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Top ten indie horror movies of 2014... so far

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In the film world, Indie Horror movies are a little bit like Rodney Dangerfield and his famous catchphrase. That saying of "I don't get no respect!" applies to this genre. A perennial loser loved by many but, most are afraid to admit it out loud.

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Well, this Pittsburgh Indie Movie Examiner isn't afraid to admit it. In fact, to prove it here's my top 10 list of the best Horror movies released in 2014... so far. So read on and give these films some of the respect they deserve by first reading about them and then watching them.

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1. "A Field in England"- Read a review, see a slideshow or watch the trailer of my pick for the best Experimental Horror flick of the year. Now available on Blu Ray and DVD.

2. "The Battery"- A former battery, a pitching and catching tandem in Baseball, traverse the New England back roads and small towns after an undead apocalypse in this low fi take on what it would be like living during civilization's death. Cynical and smart, this feature which cost only $6,000 to make, boasts a ten minute ending that's certainly unsettling. Available to stream on VUDU to rent or buy, as well as a new release of an Import DVD edition.

3. "Big Bad Wolves"- Read a review or watch the trailer of my pick for the best Foreign Horror film of the year. Now available on Blu Ray or DVD and to stream with a Netflix account.

4. "Cold In July"- IFC Films presents a faithful adaptation of Joe R. lansdale's twisted novella. Michael C. Hall stars as a mullet-haired rube (it's set in 1980's Texas) who kills an intruder at his home but, the Police report the intruder to be someone else. And the family of this someone else will surely strike back with a vengeance. Sam Shepherd and Don Johnson co-star in a film so full of despair, so bleak, that you know as a viewer the outcome is not going to end well for anybody. My pick for best mash-up, being part Horror, part Noir, the rest brutal Drama. Available now on VOD.

5. "In Fear"- Anyone who has been lost in a car fighting with their significant other over directions will certainly get the premise of this enclosed chiller. Achieves good frights through tight camerawork, an ambient score and strong acting from lead actress Alice Englert. Available now on Blu Ray and DVD.

6. "MurderDrome"- My pick for best Horror/Comedy involves a pack of Aussie Roller Derby girls facing off against demonic foes from Hell when an ancient rune is uncovered at the rink. Wild, wacky fun-- intentionally campy-- it rolls out with gory force and gut-punching glee. Available now on Import DVD, a stateside DVD package arrives in September.

7. "Oculus"- Read a review or watch the trailer of my pick for the best ghost story of the year. Coming soon to Blu Ray and DVD.

8. "The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears"- Belgian husband and wife directing team-- Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet-- makers of "Amer", deliver another throwback to the Italian Giallo with even more illogical murders, weirder set pieces and wilder, more colorful split screens. Beautiful cinematography and a soundtrack that takes its music from influential composers of the genre, like Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai. My pick for best Giallo. Coming next month to VOD and iTunes.

9. "Thanatomorphose"- My pick for best Body Horror feature gives off chills when a model begins to (literally) waste away after a one night fling with a scary hook-up. Shocking, although bitterly slow, this French Canadian production made my skin crawl with scenes of languid decomposition in lurid detail. Unrated, it won't ever be playing a local cinemaplex near you. Available now on Import DVD, an American distributor has bought the rights and is trying to release it in a limited edition in time for Halloween.

10. "Under The Skin"- Read a review, see a slideshow or watch the trailer to the best Sci Fi/Horror hybrid of the year. Now available on Blu Ray and DVD.

Honorable Mention- "Cheap Thrills", "Enemy", "Knights of Badassdom"

Best Re-issue- "Ms. 45"

Worst Indie Horror movies- "Dark House", "Nurse 3D"

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