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The Last Thing Mary Saw The Last Thing Mary Saw
The Last Thing Mary Saw and Night Drive
The Advent Calendar (Le Calendrier) (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Patrick Ridremont; Writer: Patrick Ridremont; Stars: Eugénie Derouand, Honorine Magnier, Clément Olivieri, Janis Abrikh, Cyril Garnier, Vladimir Perrin)
An ex-dancer who now needs a wheelchair is given an old wooden antique advent calendar before Christmas. She realises each window contains a surprise that triggers repercussions in real life: some of them good, but most of them bad - so she will have to choose between getting rid of the calendar or walking again - even if it causes death around her
Antidote (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Peter Daskaloff; Writer: Peter Daskaloff, Matthew Toronto; Stars: Ashlynn Yennie, Louis Mandylor, Augie Duke, Yorgos Karamihos)
A young woman is held captive in an underground medical facility where selected individuals are perpetually mutilated and then healed using a secret antidote.
Are We Monsters (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Seb Cox; Writer: John Black, Seb Cox; Stars: Justin Hayward, Stefan Chanyaem, Charlotte Olivia, Kyle Menzies)
A werewolf conflicted with identity, Maya seeks to understand the two sides of herself - before the consequences become deadly.
As In Heaven, So On Earth (Come In Cielo, Così In Terra) (Country: Italy; Year: 2020; Director: Francesco Erba; Writer: Francesco Erba; Stars: Eva Basteiro-Bertoli, Ania Rizzi Bogdan, Federico Cesari, Daniele Di Matteo, Philippe Guastella, Margherita Mannino)
1275 a.C. - A young girl is imprisoned in the dungeons of an abbey where an alchemist uses her for his strange experiments. Only a young amanuensis will try to free her at any cost. 2011 a.C. - A couple of young teenagers, Cris and Jessy, go missing in the woods while a young woman comes out from the middle of nowhere.
Bad Candy (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Scott B Hansen; Writer: Desiree Connell, Scott B Hansen, Thacker Hoffman; Stars: Zach Galligan, Derek Russo, Kevin Wayne, Corey Taylor, Haley Leary)
Halloween DJ's Chilly Billy and Paul spin a bloody and twisted version of this small town's craziest Halloween Happenings.
The Sadness The Sadness
The Sadness and Motherly
Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes (Droste No Hate De Bokura) (Country: Japan; Year: 2021; Director: Junta Yamaguchi; Writer: Makoto Ueda; Stars: Aki Asakura, Riko Fujitani, Gôta Ishida, Yoshifumi Sakai, Kazunari Tosa)
A café owner discovers that the TV in his café suddenly shows images from the future, but only two minutes into the future.
Bloodthirsty (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Amelia Moses; Writer: Wendy Hill-Tout, Lowell; Stars: Lauren Beatty, Greg Bryk, Katharine King So)
A young musician who suffers from hallucinations is persuaded to record an album in a remote location by a producer with an agenda of his own.
Boy #5 (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Eric Steele; Writer: Eric Steele; Stars: Tosca Bell, Laura Montgomery Bennett, Brian Dunne, Omayah El Habti, Michael Kehoe)
A social worker takes a withdrawn homeless boy into her care, not suspecting that he is a kind of mutant vampire.
Brain Freeze (Country: Canada; Year: 2021; Director: Julien Knafo; Writer: Julien Knafo; Stars: Iani Bédard, Roy Dupuis, Marianne Fortier, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Claudia Ferri)
A fertiliser used in a rich gated community becomes the source of a genetic mutation that transforms its residents into zombies. Can a teenager and his baby sister break free from the quarantined island before turning into grass?
The Brilliant Terror (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Paul Hunt, Julie Kauffman; Stars: Heidi Honeycutt, Jeremiah Kipp, Alan Rowe Kelly, Paula Haifley)
A documentary about the grassroots horror phenomenon, the filmmakers, the fascination and the brilliant terror.
The Show The Show
The Show and Prisoners Of The Ghostland
Bring Out The Fear (Country: Ireland; Director: Richard Waters; Writer: Richard Waters; Stars: Ciara Bailey, James Devlin, Tad Morari)
An exploration of a doomed relationship on its final day.
