SPOILER ALERT FOR ALL MOVIES LISTED BELOW
You could die on a boat. You could die with a goat. You could get murdered in the rain or in the dark or on a train. You could get eaten in a car, or in a tree. You'll simply have to wait and see. You could be hacked up in a box. You could be slashed up on some rocks. You could be burned up in a house. You could be poisoned by your spouse. There will be blood both here and there. There will be blood most everywhere.
(Because this is a ranking of A24's 21 horror films, and if there aren't mutilated corpses strewn about by the end credits, then something is amiss.)
For decades the horror genre was dominated by slasher films that relied heavily on jump scares and gore. They were made on the cheap, often with unknown stars, and were looked down on by much of the film community as schlocky "B movies." In recent years, however, that perception has begun to evolve with the arrival of (or at least mainstream exposure to) so-called "prestige horror" — horror films that are more artsy and unsettling than terrifying and that often attempt to convey a message beyond "we hope you can't sleep tonight" even as they find new ways to savagely kill their victims.
At the forefront of this new wave of horror is indie studio A24. Since its advent in 2012, it has slowly amassed a cult following (on any trip to the Alamo Drafthouse, you're destined to see at least one millennial in an A24 hat) especially by championing a crop of young horror directors who are pushing the boundaries of the genre. This year alone, A24 has already released the porn shoot slasher film X and the deadly examination of toxic masculinity Men with the horror comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies set to hit theaters Aug. 5. And with so much buzz, I figured why not rank their catalogue of grisly, murderous mayhem for your reading pleasure.
Since the genre of "horror" is a bit nebulous as it bumps up against thriller, sci-fi, and drama, I opted to let the Wikipedia genre descriptions do the heavy lifting for me as I narrowed down the list of films to cover. This ranking is also based on the film as a whole and my critique of it, not necessarily how it did in the box office or with other critics (although those things often overlap). So without any further ado, let's start piling up these bodies.