Unknown Armies In Moving Pictures

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Congratulations, Pony. You've made it to this Unknown Armies tabletop role playing game recommended viewing list (keyed to these terms: urban fantasy, horror, arcane, magick, occult, outré, odd, obsessive, outlandish, outsider, neurodivergent, neurodiverse, etc.)

These recommendations come from the Unknown Armies F.C. facebook group, found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/518599868275546/

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1. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A supernatural force sets out to exact revenge against art profiteers attempting to exploit a series of paintings by an unknown artist.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge

Votes: 41,988

2. The Twilight Zone (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An updated version of the classic anthology series featuring various tales of science fiction, mystery, and horror.

Stars: Jordan Peele, David Epstein, Shalyn Ferdinand, Zazie Beetz

Votes: 7,482

3. Russian Doll (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A cynical young woman in New York City keeps dying and returning to the party that's being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop.

Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley

Votes: 42,109

4. Lodge 49 (2018– )

TV-14 | 51 min | Comedy, Drama

Dud finds himself deposited by fate at the doorstep of Lodge 49, a dusty fraternal order that offers cheap beer and strange alchemical philosophies.

Stars: Wyatt Russell, Brent Jennings, Sonya Cassidy, Linda Emond

Votes: 1,730

5. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 40,261 | Gross: $2.47M

6. Mandy (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

81 Metascore

The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy

Votes: 45,957 | Gross: $1.21M

7. The City and the City (2018)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad in the European city-state of Beszel, investigates the murder of a student from Beszel's twin-city of Ul Qoman - which occupies the same space but is perceived differently.

Stars: Christian Camargo, Ron Cook, Mandeep Dhillon, Robert Firth

Votes: 990

8. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

R | 141 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

60 Metascore

Circa 1969, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm

Votes: 93,622 | Gross: $17.84M

9. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

Director: Boots Riley | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick

Votes: 42,063 | Gross: $17.49M

10. Castle Rock (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.

Stars: André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy

Votes: 25,522

11. Fonotune: An Electric Fairytale (2018)

74 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Outside of time, a teen hooker, lo-fi cowboy and mute drifter cross a white desert to experience the final gig of their mysterious rockstar hero.

Director: FINT | Stars: Kiki Sukezane, Kazushi Watanabe, Guitar Wolf, Yûho Yamashita

Votes: 407

12. Under the Silver Lake (2018)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

Sam, a disenchanted young man, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez

Votes: 19,319 | Gross: $0.05M

13. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 160,402 | Gross: $44.07M

14. You Might Be the Killer (2018)

TV-MA | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A camp counselor suffering from blackouts finds himself surrounded by murder victims. He turns to his horror movie enthusiast friend for advice, and to contend with the idea he may be the killer.

Director: Brett Simmons | Stars: Fran Kranz, Alyson Hannigan, Brittany S. Hall, Jenna Harvey

Votes: 2,614

15. Tumbbad (2018)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A mythological story about a goddess who created the entire universe. The plot revolves around the consequences when humans build a temple for her first-born.

Directors: Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi, Adesh Prasad | Stars: Sohum Shah, Jyoti Malshe, Anita Date, Ronjini Chakraborty

Votes: 14,790

16. Cam (2018)

TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

Alice, an ambitious camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she's been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself.

Director: Daniel Goldhaber | Stars: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters, Devin Druid

Votes: 18,245

17. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (2017)

TV-MA | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

When a depressed woman is burgled, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbour. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

Director: Macon Blair | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Jared Roylance

Votes: 38,848

18. American Gods (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.

Stars: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Yetide Badaki

Votes: 63,595

19. Dave Made a Maze (2017)

Not Rated | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

60 Metascore

Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.

Director: Bill Watterson | Stars: Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Nick Thune, Adam Busch, James Urbaniak

Votes: 4,342 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Happy! (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

An injured hitman befriends his kidnapped daughter's imaginary friend - a perky blue flying unicorn.

Stars: Christopher Meloni, Ritchie Coster, Lili Mirojnick, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 25,865

21. Veronica (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 105 min | Horror

Madrid, 1991. A teen girl finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she played Ouija with two classmates.

