By Kat Lawson
As its Halloween tomorrow and the reveal of the final title on our list of films that helped redefine the horror genre in the modern age, I’ve come up with another ten films which could have just as easily fitted onto the list. Be it for their original story lines, fusing with other genres or just out and out weirdness, here’s another ten modern horror films that stood out against the rest.
1. Let the Right One In (Låt den Rätte Komma In), Tomas Alfredson,2008.
Award winning and critically acclaimed, Let the Right One In is a romantic horror film following the lives of Eli and Oskar in early 1980s Stockholm. Playing down most of the conventional horror/vampire film elements, Let the Right One In focuses on the relationship that develops between Oskar, a 12 year old boy living with his mother in suburban Stockholm, and Eli, a child vampire who moves in next door.
2. Dead Snow (Død snø), Tommy Wirkola, 2009
If Norwegian, Nazi, zombie, splatter movies are your thing, or if you’re just looking for something a bit daft and a lot different to the teen horror films you usually find, then Dead Snow is one not to be missed. When a group of students arrive at their remote cabin in northern Norway what they expect is a few days of partying, sex and riding snow mobiles. What they find however is some Nazi gold and some Nazi zombies who will stop at nothing to get it back.
3. Hostel, Eli Roth, 2005
Spending your college vacation travelling across Europe with your mates, partying and picking up beautiful women? Sounds like these lads have got it figured out, that is until they are persuaded to go to Bratislava instead of Barcelona with the promise of many beautiful women. But what these beautiful women lead them to is like nothing they’ve ever seen before, an old factory where murder is big business, where nobody gets out alive without killing someone, and people will pay top dollar to kill Americans.
4. I Saw The Devil, Kim Ji-woon, 2010.
After a young woman, Joo-yun, is brutally murdered by a passer by when her car breaks down in the snow, her fiancé Soo-hyun embarks upon a quest for revenge and soon finds himself playing cat and mouse with a dangerous psychopathic serial killer. As the lines between good and evil begin to blur and Soo-hyun will stop at nothing to avenge Joo-yun’s death.
5. Prometheus, Ridley Scott, 2012
Originally developed as a prequel to the Scott’s 1979 film Alien, Prometheus takes place some 30 years before the events of Alien and focuses on the backstory of the Alien franchise rather than the aliens themselves. The film follows a team of archaeologists viewing matching star maps from all over the world as an invitation from the “Engineers” (the forerunners of humanity) to make contact. The team then travel to a distant moon in the hopes of discovering the origins of humanity, with disastrous and thought provoking results.
6. The Orphanage (El Orfanato), J. A. Bayona, 2007
The Orphanage centres on Laura a woman who returns to the now closed down orphanage she grew up in with the intention of re-opening it as a home for disabled children. But things soon begin to go wrong when she and her husband realise their son Simón has a new friend a masked boy called Tomás, soon afterwards Simón goes missing and Laura must figure out where he is as she digs deeper into the orphanage’s past.
7. Darkness Falls, Jonathan Liebesman, 2003.
The toothfairy is supposed to be a nice little fairy who takes away your baby teeth and leaves you a coin under your pillow, right? Well not in the Massachusetts town of Darkness Falls. When the town leads a witch hunt against a harmless old lady who gives the local kids gifts when they lost their teeth, but is sensitive to light and barely leaves the house, the local tooth fairy swears revenge upon the town and for generations she turns up to carry on collecting the last baby tooth from the children of the town.
8. Pans Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno), Guillermo del Toro, 2006
Set in the mid 1940s, during the early days of Francoist Spain Pan’s Labyrinth is considered by many as a sequel to del Toro’s Spansih Civil War film The Devil’s Backbone (El espinazo del diablo). Set half in post war Spain and part in a fantasy realm the film follows Ofelia, stepdaughter of a Captain Vidal who hunts down the republican rebels. Ofelia is led to an ancient labyrinth where she meets a faun who believe her to be a princess from the underworld trapped on earth.
9. Snow White: A Tale of Terror, Michael Cohn, 1997.
This is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but not as you know it, marketed with the tagline “The fairy tale is over” the film follows the original Brother’s Grimm story a lot more closely than the more well known Disney version.Taking no steps to ensure a lovely, happy, family friendly story, this film shows how terrifying and horrific the original folk tales that some of our favourite fairy tales are based on actually were.
10. The Descent, Neil Marshall, 2005
When a group of six friends head to the Appalachian Mountains on a caving trip they think they are heading off into an already fully explored and mapped out cave, but after the tunnel collapses and blocks their exit they discover their friend has lead them into an unknown cave system. As the group travel deeper into the cave trying to find another exit, their friendship slowly unravelling, they discover why the cave is unmapped when they come up against the flesh-eating inhabitants of the cave and race to find another exit and escape.