THE BEST HORROR FILMS
As we near the end of the spooky season, we’re bidding adieu to our favorite part of October with a list of the creepiest and visually stunning horror films. We all love indulging in re-watching the classics like ‘Hocus Pocus’ and the ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ franchise but we wanted to share a few more obscure and terrifying recommendations so we tapped Filmmaker and Art Specialist, Aziz Albraik to deliver his best horror film picks to really get us in the mood this Halloweekend.
1) House (1977)
Perhaps the most insane, ridiculous, absurd film that I’ve ever seen. It never gets boring, and I can’t help but rewatch it every year.
2) Hereditary (2018)
Incredibly unnerving, unsettling, and bone-chilling. A pure raw horror that I desperately wanted to end because if it didn’t, I’d end up with a panic attack.
3) Let the Right One In (2008)
Not to be confused with its American remake, this is set in the gloomy suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden, where a young boy befriends a young girl who happens to be a vampire. If I had to describe this movie, I’d say that it’s the polar opposite of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
4) Eraserhead (1977)
David Lynch translates his fear of becoming a father and makes this surreal movie that has its images seared into my brain … And much like most of Lynch’s filmography, I still don’t understand it.
5) 28 Days Later (2002)
The most terrifying zombie movie. Zombie movies have always been political films, and the political allegory is both obvious and grim in 28 Days Later, reflecting our united path toward the apocalypse. It’s shot on digital cameras that feel akin to that aesthetic, the war-torn zones in Baghdad or deserted towns. It epitomizes social rage, reducing the individual to a collective monstrosity.
6) A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)
A black and white movie where a Muslim vampire girl in Iran feasts on men at night. Iconic.
7) Under the Shadow (2016)
Growing up hearing about Djinn and thinking, I saw them as a child terrified me. ‘Under The Shadow’ brought all that childhood terror back into my head, and I still don’t have the heart to watch it in the dark.
8) Suspiria (2018)
As much as I appreciate the original’s eye-popping colors and lights, this slow burner remake is haunting yet beautiful at the same time and had me on the edge of my seat, waiting for the chaos to unravel.
9) The House That Jack Built (2018)
This movie is sick, Lars Von Trier is known for his repulsive use of violence, but this film takes the cake. You are not just watching a murderer; you are living in his head, hearing his sadistic thoughts, which makes his horrific acts all the more terrifying. One of the best horror films I’ve ever seen.
10) It Follows (2014)
The greatest sex Ed PSA ever made. An STD in the form of a spirit that follows you until it catches up with you and kills you. I like to think ‘It’ as a personification of sexual trauma and the nightmarish qualities that come with it. Side note: The aesthetics of this movie … *chefs kiss*