The best horror movies according to Vogue
This year but93but edition of the Oscars he gave us real historical moments: Chloé Zhao with Nomadland she is the first black director to win the award for best director; two performers of Asian origin among the nominees and winners as best actors; and then Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, the first black women to win in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling categories for But Rainey’s Black Bottom, protagonist Viola Davis.
But there is a curse which has not yet been broken at the Oscars. After ten years of top-notch, thought-provoking, technically successful and indisputably unique horror films, we can say that the Academy has once again completely snubbed the genre. To date, only you’re horror movies have received nominations since the Oscars were born in 1929, and only one has taken home the coveted award for best film (The silence of the lambs in 1992).
But don’t be misled by the incredible lack of accolades for some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed films: an underrated genre, horror, which however has produced interesting, touching and profound stories that are sure to leave their mark.
Here are our 5 favorite arthouse horror movies to watch right now.
1. Babadook (2014)
Considered by many to be one of the first ‘level’ horror films, Australian director Jennifer Kent’s stunning debut film is an extremely original and captivating reflection on the impact that trauma and loss can have on us. Six years after the car accident in which her husband lost his life, single mother Amelia (Essie Davis) finds herself grappling not only with her own personal pain but also with an evil entity – a fairytale monster, Babadook – who begins to terrorize his son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). The film travels the fine line between the supernatural and the psychological, and reveals that there is nothing scarier than the most universal of truths.
2. Goodnight Mommy (2014)
A thrilling Austrian film directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala that examines the unbreakable bond between a mother and her children. Twins decades Elias and Lukas eagerly await the return of their mother (Susanne Wuest) after she underwent a mysterious facial surgery. And when he finally arrives, his head is completely wrapped in bandages, and it soon becomes clear that the woman in their home bears no resemblance to her mother. Thanks to stellar performances, to a screenplay that tells delicate situations with extreme naturalness, and a twist that made the whole audience hold their breath at the film premiere, Goodnight Mommy it is already a cult, a classic of our times.
3. Mother! (2017)
By far the most divisive film of our selection, the allegorical nightmare of Darren Aronofsky (the director of Requiem for a Dream, The Black Swan, The Wrestler) divided critics and audiences. Mother! is the story of a couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) who live a quiet, jolt-free life in the middle of nowhere. Quiet life that is abruptly interrupted by two strangers who bring chaos and violence into their home. Revealing other details would certainly not benefit the vision of the film, especially considering its insane crescendo, and then Aronofsky’s vision is not for everyone. But one thing is undeniable: Mother! it looks nothing like what you have seen so far.
4. Saint Maud (2019)
Rose Glass’s debut film follows the story of the protagonist, Maud (Morfydd Clark), a hospice employee and recently converted to Catholicism, who is sent to care for a terminally ill cancer patient, Amanda (Jennifer Ehle). Amanda’s deterioration is physical, but what Maud suffers is much more convoluted. Are there evil forces at work? Or is it something more concrete? Glass’s vision, part character study, part possession story, is devilishly ambiguous and leaves us in suspense until the last few scenes. The hell that breaks loose at the end of the film won’t be easy to forget.
5. Relic (2020)
The scariest stories are those inspired by real events, stories that tell interesting things about the human condition, rather than terrify us with shoddy scenes or a chilling soundtrack. Natalie Erika James in her first film as a director tells about three generations of women who gradually confront those truths that we all try to keep away. With its strongly metaphorical storytelling, Relic it is a reflection on life, love and identity. The ending will move you and at the same time make you shiver. Absolutely not to be missed.