Dark times are upon us. And I’m not talking about the political and economic crises the world is facing right now, but the genre of the movies set to hit cinemas by the end of the year. Since 2014, the horror genre has been facing some transformation which many people like to call it “ post-horror”, which are movies that introduce new elements to this so worn out genre that makes us re-think about what we think we know of horror. I’m talking about movies like The Babadook, Get Out, The Witch, Under the Skin and It Comes At Night just to name a few.
Looking at what 2018 has brought us so far and the upcoming movies scheduled to hit the big screen, we can’t ignore the hype around certain horror titles that makes us wonder: is 2018 the year of the horror? Should we be paying attention to this genre that is going through major changes? Get Out was after all nominated for a Best Picture at last year’s Oscar. Should we expect another horror movie in the category? Let’s take a look at some of the movies that came our and are coming up this year:
“Annihilation” by Alex Garland
From the same director of Ex Machina and currently streaming on Netflix, Annihilation is one of the most interesting releases of the year so far and probably the most disturbing one (I haven’t watched Hereditary yet). With a plot that looks like a mixture of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker with Under the Skin, the film talks about a biologist who signs up to a secret expedition in a mysterious zone to find out what happened to her husband where she encounters strange and mysterious situations. With that, Alex Garland builds a very peculiar journey that disturbs and fascinates the audience by throwing several existential and philosophical questions and not necessarily answering all of them, resulting in an obscure and beautiful film that will stay in your head for a long time after you watch it.
“A Quiet Place” by John Krasinki
Probably the first hyped horror movie of the year, A Quiet Place isn’t necessarily a scary movie with a smart script, but the way the story develops through the absence of sound is pretty interesting to watch, especially if we consider is a genre film. The story follows a family trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where creatures have taken over Earth. These creatures are attracted to sound, which makes the family live in total silence. A Quiet Place has been extremely well received, with high praise for its suspense and the way silence becomes a character in the story, which I couldn’t agree more.
“Unsane” by Steven Soderbergh
Shot entirely through an iPhone, Unsane is Steven Soderbergh’s new film that tells the story of a woman who is locked inside of a mental hospital against her will. The question if she is in fact crazy or not is one of the biggest catches of the film, which ends up surprising the audience with a twisted and disturbing twist by the middle of the film. Not only that, Unsane challenges the concept of filmmaking by being shot on an iPhone and how this method adds up to the format of the film. Not mentioning it talks about important subjects as stalker abuse and it has an incredible performance by Claire Foy. If you haven’t watch Unsane yet, do it for yesterday!
“Hereditary” by Ari Aster
Hereditary comes out in two weeks here Brazil but it’s already receiving high praise all over the US. After watching this sick trailer released by A24, I’m afraid I don’t want to know more about it and save all the surprises for when the time comes. The story is about a family who starts to suffer the consequences of the death of a family member. These consequences, however, seem to come from a secretive past that the more they discover, more in trouble they seem to be. Already considered a masterpiece by many, Hereditary is definitely the next movie to watch at the theater!
“The House that Jack Built” by Lars Von Trier
With several walk-outs from Cannes Film Festival and critics saying this is the most disgusting movie ever made, Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built is set to be the most controversial horror movie of the year. Von Trier is definitely not a director of genre films, but watching him telling a story of a serial killer with children being decapitated is definitely new, even from a director with such a controversial body of work. Covering a period of 12 years, the film will tell the odyssey of Jack, a serial killer that compares his killings with works of art through five important murders that will create a true masterpiece. That should be exciting!
“Suspiria” by Luca Guadagnino
After the beautiful Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino is coming back with the remake of Dario Argento’s classic Suspiria. If you know Guadagnino, however, you can probably expect a very different version of the movie, as the director remade Jacques Deray’s La Piscine into A Bigger Splash with a very different perspective and auteur-like elements. And that’s exactly what you can tell by watching the insane trailer for the film, with a way darker and sinister tone than the original version. Nevertheless, Suspiria is bound to be one of the artistic horrors released of the year.
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by Fede Álvarez
It’s a little bit of a disappointment to know Fincher is not coming back with Rooney Mara to continue the American sequence of The Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo – especially because they’ve skipped to the David Lagercrantz’s adaptation instead of finishing the original trilogy. But I must admit I have a little faith on Claire Foy and Fede Álvarez, and even though this is not a horror movie, we can’t ignore the disturbing themes that surround this story: murder, torture, and rape, especially against women. The official synopsis is not out yet, but by telling from the trailer, I’m pretty sure they’re not following the book, which can be good or bad. Let’s just hope it’s dark and twisted as the first one!
“Climax” by Gaspar Noé
And to finish the list, how not to conclude the upcoming Gaspar Noe’s horror musical Climax, that surprisingly had very good reviews at Cannes Film Festival? After the disturbing Irreversible, Enter the Void and Love, Noé is coming back with the story of several dancers who are drugged during a party and start to hallucinate, descending to a trip through hell. Not really sure when that is coming up, but will surely be something to talk about when hit cinemas, just like his previous works.
What do you think? Do you think 2018 will be the year of the horror?