5 Horror Films You Must See in 2014

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2014 should be a strong year for the horror genre, with old masters and new blood set to release a whole range of intriguing flicks. Here’s a selection of five movies that you should anticipate with great excitement!

Top: One of the many beautiful visuals in “The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears.”
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Sam (AJ Bowen) and unseen cameraman Jake (Joe Swanberg) attempt to escape Eden Parish as the killing begins.

The Sacrament

Ti West is one of America’s most exciting directors working in horror today. But is he ready to ditch the genre that made his name and move on to pastures less gory? “The House of the Devil” and “The Innkeepers” earned him major plaudits but his latest, “The Sacrament,” turns away from supernatural shenanigans to the real-life tragedy of the Jonestown Massacre, for inspiration.

Starring Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen and Amy Seimetz, “The Sacrament” is a noticeable departure. Yet West’s expert devising of set-pieces that tingle with the fear factor has remained. Presented as a documentary made by NYC hipster journalists who survived the massacre, what unfolds is an unsettling account of religious lunacy, paranoia and how goodness and solidarity can turn extremely warped.

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A femme fatale prepares to kill in “The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears” (2013).

The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

Filmmaking duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani wowed audiences and critics with their debut, “Amer,” a love letter to Italian mystery thrillers and horror films of the 1970s. For their follow-up, “The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears,” they’ve pushed things even further into nightmarishly abstract realms. The result is intoxicating.

A man returns home from a business trip to discover his wife missing, possibly murdered. He investigates. Is any of it real or is it all a dream? The truly dizzying visuals—imagine a fauvist painting reimagined in giddy neons—and deafening sound design makes this a cinematic experience like no other.

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Eli Roth attempts to revive the notorious cannibal subgenre with “The Green Inferno” (2013).

The Green Inferno

“The Green Inferno” sees a bunch of misguided American youngsters in the Peruvian jungle intent on helping a tribe of natives fend off wicked land developers. Things turn south, however, and the kids are soon fighting for their own survival as they become breakfast, lunch and dinner. The film, also, marks the return of Eli Roth, who hasn’t directed in seven years. Not that he’s been reclusive.

If you know your Cannibal Holocausts from your Feroxes, then expect this to be more in the key of Lenzi rather than Deodato. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check these films out for a crash course: “The Mountain of the Cannibal God,” “Cannibal Holocaust” and “Cannibal Ferox.” Bon appetite!

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Daniel Radcliffe plays a horny young man in Alexandre Aja’s new flick.

Horns

Since graduating from Hogwarts, Daniel Radcliffe has strived very hard to leave the Boy Wizard image behind. He’s starred in “The Woman in Black,” played poet Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your Darlings,” and teamed up with French goreteur, Alexandre Aja, for an adaptation of Joe Hills’ “Horns.”

The former Harry Potter stars as a young man named Ig, who wakes up one day with devil horns sticking out of his head. After the love of his life is murdered—and he falls under suspicion—Ig must use his newly found psychic powers (derived from the horns) to solve the crime! The film also stars the brilliant English actress Juno Temple. Expect this one to be totally awesome.

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The Soskas join forces with WWE for what will hopefully be a killer sequel.

See No Evil 2

The Soska twins, Jen and Sylvia, burst onto the scene with their riotous slice of Canuxploitation, “Dead Hooker in a Trunk.” This year saw them team up with Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) for the classy body horror tragedy, “American Mary.” I’ve got to admit, when news broke that the Soskas were to join forces with wrestling outfit WWE (who also produces movies), to make a sequel to a very crappy slasher flick made by a porno director and starring Kane, it had me very worried. But it’s exactly the kind of left field approach I’d expect from Jen and Sylvia, plus a perfect platform to broaden their careers. Will “See No Evil 2” be the best sequel to a rubbish original ever made? Quite possibly, because with the Soskas at the helm, it will be anything but dull. It might even rock the house.

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Martyn Conterio

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December 13, 2013 Cinema Horror