With the spooky season fast approaching, many viewers may soon be tempted by the ever-popular horror genre. Filmmakers often use horror as a critical lens to examine what society itself may fear, such as Jordan Peele does it with “Get Out” (2017) and Bong Joon-ho with “Parasite” (2019). In other cases, filmmakers take traditionally “scary” motifs and turn them into comedy, such as Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement do with the series “What We Do In The Shadows” (2019–). Like the month of October is coming up, it’s time to look at the appropriate thematic content.
There are too many great horror movies to count, and the two mentioned above are particularly excellent recent masterpieces (although “Parasite” it shakes the line between horror and drama too much to be considered a true horror movie.) For those looking for classics, it might be time to look M. Night Shyamalan’s classic thriller “The Sixth Sense” (1999), “The Shining” by Stanley Kubrick (1980) and Oscar winner “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991).
More recently, the production company A24 has put up some strong horrors worthy of attention, especially from Ari Aster and Robert Eggers. From the creatively twisted mind of Aster came “Hereditary” (2018) and “Midsommar” (2019),that both contain Quite graphic violence overlaid with nuanced and abstract social commentary. Eggers “The lighthouse” (2019) it’s one of the most outlandish horror movies of recent times, but you’re certainly watching Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe sing sea shacks in black and white film it’s worth it.
Television has also seen a good deal of horror. Filmmaker Mike flanagan is responsible for part of that; its “The Haunting of Hill House” (2018) was rated as “close to a work of genius” by Stephen King, and your recent “Midnight Mass” (2021) has received mostly positive reviews. As many horror fans may enjoy, these series along with their “The Curse of Bly Manor” (2020) characteristic supernatural elements that work to reveal something more philosophical.
For those looking for something a little lighter than a critical examination of the flaws of human society, turn to shows that take traditionally scary motifs and make them fun. “What we do in the shadows” and “Wynonna Earp” (2016)–2021), for example. The first tells the life of four vampires who make their way through life in a mockumentary reminiscent of “The Office” (2005–2013). He’s light, he’s fun, and he’s a guest star Tilda Swinton as herself as the head of the “Vampiric Council” in the style of the Volturi. The last Follow a motley crew of demon hunters in the fictional city of Purgatory and play with horror and western tropes. how gradually embraces the absurdity of its premise.
There is certainly no shortage of spooky content to watch, be it classic horror, social commentary, art house horror, supernatural miniseries, or campy horror comedies. Of course, “Stranger Things” (2016–) and “Insidious” (2010) they’re cool too, but with so much unique horror or fake horror out there, it might be time to raise the bar.