Like the ever frightening 2020, the previous decade has given us our fair share of ghoulish beings and determined serial killers. From devious and human slashers and killers to persistent paranormal specters here are the best Hollywood horror movies to watch from the last decade:
The gradual, subtle transformations of a being to harm as much as possible is insidious, indeed. The 2010 movie that follows a family that has moved into a new house and begins experiencing something otherworldly is a cinematic masterpiece. While you may just assume, the house is haunted, the movie assures you in the very beginning, that it’s not the house that’s haunted. What could it be?
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011):
Watch Tilda Swinton’s character, Eva grow increasingly afraid of her son as he grows up. The movie starring Ezra Miller is a psychological thriller of one psychopath’s journey and his mother, who always suspects his increasing flair for sadism. Mother truly does know best.
From the creators of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, Sinister follows Ellison, a true-crime writer trying to solve the murder of the family that previously owned the house he’s moved into. But what if the murder was caused by something more sinister, something now following Ellison?
The Conjuring (2013):
The first in the series of The Conjuring Universe, the 2013 movie follows the real-life exploits of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and a family who’s moved into a house that may not exactly be vacant. The real-life connection along with the chilling paranormal visuals in The Conjuring will send a chill down your spine.
It Follows (2014):
David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows quite literally is the story of a curse that follows a group of teenagers. With no option but to pass on the curse to one another to survive or die at the hands of it, watch these teens find a way to break the vicious circle.
The Invitation (2015):
Will’s ex-wife, Eden, and her new husband are throwing a dinner party that he’s invited to. He’s happy to see her and all their friends at her house after a long, long time. But, there’s something peculiar about Eden. What is it? Why can’t he put a finger on what’s bothering him? A psychological thriller like The Invitation will have you be very, very suspicious the next time you’re invited to a dinner party. Make sure your hosts don’t lock the doors.
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016):
When a loved one dies, we often look for signs that they’re still with us on this plane of existence, guiding us in moments of doubt. The recently widowed Alice and her family are no different, and when given the chance of contacting their loved one from the beyond, they take it. But, is it really her husband who walked over from the other side?
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017):
How do you choose who to sacrifice in your family, for the survival of the rest of them? Watch Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman’s characters make the decision of who to sacrifice after a teenage boy with powers puts a curse on them. With stellar performances and cinematography, this psychological thriller will rattle around in your head for days to come.
Toni Collette and Alex Wolff’s brilliant performance in Hereditary is reason enough to watch this shocking supernatural-horror movie. When a family is haunted by the death of their secretive grandmother, their findings show that this haunting, its illnesses and the curses, might be inescapable and hereditary.
Written and directed by Jordan Peele, the creator of Get Out, another cinematic masterpiece, Us will give you nightmares. The horror film starring Lupita Nyongo tells the story of a family who is followed by their menacing and malicious doppelgangers. With their origin, and purpose unknown, the tethered will soon take over our whole world, or so it seems.
As you await the upcoming horror movies as we near the end of 2020, finish the decade long marathon with a classic horror movie, Relic. When the demented and muddled matriarch of the family goes missing, her daughter and granddaughter must find her, and in the process, the relics of why she slowly dived into madness.
(Contributed by Sakshi Prabhu)