8 Must-See Underrated Films from 2016 2016 in Lists

8 Must-See Underrated Films from 2016 2016 in Lists

While it's been nice to say farewell to the flaming shit heap that was 2016, it might be wise to give the year one last look. After all, while there were plenty of amazing films that made our best-of list, there were also a handful that didn't get the love they deserved. Here are eight underrated films that deserve your immediate attention.


8. I Am Not A Serial Killer
(dir. by Billy O'Brien)



On first glance, I Am Not a Serial Killer may appear too low-key to warrant your full attention. Still, this slow-burning and stylish thriller delivers again and again. With a fascinating cast that includes Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) and a truly chilling turn from Christopher Lloyd, the film is elevated by its performances. Further, the decision to shoot in 16mm adds a timeless feel to the film's icy Midwestern look. Exploring themes of mental illness and murder, the film also offers a surprise sci-fi twist. A true underdog, I Am Not A Serial Killer is a genre flick worth seeking out. (Read more.)
Josiah Hughes



7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
(dir. by Dan Trachtenberg)



Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane snuck up on audiences, both as a surprise sequel originally titled "Valencia" and as a genuinely fantastic film. While its ending was criticized for being a tonal 180, it functions well as a satisfying conclusion that avoids forcing a connection to 2008's Cloverfield, hinting at it instead. Even as a standalone film, 10 Cloverfield Lane was one of the year's best psychological thrillers. Making excellent use of its enclosed setting to build tension and atmosphere as well as a fantastic, foreboding, and terrifying performance by John Goodman, it's a film that deserved more attention than it was awarded. (Read more.)
Laura Di Girolamo


6. A Bigger Splash
(dir. by Luca Guadagnino)



The fact Italian director (and future Suspiria revamper) Luca Guadagnino's stunning A Bigger Splash didn't quite get the attention it deserved isn't all that surprising. It's a reimagining of a Jane Birkin drama, meaning casual moviegoers didn't give a crap, and sensational and playful enough to make snootier cinema types write it off as being all pomp and no poise (especially once Ralph Fiennes dances uncontrollably midway through the movie to "Emotional Rescue" in a scene that is either genius or a step too far, depending on who you ask). Still, you're unlikely to find a thriller as sexy, scintillating and psychologically complex as A Bigger Splash from this past year. (Read more.)
Matthew Ritchie


5. Morris from America
(dir. by Chad Hartigan)



The coming-of-age story has reached over-saturation at this point, yet filmmakers continue to find new, interesting ways of approaching adolescence. With Morris from America, Chad Hartigan transplants his characters into small-town Germany. It's a strange place for a young, rap-obsessed African-American boy to grow up, but that fish out of water element is what makes Morris from America crackle with vitality. Factor in strong performances from Craig Robinson and Carla Juri (best known for the raunchy Wetlands) and you've got one hell of a charming indie dreamed. (Read more.)
Josiah Hughes