Under the radar thrillers

Emily Selgelid, reporter

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Autumn fog, colder temperatures, and soon-to-be bare branches set the mood for a great movie night, but the same movies year after year gets repetitive. Not necessarily recent, but under-the-radar movies can add a new zest to a movie night.

         Super Dark Times was released Sept. 29, 2017 and earned an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and a solid 6.6 on IMDB. Although given an unimpressive score, there’s plenty of room for interpretation in this film. Set in upstate New York 1996, two teenage boys’ once tight bond is broken through paranoia and distrust following a freak accident. The film follows one of the boy’s descent into madness and the other’s inner turmoil after their trauma. The cinematic artistry is almost more captivating than the plotline itself, setting scenes of the bleakness of winter and a lack of saturation, but still contributing to the feeling of the movie.

         For a more satirical movie, Murder Party (2007) is a comedic slasher following Christopher, a mild-mannered man who finds a party invitation in the street on Halloween. The address guides him to a sketchy warehouse containing a small group of deranged art students, who want to murder him for grant money. This movie is not for the young or squeamish audiences, as many scenes contain gore and drug use. IMDB gave Murder Party a 5.9 rating, which is slightly reasonable. This film has a very uncut vibe, which doesn’t always sit well with movie critics.

Saving the best for last, As Above, So Below (2014) is a mind bending found-footage style thriller set in the Catacombs of Paris. A team of explorers hoping to locate the Philosopher’s Stone find their way into an unmapped section of the Catacombs and find themselves lost. After finding an old friend who had gotten lost years prior, he insists that the only way out is down. Although difficult to follow–and given a very low score of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes–As Above, So Below is terrifying and messes with your head. 

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