Horror movies are very taste-specific because it’s difficult to scare a big group of people in the same way. Some get freaked out by gore, others by the possibility of it. Other times, all it takes is a m enacing villain calmly inching across the screen. Here is a diverse list of movies that you may have overlooked in the sequel-driven, often scareless age of modern horror.
Let the Right One In– The Twilight vampire bump actually worked against this movie, causing many fans of horror to stay away from anything with two fangs. Add to that the fact that it’s also foreign, and it is further doomed in American markets. Let the RIght One In is a profoundly disturbing adolescent horror film from Sweden, one where a seemingly young girl (brilliantly played by Lina Leandersson) becomes much more. It’s artfully done, to be sure, but the blood-letting helps it fit in with grimier-looking horror movies.
The House of the Devil
Directed by: Ti West
Written by: Ti West
Starring: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, and Greta Gerwig
When someone is credited as the writer, director, and editor of a low budget horror flick, some recognition from the audience is due. Not only has this person decided to make a film on the cheap in one of the cheapest modern genres, but they put their name forward for sole responsibility should it completely tank. Unfortunately, writer/director Ti West must take that with The House of the Devil.
Filmed like a movie from the 80s, which is when it is set, The House of the Devil recreates the time period effectively through the use of music and hair styles. There is nothing else in the way of setting though, as we follow Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) on her adventures in Satanic babysitting.
Samantha is an absolutely pure, sympathetic character. She is fighting her way through college on her own and has just procured an apartment to live on her own away from her awful roommate. Scraping by is something she seems to know a lot about, but she seems happy nonetheless. The movies tell us, though, that she must suffer.