When referring to horror films, beautiful is quite rare. However when the film is coming from Guillermo Del Toro, it's not a surprise at all. His stunning visuals have always been praised by horror fanatics everywhere. This time around for Crimson Peak nothing has changed, except for one complaint. The film was almost too beautiful and not scary enough for audiences everywhere making them question the fact if Crimson Peak was actually a horror film. Yes there were scary scenes, but the love triangle of the film overpowered the terror for sure. Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak is not the only beautiful horror film out, and definitely not the scariest. However it is one of the most memorable feature films to date. Here are some other beautiful horror films below.
Suspiria (1977) is a classically beautiful horror film. Dario Argento nailed it when it came to color and contrast in this film. Staring Jessica Harper this unsettling yet visually stunning film is definitely a film to watch if you haven't seen it yet. The film follows Jessica Harper's character as she goes to a new school. As deaths occur throughout the film she finally reveals the school's frightening secret. The plot with the visuals of this film frightened audiences everywhere when it was first released.
The Shinning (1980) is infamous for many reasons. From hidden messages and meanings, to Jack Nicholson's amazing performance in the film. However the film alone is quite the view. From the surrounding scenery to the actual Overlook hotel, it's stunning. The Shinning is about a family who stays in a hotel for the winter to only find out that there are ghosts and presences. The father of the family Jack Nicholson actually goes psycho while staying there. Making this film an instant classic. Stanley Kubrick definitely upped the the level of classy horror films with this one.
The Descent (2005) is considered beautiful if you appreciate demented scenery and claustrophobic spaces. As crazy as it sounds it is a definite treat to the average horror fan. The complicated structured caves are very memorable along with the immense amounts of blood. The film follows a group of girls craving an adventure. Only to later find out that they are being craved by underground predators themselves. The film is intriguing visually from the caves to the paintings and carvings on the wall. The Descent is one of the my favorites.
Let The Right One In (2008) is a gorgeous adaptation of a novel written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Taking place in the winter, the scenery is still, eerie, and breathtaking literally. The film is about a young boy who meets a young girl later finding out she's a vampire. They bond and become extremely close helping each other out eventually. This interesting film is creepy and visually engaging. Check it out for sure if you haven't already.
Beautiful horror films have been out for years now. However Del Toro seems to master it extremely well. Make sure you check out his latest masterpiece Crimson Peak in theaters everywhere now!