13. “Tusk” (dir. Kevin Smith)
What It Is: A midnight masterpiece from Kevin Smith about a podcaster whose trip to Canada takes a dark turn when he’s captured by a man who wants to surgically turn him into a walrus.
Why It’s Terrifying: …you heard the “wants to surgically turn him into a walrus” part, right? Smith manages to craft a genuinely compelling piece of body horror by fully committing to his ludicrous premise, giving Michael Parks’ deranged surgeon a tragic backstory that almost makes you see where he’s coming from. While “Tusk” will always be remembered for the human/walrus hybrid suit that Justin Long eventually dons — a serious contender for the most ridiculously fucked up image A24 has ever released — it holds up because it doubles as a psychological thriller that justifies its choices with sharp writing. —CZ