Did you get the opportunity to watch A Quiet Place in an actual movie theater? It’s such a unique experience. When I saw it, all the moviegoers were so caught up in the movie and afraid to make any kind of noise. I’ve personally never been more careful drinking soda in my life haha.
If you like actiony ones like Busan, I would recommend maybe…Shaun of the Dead? Not “horror” per se but sets a good world/atmosphere.
Really, I only watch psychological ones like Babadook, The Quiet Place, etc. If you wan’t something that is more sci fi horror, Annihilation is good.
Watched it with headphones in a dark room,but I can see what you’re saying, would be cool in a crowded theatre.
Finally watched Hereditary, and it was great!
So much detail put into set and sound design, ill definately have to watch it again. All those tiny diaramas, like movies within movies. And that one shot in the graveyard, where the camera just keeps panning down underground so it looks like another diarama, so good. The weird soft heartbeat that periodically is playing in the background, adding tension.
No one in this movie knows what the hell is going on, all the main characters are overwhelmed and teetering towards their breaking point.
The core of the movie isn’t supernatural, it’s more of a family drama…alienation from those you love, parents and children as flawed awful human beings who sometimes hurt each other, bear painful unspoken grudges, have secret lives. The writing was very good, acting too.
Kill List by Ben Wheatley is a movie I don’t often see mentioned. If you haven’t seen anything by Ben Wheatley it’s definitely weird but more focused than some of his other work. I don’t want to say to much but the protagonist was a hitman who get’s dragged back into that lifestyle and thinks go wrong.
I thought of Kill List repeatedly while watching Hereditary last week. No spoilers–while Hereditary is a much more visually composed film, it felt like it was a hollow exercise in a genre that others (like Kill List) had already elevated. In fact, other than mis-en-scene, I felt like Hereditary’s most effective trick was also its most spurious; the use of long takes on gore shots, and violent impact of those shots on the audience. I felt transparently manipulated in a way similar to that of the Conjuring series, but with gore in lieu of jump scares.
This isn’t to say I didn’t appreciate or enjoy Hereditary, especially as a lifelong horror fan who is starting to get used to prestige horror as a genre. But it struck me as a deeply flawed, and under-criticised film.
Anyhow, best horror film I saw recently was the Endless, which blew me away, despite some dodgy effects towards the end. I’d seen and appreciated Spring, but nothing in that movie prepared me for how shook I felt at the end of the Endless.
The Wailing was a fantastic Korean horror/thriller, I won’t say much but after a stranger shows up to a village and some mysterious goings on happen after the death of some villagers, he takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of it.
It’s tense, exciting, brutally violent. One of the stand out scenes, you’ll know it when you get to it is just an attack on your senses, the music, and the contrasting visuals are amazing
Upgrade was a much better sci-fi thriller than I could have anticipated. Very aware of itself (I felt, at any rate) and I think while it’s walking a well-worn path, it manages to balance all its absurdities and still deliver something compelling. Also…it’s not as if we’re swimming in cyberpunk horror films.
Also, unless it’s getting taken off soon, Train to Busan is an excellent Netflix (though not made by them) and it’s one of my favorite pieces of zombie media I’ve seen.
My yearly meditative exercise of isolating myself with ten, plus one, scary movies is once again drawing near. Here’s my 2018 lineup:
Day of the Dead
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Vampire Hunter D
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Lords of Salem
I love love love Kill List, I think it’s super underrated. I also really enjoyed Sightseers, which I’d recommend to people who enjoy black comedy with some horror. And if you’re mentioning Ben Wheatley’s directing, you can’t forget Amy Jump, who wrote both of them (the two happen to be married) and lends them a lot of their naturalism, humor and drama.
Some horror recommendations for the season:
Really underrated Spanish found footage zombie movie that takes place in an apartment building.
Korean horror/drama about a Catholic priest who becomes a vampire from Oldboy director Chan-wook Park.
First feature from Mike Flanagan, who also did Oculus, Hush, and the Gerald’s Game adaptation. Spends a lot of its run time as a quiet meditation on loss. We begin the film as a woman is forced to wrestle with declaring her husband dead in absentia because he’s been missing for seven years. Low budget, and slow, but worth the investment.
