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by Corey Gray
I believe that the horror genre is the best genre. It has
such power to elicit a visceral reaction from the watcher and
completely shake them unlike any other genre. Too often
people don’t give horror a chance because they think it’s too
scary. They think that horror is all about cheap jump scares
and flat plots, but there’s so much more to a strong horror.
For anyone who wants to dip your toes into a darker
atmosphere, more high stake situations, and a little bit of
blood, but you don’t want to have to constantly cover your
eyes, here’s a list of movies that may not all be classified as
horror, but they sure all do pack a spooky punch.
1. Spring (Directed by Aaron Scott Moorhead,
If you’re just looking to dip your little toe into the
depths of horror, then this is definitely a good option
for you. This has the concept of a strong sci-fi horror,
but it was deftly woven into an atmospherically and
historically bright romance. It tells the story of an
American man looking for an escape from his life. He
ends up in Italy and sees a stunning girl in a red dress
and the rest is history. The horror aspect is the perfect
pungent relief from what would’ve been just another
romance, but it doesn’t steal the show, it enhances and
adds to the complexities of the film and provides for a
great foil to the well meaning and charmingly mundane
leading man. This is a brilliant example of a beautifully
2. Misery (Directed by Rob Reiner)
This Stephen King adaptation is a wild ride of a
psychological thriller. The acting by lead Kathy Bates
creates such a strong tone of unease and despair in
the viewer without being overwhelming or feeling
contrived. It’s a rather simple plot, a writer crashes
during a snowstorm, a woman, who happens to be his
biggest fan, rescues him and nurses him back to
health. As the plot unfolds, there are definite horror
moments that would give even a horror junkie their
spook fix for the day, but it’s balanced with smart
writing and a delicately crafted tone.
3. Jennifer’s Body (Directed by Karyn Kasuma)
This one is more in the traditional vein of teen horror.
It’s a really fun, teen hormone frenzied movie with
commendable special effects, but it’s not outright
scary. There are for sure some scenes that could give
you a jolt, but this isn’t a movie that goes for the
cheap jump scare. Also, the campy writing almost puts
up a nice wall between you and the potential spook, so
I would say this is a good start if you want to try some
campy and demonic fun.
4. Black Swan (Directed by Darren Aronofsky)
This is another psychological thriller that will have you
dripping in delicious confusion. A gorgeously artistic
film that quickly dissolves into twisted dance between
the film and the viewer. It slowly builds for the entire
film, teasing you, and then climaxes with an unsettling
and completely quenching scene at the very end. The
meat of the film is filled with many horror aspects, and
at times, it’s satisfyingly spooky.