A disruptive take on the rape-revenge genre of horror, Coralie Fargeat's Revenge stars Matilda Lutz as Jen, a woman whose romantic getaway with her married boyfriend turns into a nightmare after a group of his buddies show up to join them. Brutally assaulted and left for dead, Jen comes back with (you guessed it) a vengeance, and a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse ensues. You'll need a strong stomach for gore in order to handle this one, since Revenge is absolutely soaked in it, but for fans of exploitation movies this one is truly unmissable.
4. Ghost Stories
A genuinely frightening and deftly told slice of British horror, Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's Ghost Stories is an adaptation of their play of the same name. Nyman plays Professor Goodman, a professional skeptic who is invited to try and "debunk" three chilling tales of the supernatural from three different witnesses. Ghost Stories excels as both an anthology piece and a slowly unfolding mystery, terrifying and intriguing in equal measure, with powerful performances from supporting actors Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, and Alex Lawther.
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Horror remakes can be pretty contentious, but Luca Guadagnino's new take on Dario Argento's Suspiria is different enough that it barely feels like a remake at all. Set in a divided Berlin of 1977, the film stars Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannion, an American dancer who wins a place at the prestigious Markos Tanz Company. Under the tutelage of lead instructor Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton), Susie quickly rises in the ranks of dancers - but the elite dance academy is actually run by a coven of witches, and they have dark intentions towards their newest student. Mesmerizing and gruesome, Suspiria is arthouse horror at the top of its game.
2. A Quiet Place
The best horror movies are built from a powerful core concept, and A Quiet Place executes its brilliant central conceit with aplomb. Directed by and starring John Krasinski, the film is set in a world that has become infested with monsters who are completely blind, but have extremely heightened hearing. In this unforgiving landscape, a family learns to survive by communicating through sign language, walking barefoot, and "sound-proofing" their house - but as Evelyn (Emily Blunt) tries to prepare to give birth in total silence, a snowballing series of mistakes bring the monsters right to the front door.
Ari Aster's Hereditary is one of the best horror movies of the year, and is also so disturbing that you'll probably never want to watch it again. Toni Collette plays Annie, a woman whose overbearing mother has recently passed away. As Annie tries to deal with her mixed feelings of grief and anger, oppressive forces begin to crumble the rest of her family around her. To say more would be to give too much away, but Hereditary is a genuine masterpiece that's well worth watching... if you think your nerves can handle it.