Near Dark (1987)
Surprisingly great and moody 80s vampire movie from Kathryn Bigelow, who found her biggest fame directing The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.
Higher budget feature from the prolific Mike Flanagan. Haunted house horror about a brother and sister who experienced trauma as children coming together as adults to find out what caused it.
House of the Devil (2009)
A babysitter tries to pick up extra money in a creepy house. It turns out not to have been the best idea.
The Descent (2005)
Modern classic about six friends whose cave diving expedition has some unexpected complications.
It Follows (2014)
Modern-modern classic. An allegory about the stigmas around sex, a love letter to the aesthetics of slashers like Halloween, a retro-futuristic sci-fi vision of Detroit, and also a really fucking good horror movie.
It gets lumped in with horror movies of its period, but Candyman is way better than you think it is. Horror about race and class and prejudice that is stylish and genuinely scary.
Tales from the Hood (1995)
What it says on the tin: a black Tales from the Crypt horror anthology. What it is: that, but about issues like institutional racism, police violence and child abuse. Not all of it has aged well, but it’s got more heart and empathy than you’ll expect.
Noroi: The Curse (2005)
Very creepy Japanese supernatural horror found footage movie that runs through a range of weird paranormal topics before it gets where it’s going. Filmed like a documentary, but runs at a decent clip.
À l’intérieur (Inside)(2007)
Very disturbing home invasion movie about a pregnant woman who is terrorized in her home.
You’re Next (2011)
Modern take on the slasher genre about a bickering rich family that gets attacked by masked assailants. Blends family drama and horror as well as a movie like Kill List, although with more humor and a bit of irony.
CW: Abuse, torture, suicide
Blanket content warning, as this one is pretty extreme. A thoughtful, disturbing example of what the “torture porn” genre could be in the right hands. The ending sticks with me, but not for the sort of reason you’d think.
Under the Shadow (2016)
Persian-language, Iranian-directed supernatural horror movie set in Tehran in the 1980s. Heavily themed around politics and culture, it follows a family terrorized by a Djinn in their apartment building in the midst of city-wide bombings.
There’s a horror movie festival coming up in my fair city of Nottingham.
They’re playing Mandy - which I’ve already booked tickets for.
Anna and the Apocalypse - which is a musical horror? I’m guessing it’ll be like that Buffy episode.
Also a sci-fi horror movie called Prospect
Also I’m going to be going to a screening of British horror Possum with a Q&A from director Matt Holness - who created Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place - one of my favourite TV shows of all time.
I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve heard really cool things about Await Further Instructions that make it sound like kind of a more politically charged You’re Next meets body horror. I believe it just hit streaming.
pThe Haunting of Hill House, a ten episode series that recently came out on netflix. Each ep is about an hour long, and I believe the director said his intent was to create a ten hour horror film. I’m very curious about other people’s reaction to this.
A few impressions:
Immediately struck by how ambitious this is; long form is extremely uncommon in the horror genre, the narrative successfully transitions from the past and present, as well as changing the point of view of the same events to different characters in almost every episode. It also takes the risk of focusing much more on the human drama of the family instead of supernatural and action sequences.
The horror ranges from the subtle (discreet faces and changes in the environment of the house that aren’t telegraphed in the usual way) to the jump scares with scary ghost faces and loud music. Sometimes I found the jump scares to earned as part of the narrative, other times (but less frequently) they just seem to come out of nowhere.
Very long and frequent monologues. This is my only real complaint. The director makes a noticible use of characters going into long emotional soliloquies, the camera only focusing on them, occasionally cutting to other people listening. At first I was like, ok, this is strange but the director is going for something here, maybe emphasizing emotional moments? or building a sense of dread, a slow sense of a characters madness as they go on and on, like in movie like Kubrick’s Shining?
But as the series progresses the monologues happen more and more frequently, to the point of losing me. Like they are part of a different show, which up until about the 7th episode was amazing. Also this is harsh and I hesitate to say this but I don’t think some of the actors were up to the long emotional scenes entirely focused on them delivering these speeches.
