The horror movie genre has been around for ages and has led to some of the best movies of all time. However, with something that has been going for as long as horror, original ideas tend to dry up, which explains all the sequels and remakes that have over-saturated the genre. Yet in recent years, there have been numerous directors who have revitalised horror with unique and creepy movies that chill you to the bone.
David Gordan Green
While not new to directing by any means, the director of movies like Pineapple Express and The Sitter, David Gordan Green hasn’t really delved into the horror genre. That changed in 2018 with his latest movie, Halloween, a sequel to the original 1978 movie of the same name. The movie was a huge success grossing over £150 million thanks to an engaging use of cinematography, set pieces and plot as well as a brilliant score by John Carpenter. This makes it no surprise that the two sequels for the 2018 slasher have been green-lighted and will be directed by Green which is highly anticipated. Will these movies make like the previous Halloween genre and not live up to the original or will they keep getting better?
Jordan Peele had his directorial debut with the very popular Get Out and overnight cemented him as one of the greats in horror, as well as earning him an Oscar for best original screenplay. He then further proved himself in 2019 with his latest movie Us which makes us all question, and hope, that this is just the start of an extensive filmography of brilliant movies. His method of addressing serious world problems, like racism and social divide, through dark, intense plots makes for an engaging watch. At the same time, it helps shine a light onto our problems as a society, makes us realize that maybe we are the protagonists of these horror stories. Peele has also stated while at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre that “I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don’t like white dudes, but I’ve seen that movie” showing how with his future movies, Peele is unlikely to start following the old conventions of horror in cinema instead creating unique movies full of people from a wide range of backgrounds, not just the generic white guy who saves the day. This is perhaps the push horror needed to remain viable in an era of superhero and action movies so it goes without question Jordan Peele is at the front of that charge.
IMDBIn 2018 Ari Aster introduced us to, in my opinion, one of the most genuinely scary movies of the past decade, Hereditary. While most horror movies these days like The Conjuring or Insidious franchises rely on numerous tropes and cheap jump scares, Hereditary builds a sense of foreboding and tension very quickly at the beginning and doesn’t fade for the rest of the run time. Throughout the movie, the viewer has no idea what’s going to happen next, which adds to that fear of the unknown; coupled with an ambiguous and weird ending makes you question if you just watched a movie or had a nightmare. Aster then followed it up a year later with the equally disturbing Midsommar and this too gained many good reviews showing that Aster too is gearing up for an impressive filmography that will chill you to the bone and make you wish you hadn’t watched them in the dark, alone.
Last modified: 27th October 2019