It has become fairly evident that making a good horror movie is nigh on impossible nowadays, probably because as humans we have become increasingly difficult to scare. So finding one that will actually scare you is a pretty arduous task.
Whether it’s down to modern science or just peoples lack of imagination, we are a much less superstitious bunch. Meaning directors of films need to be a bit more creative with their film making to ensure the audience is spooked even a little.
Still, there is an endless amount of horror films hitting the screens that are almost comical how bad they are. I went to see ‘Ouija’ the other night at the cinema. You know the film about the Ouija board that everyone used to play in the 70s? Yeah, scary right? So to be honest I wasn’t all that excited for it before I even walked in to the cinema. But I thought I would give it a go anyway. If you have the same thought as me and think you may as well give it a go. Don’t. It is terrible.
So to save you a lot of time and effort searching for a horror film that’s actually half decent, here is a list of some that have been released recently.
The Witch (2015)
I bet you can guess what this ones about? That’s right, a 3 Headed Crocodile goes head to head to head to head with a 2 headed shark… Nah it’s about a Witch. But it’s really good. Set in 17th Century New England, a man and his family decide to leave the church to live on a farm by the edge of a large, secluded forest. It’s filmed beautifully, and the costumes and actors capture the time it was set perfectly, making it incredibly chilling. Food supplies are running out, things start to mysteriously vanish, and the livestock is starting to act funny. All is not well in the woods and things start to escalate violently out of control. Brilliantly shot, superbly acted, and downright scary!
Blair Witch (2016)
A modern reinterpretation of the 1999 blockbuster The Blair Witch Project. Can you tell I’m afraid of Witches? The film does a brilliant job of updating the classic ‘hand held camera’ job of the old film by using modern technology such as drones and Go Pros to film it. The story is of a young man whose sister mysteriously went missing in the forest years ago; who is on a quest to find out what happened to her. Or maybe even find her. The man’s friends accompany him in to the forest on a sort of camping/closure trip to the forest, who is later joined by two weird conspiracy theorists who have lived near the forest for most of their lives. The film has the right blend of not quite letting you see what’s happening, but at the same time giving you frights and flashes of horror. Definitely worth a watch.
Goodnight Mommy (2014)
It could be argued that this film is more of a psychological thriller, however it is amazingly scary. Set in the harrowing backdrop of an Austrian forest in a stunning modern, isolated house. A woman returns home with her face fully bandaged up after receiving cosmetic facial surgery. As you can see by the trailer, this image alone is terrifying enough. Her 10 year old twin sons are understandably creeped out by their mother’s appearance, and become increasingly unnerved by her change in behavior. The twins start to suspect that the person under the bandages is no longer their mother. Expect twists and turns, earie moments of silence in the house, and incredibly unnerving acting by both the boys and their mother. The film is subtitled, however this somehow adds to the thrill. One of the best horror/thrillers I have ever seen. Be warned.
Definitely an original concept for a film, but it works really well. A punk-rock band battle murderous white supremacists at a remote Oregon roadhouse. The setting and the gritty nature in which the film has been shot make it really believable. The band is touring around America, at sleazy venues with very few supporters. Running out of cash and craving a big break, the band manages to get on the set list for an event out in the sticks. Filled with mean looking white supremacist motorbike gangs, it becomes clear to the band that they want in and out as soon as possible. But this doesn’t happen. What really set this film apart from others are its original concept and its great punk-rock sound track. So if you’re in to punk music, you’ve probably already seen it. If not, watch it anyway its really good. Oh and Patrick Stewart is the bad guy!
Let us know in the comment section of any horror films you’ve seen recently that are worth watching, or that we should avoid at all costs.