With the end of the Labour Day weekend inching closer and closer with every hour, you might start mentally preparing for what is coming next- Fall.
There are countless great things about this season, one of them being the ability to curl up on your couch and binge watch movies without feeling guilty for missing out on the world outside your door. Because let’s face it- it’s starting to become less appealing with each passing day.
There are infinite movie titles that I could throw out as suggestions for this fine season, but I’ve got a specific genre in mind- Horror. So if you’d like to check out some new and undiscovered hair-raising horror movies, then by all means, read on.
As Above, So Below (2014)
The storyline is this- you follow a young alchemy scholar as she searches for Nicholas Flamel’s Philosophy Stone (no, this is not a Harry Potter spin-off) with a team of explorers through Paris’ catacombs. It’s set in a documentary style, and contrary to what you may think, it does not revolve around ghosts or demons. But it is absolutely one of the best stories in a horror movie that I’ve seen in a long time and is on the top of my list for recommendations.
The Gallows (2015)
Just another movie about teens messing around, and getting terrorized. Except that it’s not. I mean, yes, it is centred around a small group of high schoolers who are terrorized (won’t reveal by what) when they break into their school at night, but boy, there is so much story to this one. Match it with perfectly placed and unpredictable jump scares, and you got yourself the cuddle event of the year.
It Follows (2014)
All right, so you’ve probably heard of this one, perhaps due to the fact that the movie is meant to talk about how sexual disease is spread. Or something of the sort. Well, I don’t know about you, but any movies that focus on base, primal fears absolutely break me. I couldn’t live my life normally the next day without constantly looking over my shoulder, afraid that at any point in time, I may be attacked. And that’s how you know you’ve made a good horror flick.
This is an interesting one. How does one describe this movie? There is a loose (at least, it was to me) story that ties it all together- a group of vandals are hired to steal a rare VHS tape from a desolate house. They end up playing several of the tapes, in a search for the right one. All of these tapes that play create an anthology of short horror films. Each one presents a new story, and each one of them is weird and horrifying in its own way. It’s definitely one of the strangest, and most interesting horror films you’ll come upon.
Lights Out (2016)
Remember what I said about movies that hit on primal fears? Well, this is the absolute best one at doing just that. Based on a family who is visited by a woman? Apparition? Creature? Don’t quite know how to describe her, but either way, she’s sufficiently frightening. Based upon the fact that you can only see her with the lights out. As in, in the dark. So imagine all the jump scare opportunities available when a movie’s entire premise is set on being able to see shapes that jump out and hurt you- in the dark.
I have to end this list with my absolute favourite horror movie. Many of you who are reading this might have already watched it, and I hope you agree with my sentiment. James Wan has become a horror tycoon in the past several years, and this is by far one of his best pieces of work. The story is tremendous- a family that is struggling with freeing their comatose son before he loses himself to the other side- a realm where the dead reside that only a few, special people (such as him) can access. And these dead souls are all trying to make it back out to the real world- through him. I won’t say no more if you haven’t actually watched it yet, but I really can’t recommend it enough. If you’re going to try anything out of this list, make this movie your top priority.