While many would argue, and I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with them, that the Golden Age of Horror may have been and gone with the 70’s and 80’s that doesn’t mean that the genre hasn’t produced some great films since then. It seems to be a pattern where a bunch of good horror films are released all at the same time then we wait a couple of years and a batch of new, good, horror films are released at the same time and thus the cycle continues. I feel like the horror genre has really picked up it’s game in the past few years so here are some of my favourites:
- Paranormal Activity 2 (2010): Before you roll your eyes hear me out! Everyone was talking about the first PA film, I watched it at home and wasn’t scared at all. BUT, with a bigger budget and more of a story line developing I got engrossed into this film in the cinema. It made me jump (and scream) and I completely loved my viewing experience.
- Sinister (2012): This one was something a little different. I thought the story line was intriguing and the video tapes were disturbing and Bughuul was terrifying. Shame about the predictable ending, though. Still, definitely made me jump and a little terrified of home videos.
- Insidious (2010): If the rest of this film was like its first half this would be an absolutely terrifying film and I wouldn’t accept any other answer. Insidious had my heart pounding at the title sequence. The acting was good and I enjoyed the story. It tailed off towards the end but the first half definitely makes up for it. Even if I did have nightmares about that song.
- Scream 4 (2011): I counted down the days for this release. I was completely shocked at the reaction that it got because I thought Scream 4 captured the essence of the trilogy perfectly. It was wonderfully done, exciting and good. Wes and Kevin really showed that they still had it (whatever ‘it’ is) and is a perfect addition to the franchise.
- Cabin in the Woods (2011): I was unsure what to make of the film at first because, really, it was nothing that I expected. I won’t lie, I saw this movie for the pure fact it has Joss Whedon’s name attached to it so I was always going to be a tad biased but I don’t even need to be. It’s creative, funny, scary, gory and wild. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and is actually a pretty accurate metaphor for horror fans.
- You’re Next (2011): I didn’t see a trailer or anything for this film. I just saw the poster of a guy in a wolf mask and knew I had to see it. When I found it on Netflix I was delighted and watched eagerly. This film takes ‘Final Girl’ to a whole new level. It’s insane and actually really well written.
- The Conjuring (2013): I’ve already expressed my love for this film (or its opening at least) but I’ll say it again: BRILLIANT HORROR FILM! It’s strong from start to finish. Fantastic cast, great writing and so bloody scary. This is definitely one of my favourite horror films. Let’s hope The Conjuring 2 is just as good or better!
I hope horror can keep a strong game, it’d be nice to see the genre revitalise itself without recycling other films as it’s already done so much!
Thanks for reading,
all the best,