A Big Year for Three Modern Horror Masters

Tom Jolliffe takes a look ahead to The Nightingale, Midsommar and The Lighthouse

There’s been some great horror films in the last five years. Three in particular for me really harked back to a classic era sensibility, owing a lot to the best era in creepy atmospheric horror. These would evoke films (among others…) like Ingmar Bergman’s darker works to Roman Polanksi’s 60’s horrors, to films like Wicker Man, and more.

Going back farthest of the three excellent modern horror rejuvenators, we have The Babadook from Jennifer Kent. The Babadook was a creepy, haunting and affecting horror but more so a deeply involving psychological study of mother and child. It’s not just about facing the titular monster, but about addressing the impact the death of absent husband and father has on the central characters in the film. The monster who could almost be metaphorical feeds a lot of this trauma.
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