11. Snowtown

Director: Justin Kurzel
Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Bob Adriaens, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Frank Cwiertniak, Matthew Howard, Marcus Howard, Anthony Groves
Release Date: In limited theaters on March 2, through IFC Midnight

Why you should be excited: Something tells us that faint-of-heart moviegoers may want to steer clear away from Australian filmmaker’s Justin Kurzel’s Snowtown when it debuts in a little over a month. The responses from critics and bloggers who’ve caught the serial killer bleak-a-thon already have been uniform: It’s grueling to watch, violent as sin, dark as night, and artistically virtuosic.

Inspired by the real-life Snowtown murders that rocked South Australia in 1994, Kurzel’s film centers on a wayward teen (Lucas Pittaway) and his dealings with his mother’s new friend, John Bunting (Daniel Henshall), a.k.a. the mastermind of the Snowtown murders. Being that Snowtown’s antagonist is an actual convicted slayer, it’s fairly easy to decipher where the movie takes that introductory set-up—the word “protégé” comes to mind. And hopefully “one of 2012’s best genre movies” also apply.