Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Starring Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), this cult classic film about the life of a serial killer is one of the most unsettling slasher films you’ll ever see. Henry and his roommate Otis abduct young women, videotape their brutal slayings, and watch the films back in their spare time. Hardcore horror fans will enjoy this blood-soaked docudrama, but the faint of heart should stay away. 5 out of 5.
In Bruges (2008)
Featuring a cast of faces you’ll recognize from a few other blockbusters, this quiet indie film from Focus Studios is the perfect blend of dark humor and heart. The story centers on two Irish hitmen, Ray and Ken, who botch a job and have to lay low in the city of Bruges, Belgium. The scenery of the medieval city is stunning, and there are some great laughs mixed in with risky action. 4 out of 5.
Did you ever want to see Frodo Baggins completely lose it and start scalping Orcs in Lord of the Rings? Yeah, me neither. This psychological thriller starring Elijah Wood is a creepy depart from the norm. Wood plays deeply disturbed Frank Zito, who restores antique mannequins in a shop owned by his late mother. The action is intense and gory and a majority of the footage is shot from Frank’s point of view, making it incredibly intimate and much more terrifying. A good scare, but this one will give you nightmares. 3 out of 5.
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