Post-Horror Summer Nights
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Emerging partly as a reaction to the success of big budget horror films, a different style crawled out of the mid-2010s, rejecting worn tropes in favour of shocking subversion and existential dread.
Here we have the ‘post-horror’ film, a term coined in 2017 by Steve Rose and often used interchangeably with that of ‘elevated horror’.
Titles emerged early on from the American independent film scene and, though the term is a slippery one, a common consensus tends to be that these are firmly arthouse properties buried just under a surface of mainstream horror iconography. Other common traits include a disparity between the critical reception and that of the audience; with critics wowed whilst audiences often feel tricked by distributors seemingly selling the titles as mainstream horror, thus standing in stark contrast to the slow pace, narrative ambiguity and austere style of the films themselves.
Post-Horror Summer Nights: The Witch
Winner of the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, this first feature from Robert Eggers (The Lighthouse, The Northman) garnered critical acclaim and launched the career of Anya Taylor-Joy.
Post-Horror Summer Nights: It Follows
Nominated for the Critics Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the film follows Jay (Maika Monroe) who is pursued by a relentless, deadly force after a sexual encounter.
Post-Horror Summer Nights: Hereditary
After the death of her highly secretive and mysterious mother, things take an unsettling turn for Annie (Toni Collette) as devastating fractures begin to appear in her family.
Post-Horror Summer Nights: It Comes at Night + Intro
Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo and Kelvin Harrison Jr. star as the sacred family unit to be protected at all costs, in this post-horror gem by writer/director Trey Edward Shults (Waves).