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Downright Creepy’s Top 20 Genre Feature Films of 2019

Another great year of horror and sci-fi films has come and gone. As we prep for Panic Fest I have seen my fair share of indie films, larger studio releases and some hidden gems mixed in.

One important detail to consider before you check out my list…I did NOT see ‘Parasite’ or ‘The Lighthouse.’ Send all compliants to @kccanton on Twitter. Please be kind.

Now that I have that out of the way – we do have a lot to look forward to in 2020 as we turn the calendar over to a new year – but before we do here are my top 10 genre feature films from 2019!

 

TOP 20 GENRE FILMS OF 2019

Ready or Not
Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures / Mythology Entertainment /
Vinson Films

READY OR NOT
A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

Watch: Rent on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, VOD

 

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Jessica Miglio

DOCTOR SLEEP
Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

Watch: It may still be in some theaters otherwise you can bring it home on Digtal, DVD or Blu-ray this February.

 

Midsommar
Credit: A24

MIDSOMMAR
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Watch: Rent on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, VOD.

 

 

Us
Credit: Universal Pictures

US
A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Watch: Rent on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, VOD or HBO GO

 

Joker
Credit: Warner Bros.

JOKER
In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Watch: DVD / Digital January 7, 2020

 

 

Wrinkles the Clown
Photo Courtesy of Magnet Releasing

WRINKLES THE CLOWN
In Florida, parents can hire Wrinkles the Clown to scare their misbehaving children.

Watch: Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and Youtube

 

 

Brightburn
Sony Pictures Entertainment

BRIGHTBURN
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

Watch: Rent on Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, and VOD

 

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD
Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

Watch: Shudder

 

Haunt
Credit: Momentum Pictures

HAUNT
On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.

Watch: Shudder

 

Credit: IFC FIlms

THE WIND
A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s.

Watch: Rent on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, VOD

 

Credit: IFC Films

LORDS OF CHOAS
A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.

Watch: 

 

Credit: Vertical Entertainment / Shudder

THE HEAD HUNTER
A medieval warrior’s gruesome collection of heads is missing only one – the monster that killed his daughter years ago.

Watch: Rent on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, VOD and Shudder

 

 

Tigers Are Not Afraid
Image Courtesy of Filmadora Nacional

TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID
A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

Watch: Shudder

 

Credit: SpectreVision

DANIEL ISN’T REAL
A troubled college freshman, Luke, suffers a violent family trauma. He then resurrects his charismatic childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope, not realizing how dangerous Daniel is.

Watch: Rent on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

 

Vice Guide to Bigfoot
Credit: Media Team / Zach Lamplugh

THE VICE GUIDE TO BIGFOOT
A paranormal comedy that follows a hopelessly millennial reporter on the most important assignment of his career: Bigfoot. But after following a prominent cryptozoologist into the Appalachian foothills, he’s forced to answer the question, “Is a good story worth dying for?”

Watch: Currently on the festival circuit – See it at Panic Fest

 

 

It Chapter Two
Credit: Warner Bros.

IT: CHAPTER TWO
Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

Watch: Purchase on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and VOD

 

Culture Shock
Credit: Hulu / Blumhouse

CULTURE SHOCK
This thriller follows a young Mexican woman in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States, only to find herself in an American nightmare. (Technically a TV series / episode)

Watch: Hulu

 

Little Monsters
Credit: Hulu / Neon

LITTLE MONSTERS
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.

Watch: Hulu

 

Extra Ordinary SXSW
Credit: James Mather for Epic Pictures Group

EXTRA ORDINARY
In an Irish town you call Rose, the driving instructor, if you have ghost etc. problems. Martin’s deceased wife bothers him, so he calls Rose, who’s single. A levitating daughter makes him call again.

Watch: Panic Fest

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