I was never a horror person, so I just finally got around to seeing Halloween! I wasn’t disappointed even being around 40 years late to the party. The sheet ghost scene was one of the weirdest moments in the movie, but I loved it. The two visuals that will stick with my the most are when the doctor and nurse first arrive to see that Michael has escaped and the scene where you see all three dead teenagers together. The prior has a graininess due to age that is so unsettling while the latter has the MASSIVE TOMBSTONE ON THE BED! I’m really happy I finally got around to seeing it and am pumped to see Night of the Living Dead in theaters later this month with my bf. Hopefully I’ve slightly gotten over my fear of horror movies and can enjoy them a bit more now.
I saw Mandy last Friday. Sold out showing at a horror film festival. Best place to see it, quite frankly.
It was described by the curators as ‘if David Lynch took a bunch of acid, listened to a lot of prog rock and decided to remake John Wick’. That’s… yeah… that’s Mandy. It was a trip. Still trying to process it. Plot wise it’s fairly simple, but some of the imagery was just amazing - haunting even… and I’m probably not going to be getting it out of my head anytime soon. At the same time there is a real sense of silliness behind all the schlock.
Nicholas Cage going full Cage was the thing that drove many people to this film and he doesn’t disappoint. It’s actually quite a restrained performance, but there’s one bathroom scene in which he basically goes full Cage and I look back on it as a kind of summoning of this elder god through an ancient ritual. It’s been a while since we’ve had Uncaged Cage.
Arguably, however, I think Andrea Riseborough as Mandy steals the show - it’s her movie.
Okay so this might not be a GOLDEN AGE of horror but I’ll say, like video games, it is the best time to be watching horror movies. Lots of great recommendations in this thread and a lot are accessible with OOT services. It is impossible to afford all of these services even if you have one there is a good selection at your finger tips. If you have extra funds and want to get in the spooky spirit then check out Shudder, AMC’s horror centric streaming service. A few recommendations that I might have already made before that might fly under the radar or that I want to make sure people know they can stream
Halloween (Shudder, also has 4 & 5 for some reason. If people wanted to listen to the podcast recommended a bit ago wanted to make sure people knew it was easier to watch.)
Apostle (Just watched this on Netflix. From the director of The Raid. Not at all LIKE that movie. It feels like your head is tossed in a box and shaken for a couple hours. Really good stuff)
The Void (Netflix, V good body horror stuff. Not the most thought-provoking thing but the practical effects are unlike anything you see in this day and age)
The Invitation (Netflix, one of those rollercoaster movies where you are wondering when the crest is coming.)
Hell House LLC (Shudder, the sequel isn’t good but this is one of the better super low budget haunted house flicks out there.)
Cube (Shudder/Netflix, love these Sci-Fi THRILLERS that try and use logic and math that I will never fact check. Low-budget Canadian. That should cover it.)
Dang, I literally discovered there was a sequel to Hell House LLC over the weekend and added it to my watch list hoping it’d be good lol.
I’ll second Cube, though it’s an interesting one…saw it on a whim a couple weeks back and it gave me a little bit of a Saw II vibe. Ya know, strangers trying to work together to escape a booby-trapped facility and the like. The characters are kind of over the top, and woof, there’s some stuff there content-wise that made me go “oh, this movie was made in 90’s wasn’t it”, but overall it was quite a trip.
A couple more I’ll throw in:
Crush the Skull - Initially struck me as kind of a lower budget indie film or something (though apparently the director worked on The Flash and iZombie? interesting…). Anyway the movie follows a couple of ‘professional’ burglars who unknowingly break into a house that’s being used for some sinister stuff, oops. Just a heads up, the characters are pretty annoying, but they did eventually kind of grow on me. Oh, and there’s a lot of forced humor here too. It mostly fell flat for me, but I still found it kind of charming.
The Nightmare - A documentary focusing on the condition of sleep paralysis. The document throws in a bit of spooky imagery and a few jump scares with reenactments/dramatizations of events, but the real eerieness comes from the striking similarity in the experiences that the different subjects recounted, as well as the hopelessness and dread that seems to come with the condition itself.
Cube has two sequels. Cube 2: HYPERCUBE is absolutely horrible so I wouldn’t bother with it. But you might dig the third one, Cube Zero. It’s pretty good for what it is and is a little more like Saw in that you know more about why/who’s responsible for what’s going on. Much like the original though the characters are quite over the top.
I’m a little saddened they didn’t go full SUPERHYPERCUBE with the threequel title haha