Not strictly a horror film, El Orfanato, The Orphanage, is the film that has made me the most squeamish, disturbed and rattled in years. I guess by watching a multitude of films, in all different genres, certain types of imagery and rigid patterns especially in horror become so familiar that after a certain point they don’t startle, scare or shock you anymore.
Directed by the wonderful Juan Antonio Bayona The Orphanage works its magic through a slow building of tension, some classic horror surprises and a heartbreaking end.
I like a very particular type of horror, and classic horror isn’t really included in that. I understand that there are better horror/thriller films than this, but when it comes to favourites I can’t lie and say that Rosemary’s Baby, Psycho, Dawn of the Dead or The Exorcist would be one. Check out my previous list of My 8 Favourite Horror Films, thinking back on it now I’d probably add the following films :
A refreshing take on zombies, viruses and radioshows.
Another Spanish contribution to new wave European horror, is very succesful to an extent that it becomes painful to watch.
Á L’Intérieur (2007)
Wow 2007 was a good year for horror. A woman fights for her unborn baby’s life in her own home when a dilusional woman tries to steal it from her. Béatrice Dalle is unbelievable in this.
Wolf Creek (2005)
Slasher-like, with a disturbing alleged true story behind it, Wolf Creek does what horror is supposed to, scare and disgust.
P.S. You need to check out this awesome list of The Greatest Underseen Horror Films of the 2000s, the list looks amazingly refreshing, have seen a couple of them and plan on going through more!