By Sean Minton
Grab some snacks on Halloween and watch one of these four horror films on Netflix. Although there are classics like “Jaws” and “Hellraiser” on the streaming site, these movies further extend the genre, but also appeal to current audiences.
Since “The Blair Witch Project” was released in 1999, found-footage horror films have nudged their way into theaters across the world showcasing horror in a first-person view for the viewer to experience. “Creep,” directed by Patrick Kack-Brice, does a terrific job creating an atmosphere where the viewer is left uncomfortable throughout the movie up until the climax.
The film begins with Aaron, played by Kack-Brice, a videographer who is hired through an online ad by Josef, played by Mark Duplass. Aaron is tasked to document Josef’s life before Jacob succumbs to a brain tumor. As the film progresses, Aaron begins to have second thoughts when secrets begin to unravel. The movie is unsettling with drawn out scenes. and fuels the fear of meeting up with strangers over the Internet.
It Follows (2014)
Pop culture’s idea of horror films today often consists of a family being haunted by a ghost in an old house. It can get redundant watching the same scenario play out again in every other film. “It Follows,” directed by David Robert Mitchell, is the breath of fresh air many horror movie fanatics have been waiting for that brings new ideas to the genre.
Jay played by Maika Monroe, lives an average teenage life until she is exposed to a monster that stalks her everywhere she goes, trying to kill her. The interesting thing about the monster is that no one can see it except for the victims.
“It” chooses its prey based on a curse that when one person has intercourse with the suspecting victim, “It” now targets that new person instead. The only way to stop the creature is by having sex with another unsuspecting person.
The imagery and soundtrack throughout the film is unique. It is topped off with uneasy suspense, leaving the viewer unsuspecting and terrified for when the monster appears.
Train to Busan (2016)
Movies that become cult classics are the ones that leave emotional impacts on the viewers. Korean Film, “Train to Busan” directed by Yeon Sang-ho, does an excellent job at creating an attachment to the audience.
Even if the viewer does not understand the language and must read the subtitles, it does not stop the audience from caring about the characters. Each main character is developed so well that the viewers are left anxious for everyone’s safety during the zombie apocalypse.
The story mainly takes place on a train, but it builds the horror by creating an eerie atmosphere and seclusion of being unable to escape a train full of ravenous zombies. To top it off, the characters have no weapons to protect themselves. What many horror films fail at is creating a bond between the viewer and the characters, but “Train to Busan” makes it that everyone is cheering them on to succeed to the end.
VHS the Series (2012-2014)
Instead of picking just one of the “VHS,” movies to watch, see all three since each is jam-packed with multiple scenarios of infamous horror movie tales and common fears. Fanatics of the horror genre will love “VHS,” for it’s filled with fear, gore, and straight-up nonsense.
Each film, created by Brad Miska, beginning with misfits discovering multiple VHS tapes in odd places and then begin to watch the tapes. Each tape is in the style of found footage and displays different people going through different troubles, while in real time the misfits begin to witness strange occurrences as time progresses. This is a story within a story, and as the film advances, the viewer can sense a buildup of tension. It’s worth the wait, for the journey is wild and adventurous.
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Compared to “VHS,” the movie “XX” is also a collage of separate stories pieced together all directed by four women; however, “XX” focuses on four short films all directed by different women. This flick’s focus is more on leaving viewers with questions and their own interpretations. The shorts do not interconnect, but all give psychological and physical terror.
The Box, is about the curiosity of one boy backfiring on him and his loved ones while The Birthday Party is filled with uneasiness of the mother trying to cover her imperfections in life to look good for others. Don’t Jump brings more action by introducing a creature that hunts stereotypical college kids; the last section of the movie ends with a single mother with a troubled son running away from a dark past. If analyzing a film is one’s forte, then this is the movie to watch, for it leaves many unanswered questions.