For as good a werewolf movie as Joe Dante’s The Howling (1981) is, it can’t escape that it’s a werewolf movie.
The reality-show/scripted-drama hybrid about alien abductions that is The Fourth Kind (2009) turns your standard close-encounter scenario into a brush with the truly unknown.
Rob Zombie’s magnum opus The Lords of Salem (2012) finds the filmmaker at the pinnacle of his not-overwhelming powers.
The Wicker Man (1973) earns its classic status not by tearing up the rules but by forging ahead without any.
Light on cheap thrills and conventional danger but heavy on the creeping dread, The Woman in the Fifth (2011) exacts the price that art demands.
Midnight Son (2011) reimagines the vampire movie just enough to keep you guessing.