Captive (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Savvas Christou; Writer: Savvas Christou; Stars: William Kircher, Tori Kostic, Jolene Andersen, Jarius Carey)
A teenage runaway who's trapped by a delusional man, pretends to be his daughter in order to escape.
The Changed (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Michael Mongillo; Writer: Matt Giannini, Michael Mongillo; Stars: Tony Todd, Clare Foley, Erik Bloomquist, Nina Wisner, Kathy Searle)
A group of ordinary people band together in a suburban home to battle imposters who have replaced their families, friends, and neighbours.
Coming Home In The Dark (Country: New Zealand; Year: 2021; Director: James Ashcroft; Writer: James Ashcroft, Eli Kent, Owen Marshall; Stars: Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Miriama McDowell, Matthias Luafutu, Frankie Paratene, Billy Paratene)
A family’s outing descends into terror when teacher Alan Hoaganraad, his wife Jill and stepsons Maika and Jordon explore an isolated coastline. An unexpected meeting with a pair of drifters, the enigmatic psychopath Mandrake and his accomplice Tubs, thrusts the family into a nightmare when they find themselves captured.
Crabs! (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Pierce Berolzheimer; Writer: Pierce Berolzheimer; Stars: Jessica MorrisDylan Riley SnyderRobert Craighead, Allie Jennings, Bryce Durfee)
A horde of murderous crab monsters descend on a sleepy coastal town on Prom night, and only a ragtag group of outcasts can save the day.
Sweetie, You Won't Believe It Sweetie, You Won't Believe It
Sweetie, You Won't Believe It and Shadow Of The Cat
Dawn Breaks Behind The Eyes (Country: Germany; Year: 2021; Director: Kevin Kopacka; Writer: Kevin Kopacka, Lili Villányi; Stars: Anna Platen, Jeff Wilbusch, Frederik von Lüttichau, Luisa Taraz)
A couple spend eternity in a castle until their reality starts to shift, as the unknown moves into their lives.
Demonic (Country: Canada; Year: 2021; Director: Neill Blomkamp; Writer: Neill Blomkamp; Stars: Carly Pope, Terry Chen, Chris William Martin, Nathalie Boltt, Michael J Rogers, Andrea Agur)
A young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed.
The Exorcism Of Carmen Farias (El Exorcismo De Carmen Farías) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2021; Director: Rodrigo Fiallega; Writer: Molo Alcocer Délano; Stars: Camila Sodi, Juan Pablo Castañeda, Juan Carlos Colombo, Anna Silia Garza, Lucy Paez)
A journalist discovers soon after her mother's death that she has inherited her grandmother's house. She decides to move there without knowing it hides dark secrets.
Followers (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Marcus Harben; Writer: Marcus Harben; Stars: Harry Jarvis, Loreece Harrison, Nina Wadia, Erin Austen, Daniel Cahill)
A struggling social media influencer discovers the house he shares is haunted. The ghost brings him and his friends fame and fortune, but with deadly consequences.
Forgiveness (Country: Mexico, US; Year: 2021; Director: Alex Kahuam; Writer: Alex Kahuam; Stars: Alejandra Toussaint, Laura de Ita, Alejandra Zaid, Diana Quijano)
Three women mysteriously wake up in a hospital and discover that one of them is deaf, one is mute and the other one is blind; together they will have to figure out why they are there and how to get out.
King Knight King Knight
King Knight and Ultrasound
The Found Footage Phenomenon (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Sarah Appleton, Phillip Escott; Writer: Sarah Appleton, Phillip Escott; Stars: André Øvredal, Eduardo Sánchez, Patrick Brice, Ruggero Deodato)
The Found Footage Phenomenon is an independent documentary charting the origins of the found footage sub-genre, tracking it through to the technique's current form and asks what the future is.
Gaia (Country: South Africa; Year: 2021; Director: Jaco Bouwer; Writer: Tertius Kapp; Stars: Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk, Anthony Oseyemi)
An injured forest ranger on a routine mission is saved by two off-the-grid survivalists. What is initially a welcome rescue grows more suspicious as the son and his renegade father reveal a cultish devotion to the forest.
