Do you ever get the feeling that something is watching you? Late at night when you’re sitting alone in the dark of your room, do you sometimes still reach for the bedside lamp to make sure that dark corner across the room isn’t occupied…. Lately I’ve been getting really into the creeping dread that a good horror movie instills, and I want to recommend a few you probably missed from the last couple years that will make you consider buying a nightlight for your wall.
A Dark Song (2016) made me turn on all the lights in my apartment on the night I watched it. It’s a slow but steady burn, with only two major characters and a single significant setting. The plot is never obvious could border on confusing if you don’t pay close attention. Basically two people attempt a long and dangerous ritual in order to ask beings from a higher plane for a favor – of course things don’t go quite as planned. The ending is highly unconventional and well worth the wait. If you are a fan of mentally disturbing horror movies, then check this one out.
It Comes At Night (2017) has a somewhat misleading title. Nothing comes at night in this movie, besides the main character’s sickening nightmares. Like many great horror films, what you don’t see is where the real horror lies. We are NEVER told the world’s situation in “It Comes At Night”, we hardly even get a grasp on the situation through dialogue. We learn piece by piece that people keep getting sick for some reason and that the only way to deal with them is to shoot them in the head and burn them. It’s heavily implied that the sickness might bring people back like evil zombies, but we never actually see that. If you want a dreadful portrayal of humans not trusting each other in the post apocalypse, this is it.
I hate hospitals. They smell like death and sterilization. The Void (2016) takes place in a hospital in a tiny drive-through town. Essentially a cult that fucks with another plane of existence awakens some dark forces that start fucking people up. If you like practical creature effects, this movie is filled with great ones.
The Hallow (2015) is not to be confused with a boring B-movie with terrible 90s cgi monsters called “The Hollow” that came out in the same year. But both films do have their similarities, both are about people heading to a new town and encountering monsters in the woods, and therein lies the difference: The Hollow has obvious costumes and blurry cgi where The Hallow has some of the most intricately malformed wood dwellers I’ve seen. Yes, the Hallow is a monster movie, but one where the monsters don’t show up until very late. The hallow is not one of the scarier films on this list, but it is one of the most impressive creature features of recent years. The woodland monsters are a kind of deformed humanity that look far too real for comfort, even when the show up in full view of camera lens.
I hope you can find something to your liking among these horror movies I recommended, and until next time, stay paranoid…or something like that.