5. It Comes at Night

What they say: A man learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within.

What it is actually about: The real horror is not what is outside, it is what is inside both the house and the man (Joel Edgerton).

The Verdict:
A virus has ravaged the world (not a zombie virus). The virus serves as a backdrop as the real horror is what takes place in the family dynamics inside the house.

In his strive to protect his family at all costs from external forces, Paul (Edgerton) is blind to the internal strife and ever-growing rift between him and his 17-year-old son, who would rather spend his time drawing than learning the ways of a doomsday prepper.

The rift grows wider as Paul takes in a  young couple and their child. Eventually, all the foresight is shot to hell as the internal forces of family and man overwhelm.

4. The Girl With All The Gifts

What they say: A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua).

What it is actually about:
Don’t expect a variation of the oh-so-trite “Walking Dead” theme. A fungus had decimated the world, turning people affected into carriers and ‘hungries,” think more the infected in “28 Days Later” than “The Walking Dead.”

Melanie is a ‘Hungry 2.0.’ She is a hybrid whose body is symbiotic with the fungus. She has the urge for warm-blooded meat (she opts out of eating humans and goes for stray animals), but she exhibits all the traits of a normal girl.

Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close) sees Melanie as a means to an end; she could be the source of the cure for the fungus.

The army base that houses Melanie, Dr. Caldwell, Melanie’s teacher Helen (Gemma Arterton) and Sgt. Parks (Paddie Considine) is overrun by hungries, and the group must flee and try to make it to the next safe military installation.

The Verdict: At its best “The Girl With All The Gifts” resembles “28 Days Later” and George A. Romero’s “Day of the Dead.” It is science (Dr. Caldwell) versus morality (Helen/Melanie) as the group’s trip to the next military base is plagued by hungries, hybrids and moral decisions that could change the world. It all looks to lead to a very cliched ending, but “The Girl With All the Gifts” offers a swerve that will have one debating the ending long after the movie is over.

3. Hounds of Love

What they say: A cold-blooded, predatory couple while cruising the streets in search of their next victim, will stumble upon a 17-year-old high school girl, who will be sedated, abducted and chained in the strangers' guest room.

What it is actually about: A married couple (or married serial killers) abduct young women and torture and rape them before killing them and moving on to their next victim.

The victim of “Hounds of Love” is 17-year-old high schooler Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings). Vicki snuck out of her recently-separated mother’s house to attend a party she was forbidden to attend after a blow-out with her mother about her leaving Vicki’s father.

Based on a true story (and not in the same sense as the Coen Brothers use that term), “Hounds of Love” is based on the very real story of David and Catherine Birnie of Perth, Western Australia, who killed four women in the 1980s.

The Verdict: Expecting a torture porn tale, first-time director Ben Young (who also wrote the material) never goes that route. He builds fear and tension by showing less than more.

The story flips the script as Vicki figures out her one way of escape is to turn the couple against each other as she, thanks to her family strife, quickly recognizes all is not amicable between Evie (Emma Booth) and John (Stephen Curry).

Not a Lifetime version of events, “Hounds of Love” delves unflinchingly deep into the three characters revealing motivations, flaws and the traumas that all led to this very moment in all their lives.

2. A Dark Song

What they say: A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.

What it is actually about: A grieving mother (Catherine Walker) will do anything to speak to her recently deceased young son again. She enlists the services of a surly occultist (Steve Oram) to perform a black magic, month-long ritual from “The "Abramelin," that will provide both with one wish of their choosing.

The two move into a secluded mansion for a year, as the ritual may take multiple performances to take. Much like “It Comes at Night,” the longer the mom and occultist are in isolation the more the outer demons take a backseat to the two’s raging inner demons.

The Verdict: First-time director Liam Gavin, working from his own written source material, films a beautifully shot movie that works in great juxtaposition to the ugliness of what the two characters are doing as well as their motives. Gavin, along with stellar performances from Walker and Oram, up the ante piece by piece building to a crescendo that has to be seen to be believed.

1. Prevenge

What they say: Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

What it is actually about: Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

The Verdict: “Prevenge” is actually more than the slice-and-dice description it is given. It is very black comedy in the style only the British seem able to make work. Written, directed and starring Alice Lowe, “Prevenge” works on multiple levels. It is a horror/serial killer flick. On another level, it operates as a critique of how women, especially pregnant women, are treated by men, the business world, and others.

On the surface, Ruth’s killing spree is random. But it revealed slowly why she, or the baby, chose those people. There is also metaphoric reasons those victims are picked as the social critique is very sharp.

With behemoths like Michael Myers, Leatherface and Jason Voorhees lumbering around the horror genre, Ruth is an original, innovative take that breathes new life into a tired genre.

As Wonder Woman is welcomed into the superhero cinema, so should Ruth be welcomed into the realm of horror movies.