Greywood's Plot (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Josh Stifter; Writer: Daniel Degnan, Josh Stifter; Stars: Daniel Degnan, Kim Fagan, Samantha Kirchoff)
After finding a tape of what appears to be a monster, two friends journey into the woods to uncover if the video was a hoax.
Hotel Poseidon (Country: Belgium; Year: 2021; Director: Stefan Lernous; Writer: Stefan Lernous; Stars: Tom Vermeir, Ruth Becquart, Anneke Sluiters, Tania Van Der Sanden, Dominique Van Malder)
The self-appointed manager of a decaying hotel watches as it is transformed into an existential purgatory.
Isolation (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Alix Austin, Adam R. Brown, Larry Fessenden, Dennie Gordon, Andrew Kasch, Kyle I Kelley, Alexandra Neary, Christian Pasquariello, Zach Passero, Bobby Roe, Keir Siewert; Writer: Alix Austin, Adam R. Brown, Larry Fessenden, Dennie Gordon, Andrew Kasch, Kyle I Kelley, Alexandra Neary, Christian Pasquariello, Zach Passero, Bobby Roe, Keir Siewert; Stars: Larry Fessenden, Marieh Delfino, Dennie Gordon, Alex Weed, Sarah Nicklin, Damien Gerard, Adam Gierasch, Bobby Roe, Alisha Seaton, Matthew John Lawrence, Jack Fessenden, Victoria Negri, Jack Bennett, Hans Gurbig)
An anthology of nine chilling tales shot in lockdown.
Slapface Slapface
Slapface and The Retaliators
Killer Concept (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Casey Dillard; Writer: Glenn Payne; Stars: Cody Bishop, Coley Bryant, Casey Dillard, Caleb Hall, Georgia Jeffreys)
Three creatives team up to write a screenplay chronicling a string of murders in their town, but one of the three may be closer to the story than the others realise.
The Kindred (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Jamie Patterson; Writer: Christian J Hearn; Stars: Samantha Bond, James Cosmo, Patrick Bergin, Blake Harrison, James Dreyfus, April Pearson, Kirsty Dillion, Steve Oram)
A woman suffering from amnesia pieces together the events that led to her father's suicide, only to be haunted by the ghosts of children that she begins to suspect were murdered by him.
King Knight (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Richard Bates Jr; Writer: Richard Bates Jr; Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Matthew Gray Gubler, Angela Sarafyan, AnnaLynne McCord)
The high priest of a modern-day coven finds his life thrown into turmoil and ventures out on a journey of self-discovery.
Knocking (Country: Sweden; Year: 2021; Director: Frida Kempff; Writer: Emma Broström; Stars: Ville Virtanen, Meliz Karlge, Albin Grenholm, Kristofer Kamiyasu, Emil Almén, Bengt Braskered, Alexander Salzberger, Bill Hugg, Cecilia Milocco, Naida Ragimova, Charlotta Åkerblom, Tobias Almborg, Christina Indrenius-Zalewski, Karin Holmberg, Anders Johannisson)
When Molly moves into her new apartment after a tragic accident, a strange noise from upstairs begins to unnerve her. As its intensity grows, she confronts her neighbours – but no one seems to hear what she is hearing.
Laguna Ave (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: David Buchanan; Writer: Paul Papadeas; Stars: Dan Crane, Russell Steinberg, James Markham Hall Jr, Stephanie Brait)
A disaffected former musician with a prosthetic hand is drawn into the mysterious and sinister world of his downstairs neighbour.
The Changed The Changed
The Changed and Boy #5
The Last Rite (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Leroy Kincaide; Writer: Leroy Kincaide; Stars: Tara Hoyos-Martinez, Bethan Waller, David Kerr)
A medical student suffering from sleep paralysis finds herself plagued by a demonic entity, after moving in with her boyfriend.
The Last Thing Mary Saw (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Edoardo Vitaletti; Writer: Edoardo Vitaletti; Stars: Rory Culkin, Isabelle Fuhrman, Stefanie Scott, Carolyn McCormick)
Winter, 1843. A young woman is under investigation following the mysterious death of her family's matriarch. Her recollection of the events sheds new light on the ageless forces behind the tragedy.
