Last week I released a posting on Slasher vs Paranormal horror films. By the poll ratings everyone seemed to be more terrified by paranormal horrors over slashers. The most frequent comment being "I enjoy slashers and gore more, however paranormal films really get under my skin." The list following is just a few paranormal horror films that were released in the 21st century.
The Others was released as the typical haunted house film. However with its cliche theme, it definitely frightened audiences everywhere. There is no gore, or major jump scares in this film. The tone alone carries the eeriness and creepiness that has to do with the storyline. Staring Nicole Kidman as the mother of the house, when the family moves in you can't help but feel like something terrible is going to happen. As the film proceeds you twist and turn with the story and characters. If you haven't see The Others, because its lack of hype in horror I suggest you give it a try.
Gothika staring Halle Berry, Penelope Cruiz, & Robert Downey Jr, just to name a few was chilling. This paranormal horror has aspects of thriller, mystery, and suspense all stirred up into one film. The film captured audiences everywhere because there was a lot of dramatic irony for the audiences to absorb without truly knowing what was going on. The element of surprise that's revealed with a twist is sure to shock you if you've never seen the film. Gothika had a lasting impression on me, that's for sure.
Directed by James Wan himself, Insidious shook audiences everywhere. From the actual theme of the story, it's haunting storyline, lead paranormal cast, and sound design alone Insidious is one for the books. Though some may complain that there were two distinctive yet different styles throughout the film. It definitely served its purpose as a paranormal horror film. The sequel did well, and everyone is anticipating the third film from the series. We all can't wait!
The Woman In Black starring Daniel Radcliffe did surprisingly well in theaters. The worries of Daniel not being able to play another role besides Harry Potter were evident. As well as the rating of PG-13 making the scare intensity a little sketch to seasoned horror fans. However this film not only pulled it off, it gained fans, and is coming out with a sequel as well. The tone of the film is extremely heavy and dark, with numerous jump scares. The Woman In Black definitely got under the skin of audience viewers everywhere.
Sinister set itself apart from other paranormal horror movies, specifically targeting families with young children involved. The film starts with a crime writer/novelist who moves into a home that was the scene of a horrible murder. As the movie unfolds, he finds treacherous evidence of families being murdered in either creative or really unfair ways. The ghost in the film has a huge following from children, influencing them to kill. Sinister got to audiences everywhere because the storyline is extremely creepy, and even though it's so far out of a theme, something feels so real about it all. Check out Sinister from Scott Derrickson now if you haven't yet.
Mama was a lot more emotional than expected. Some fans reacted positively towards it, while others really disliked the film. Mama has a lot of backstory with the characters that draws you into their life and situation even more. Along with backstory the theme is heavily carried throughout the film as well. With quite a few jump scares, and tense moments, Mama's tone served effectively. The eeriness of the characters and settings alone scares you.
The Conjuring is one of, if not the most talked about newly released paranormal horror films. Coming from master mind James Wan again, he's twisted his recognizable style on another horror haunt film that will be watched and talked about for years to come. The film begins with a story on a creepy doll named Annabelle. It's simply a little backstory to characters that will be introduced later on in the story. However Annabelle became so feared and questioned, that a film solely titled after her was released this year as almost a prequel to The Conjuring. The Conjuring had scenes of fighting and aggressive ghosts, possession, and even some gore. The Conjuring was and still is an extremely successful paranormal horror film. Coming soon the sequel titled The Conjuring 2 will be out.
Jessabelle was just released, and it's quite a ride and film experience to say the least. With the aspects of ghosts, and voodoo involved in the south of Louisiana, its tone alone gives you the creeps. Jessabelle is a mind bender for sure. There's some action, with a lot of jump scares. The backstory alone will have you questioning everything you've experienced during the film. The ghost is extremely aggressive and out for blood. Check out Jessabelle now in select theaters and VOD!