The Sunday Scaries are upon us once again! Yes, as the weekend concludes, most of us feel an oncoming sense of anticipatory dread about the week ahead. Anxiety about work manifests itself into a feeling that’s known as the Sunday Scaries. However, we at Awards Radar are here to combat that, by taking back the name. Now, we want you think about a horror-centric piece on the site when you hear the term. So, let us continue on with another installment of the Awards Radar Sunday Scaries!
As you all must know by now, the Tribeca Film Festival is currently going on. All sorts of independent cinema is being showcased right now in New York City, both in person and virtually. Every so often, Tribeca features a top-notch horror flick, too. It’s not necessarily the genre they shine brightest with, but there have been some gems, for sure. With it being Sunday, and time for a Sunday Scaries piece, today was the perfect opportunity to look back at some, much like I did with the 2021 incarnation of Tribeca. There’s at least one horror film that Tribeca featured that’s an utter classic, alongside some strong genre offerings. Take a look next and who knows…maybe this year the 2022 version of the fest will reveal another one? Considering that The Black Phone is in the lineup, there’s certainly a good chance…
Below, you’ll find six fright flicks that have played at Tribeca. Special Citations go to The Beta Test and Werewolves Within, which just missed the cut. They’re both well worth a gander, frankly, as are the half dozen to come next, so take a look now…
Let The Right One In – An absolute classic, which ironically spawned a near-classic of its own in the remake Let Me In. It’s easy to forget how great Let The Right One In is, but one revisit rectifies that in a hurray. It’s exactly what you want out of horror. It’s elevated, but not pretentious. Simply put, this is easily the best scary movie to play at the Tribeca Film Festival (which happened back in 2008). Let The Right One In rules.
The House of the Devil – Filmmaker Ti West is a genre master, and that’s clear here. The House of the Devil is a wonderful throwback to 80’s horror, and especially satanic panic type cinema. If you’ve never seen this one, go in cold. It’s much more than a calling card for West. It’s a legitimately strong Tribeca alum, no matter how you quantify it.
Hatchet – Adam Green launched a long-running franchise with Hatchet, a good old fashioned slasher movie. Frankly, the Tribeca Film Festival could have used this, so it was an inspired selection on their part. Hatchet may not especially be high art, but it knows what it is, and achieves all of its goals in fine form.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes – Few have seen this found footage flick, but I have. It’s not a perfect movie, but The Poughkeepsie Tapes is incredibly unsettling stuff. Finding a really interesting (or, more aptly, disturbing) way to utilize found footage, this is definitely nightmare fuel. It sat on the shelf for years, but not due to a quality issue. Horror buffs appreciate this one.
V/H/S/2 – The original V/H/S is slightly better, but this sequel has the franchise’s best individual segment. V/H/S/2 (which I actually saw at the Sundance Film Festival when it was called S-VHS) came towards the back end of the found footage crazy, but it’s an underrated effort.
Holidays – This one is a mixed bag, as anthology films tend to be, but some are great. Kevin Smith (I know you’re shocked) has one of the highlights. Holidays is a lot of fun, if nothing else. At a festival like Tribeca, that can count for a lot. Especially if you like anthology horror, give it a look.
Do you have a favorite horror movie that has played at the Tribeca Film Festival? Let us know!