From the splash of acid to acidic wit, from a hyperkinetic trial to virtual thrills, from old-fashioned murder to bloody folklore, 2020 movies slapped it all on.
The top TV shows for 2020, the year where even the fact that you could watch TV was a top reason to be on the top list.
Why is it that most folklore and campfire catechisms tell of horrors that *female* forms take, usually to slake their bloodthirsty urges? Writer-director Anvita Dutt’s ‘Bulbbul’ is the visually stunning answer.
Writer-director Jordan Peele uses smoke, mirrors, and blood to keep us unnerved. But it’s what he shows us in the mirror that’s most horrifying.
One-minute review series looks at director Dan Gilroy’s horror-satire outing.
Audacious, mad, and chillingly terrifying, ‘Tumbbad’ marks a visual treat in Indian horror movies. The trio of Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad, and Anand Gandhi shower your senses with incessant rain and then use fire to show you the way. By the time you realize you’re deep into the womb of terror, it’s much too late to retreat.
With writers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K., director Amar Kaushik delivers a screwball horror movie that’ll make you jump and titter all at the same time. Plus there’s the marvelous quartet of Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana, and Abhishek Banerjee to ensure that you have a rollicking time in the cinema hall. But underneath its madness, ‘Stree’ reveals a fact about us that’s as disturbing as it is mortifying.
Director Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” is a nerve-wracking and terrific addition to the skull cap of horror movies where the unravelling of a family is as mysterious as it is terrifying, and the boiling cauldron of secrets bubbles throughout its length, keeping you worried and anxious. Meanwhile in India, the censor board carries out its own act of dismemberment, unforgivably mutilating the movie beyond repair.
Director Jordan Peele skewers the dark, all too real face of racism and gentrification in a pulse-pounding thriller. But he also adds delicious layers of horror, terror, comedy, and nail-biting suspense. And yet, the questions “Get Out” raises are even more horrifying than its premise.
Director Alex Garland creates psychedelic imagery and stunning visuals to narrate a story that’s mind-bendingly confounding as it is challenging. But no matter what you think of it, this philosophical horror makes you think.