Best Horror films of recent times.
written by Souranath Banerjee
Be afraid of the dark, be afraid of the dazzling light; be afraid of the spirits and demons, and the devil who takes the human plight. Yes, believe it or not, a bit of evil exits in everyone of us, even in our shadows and specially in the absence of it!
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And the following list of Best Horror films of recent times will make you admit that ‘fear’ has no form, and the best thing to do is to accept its existence and surrender to it.
At least for now, surrender to these brilliant horror films, embrace the terror and enjoy the list!
10. Lights Out (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LiKKFZyhRU
Something supernatural that exists in the darkness, haunts and hunts only when the light is out!
Directed by David F. Sandberg, this is the story of a kid terrified by some presence that soon needs to be investigated.
A creepy movie with lots of jump scare moments and cool editing along with the flickering of light and darkness. A decent one time watch.
9. Annabelle (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paFgQNPGlsg
Annabelle being the ugliest collector’s item is gifted by a caring husband to his loving pregnant wife but soon enough Annabelle gets cursed by some blood thirsty Satan lovers.
8. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYKANIDQlwU
A father-son coroner duo, trying their best to identify the unidentified body of a young woman and while doing so they accidentally unveil the mystery surrounding her death!
Directed by André Øvredal, this film has the rare ability to scare you not only by it’s visuals but also through the sound effects intelligently put together to get the maximum effect on the audience.
7. It Follows (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymoh5SIqgtw
The after effects of a sexual encounter can sometimes go very wrong, even disastrous. But this particular film takes the after-sex complications to a different level altogether!
A young girl is being followed by some supernatural powers since she had a fun-filled night. Directed by David Robert Mitchell, the film has numerous panic moments and overall a perfect overall sense of tension.
6. Crimson Peak (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLWsNDZqXpo
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, a film that is a perfect blend of fear and deception, hatred and revenge, and horror of course.
An ancient house that has memories to share. And when the newly married girl comes to stay in there, she is automatically the chosen one who opens the gates of the past gloomy tales and reveal many unpleasant secrets.
5. The Wailing (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43uAputjI4k
In a remote village a series of unnatural deaths perplex both the villagers and the police. And an investigation begins!
Directed by Hong-jin Na, this South Korean horror movie is visually pleasing or rather unsettling; dark images, often pretty violent and savage, perfect for the overall mood of the film.
4. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HxEXnVSr1w
Directed by Leigh Whannell, the film focuses on the gifted Elise Rainier who tries her best to relieve a young girl from the clutches of the demons.
3. The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFsmuRPClr4
Paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren is back and this time they end up in Northern London to help a single mother with four children who are being terrified by some evil spirit.
Directed by acclaimed horror-director James Wan, very tensed and creepy, this film manages to give you some very good scares mostly through brilliant editing and perfectly timed music.
2. The Witch (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjBN0ByAqDk
A period horror drama based in 1630s, when a family in New England becomes the victim of witchcraft, evil forces, black magic and possession.
A chilling string of events including a missing newborn and the failure of the crops which eventually leads to fear, paranoia and brutal injustice. Director Robert Eggers‘s take on infamous “Salem Witch Trials” of Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Under the Shadow (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHVFP80Upxw
Set in the backdrop of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, a mother daughter living in Tehran struggles to cope with the war as well as some mysterious presence in their apartment that keeps haunting them.
Directed by Babak Anvari, this Persian film is probably the most well made horror film of the recent times. A must watch!
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+1. Before I Wake (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho2Z0LtXsbY
If dreams could become reality the world would have been such a beautiful place. But then, what happens when you have the nightmares?
Directed by Mike Flanagan, this terrifying film is based on an orphan boy whose dreams (and nightmares) come to life. And his new foster parents desperately need to find the source of the young boy’s disturbing nightmares before it’s too late!