When I would be at home craving for a horror movie to stream, normally I would check out Netflix for their latest horror titles. However lately Amazon Prime has been coming out with massive amounts of horror films that you can’t seem to find anywhere else including Netflix.
There are also times that I’m in the mood for a specific type of horror. The visually stunning, artistic, Avant Garde type. I have to say lately Amazon Prime has been delivering when comes to these types of films.
Sometimes you’re not in the mood for slasher, overly gory and seemingly senseless horror films. You want to watch something that will have your senses going. So, when you get into that mood instead of mindlessly browsing the Amazon Prime Video selection just check out my recommendations below.
Each of these films that I have recommended use an artistic approach with imagery and visual metaphors to set the tone and plot of the story.
Also, if you are not subscribed to Amazon Prime, I would highly recommend it. Not only do you get access to their vast video library but you get free and fast shipping on many items listed on their website. No, this post is not sponsored. I am no where near that level here as of yet!
1. Santa Sangre (1989)
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Santa Sangre is the cautionary tale of Fenix a magician. Animals, weapons and and gratuitous sexual scenes are all used in this film to symbolize Fenix’s conscience, conflicting sexuality and his downward spiral. This film is both beautiful and devastating as you witness how personal tragedy destroys a young boy’s mentality and morality as he grows up to be a young man.
2. Suspiria (2018)
(Movie Still from https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034415/mediaviewer/rm1729983744)
This remake to Dario Argento’s 1977 classic can really stand on its own feet as a wonderfully dark supernatural tale. Director Luca Guadagnino does a great job connecting violence with dance interpretation. The cinematography, choreography and soundtrack intermingle well to showcase the violence of woman towards each other, struggle for female power and abuse of authority. I will say it’s not a film meant for everyone. With the running time almost an hour longer then the original, it is definitely not a shot for shot remake. But nonetheless it’s a worthy mystical film that will entertain you.
3. Hereditary (2018)
(French Theatrical Release Poster https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7784604/mediaviewer/rm346780160)
This chilling horror film directed by Ari Astor is so chock full of metaphoric imagery and foreshadowing. You will have to watch it twice to notice it all. The performance of Toni Collette as Annie Graham, a distressed mother and artist of a family dealing with death and mental illness is amazing. From the Annie’s miniature art, to the numerous ghostly visions, to the grandmother’s secret photo album, this movie will have you thinking WTF in the most petrified way.
4. Deep Red (1975)
(Promotional Poster from https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073582/mediaviewer/rm3050382592)
Dario Argento in his prime was truly the king of Giallo films. These were films, mostly released in the 1970s and 1980s, that contained gratuitous violence and with thrilling plots. Most Giallo films can be considered artistic and visually intense. Argento’s film Deep Red or as it’s originally known Profondo Rosso, is no exception to the genre. Scenes of stylized gore and uncomfortable close up shots of horrifying deaths will tantalize you and have you biting your nails in anticipation of what will happen next. Music also plays a key point in the plot of the film and characterization of the film’s antagonist. Deep Red is a true Argento classic. If you haven’t dived into the world of Giallo films. I’d say Deep Red is perfect to start with.
5. A Tale of Two Sisters.
(South Korean Theatrical Poster)
A Tale of Two Sisters tells the story of teenage girl Su-Mi who returns home from a stint in the mental institution. Ghostly events begin to happen upon Su-Mi’s reunion with her sister Su-yeon, father and stepmother. This movie really threw me off with its ending with a surprise that if you pay close attention, you’d be able to sense. It’s wonderfully tragic, and set in a ghostly but beautiful environment. Like Santa Sangre, A Tale of Two sisters plays off the effect personal family trauma has on a young adolescent. Plus, the poster for this movie is an illusion itself. Maximize the image of the poster on your laptop then take a couple of steps back to view it from afar, and you will get chills down your spine.
All movies mentioned are currently available to stream at no additional charge with a subscription to Amazon Prime.