The Maid (Country: Thailand; Year: 2020; Director: Lee Thongkham; Writer: Lee Thongkham, Piyaluk Tuntisrisakul; Stars: Ploy Sornarin, Savika Chaiyadej, Theerapat Sajakul, Kaqnnaporn Puangtong)
A teenager, who is working as a domestic maid and being haunted by the previous maid's spirit, strives to discover the secret behind her death.
Motherly (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Craig David Thomas; Writer: Ian Malone, Craig David Wallace; Stars: Lora Burke, Tessa Kozma, Kristen MacCulloch, Nick Smyth, Colin Paradine)
Kate and her daughter Beth live alone in an isolated farmhouse in the woods, but when Kate slowly begins to suspect that something sinister is happening, her motherly instincts are put to the test.
Mystery Spot (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Mel House; Writer: Mel House; Stars: Cyrus Rodas, Regan Christine House, Seán Patrick Judge, Lyle Kanouse)
A number of people find refuge in a small motel built upon the ruins of an old Mystery Spot - a long-dead roadside attraction with strange metaphysical powers.
Gaia Gaia
Gaia and Killer Concept
Night Drive (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Brad Baruh, Meghan Leon; Writer: Meghan Leon; Stars: AJ Bowen, Sophie Dalah, Lamar Bell, Reba Buhr)
A ride share driver's life is turned upside down after an unexpected series of misfortunes.
Nocturna: Side A - The Great Old Man's Night (Country: Argentina; Year: 2021; Director: Gonzalo Calzada; Writer: Gonzalo Calzada; Stars: Marina Artigas, Lautaro Delgado, Mora Della Veccia)
Ulysses is a hundred-year-old man, battling for redemption on his last night on Earth. Faced with imminent death, he is forced to rethink his past, his present and his take on reality.
No Man Of God (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Amber Sealey; Writer: C Robert Cargill; Stars: Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Aleksa Palladino, Robert Patrick)
To better understand the infamous serial killer’s crimes, FBI investigator Bill Hagmaier sits down with Ted Bundy for multiple jailhouse interviews over five years. Their conversations lead to unexpected results.
Offseason (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Mickey Keating; Writer: Mickey Keating; Stars: Joe Swanberg, Jocelin Donahue, Melora Walters, Richard Brake, Jeremy Gardner)
After receiving a mysterious letter, a woman travels to a desolate island town and soon becomes trapped in a nightmare.
Post Mortem (Country: Hungary; Year: 2020; Director: Péter Bergendy; Writer: Piros Zánkay, Gábor Hellebrandt, Péter Bergendy; Stars: Viktor Klem, Fruzsina Hais, Judit Schell, Zsolt Anger)
A post mortem photographer and a little girl confront ghosts in a haunted village after the First World War.
Crabs! Crabs!
Crabs! and The Kindred
Pretty Boy (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Marcel Walz; Writer: Joe Knetter; Stars: Sarah French, Jed Rowen, Devanny Pinn, Heather Grace Hancock, Jake Red)
A masked killer named Pretty Boy takes a blind woman from her home in the Hollywood hills and crashes a Valentine's Day party where the bloodshed continues.
Prisoners Of The Ghostland (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Sion Sono; Writer: Aaron Hendry, Reza Sixo Safai; Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes, Bill Moseley, Tak Sakaguchi, Yuzuka Nakaya), Trailer
A notorious criminal is sent to rescue an abducted woman who has disappeared into a dark supernatural universe. They must break the evil curse that binds them and escape the mysterious revenants that rule the Ghostland, an East-meets-West vortex of beauty and violence.
Red Snow (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Sean Nichols Lynch; Writer: Sean Nichols Lynch; Stars: Dennice Cisneros, Nico Bellamy, Laura Kennon, Vernon Wells)
A struggling vampire romance novelist must defend herself against real-life vampires during Christmas in Lake Tahoe.
The Retaliators (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Samuel Gonzalez Jr, Bridget Smith; Writer: Darren Geare, Jeff Allen Geare; Stars: Michael Lombardi, Marc Menchaca, Joseph Gatt, Katie Kelly, Abbie Hafer)
An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter's brutal murder.
