The horror genre has been going through somewhat of a resurgence in recent times, with some amazing new reboots, sequels, and IPs coming out of the water. However, with all the great releases, there’ll always be those that slip under the radar; so we’ve rounded up 7 of the best recent horrors you can’t afford to miss.
Alligators and crocodiles have had their time in the sun in the movie world, but have never been done in such a way like Crawl does. The film stars Kaya Scodelario (from the Maze Runner franchise) as a woman trapped inside her family home in Florida during a massive hurricane and flood. However, the storm is the least of her worries, as the real threat is the alligators that have invaded the house and are hunting her. The scares are great and the gators are terrifying, and it’ll have you keeping your toes out of the water for quite some time.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Produced by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is more teen horror than edge-of-your-seat terrifying, but the movie adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s wonderfully grotesque 1990s children’s anthology books does justice to some eerie monsters. The film follows a group of children in the late 1960s living in small-town Mill Valley, who stumble upon a book that writes to life the darkest fears of those who read it. As you can imagine, chaos ensues.
The name may throw one off, but Sweetheart is a fantastic small-cast horror movie, which follows a young woman stranded on a small island and ready to fight for her life as a castaway, but finds her odds have shifted when a strange creature begins to emerge from the water each night. Sweetheart borrows a lot from creature features of old, with hints of Predator and Jaws that’ll appeal to those who love the less-is-more, slow-burn horror formula.
Ready or Not
While not necessarily a straight-up horror movie, Ready or Not does lean on slasher flicks of yesteryear mixed with some social commentary of the newer age. It stars Samara Weaving (Grace) as a new bride marrying into a wealthy yet mysterious family, who have a penchant for murder, and begin hunting her down as their prey. What it entails is a great cat-and-mouse horror adventure, where Grace has to survive each of the diabolical in-laws, quite literally.
A lot has been said about Annihilation; it was widely acclaimed as an excellent sci-fi thriller that combines terror and taut suspense effectively, but somehow, it seems like a ton of people still haven’t seen the eerie Netflix original. The story is clever and well-told, but one of the criticisms (which may be a positive in the eyes of some) is the interwoven symbolism scattered throughout the movie that uses the backdrop of the sci-fi story as an exploration of the complex relationship between the protagonist Lena (Natalie Portman) and her husband Kane (Oscar Isaac). Either way you want to analyse the movie – whether a creepy horror or psychosocial relationship deconstruction – Annihilation is an interesting and unique watch, whatever its faults may be. It also features arguably the most horrifying movie animal-turned-monster in years.
The Invisible Man
Much like 2000’s Hollow Man, The Invisible Man is a dark twist on H.G. Wells original novel and one of the best films of 2020, despite being terribly overlooked. Starring Elizabeth Moss, the film sees her character haunted by a believed-to-be-dead abusive ex-lover, all to the disbelief of those around her. The plot itself is great, and the psychological tension is unlike anything else released in recent times. It’s clear that Leigh Whannell had a lot of fun with the concept, and uses fantastic cinematography and empty space to play with your mind throughout the entire runtime.
Jordan Peele’s Get Out is the more talked-about horror entry from the director, but Us is equally and captivating and haunting. The film takes a more unnerving approach to doppelganger horror, seeing a family on vacation being accosted by duplicates of themselves. The frights are clever and well-timed, and the film takes a very interesting turn that’ll keep you talking about it for years to come.