Horror Movie Month: Modern Chillers
The final installment of our Halloween horror movie roundup (last week: the 90s revival) brings us up to the modern day. Desolation, ghosts, and unhappy endings abound.
After 9/11, the horror genre experienced a profound shift. No longer were the heroes and heroines of the scary movie guaranteed a happy – or at least satisfying – ending. The destruction of the feeling of safety and security in everyday life translated into a new breed of scary movie: the desolate, hopeless chiller.
If you’re looking for Sidney Prescott walking confidently away from yet another encounter with Ghostface, or Laurie Strode once more beating Michael Myers at his own game, look elsewhere. The modern horror movie is as unsettling as life in the modern world.
The Ring (2002)
An American remake of the Japanese chiller, the only movie to make a VHS player truly scary.
Now famous for its infinite sequels of torture-endurance, the original Saw is a chilling mystery with a looming sense of dread.
The most successful found-footage horror since The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield is a monster movie with the heart of a horror movie.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)
Heavy snow, an empty boarding school, a mysterious hitchhiker… what could possibly go wrong?
The Witch (2015)
A viciously religious family in early colonial America find that sins and the Devil may have followed them across the seas.
Do you feel a sense of looming, creeping dread yet? Is there light at the end of the tunnel, or are we in for a future of uncertain and chilling endings?
Head over to the library’s streaming service, Kanopy, to see a whole collection of horror movies from all eras (including several on this list), and let us know what you thought of Horror Movie Month.
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