Not much love for horror movies.
Let’s face it – as far as cinematic genres go, horror movies tend not to get much critical acclaim as art.
There are, to be fair, some good reasons for artistic dismissal. A hefty percentage of horror flicks are fairly sloppily made excuses to satisfy a viewer’s bloodlust and desire to objectify women. Particularly today, when the ‘torture porn’ genre seems to rule the roost, folks can be forgiven for not thinking there’s much creative or artistic value in the genre.
Yet horror films need not subsist on graphic torture and sexual objectification. The art of horror is the art of exploring the unknown; the side of life that we run from; the shadows around us, and inside us.
What richer source of creative artistry could one ask for?
So today, we look at 8 horror movies that step up the creativity, and defy the unfortunately low artistic expectations surrounding the genre. We’ve chosen some less-than-common ones, so hopefully you can discover some new gems you haven’t yet seen!