From Halloween to The Nightmare On Elm Street, we are far past the days of men running around and hacking people to pieces. Todays horror films are SCREWED UP (in a good way). They are terrifying and full of mentally torturing backwards bullshit. (excuse my language) Take a deep breath. So today I want to dive into 5 of the best Horror films so far of 2020! I know that some of them premiered in late 2019 so please be open minded 🙂
Brandon Christensen’s “Z,” premiering May 7th, is a vicious little movie that recalls “Poltergeist” and “Babadook” with its story of a possessive force that destroys a family. It’s a little rough around the edges in terms of an obviously thin effects budget and even simple things like its overcooked score but there’s a lot to like here in terms of storytelling within the risky screenplay by Christensen and Colin Minahan (“What Keeps You Alive”). It’s one of those films that may be overly reliant on jump scares when you tally them all up, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that a few of them legitimately made me jump. There’s one in particular that made me gasp in a way I don’t think I will with any other horror movie this year—it’s the moment you know this movie, unlike its title character, isn’t playing around.
“A clean house is evidence of mental inferiority,” Shirley Jackson (played by Elisabeth Moss) grumbles at her husband as he stumbles around her messy bedroom. By that yardstick, Shirley might be the smartest person alive; her North Bennington abode is so full of dirty dishes and random junk that it feels almost haunted. But that’s the mood the director Josephine Decker wants to conjure in Shirley—one where even a mundane home has a distinct air of spookiness. There are no ghosts around the corner, but demons still abound with Shirley, one of the great horror storytellers of the 20th century.
3. The Grudge
Few sounds are as bone-chilling as this franchise’s signature creek attributed to its longtime villain, a restless female ghost who continues to terrify the living. Writer-director Nicolas Pesce effectively explores the trauma, horror, and rage derived from masterful original Japanese film Ju-On in this latest English-language adaptation of The Grudge. Recapturing the palpable fury of its scorned phantom, the haunting tale oscillates between the sins of our past and a present determined to repeat itself through the stories of a single mother (Andrea Riseborough) and an expectant father (John Cho).
2. The Lodge
A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE follows a family who retreat to their remote winter cabin over the holidays. When the father (Richard Armitage) is forced to abruptly depart for work, he leaves his children, Aidan (IT’s Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace (Riley Keough). Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace’s dark past.
The Invisible Man
The abusive male himself might be unseen, but the fear he spreads is in plain sight in “The Invisible Man,” Leigh Wannell’s sophisticated sci-fi-horror that dares to turn a woman’s often silenced trauma from a toxic relationship into something unbearably tangible. Charged by a constant psychological dread that surpasses the ache of any visible bruise, Whannell’s ingenious genre entry amplifies the pain of its central character Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) at every turn, making sure that her visceral scars sting like our own. Sometimes, to an excruciating degree.
Well everyone, that draws a conclusion on this super spooky blog post this week. I would have to say out of all these movies some of you will have something to say to prove me wrong. So be sure to let us know what your favorite horror film of 2020 is on our TWITTER!