If you are a true geek, that means you like science fiction, and if you love science fiction, you kinda have to love monsters (as they oft play a large part in most of the science fiction lore we all grew up adoring). This means, by deductive reasoning, a great deal of the readers are probably horror fans, as am I. And though the genre has gotten a wee bit stale (found footage much?), there are some really startling and original horror films that have dropped in the last decade or so that more people need to become aware of and check out. The genre will only stay alive as long as people support it.
Here are 5 terrifying and recent horror movies you people need to make a point to watch.
The Witch may have just come out, but there is something profound. brave, and wholly unsettling about this movie. Taking place in New England (where this article is being written right now, as a matter of fact), it focuses on one family and what some bad luck and puritanical religious superstition can do to a familial unit during such trying times.
The thing is, the less I tell you about this gem, the better. Yes, it is a slow burn, but the cinematography is stunning and for how much it cranks up in the final half hour it truly merits a viewing. It will make you want to live deliciously.
Cub is a Belgian horror movie that came out in 2014 but was GREATLY overshadowed by an over-rated movie everyone loved called The Babadook. And though the Babadook is GOOD, Cub is f*cking great. The story involves some young boy-scouts who go out into the woods to try and hunt down an imaginary creature.
Or so they think.
Again, the less info you go in with, the more satisfying and scary the experience itself will be. I just found myself astounded by the originality, setting, and pacing of Cub, and you will, too.
Let the Right One In
I still have to throw this movie at people who tell me vampires were forever ruined for them by Twilight. What? Um, hell no. Let the Right One In is a slow burner that suddenly takes off at the end and leaves you speechless in between. It is a story about an old vampire forced into a young body who finds solace in the company of another child (it is far more innocent than it sounds) and they strike up a relationship quite unlike any ever put on-screen. And keep in mind, this is not one of those “sparkly vampires”. This is one of those “leap on your neck from the shadows and tear it out and drink you” kind of vampires. And the pool scene is a game changer, for real.
Amazing, emotional, scary, and somewhat sweet, Let the Right One In is a marvel of a horror movie. Remake is fine, but see original. Always see original.
I will admit, it took me two viewings to really appreciate this movie, only because it was so over-hyped when I FIRST saw it, it let me down. Then, when I watched it again with lowered expectations, I saw it for what it was. A creepy allegory for sexually transmitted diseases and the constant uncertainty we feel in our youth.
It Follows is about a demonic STD o sorts that takes the form of a person who, literally, can be everyone and follows you until it touches you (and ends you). The best part of the movie for me was watching in the background of every scene, and sure enough, in almost every shot in this flick the “It” is slowly walking toward them from the background, looking different each time. Stuff like that really sets It Follows apart from some of its horror movie peers.
Also, the synth soundtrack kicks balls and sounds like a classic John Carpenter score.
The Cabin in the Woods
Perhaps the dorkiest, most meta horror movie ever made, Cabin in the Woods is pure magic from cliche’ frame one to mind blowing finale. Featuring Thor jumping a dirt bike into an invisible wall and a man being gutted by a unicorn, if you haven’t seen this one already, you fail at being a geek and horror fan.
by the way, speaking of comedy horror, gotta sneak one more in……
Hilarious Honorable Mention:
What We Do in the Shadows
I will go way out on a limb here and say What We Do in the Shadows is the funniest and best horror comedy every made. Yes, even outdoing the brilliant Shaun of the Dead and Tucker and Dale. It is THAT good. Just trust me. Just too damn hilarious to put on main list, but you all need to see it.
Vampire satire that is This Is Spinal Tap levels of genius, please just go watch this or I will turn into a cat with a human face and hiss at you and that will likely f*ck you all up.