Director: Paco Plaza | Stars: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer, Iván Chavero

Votes: 29,315

22. Dark (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town, where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families.

Stars: Karoline Eichhorn, Louis Hofmann, Jördis Triebel, Maja Schöne

Votes: 128,046

23. Pyewacket (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

56 Metascore

A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.

Director: Adam MacDonald | Stars: Laurie Holden, Nicole Muñoz, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne

Votes: 5,572

24. The Endless (I) (2017)

Not Rated | 111 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

As kids, they escaped a UFO death cult. Now, two adult brothers seek answers after an old videotape surfaces and brings them back to where they began.

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead | Stars: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington

Votes: 22,342 | Gross: $0.27M

25. Atlanta (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.

Stars: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz

Votes: 40,466

26. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 80,927 | Gross: $2.01M

27. The OA (2016– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her twenties with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.

Stars: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, Scott Wilson, Alice Krige

Votes: 75,263

28. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (2016–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Holistic detective Dirk Gently investigates cases involving the supernatural.

Stars: Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks, Jade Eshete

Votes: 35,623

29. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton

Votes: 78,023

30. The Void (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.

Directors: Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski | Stars: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe

Votes: 25,559 | Gross: $0.15M

31. Julieta (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

73 Metascore

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta

Votes: 24,879 | Gross: $1.49M

32. A Dark Song (2016)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Liam Gavin | Stars: Steve Oram, Catherine Walker, Susan Loughnane, Mark Huberman

Votes: 11,369

33. The Love Witch (2016)

Unrated | 120 min | Romance, Thriller

82 Metascore

A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her.

Director: Anna Biller | Stars: Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Gian Keys

Votes: 9,532 | Gross: $0.23M

34. The Neon Demon (2016)

R | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman

Votes: 73,492 | Gross: $1.33M

35. The Alchemist Cookbook (2016)

82 min | Drama, Horror

73 Metascore

Suffering from delusions of fortune, a young hermit hides out in the forest hoping to crack an ancient mystery, but pays a price for his mania.

Director: Joel Potrykus | Stars: Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom, Fiji

Votes: 905

36. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 91,884 | Gross: $3.22M

37. True Detective (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 448,649

38. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 173,280 | Gross: $0.92M

39. Frank (II) (2014)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

75 Metascore

Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Moira Brooker

Votes: 70,460 | Gross: $0.64M

40. The Frame (2014)

127 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Two strangers find their lives colliding in an impossible way. Alex is a methodical cargo thief working for a dangerous cartel. Sam is a determined paramedic trying to save the world while running from her past.

Director: Jamin Winans | Stars: David Carranza, Tiffany Mualem, Cal Bartlett, Christopher Soren Kelly

Votes: 2,830

41. The Institute (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

55 Metascore

A documentary on the Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became "inducted" without ever quite realizing what they'd signed up for.

Director: Spencer McCall | Stars: Arye Bender, Boston Blake, Jeff Hull, Chelsea London Lloyd

Votes: 1,016

42. Upstream Color (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

Director: Shane Carruth | Stars: Amy Seimetz, Frank Mosley, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig

Votes: 28,632 | Gross: $0.44M

43. Coherence (2013)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

Director: James Ward Byrkit | Stars: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen

Votes: 90,560 | Gross: $0.07M

44. Chasseur (2013)

15 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

Sometime in the first half of the twentieth century, somewhere on the back roads of the Louisiana Bayou, the half-mad Louis Chasseur, hunts the Devil. Setting an ambush at the crossroads, ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Soren Kelly | Stars: Joshua Bitton, Christopher Soren Kelly

Votes: 47

45. Banshee Chapter (2013)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

62 Metascore

Journalist Anne Roland explores the disturbing links behind her friend's sudden disappearance, an ominous government research chemical, and a disturbing radio broadcast of unknown origin.

Director: Blair Erickson | Stars: Katia Winter, Ted Levine, Michael McMillian, Corey Moosa

Votes: 8,266

46. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 77,606 | Gross: $12.80M

47. John Dies at the End (2012)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown

Votes: 34,554 | Gross: $0.14M