'The Nightingale,' 'Midsommar' and 'The Lighthouse': A Big Year for Three Modern Horror Masters
There’s been some great horror films in the last five years. Three in particular for me really harked back to a classic era sensibility, owing a lot to the best era in creepy atmospheric horror. These would evoke films (among other) like Ingmar Bergman’s darker works to Roman Polanksi’s 60’s horrors, to films like Wicker Man, and more.
Going back farthest of the three excellent modern horror rejuvenators, we have The Babadook from Jennifer Kent. The Babadook was a creepy, haunting and affecting horror but more so a deeply involving psychological study of mother and child. It’s not just about facing the titular monster, but about addressing the impact the death of absent husband and father has on the central characters in the film. The monster who could almost be metaphorical feeds a lot of this trauma. The film really blew critics away. As will be something of a common thread here, it seems oddly that the critics appreciate certain horror films a little more than the masses, where the desire seems perhaps to be for more simplistic scenarios and focus on scares.
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