Simple, straightforward horror such as jump scares often achieves an extraordinary outcome, causing viewers to shriek in fear followed by long sighs of relief. The technique has received much criticism for its broad use across the board in recent years, but most viewers can see it and still enjoy the film.
There is, on the other hand, another form of horror that relies on atmosphere building, a distinctive cinematography style, and the exploration of philosophical themes, a genre of its own called art-house horror. Gradually increasing in popularity and popularity, these English-language art-house horror films illustrate how psychological terror combined with visual finesse can create more hair-raising, spine-chilling, and blood-curdling scenes than conventional horror films.
Antichrist is undoubtedly a controversial picture as a result of its graphic violence and sexual content that include sadomasochism and simulation of intercourse.
Antichrist revolves around a depressed couple who returns to an isolated cabin in the woods following the accidental death of their child. The woman becomes increasingly grief-stricken and begins demanding violent sexual fantasies from her husband, who believes Satan is her greatest fear.
'The VVitch' (2015)
Robert Eggers' remarkable directional debut is inspired by America's first witch hysteria in the 1630s, paving the way for the notorious Salem witch trials, which were held in 1692.
Anya Taylor-Joy is seen in her first film appearance as Thomasin, the daughter of a puritan family homesteading in the woods, who was expelled from their original settlement due to a religious dispute. A series of strange events starts enveloping the family, causing them to suspect Thomasin as a witch.
'Carnival of Souls' (1962)
Carnival of Souls' haunting ambiance, surreal imagery, and ghoulish characters will always be remembered by anyone who has seen it. The German expressionism-influenced cult classic also influenced George A. Romero's zombie tour de force Night of the Living Dead (1968).
Mary Henry, the sole survivor of a catastrophic car accident, moves to Salt Lake City in an effort to establish a new life as a church organist. She is drawn to an abandoned carnival that may hold a secret to her past.
Eraserhead, created as a result of David Lynch's newfound parental status while living in Philadelphia, is a bizarre, surrealistic masterpiece that will leave you shaking your hands and sevens. Even film director Stanley Kubrick made his crew watch this surrealist horror film while filming the equally deserving 1980 horror film The Shining.
Henry Spencer, a cult classic laden with marriage anxieties, otherworldly beings, and sinister sound design, is seen dealing with his newborn mutant kid as he is terrorized by the industrial landscape, and paralyzed by his own doubts.
'The Shining' (1980)
Audiences today may find it difficult to believe that the 1980 horror classic was nominated for the Razzies and was even lambasted by the original author King himself for being "a beautiful automobile without an engine."
The Shining follows Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) as a seasonal caretaker for the Overlook Hotel alongside his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and son Danny (Danny Lloyd), who have been isolated from the rest of the world. When supernatural forces lurked inside the hotel for decades threaten to crack open the fragile surface of the family, the writer slowly retreats into madness.
Jordan Peele's haunting follow-up to his 2017 psychological horror film Get Out makes even more doppelgangers with references to several horror films like Jaws (1975), Funny Games (1997), and A Tale of Two Sisters (2003).
When a picturesque-perfect family expects a relaxing vacation with friends, their merriment quickly turns into complete pandemonium when there is a surprise arrival of a group of unwelcome intrusioners, known as the "Tethered," who share a soul with their lookalike counterparts and desire to "reunite" with them.
With the release of X, a slasher feature that delves into sexism and ageism without fumbling with archetypes like the Virgin Mary trope, 2022 is most definitely the year of Ti West. So why not revisit X for some nice old nostalgic voyeurism and blood-curling terrors before moving on to the prequel Pearl?
X is a story about a group of amateur filmmakers who are filming an adult portrait on a rural Texas property. When the elderly couple learns about the young filmmakers' intentions, they discover their mutual respect and are equally appreciative of their visitors' youthful appearances.
Videodrome, one of David Cronenberg's finest films to date, is a cinematic staple that provides socio-political analyses on the growing influence of mass media. Exploiting the public's fascination with graphic violence and sexual deviancy, the techno-surrealist film provides stupefying practical effects that make viewers question reality and fantasy.
Max Brenner, the president of a minor-league TV station, stumbles upon Videodrome, a perplexing program in Malaysia that features anonymous victims being tortured and murdered. After his sadomasochistic girlfriend goes to audition for Videodrome and has mysteriously vanished, Max begins investigating the mysterious program and discovers the political motive behind the perceptible violence on-screen and in real life.
A24 has steadily grown to a loyal fan base since 2012, and has established itself as the most trusted film studio among consumers when it comes to seeing the work of promising directors. One of these is horror sensation Ari Aster.
Midsommar, a folk horror film based on Hereditary, will put off anyone planning to spend the summer in Sweden. In this twisted interpretation of a European fairytale infused with haunting transcendental music, they quickly fall into the traps of Scandinavian cultists.
Possession, a Polish filmmaker's English-language film based on deteriorating marriages, is a cult film that has faced many controversies before achieving cult status.
Possession is a psychological horror film set between a realistic portrayal of a dangerous marriage and a surrealistic experience of jealousy and grief. The husband's newfound obsession with uncovering the truth behind his wife's increasingly unruly behavior puts them at a disadvantage.