After years of ruling the roost in the ‘70s and ‘80s, horror movies disappeared for a while, but today between the low production budgets typical of the genre and the sudden longing for the nostalgia of the 80s, horror movies are back with a bang!
The problem is that this boom has led to a lot of sub-par horror films being made of late, with a few gems in between. But, really, who has the time to go through all of them and find the good ones?
These are the best new horror films for your Home Theatre System. Just don’t complain if you can’t fall asleep tonight.
Gerald’s Game proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there’s nothing more effective than a strong script when it comes to making your blood curdle. The film is based on the famous Stephen King novel of the same name, and it more than does justice to that classic novel. This is one movie that’ll mess with your mind – just don’t blame us if you can’t take any vacations with your partner afterwards.
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One of the most original premises in horror is what separates IT Follows from the scores of horror films that come out every year. The film plays on that fear we all have that we’re being followed, even if we can’t see anyone around. Instead of monsters jumping out at us from around corners, the movie turns up the creeping dread of seeing something come for you from the distance and knowing that there’s nothing you can do about it.
Get Out turns the tension around race relations up to eleven by drawing us into a seemingly normal world that’s a hair’s breath away from devolving into chaos. The film, directed by comedian Jordan Peele, caught the entire film world by surprise as it turned contemporary discourse about the racial tension in America into a metaphorical nightmare that will set the hair on the back of your neck a-tingling.
Don’t you miss the old days, when CGI hadn’t turned horror movies into the mockery that they’ve become lately? Back then, you’d have to use practical effects to scare your audience and it worked brilliantly because of how real it all seemed. Thankfully, director David Sandberg didn’t have the budget for costly CGI sequences, so he had to rely on his wits to come up with ways to scare the bejeezus out of us. And, boy, did it work!
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We all take the little things for granted and it’s hard to empathise with someone who doesn’t have the same privileges we do until we take a walk in their shoes. Hush accomplishes this by having us share the dread of a hearing-impaired writer, who’s being stalked by a psycho killer in and around her isolated home in the woods.
Raw is the only non-English film on this list. This isn’t to say that that non-Hollywood horror films aren’t scary – in fact, many of your favourite horror movies are Hollywood remakes of (usually) much better foreign films – but because of Raw’s central themes of teenage sexuality and cannibalism, we doubt any major studio is going to be clamouring for a mainstream release any time soon. We won’t give anything away, but there’s a good reason it’s one of the few modern movies to make ace director Edgar Wright’s list of favourite horror films.
Cinema should be a totally engrossing experience and few films get that as well as Don’t Breathe does. The premise is simple – some kids break into a blind man’s house to rob him, but things don’t go so well once they realise that the man they thought would be an easy target would end up being a skilled hunter. The film uses silences masterfully, fully making you believe that you’re trapped in the house with them and you’ll be too scared to make a peep, too.
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