Oh, the Horror | Quarantine Watchlist Week 4



Hello everyone, it's Alexa again, back with Week 4 of the Quarantine Watchlist. This week we thought we'd scare you out of some sleep with some horror movies. Before we dive into the list, we want to thank you all for the support on our articles recently. We very much so appreciate it and these lists will continue for a few more weeks as the world starts to open up again!

The Ritual (2017) | Netflix


This was a late-night find, that turned out to be a surprisingly great film. When initially choosing it, we expected a cheesy horror movie that could offer a few laughs, but what we got was a high suspense film that left us on the edge of our seats. It's not the most original concept, with four men going on a hiking trip after their friend dies, where they run into a dark force that resides in the forest, but the film's use of atmosphere allows for you to feel a part of it just enough to make you uneasy. Director David Bruckner has created quite a few lesser-known horrors and definitely has a passion for it.


Hereditary (2018) | Prime (also available in 4K)


This is one of the most unsettling films we have ever watched. This one is actually a debate between our team members, Sri absolutely loves it, while I am not personally a big fan. However, both agree that the film's use of cinematography and the directorial style of Ari Aster creates for a great horror experience. Aster's other film Midsommar is also available on Prime, but honestly, we were not huge fans of it, which is why Hereditary is the one on the list. Ari Aster's films so far seem to be quite polarizing. You either love 'em or hate 'em, and the only way to find out is to watch them! The film stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne, who all offer amazing performances that help to create the disturbing feel of the film.


The VVitch (2015) | Netflix


A24 has no shortage of unusual movies to fall in love with. The Witch is a total package, with great performances, spooky locations, and writing that is as unsettling as it is bonkers. Whether you end up calling it "the witch" or "the vvitch," if you're a fan of horror, you'll find something to love in this directorial debut from Robert Eggers. The film is set in 1630 New England. A family is thrown into a panic when their youngest son vanishes. Eyes turn to Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), who the family now suspects of witchcraft. If you find yourself completely in love with The Witch and want more weird stories from Robert Egger's mind, the director's sophomore film, The Lighthouse, released on October 18th and is now available on Prime.


The Conjuring 2 (2016) | HBO NOW and Hulu


Director James Wan (Insidious, Aquaman) has an amazing grasp on how to make a great horror film and he proves it in this sequel to the 2013 horror success, The Conjuring (also available on Hulu). The Conjuring 2 is set in 1977, following real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who come out of a self-imposed break to help Peggy Hodgson and her family in London, who have something evil in their home. In typical Wan fashion, there's a lot more than just a poltergeist to create fear and unrest from this movie. While not as well-paced as its predecessor, The Conjuring 2 will leave stay on your mind long after the credits roll.


The Gift (2015) | Netflix


Starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, as well as Joel Edgerton, who is also the director and writer of the film, this tale of an old friend showing up uninvited creates tension between Bateman and Hall, a married couple. Edgerton's visits and gifts bring to light secrets that will change the happy couple's lives forever. This is Edgerton's first feature film as a director, and he does not play it safe. He takes the typical thriller formula about intruders and flips it on its head, allowing it to feel more rooted in reality, and therefore allowing it to be one that pops into your head for days after viewing. This movie can be argued to fall more into the psychological thriller genre rather than horror, however, it is still seriously disturbing.


A Quiet Place (2018) | Hulu and Prime


One of the most useful tools in horror films is the use of silence, and this film is the perfect example of that. John Krasinski shows his talent as both an actor and director. Performing alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt, and their on-screen children, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward, the family must work together to stay alive, without making a sound. John has described this movie as a love-letter to his children, and it shows in the strong family messages from the film that are layered under the intense anticipation the film creates. This science-fiction horror film utilizes the common trend of post-apocalyptic and monster/alien films to create a new world. Its sequel has been postponed until September 4 due to the coronavirus, but it is one that we are very excited about, and it creates all the more reason to watch this film while you have time before September.


Sweetheart (2019) | Netflix


This indie film was at Sundance Film Festival 2019, and also was a bit of a surprise. It's a very unoriginal sounding plot of a girl who gets shipwrecked on an island, is handled so well that it feels new and exciting. To its core, this movie is a fun monster film, and it has been met with mixed reviews, on Rotten Tomato it has a 94% Tomatometer, but only 48% for audience score. This movie uses old tropes while still creating something new and progressive.

Click HERE to check out last week's list, and The following week's list can be found HERE! Leave any suggestions for more Horror Films available for stream in the comments!

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