The Sundance Film Festival may not be a genre fest, but it has been home to some of the most iconic horror movies of all time. Found footage, slashers, and true crime have all been featured at the event. There have been impressive directorial debuts and some of the most eye catching endings of all time. Here is a list of some of the best horror movies to premiere at Sundance.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Not the first found footage film or the best, but arguably the most influential. One of the most successful indie films of all time, the movie is responsible for reviving the found footage genre. It is filled with some of the most iconic scenes in cinema history and has one of the best endings ever.
It did not take long for the franchise to become a parody of itself, but the first movie is fantastic. More of a mystery-thriller than an actual horror movie, the film has an exciting plot. It is a genuinely creepy experience and an absolute must see.
The Witch (2015)
Before Anya Taylor-Joy became a household name, she showed off her star potential in this incredible debut from Robert Eggers. A slow burn horror movie that does a great job of building tension and atmosphere. Touches on a variety of themes including independence, power, and religion. The movie set the bar for what horror can accomplish.
Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is one of the best movies of the previous decade. It delivers a powerful message and provides some great scares. The story is riveting and impossible to look away from. It also has one of the most memorable endings ever.
The year after Get Out saw another terrifying directorial debut. Ari Aster’s film starts as a claustrophobic story about loss and guilt turns into a horror tale that leads into a frantic conclusion that will remain with anyone who sees it. Toni Collette does an amazing job in a multi layered role.
The Sundance Film Festival is online January 28- February 3. Tickets can be purchased and a full lineup can be found here.
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