Directed by Jordan Peele
Get Out is a satirical comedy horror film. It is Jordan Peele’s directorial debut. Get Out is thoughtfully crafted; the film balances horror, comedy, and politics adroitly. The political statements are organic to the story, they rarely feel shoehorned in. Some moments land awkwardly, but most don’t.
Directed by Robert Eggers
The Witch is a horror film about a family banished from a Puritan plantation in 17th century New England. Stylistically flawless, The Witch has a strong sense of time and place. The film threatens to make a strong statement, but fades in the end.
The Neon Demon
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
The Neon Demon is a psychological horror film about models in Los Angeles. Neither the themes nor the aesthetic in The Neon Demon are subtle, but the atmosphere is still effective. The ending is perhaps logically reached, but it still feels like a disappointment.