We selected our 13 favorite candidates for the Dark Side of the Screen screening & discussion series: the best, most provocative, and most discussion-worthy (non-mainstream) horror, thriller, and noir films of 2023. Festival and international films from the previous year were eligible if they were distributed in the United States in 2023.  2023’s festival and international films were likewise eligible, even if they have not yet reached distribution.

Co-authored by Julia Compton and Mike Dillon


Honorable Mention: ATTACHMENT / EL CONDE / INFESTED / LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL / SKINAMARINK / SUITABLE FLESH / SUMMONING SYLVIA / UNWELCOME / THE WRATH OF BECKY

#13. SLEEP

#12. WHERE THE DEVIL ROAMS

#11. IN FLAMES

#10. THE PASSENGER

#9. THE ANGRY BLACK GIRL AND HER MONSTER

#8. CANDY LAND

#7. JETHICA

#6. HAUNTING OF THE QUEEN MARY

#5. LITTLE BONE LODGE

#4. SICK OF MYSELF

#3. MALUM

#2. BIRTH/REBIRTH

#1.WHEN EVIL LURKS


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