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The bulk of the story is told through flashbacks, as a Kill List is an expertly executed slow-burn crime thriller that thrives on tension before morphing into visceral horror. Wes Craven's New Nightmare adds an unexpectedly satisfying - not to mention intelligent - meta layer to a horror franchise that had long since lost its way. Freddy Krueger is back from the grave in another thriller from famed horror director Wes Craven.
This film differs from Scanners is a dark sci-fi story with special effects that'll make your head explode. The title of this David Cronenberg sci-fi horror film refers to a group of people who have telekinetic powers that A romantic weekend in the woods turns into a bloody struggle for survival when a vacationing couple finds their campsite Southbound doesn't entirely avoid the jarring shifts common to anthology films, but thanks to some thrilling twists and turns, this horror road movie is a surprisingly smooth ride.
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On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers-two men on the run from their past, a band on their You're Next's energetic and effective mix of brutal gore and pitch black humor will please horror buffs and beyond. The Cat O'Nine Tails is a solidly entertaining Argento outing elevated by a well-chosen cast and the director's distinctive visual style. In this flawed mystery-thriller from flamboyant horror director Dario Argento, Karl Malden portrays a blind man who joins forces with Horror icon Wes Craven's subversive deconstruction of the genre is sly, witty, and surprisingly effective as a slasher film itself, even if it's a little too cheeky for some.
The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few Visually audacious, disorienting, and just plain weird, Videodrome's musings on technology, entertainment, and politics still feel fresh today. Videodrome is a pulsating science fiction nightmare about a world where video can control and alter human life An audacious, unsettling Japanese horror film from director Takashi Miike, Audition entertains as both a grisly shocker and a psychological drama.
Controversial Japanese director Takashi Miike creates this unnerving horror film about a widowed TV producer auditioning prospective wives. Clever yet clearly indebted to the masters of the genre, Sisters offers an early glimpse of De Palma at his stylishly crafty peak. Reporter Jennifer Salt thinks she has witnessed a murder; apparently, Margot Kidder is the killer and Lisle Wilson is the Dead Ringers serves up a double dose of Jeremy Irons in service of a devilishly unsettling concept and commandingly creepy work from director David Cronenberg.
You read right--Irons essays the The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park. Chan-wook Park Three This anthology contains brutal, powerful horror stories by three of Asia's top directors. As with the first film, Scream 2 is a gleeful takedown of scary movie conventions that manages to poke fun at terrible horror sequels without falling victim to the same fate. Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.
In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy Blake Lively is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on Restrained but disturbing, A Tale of Two Sisters is a creepily effective, if at times confusing, horror movie. This supernatural horror film from Kim Jee-woon is inspired by the ancient Korean folktale "Jangha and Hongryun.
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We seek out horror in different ways now, not through physical scouring but through mindless scrolling. Fear will always find us, no matter what changes, and this list is definitive proof of that notion. Facebook Twitter Tumblr Reddit. Lil Pump arrested for disorderly conduct after being accused of bringing drugs on airplane. The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards says he's quit drinking: In some cases, you will likely be shocked by films that are missing.
One thing is for certain: With all the films that were nominated, we could easily have made this list entries long. Horror cinema speaks toward the dark side in all of us, allowing us to confront the most frightening, primal forces we struggle with every day—death, and human malevolence—in a way that is actually constructive in strengthening the psyche.
Vampyros Lesbos , Director: It catches him in an in-between period, after his earlier, sincere horror efforts and before the erotic, Marquis de Sade-esque fantasias he would go on to direct. The Countess Nadine Carody, played by the alluring Soledad Miranda, is indeed a vampire, but her status as a monster is ultimately less important than the twisted love affair that ensues between her and protagonist Linda.
With a space-age psychedelic soundtrack that heralded much of his work to come, Vampyros Lesbos feels like a grungier, eroticized answer to the Italian giallo films of Mario Bava. The acting is at times absurd, but the mesmerizing interplay of darkness, color and human flesh has a pervasive, lasting pull that has never quite dissipated in the decades that followed.
The Tingler , Director: For William Castle, going to the movies was a matter of life and death.
Or at least he wanted to convince you as much: The only way to live through The Tingler? And, to prove his medical conclusions, Castle introduces us to Dr. Scream for your lives! The Tingler is loose in the theater! The Blair Witch Project , Directors: Where Scream reinvented a genre by pulling the shades back to reveal the inner workings of horror, The Blair Witch Project went the opposite route: Sure, people had already been doing found footage—just look at The Last Broadcast a year earlier—but this was the first to get a wide, theatrical release, and distributor Artisan Entertainment masterfully capitalized on the lack of information available on the film to execute a mysterious online advertising campaign in the blossoming days of the Internet Age.
It was also proof positive that a well-executed micro-budget indie film could become a massive box office success.
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The dreamlike—make that nightmarish—dramatization of these torture sequences were almost unthinkably extreme for the time, leading to the film being banned in the U. Puffy-cheeked devils with long tongues lolling lazily out of their mouths. Naked men and women crawling and cavorting in circles of demons, lining up to literally kiss demonic asses.
The Conjuring , Director: Let it be known: James Wan is, in any fair estimation, an above average director of horror films at the very least. The progenitor of big money series such as Saw and Insidious has a knack for crafting populist horror that still carries a streak of his own artistic identity, a Spielbergian gift for what speaks to the multiplex audience without entirely sacrificing characterization. Reminding one of the experience of first seeing Paranormal Activity in a crowded multiplex, The Conjuring has a way of subverting when and where you expect the scares to arrive.
Its intensity, effects work and unrelenting nature set it several tiers above the PG horror against which it was primarily competing.
It was simply too frightening to deny, and that is worthy of respect. The Burning , Director: If Halloween codified many of the slasher conventions in , then Friday the 13th opened the floodgates wide with its unexpected success and profitability in A slew of imitators and low-rent slashers poured into drive-ins and grindhouses in the decade that followed, but The Burning is one of the few to rise above the scrum.
It must have had audience members excusing themselves to flee the theater at the time. They Look Like People , Director: What we have here is a very unusual, unflinching portrait of mental and emotional illnesses that spin wildly out of control. They never react quite like we expect them to, because neither sees the world in a healthy way.
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Thanks to some very, very strong performances, you always feel balanced on the edge of a knife. Deliberately paced but thankfully brisk only 80 minutes , They Look Like People leaves much unanswered, but we still feel satisfied anyway. Village of the Damned , Director: