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The House of the Devil
DVD release date: February 2

This film has been a buzz machine, playing at a bunch of film fests and a handful of art houses. Technically, it was released in 2009, but since most people haven't seen it -- let alone heard of it -- it qualifies for this list. Word on the street is that HOTD brings horror back to the early '80s: babysitters, suspense punctuated by gore and/or startling noises, and awful haircuts. It stars Dee Wallace (yes, the mom from E.T.) and Mary Woronov (from Rock 'n' Roll High School and Frog-g-g!), so it's off to a good start right there. Keep an eye out for this one if you like your horror topped with a generous dollop of '80s Cool Whip.

There are a lot of great indie horror flicks that have been traveling the festival circuit, but you're going to have to take a little initiative if you want to see them yourself. Indie distribution is unpredictable: these films could get picked up by a company that specializes in DVD or Video On Demand, or the filmmakers might self-distribute. If they're lucky, the film might have a limited theatrical release -- but that's far from certain. So sign up for their mailing lists, or add/follow/friend them on the tubes wherever you can.

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