Horror movie lovers rejoice because Hollywood has finally hit their stride in producing a series of deliciously scary films that are the things nightmares are made of. From The Conjuring, to IT and A Quiet Place, a new wave of smart horrors has taken the place of strict in your face bloody frights and they are hella entertaining. If you’re throwing a fright night or you’re a babe who loves to watch a good horror alone, check out some recent releases we’ve been loving.
Synopsis: Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele follows his debut feature Get Out with another critically acclaimed horror-thriller.
Two parents (Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) take their kids to their beach house to unwind with friends (Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), but relaxation turns to tension and chaos with the arrival of shocking strangers at nightfall—strangers that look just like them.
When I first saw Jordan Peele’s Get Out I was completely captivated by how dark, twisted and smart that psychological thriller was and while Peele was certainly on my radar beforehand, he definitely bumped up a few spots to be someone to watch in the thriller/horror space. Well, when I saw the trailer for US I was all, yaaaaaaas Queen for what I knew was going to be a gritty film made out of nightmares. Boy, does it deliver.
For me, US is a completely flawless horror movie that delights in making you feel unnerved from start to end. Whether we’re in the midst of a truly horrific, edge of your seat moment or chuckling to some classic dad banter thanks to Gabe, you can’t help but feel throughout the whole film that everything is just a little off.
Happy Death Day 2U
Synopsis: Jessica Rothe and writer-director Christopher Landon return for the sequel to the 2018 Blumhouse slasher, set two years after the events of the first film.
Tree Gelbman (Rothe) re-enters the time loop to determine why she was entered into it in the first place. She must also face a revenge-seeking Lori (Ruby Modine, who returns), who has been resurrected by the power of the time loop.
Admittedly not as good as the first film, Happy Death Day 2U still masterfully puts you in the middle of a nightmarish scenario in which our character relives her death over and over again.
Following a similar formula to its predecessor, this slasher film is a fun and complicated mess that somehow manages to work in not being a complete cliché.
With sarcastic tones, a few twists and enough jump scares to keep you hooked, Happy Death Day 2U is the time-loop horror movie you didn’t know you needed.
Let’s just hope they leave well enough alone and don’t go for a three-peat.
Synopsis: Jason Clarke and John Lithgow star in this remake of the ’80s supernatural horror classic, based on the novel by Stephen King.
After Louis Creed (Clarke) moves his family out to the country, he discovers that they are now have a couple of unexpected things in their back yard. The pet cemetary isn’t the worst of it, further into the woods is a remote hilltop. As Creed will find out, anything buried there will soon be resurrected in demonic form.
Adapt anything of Stephen King’s and I’ll be there opening night to see it on the big screen.
I was a little skeptical when I heard they were remaking Pet Sematary, a film that terrified and entertained me at many sleepovers as a kid but I have to say, this is how a remake should be done!
A little slow at times, Pet Sematary succeeds because of the killer performances, the dark vibe and the jump scares that get you every. damn. time.
An entertaining watch that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this film takes classic horror movie tropes and gives them new life in a vivid and creepy way.
Synopsis: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her role in the sequel to the classic horror, set 40 years after the events of the first movie.
Laurie (Curtis), haunted by Michael Myers since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago, must confront him one last time when he finally escapes the asylum in which he’s been locked up since.
This film, the 11th film in the Halloween series, will ignore the events of all previous sequels.
This is the Halloween movie I didn’t know I needed!
Taking place forty years after the original masterpiece and thankfully ignoring all of the horrible sequels the franchise spawned, the film puts Michael Myers and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) face-to-face yet again in this edge of your seat horror.
The film has lots of blood or gore which you’d expect but in moving with the times, there are some great suspenseful moments courtesy of what you don’t see.
If you love horrors then don’t miss this one!
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Written by Lilly Potter
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