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Horror Movies Uncut's Top 5 Films of 2023: Best and Possibly Worst



SLEEP/2023 directed by Jason Yu

As we step into the new year, let's take a moment to reflect on the cinematic gems that defined 2023. Horror Movies Uncut proudly presents its top 5 films, ranging from spine-chilling horror to thought-provoking drama. Given the diverse nature of genre films, we affectionately title our list "Best and Possibly Worst." Whether you love them or not, these films made a lasting impact. Without further ado, here are our top picks for 2023!





1. "WHEN EVIL LURKS"

- Genre: Horror

- Language: Spanish

- Director: Demián Rugna

- Producer: Fernando Díaz, Roxana Ramos

- Writer: Demián Rugna

- Release Dates: Oct 6, 2023 (Theaters), Oct 27, 2023 (Streaming)

- Box Office: $544.7K (Gross USA)

- Runtime: 1h 39m

- Distributor: IFC Films

- Production Co: Aramos Cine, Shudder Films, Machaco Films

A groundbreaking horror film that defies expectations. "WHEN EVIL LURKS" offers a fresh take on possession, breaking free from the clichés of the genre. Demián Rugna's storytelling prowess leaves an indelible mark, making this a must-watch for horror enthusiasts. Approach with caution, as it's not for the faint of heart.





2. "THE BLACK MASS"

- Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller

- Language: English

- Director: Devanny Pinn

- Producer: Devanny Pinn, Michelle Romano

- Writers: Eric Pereira, Brandon Slagle

- Runtime: 1h 22m

- Production Co: WendBrook Brothers, Jaguar Motion Pictures, Roman Media, Nitro Maximus

Devanny Pinn delivers a visceral portrayal of Theodore Bundy in this unique crime drama. "THE BLACK MASS" takes us back to 1978, providing a first-person account of Bundy's descent into darkness. Pinn's direction, coupled with Andrew Sykes's remarkable performance, promises a thrilling experience. A standout in the oversaturated Ted Bundy film landscape.





3. "GODZILLA MINUS ONE"

- Rating: PG-13 (Creature Violence and Action)

- Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

- Language: Japanese

- Director/Writer: Takashi Yamazaki

- Release Date: Dec 1, 2023 (Theaters)

- Box Office: $46.3M (Gross USA)

- Runtime: 2h 5m

- Distributor: Toho International

- Production Co: Robot Communications, Toho Company

Surprising everyone, "GODZILLA MINUS ONE" emerges as a top pick with its compelling storyline and breathtaking action. This period piece explores the aftermath of Hiroshima, providing a unique perspective on Godzilla's impact. A must-see for fans of the genre, offering a perfect blend of romance, drama, and, of course, Godzilla.





4. "CONCRETE UTOPIA"

- Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery & Thriller

- Language: Korean

- Director/Writer: Um Tae-hwa

- Release Date: Dec 8, 2023 (Limited)

- Runtime: 2h 10m

- Distributor: 815 Pictures

- Production Co: Lotte Entertainment, Climax Films, BH Entertainment

A standout in the Korean film market, "CONCRETE UTOPIA" showcases extraordinary storytelling. Set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, the film explores the choices faced by the inhabitants of a lone standing apartment building. Lee Byung Hun's performance is nothing short of Academy Award-worthy. A captivating narrative filled with lies, corruption, and unexpected twists.





5. "STRANGE DARLING"

- Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller

- Language: English

- Director/Writer: JT Mollner

- Producers: Giovanni Ribisi, Bill Block, Roy Lee, Steven Schneider, Chris Ivan Cevic

An undiscovered gem, "STRANGE DARLING" promises to be the most talked-about film of the year. With an unrelenting pace and mesmerizing structure, JT Mollner's creation, backed by Giovanni Ribisi, stands out as a must-watch. Stay tuned for its theatrical release, and be the first to say you heard about it from Horror Movies Uncut!




Honorable Mentions:

- SLEEP

- BRIGHTWOOD

- AMERICAN MELTDOWN

For reviews and more, visit our site [www.HMUNCUT.COM](www.HMUNCUT.COM).



As we usher in a new year, reflecting on the cinematic marvels that graced 2023, Horror Movies Uncut stands as your trusted guide through the diverse realms of independent film. In a landscape dominated by T. Swift, Barbie, and Oppenheimer, our commitment to spotlighting the best and possibly worst in genre films remains unwavering.

As the curtains close on 2023, we eagerly anticipate the mysteries and thrills that 2024 holds for movie enthusiasts. The journey continues, and Horror Movies Uncut will be there every step of the way, ensuring you don't miss the gems and hidden treasures that define the ever-evolving world of cinema. Here's to another year of cinematic excellence, unexpected surprises, and the enduring passion that fuels our love for the art of storytelling!

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