Most of us like the horror genre because it offers the most exciting, unnerving, intense, and bone-chilling experience. Some people enjoy these experiences, while others simply enjoy the elements of horror with the company of friends or family because they are too afraid to watch horror movies alone. It is undeniable that horror movies do create a certain interest for people to think about what is beyond death or what if there are creatures that exist in this world that are beyond human understanding. The Irish film industry has been growing and getting into the limelight after receiving fourteen nominations for this year’s Oscars. “Unwelcome” is an Irish horror film that focuses on a couple who escapes their urban life to live in peaceful rural Ireland. The couple hears stories of strange creatures who live in the woods, which are connected to their garden. At first, everything seems pretty normal, as it does in most horror movies, but soon the couple finds out there is something to worry about as their new neighbors warn them about the presence of mysterious creatures that come when someone calls them in dire need for help, but the scary part is that there is always a price to pay for the offered aid. The movie is very intense and definitely worth watching, so if you haven’t watched the film, it is highly recommended, and if you’ve already watched the film or you’re a horror lover like me, then here are seven movies you definitely want to watch.
The Conjuring (2013)
Director James Wan is renowned for his horror movies, and for me, by far, his best film is “The Conjuring.” It is one of those movies based on true incidents, but it depends totally on an individual’s own comprehension of whether paranormal things really exist or not. “The Conjuring” is a movie that depicts the story of a 1970s couple who were paranormal enthusiasts, ghost hunters, demonologists, and paranormal investigators, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren. Being paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine had to face many scenarios to investigate and solve certain paranormal activities happening in people’s lives. This movie showcases a particular case among many cases solved or investigated by the Warrens. It is about the Perron family, who move into a new house where they face some strange and bizarre paranormal activities. They consult Ed and Lorraine Warren to get back to their normal lives. The Annabelle doll and the history of the farmhouse get colder when they unravel. The movie is definitely a gem for horror movie lovers because of the aspects of cinematography, background music, and storyline it offers.
The Australian film producer and director Leigh Whannell’s “Insidious” is a horror film series that can give you chills. Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) Lambert move into a new house, and pretty much like the typical horror movies, in the beginning, everything seems very normal, but soon the tension begins to rise through the ceiling. Their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) experiences horrifying things and acts absurdly when Josh falls into a coma. The couple tries to figure out the whole situation while experiencing strange things themselves in the new house and eventually calls a demonologist, Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), to assess and overcome the whole situation. Elise, after investigating the house, finds that Josh has been followed by the spirit of an old woman, and his ability to do astral projection must be suppressed for their own safety. The haunting, the investigation, and the whole experience is spooky and definitely worth at least a single viewing. The movie franchise includes three other parts: “Insidious: Chapter 2,” “Insidious: Chapter 3,” and “Insidious: Fear the Dark.”
The Hallow (2015)
Like the movie “Unwelcome,” Corin Hardy’s “The Hallow” also sets its premise in remote Ireland. Adam (Joseph Mawle) and Clare (Bojana Novakovic) Hitchens settle in a very remote house in Ireland, where they face some strange activities. Unusual sounds and occurrences get increasingly noticeable for the couple, and with the constant warnings of the villagers, they come to realize that there is a dark monster present, and if they want to survive they have to fight it. “The Hallow” is a thrilling jolt of terror, which makes it one of the most terrifying monster movies in history.
If you like horror movies, you must love the works of Ari Aster. He is one of the most excellent directors, presenting a whole new range of unique and distinctive elements through his films. Among many of his famous works, “Hereditary” stands out as one of the most bizarre phenomena, which presents a very absurd and unique storyline with disturbing ancestry, evil beings, and a different approach towards the concept of horror. The movie, unlike typical horror films, tells the tale of Annie (Toni Collette) and her grief-stricken family after her mother passed away. Annie’s children, Charlie (Milly Shapiro) and Peter (Alex Wolff), go through a series of unfortunate events while the family experiences shocking things that are beyond human comprehension and eventually finds out the dark secret about their ancestry.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Magnificently directed and written by John Krasinski, “A Quiet Place” takes us to a post-apocalyptic world where the survivors are few in number, but they all follow a rule that they never make any sound. The movie focuses on Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) and Lee Abbott (John Krasinski), who try to protect their children from the unique creatures that threaten the lives of the survivors in the post-apocalyptic quiet place. The very talented duo of Emily Blunt and John Krasinski makes the movie one of the most suspenseful and intense movies.
The Invitation (2015)
Director Karyn Kusama’s “The Invitation” is a cult horror-thriller that is exceptionally unnerving and masterfully intense. The movie focuses on a couple, Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), accepting the invitation of Will’s ex-girlfriend Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and husband David (Michiel Huisma) for a reunion of old friends and welcoming new ones. The situation gets unsettling when the couple doubts the intentions of the hosts and their friend Pruitt (John Carroll Lynch), who appears to be suspicious since his arrival at the house. The horrifying tension gets amplified when the whole party atmosphere changes into a nightmare, and a shocking truth is unraveled.
The Hole In The Ground (2019)
Directed by Lee Cronin, “The Hole in the Ground” is about a woman named Sarah (Seana Kerslake) who leaves her husband and decides to settle with her son Christopher (James Quinn Markey) in a rented house near a forest. Sarah spends most of her time with Chris, and their bond seems to be growing stronger. Interestingly, the situation takes a shocking 360-degree turn when Sarah meets Noreen (Kati Outinen), who tells her that Chris is not actually her son and there’s something wrong with Chris. Eventually, the loving image of Chris turns into a nightmarish evil entity for Sarah as the odd experiences start to occuring around him.