10 Genre-Defying Horror Movies
by Kaylen Summers
Horror movies offer a lot of emotions. Eerie, haunting, and challenging, this is a genre that is exciting and imaginative. Here are some of the best horror films of all times:
1. It Follows
This is an amazing horror film with a dreamy visual tone, some indelible skin-crawler moments. It movie does not place any reliance on jump scares. It follows a young woman who inherits a sexually transmitted curse of being hunted by an unstoppable entity. This is one of the creepiest films to be made in this genre, with some really eerie moments that will haunt.
2. Friday The 13th
This is a defining film in the slasher horror genre. It is sophisticated, scary and gory. It is a film that has a huge following and is a cult. The film combines all the key elements of the horror genre with great performances and an incredible soundtrack. It is a benchmark film that is quite a disturbing watch, but absolutely worth it if you love this genre.
3. Trick ‘R Treat
This is a film that tells multiple clever and comically creepy stories of one unique Halloween night, bound by a mischievous trick-r-treater named Sam. He is a much-loved mascot, and the film explores all the possibilities of the clown as a scary character. It is spooky and at the same time extremely layered in the perspective of the story and its horror aspects.
4. Shaun Of The Dead
This is a film that gave the zombie genre a very clear definition. It utilizes the plot points of a zombie story well, incorporating some intriguing twists along the way. The art and aesthetics of the film add a layer to the story. The performances are also captivating, holding together the film incredibly well.
This is a really haunting, edgy film about an American ballet student at a prestigious German dance academy, where sinister supernatural forces leave a trail of violent, grisly murders. The film is very atmospheric, and it encapsulates the mood of the film very well. The brilliance of the film lies in how it gets under the psychological layers of the viewers with its penetrative storytelling.
This is a dark, psychological horror film that is an undeniable classic from ace director Roman Polanski. The film is about a sexually averse woman tormented by horrific visions and hallucinations when her sister leaves her alone for a holiday. The film does not use usual tropes like jump scares to create effect. It is very intelligent in the way it creates scare and tells the story in an unprecedented manner.
7. Don’t Look Now
This is the story of a married couple attempting to come to terms with the death of their young daughter. They travel to Venice, where they’re haunted by a series of mysterious occurrences and reminders of death after an encounter with two elderly sisters. The film is a chilling, menacing story, tinged with melodrama and the supernatural, that sticks with you long after watching.
8. Get Out
This is one of the most important films of this genre. It is a smart and honest portrait of racial injustice and it showcases social commentary through horror, which is why it defies the genre and interprets it with a sense of social responsibility. The film maintains its mood and stays true to the purpose of the story throughout. It also has incredible performances, which only add to the gravity of the film.
9. The Thing
This film follows the rugged crew at an isolated Antarctic research facility as they’re besieged by an alien presence that can assume the form of anything it touches. The film shows one of the masters of horror, working at the very top of his game in his directorial job. The ending of the film is ambiguous, and it is still the subject of debate among film lovers.
10. 28 Days Later
This is an innovative, post-apocalyptic film that is very striking. What starts as a stunning and contemplative look at a London mostly devoid of people turns into a rapidly worsening slide into terror as survivors come face to face with the hideous outcome of such a population-depleted planet. The film is an interesting take on horror as it capitalises on the fear and uncertainty of a world where there is no order or definition.