with Everything Everywhere All At Once becoming A24’s highest grossing movie, the studio keeps giving moviegoers their favorite movies each year. One of the next few A24 movies in development Necrocosm which has Panos Cosmatos, the director of Mandyteaming with them. It also adds another horror title to an already popular list of frightening A24 movies.
from hereditary to Midsommar, A24 has a growing and excellent collection of scary movies, garnishing positive attention and praise. What makes them some of the best is conceptualizing their premise, whether dealing with a cult – a common theme in their movies – or taking care of an animal, yet it still maintains its horror factor. If viewers are looking for some great scary movies, ranker has a good list to review.
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10 Hereditary (2018)
One film that had plenty of people disturbed by the graphic nature – that includes both brutal deaths and plenty of jump scares – is called hereditary. Alongside all that great content is the demon-worshipping cult trying to bring back King Paimon.
The film builds in intensity and takes time to develop each character’s personality and inner turmoil. The Graham family is the main cast of characters, and their world and fates in the movie become sealed after the accidental beheading of the youngest child, Charlie. The scary aspects did not stop there, as the movie also had horrifying scenes regarding a family member on fire and cult-like activities.
9 Midsommar (2019)
From the same director/screenwriter of hereditary, Midsommar is another movie with a cult in its story. It’s also a prime example of what it means to make a great slow-building horror movie.
Unlike hereditary, Midsommar focuses a lot more on the cult and what the cult does behind the scenes. While its main focus is on the protagonist, the film shows an up-close and personal look at the lifestyle and horrific crimes that the cult commits. In the end, audiences see the protagonist, Dani, succumb to the cult’s influence and be indoctrinated into the cult.
8 The Lighthouse (2019)
In 2019, one of the highly acclaimed A24 films called The Lighthouse was released, and while it was initially supposed to be an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Light-House,” it took on a life of its own. Needless to say, it gained plenty of attention.
This intense psychological horror film includes two lighthouse keepers and their descent into madness. Obsession, delusions, and violence surround the two lighthouse keepers who only intended for this shift to be four weeks. Seeing it all unfold in this setting and atmosphere is one experience that all viewers should have.
7 The Witch (2015)
The Salem Witch Trials was a disturbing part of history, one that has become an interest by history lovers and others alike. It has also inspired the creators of different forms of media. A prime example of this inspiration comes from one of the best folk-horror movies called The Witch.
The Witch takes place in 1630s New England, and right from the start, the film has a very ominous feeling to it. The beginning of the film really sets the mood for it in a perfect manner by showing a family being exiled and forced to find a new home miles away from any kind of civilization. It’s eerie and shows the fear that was instilled into the minds of individuals back in that time era when it came to witchcraft.
6 It Comes At Night (2017)
It Comes at Night is one horror film from A24 that is filled with emotional scenes and shows what isolation can do to a person. A deadly virus added to the mix just makes things worse.
Audiences are not shown how the virus started but are given an up-close and personal look at what it does to the body. When the viewers are introduced to the protagonists (a family unit), there is a lot of distrust between them and any new person(s) who appears. Due to the paranoia and suspicion, it ultimately ends up destroying the family. It’s an intense movie that will get viewers to ask themselves what they would do in that situation.
5 Under the Skin (2014)
There are a few different ways a film can be scary without having the jump scares and horrifying creatures, as seen with psychological horror. Under The Skin has a subtle form of horror that has an odd, artistic vibe.
Extraterrestrial life takes on the form of a beautiful woman who lures in predominately male victims, who later go on to be harvested. The scenes have a lot of different camera angles, giving audiences the feeling that they are actually following the main character. The harvesting imagery is also something to behold, and the extraterrestrial lifeform is different than people might expect.
4 The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is not only an interesting movie but was scripted into a modern-day Greek tragedy. The tragedy comes from the Iphigenia myth, and the film did a fantastic job adapting it to today’s society.
This movie, much like Under the Skin, is horrifying in its own unique way. The premise focuses on consequences and fate, punishing those who have sinned. after dr. Steven Murphy performed surgery under the influence of alcohol, he had a man die under his care, leaving the antagonist Martin without a father and wanting revenge. This form of vengeance was a curse that inflicted pain upon Martin’s children, forcing him to choose which family member would be sacrificed to have the curse lifted.
3 Green Room (2016)
Backstage violence, loads of blood, and punk rock music are readily available in the Green Room. Since it’s considered one of the goriest horror movies of the 21st century, it would be a major letdown if there wasn’t any.
This film isn’t so much for the scares as it is for the slashing and the thrills. The Green Room involves a punk rock band down on their luck and is about to call it quits. That is until they receive a third-rate gig and decide to go for it, making the idea of quitting sound like the better choice. It’s a fun watch with plenty of dark themes and music that some may enjoy.
2 X (2022)
X is an A24 film heavily influenced by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with a unique spin added to it. It’s not just blood, guts, and slashing, but it has a subtle layer of emotional turmoil.
What is scary isn’t just the fact that a crazed old couple is hunting down this innocent group of people, who just wanted to film an adult movie in a barn, but it also includes the fear of getting older and how appearances change with age . For the rest of the film, viewers can feel the fright of the bloodshed and graphic murder scenes while remembering the turmoil they see in a previous scene.
1 Lamb (2021)
Despite A24’s long-running list of terrifying movies, from cult-based premises to slashers, there is a scary movie with a different spin on this genre that involves sheep. In this A24 horror, a couple encounters and adopts a sheep-human-like hybrid, but they must also deal with strange forces.
Lamb is one film that most viewers would not consider to be scary. Quite a few people found the baby hybrid sheep adorable, while others were disturbed by the hybrid’s appearance and the film’s premise. However, all viewers can agree that watching the movie is quite the experience, one that is recommended due to how different this film is from most.
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