Horror films are full of monsters, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. However, in the cinematic universe, few things are as terrifying as creepy children. Perhaps it is something about the reversal of innocence.
There is something alluring and deeply frightening about massive destruction, whether through man-made or natural events, which Emmerich has been able to harness and flourish. This list will compile of his most impressive films that left lasting impacts on society and reflected societal fears of the times.
In the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, many people think it is just a cute kids movie filled with candy and fantastical Oompa Loompas. What many don’t know is there is a dark side to the film as well.
Phantasm, directed by Don Coscarelli, is a science fiction horror film from 1979 that revolves around two brothers and the mystery surrounding a figure known only as the Tall Man.
The character of Norman Bates was inspired by the infamous killer, Ed Gein. Many die-hard horror fans may recognize this name. It is the same man who inspired the creations of Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Buffalo Bill and Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs), and various other terrifying characters.
Dog Soldiers is a 2002 action horror film and Neil Marshall’s (The Descent 2005, Hellboy 2019) directorial debut. Set in the Scottish Highlands, a team of six soldiers led by Sergeant Wells (Sean Pertwee) and Private Cooper (Kevin McKidd) drop into the wilderness for a training exercise against a special forces team led by Captain Ryan (Liam Cunningham).
Charlotte (Allison Williams, Get Out) was once a cello prodigy studying at the Bachoff Academy of Music. Her music career came to an abrupt stop when she was forced to drop out of the academy to take care of her sick mother. Years later her mother has finally passed, and Charlotte has the freedom to choose her own path once more.
We thought the eighth movie of the Saw (2004) collection was the last we’d ever see of Jigsaw’s games. But this year we got to experience yet another gore filled story with a plot twist in Spiral (2021), a continuation into the Saw (2004) world.
Scott Derrickson, who directs, The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), takes a common horror plot and refocuses the lens. While the story of possession remains like many others in its subgenre, this film shines a spotlight on the victim’s sacrifice.