be one of the best films, horror or otherwise, of 2016.