Tag Archives: horror

It Comes at Night

Restrained, rigorous, and unrelentingly bleak, It Comes at Night is a daunting drama with a grueling mood; a lithe exploration of family amidst intense scrutiny and paranoia; and a patient, pulse-pounding thriller that’s – refreshingly, terrifyingly – not about the things that go bump in the night. Lean and mean, it comes packaged to rouse people from their slumber and keep them up shaking in their beds.

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Martyrs

Resolutely bleak, extraordinarily harrowing, and relentlessly upsetting, Martyrs is a shocking, disturbing French arthouse horror that earns its reputation, a memorable journey of vile deeds that one does not wish to remember but cannot forget. It’s a grisly thought provoker that’s nearly overwhelming in its capacity to provoke not only thoughts, but disgust, chills, nausea, and everything in between.

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Let the Right One In

Unbearably moving, crisply intelligent, and gorgeously lensed, Let the Right One In is a superb accomplishment on every level: a remarkable coming-of-age story, a disturbing horror film, and a devastating romance. Ice-cold and incredibly captivating, it’s one of the best films of the year.

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Get Out

Deftly implemented, unsettlingly relevant, and blisteringly funny, Get Out is an impressive horror debut that’s perfect for Sundance, an agile social commentary, and a terrific calling card for its young director. Spinning with twists and turns and uneasy tension (the first scene will trigger severe heart palpitations), it’s savvy, smart entertainment that’s mostly bold.

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The Wailing

Nail-chewing and hair-raising, The Wailing is a terrifying slice of supernatural thriller; a brutal, gloomily atmospheric riddle that refuses to be solved; and cast-iron proof of the exciting new wave of original South Korean cinema. It’s relentless, unforgiving, and unforgettable.

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It Follows

Determinedly awkward, dizzyingly tense, and scalp-prickingly scary, It Follows is a gender-blind demonic delivery vehicle; a spine-tingling variation on the teen horror formula; and a hair-raising, spectacularly unnerving film that will haunt your waking hours for weeks. Every minute is stamped with nameless dread.

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What We Do in the Shadows

Conceptually clever, consistently inventive, endearingly dorky, and exceedingly good-natured, What We Do in the Shadows is an affectionate, genial send-up of the vampire mythos; a respectful, delirious, surprisingly delicate farce; and a sly satire on millennial slackerdom. Darkly, edgily, riotously, murderously funny, it’s a fiendish, full-blooded delight.

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