Halloween marks the prime time to revisit slasher classics and psychological thrill rides. However, creating the perfect horror movie is no easy feat. More than just jump scares and gore, horror brings together all the best facets of film. Camera movement, score, acting, and editing all have to work in harmonious tandem to garner a terrifying reaction.
In a video essay by Plot Point Productions, they break down their picks of the best horror films of the 21st century, and provide thoughtful explanations as to why these films have earned their place in the canon (note, this video was made before the release of “Get Out” and “It“). As always there are snubs and expected choices, and of the films we weren’t surprised to see include “It Follows,” “The Babadook,” and “The Host.”
A strong mixture of independent, foreign language, and blockbuster films, the video essay provides a great list of films to choose from for when you’re ready to turn off the lights, get cozy with your trick-or-treat spoils, and invite the horror into the last hours of Halloween.
What are some of your favorite horror films of this century? What films would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.