Best Horror Films of the Last 20 Years – Variety
Twenty years, in terms of horror films, doesn’t sound all that long. So feel free to object, and to point out the dozens of terrific films I left out. If Tom Six’s sequel to his royally revolting 2009 spectacle of bodily horror is a film that would have the Marquis de Sade gagging into his popcorn, there’s no denying this is one sick-joke nightmare that pushes its snuff scenario to such an extreme that it achieves a certain horrifying catharsis. It’s a movie in which a pristine kitchen starts to look like a torture chamber, and where we’re haunted at every turn by the film’s ominous promise to put a face on evil. The movie is a tautly original genre-bending exercise that generates free-floating dread out of the fact that almost any sound a character makes is potentially deadly.
Still Wright’s best film, the movie works beautifully as the very sort of head-splatter spectacle it’s skewering. The slow-burn final sequence, set at a World Health Organization facility outside Wales, was famously added during reshoots, but set aside your prejudice about studios using test screenings to figure out how to end their films and you’ll see that it’s the most breathless and accomplished zombie showdown since the glory days of George A. Romero. Eli Roth’s ghoulishly shocking sequel to his 2005 torture-porn trifle isn’t just an extraordinary horror film. That’s just what Robert Zemeckis’s movie brings off.
You certainly saw it, because in the summer of 1999, the original found-footage verité horror movie changed the rules for what a fright film could be. It’s not the greatest film on this list, but it’s the most sheerly horrifying – and one of the most horrifying movies ever made. A horror movie that’s a true classic should have many elements.
The Greatest Horror Films of All Time, According to the Critics
Horror movies tap into a primal part of human nature: The desire to confront-and ultimately control-our fears. The horror movie dates back to the beginning of cinema: Some of the earliest silents were scary movies, like 1915’s The Golem, 1920’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and 1922’s Nosferatu, the granddaddy of vampire flicks. Hollywood has haunted moviegoers with an evolving array of frightening films. What constitutes a horror movie can vary greatly: Some traffic in the supernatural, while others keep the suspense to more human proportions.
Some are outright gorefests and others force viewers to imagine the horror in their minds. Some scary movies are disposable while others are cinematic landmarks from A-list directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski. There’s been a resurgence of quality horror of late, with films like Hereditary and A Quiet Place earning big box office and critical praise. Jordan Peele’s Get Out was a smash hit in 2017, earning more than $250 million worldwide and winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, a rarity for the genre. Eligible movies were then ranked based on their adjusted scores.
Hellboy Director Neil Marshall Boards Horror Film The Reckoning
MoviePass Films has greenlit Hellboy director Neil Marshall’s horror film The Reckoning, starring Charlotte Kirk, Deadline has confirmed. The Reckoning is a female-driven story that is set around the witch hunts and the great plague in England in 1665. The movie follows Evelyn Haverstock, a young widow, haunted by the recent suicide of her husband Joseph, who is falsely accused of being a witch by her jealous Landlord, Squire Pendleton, after she rejects his unwanted advances. Besides Lionsgate’s upcoming Hellboy feature opening on April 12, 2019, Marshall’s previous credits include horror movies The Descent, Dog Soldiers, and the sci-fi thriller Doomsday. It is also rumored that the director will be helming the adventure fantasy movie Skull Island: Blood of the Kong.
The script was co-written by Marshall, Edward Evers-Swindell, and Kirk, who is also serving as executive producer. Production on the project is scheduled to start on January 15 in Wales.
Photos: Abandoned Water Park is Straight Out of a Horror Film
If you need a location for your next horror film, head over to the countryside of Hue, Vietnam where a creepy, abandoned water park has been left to rot in an overgrown tropical jungle. The Ho Thuy Tien park opened in 2004 for $3 million but its owners abandoned it soon after it opened. The deserted park has inspired a mini tourism industry in the region in recent years, and locals are making the most of adventurous backpackers’ fascination with the eerie spot by charging entrance fees to the park and offering refreshments. Its signature structure – a three-story tall dragon aquarium – still looms over the park, where visitors can see rusty water slides, swampy pools, and crumbling floors, creating a post-apocalyptic scene that’s straight out of a scary movie – or your Halloween nightmare. Click through the slideshow to see images of the creepy water park.
Tilda Swinton geeft toe 82-jarige man te spelen in horrorfilm Suspiria
Tilda Swinton speelt in de horrorfilm Suspiria een 82-jarige man. Dat de 57-jarige actrice deze rol op zich neemt, is lang geheim gebleven. In de aftiteling van Suspiria, die 26 oktober uitkomt, wordt de rol toegeschreven aan acteur Lutz Ebersdorf, maar dat blijkt een fictief karakter. Aan The New York Times geeft Swinton toe Dr. Josef Klemperer te spelen, naast haar reguliere rol in de film, Madame Blanc.
Met behulp van zware make-up werd de actrice, die eerder in onder meer De Kronieken van Narnia en Michael Clayton speelde, onherkenbaar gemaakt. Suspiria is een remake van de gelijknamige horrorklassieker uit 1977.