October 17: Evil Ed

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Ed is a quiet and efficient documentary editor. When the horror department of his employer gets a massive deal from a Swedish distributor, they need his skills in editing all the gory and controversial parts out of their Loose Limbs franchise. Ed can’t stomach horror movies, but is forced to do the work for fear of losing his job. Gradually, Ed becomes desensitized to the violence, then goes insane. He starts seeing monsters around the house and eventually relents to his psychopathic impulses.

This movie is an homage to the 80s horror classics, with tons of references to keep you entertained. To make it fun, the whole movie is a big criticism of Sweden’s long-standing film censorship tradition. It sticks it to the man and splatters then splatters him all over the walls.

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October 14: American Mary

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When you look at the best-of horror lists of 2012, American Mary is a standard inclusion. This movie finds its roots in the controversial I Spit On Your Grave and attempts to reach contemporary torture porn audiences by blending in a Hostel flavor. And that attempt is successful.

The resulting film is a humorous, thoughtful, and sickening take on the woman’s revenge trope. Mary is a bright medical student who is raped by one of her professors. The event overwhelms her and prompts her to drop out of med school. Only, she doesn’t fade into obscurity. Instead, she puts her medical training to use performing underground body mod surgeries- and in getting revenge on the professor who did her wrong.