The Sadness (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2021; Director: Rob Jabbaz; Writer: Rob Jabbaz; Stars: Regina, Tzu-Chiang Wang, Berant Zhu)
After a year of combating a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. This is when the virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague. The streets erupt into violence and depravity.
Coming Home In The Dark Coming Home In The Dark
Coming Home In The Dark and No Man Of God
Shadow Of The Cat (La Sombra Del Gato) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2021; Director: José María Cicala; Stars: Danny Trejo, Peter O'Brien, Mónica Antonópulos, Clara Kovacic, Jay Montalvalo)
Gato's safe, isolated world is throw into chaos when his teenage daughter gets a mobile phone and makes herself visible to the world.
She Watches From The Woods (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Beau Ballinger; Writer: Beau Ballinger, Karen Skloss; Stars: Meredith Garretson, Paulina Lule, Phuong Kubacki, Wylie Small)
A troubled artist with a dark past attempts to make peace with her dying mother while investigating the mysterious death of her teenage sister.
The Show (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Mitch Jenkins; Writer: Alan Moore; Stars: Tom Burke, Ellie Bamber, Darrell D'Silva, Christopher Fairbank, Antonia Campbell-Hughes)
A man's search for a stolen artefact leads him to the haunted town filled with Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, Depression-era private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women.
Slapface (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Jeremiah Kipp; Writer: Jeremiah Kipp; Stars: August Maturo, Mike Manning, Libe Barer, Mirabelle Lee, Bianca D'Ambrosio)
A boy deals with the loss of his mother by creating a dangerous relationship with a monster rumoured to live in the woods.
Sound Of Violence (Country: Finland, US; Year: 2021; Director: Alex Noyer; Writer: Alex Noyer; Stars: Jasmin Savoy Brown, Lili Simmons, James Jagger, Tessa Munro)
A young girl recovers her hearing and gains synesthetic abilities during the brutal murder of her family. Finding solace in the sounds of bodily harm, as an adult, she pursues a career in music composing her masterpiece through gruesome murders.
Bloodthirsty Bloodthirsty
Bloodthirsty and Red Snow
Sweetie, You Won't Believe It (Country: Kazakhstan; Year: 2020; Director: Yernar Nurgaliyev; Writer: Zhandos Aibassov, Yernar Nurgaliyev, Daniyar Soltanbayev, Il'yas Toleu, Anuar Turizhigitov, Alisher Utev)
It all starts off quite trivially, with a young married couple’s quarrel. The husband decides to get away with two friends on a fishing trip but mysterious events await them.
Touch (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Aleksandra Szczepanowska; Writer: Aleksandra Szczepanowska; Stars: Aleksandra Szczepanowska, Jun Yang, Jiangwei Yuan, Beckhan, Aixian Teng)
Fei Fei, a married Caucasian western woman meets Bai Yu, a Chinese blind masseur. When they come together in an intense love affair they find the demons they've created implode in a clash of violent impulses.
Ultrasound (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Rob Schroeder; Writer: Conor Stechschulte; Stars: Vincent Kartheiser, Chelsea Lopez, Breeda Wool, Tunde Adebimpe, Rainey Qualley, Bob Stephenson)
After his car breaks down, Glen spends one hell of an odd night with a married couple, setting into motion a chain of events that alter their lives plus those of several random strangers.
The Unburied Corpse (El Cadáver Insepulto) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2020; Director: Alejandro Cohen Arazi; Writer: Alejandro Cohen Arazi; Stars: Demián Salomón, Héctor Alba, Mirta Busnelli, Fernando Miasnik)
The father of a family and role model for many orphan kids of a small town, suddenly dies. One of his sons who lives in another town has to come back home and deal with troubles from his past and his present.
When The Screaming Starts (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Conor Boru; Writer: Conor Boru, Ed Hartland; Stars: Yasen Atour, Katharine Bennett-Fox, Lee Nicholas Harris, Ronja Haugholt, Siu-see Hung)
When Norman Graysmith is invited into the home of an aspiring serial killer, Aidan Mendle, he believes he has the subject for the documentary that will make his career.
The Brilliant Terror The Brilliant Terror
The Brilliant Terror and Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes
Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Kier-La Janisse; Writer: Kier-La Janisse)
A documentary about the history of folk horror cinema from the 1960s to today.

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