I recently sat down and watched "Don't Breathe." It came out last year, but if you haven't seen it, the story follows three young people in Detroit who are breaking into homes. They decide to break into the home of a blind veteran who they believe is sitting on a huge stash of cash. Unfortunately they get more than they bargained for, as their victim is more than capable of defending himself. They also find that there is something very dark going on in his house.
I'll admit, I was a bit skeptical of this movie when the first scare involves a dog suddenly barking, but after that things got great. There are some beautifully shot scenes including a long one-shot of the friends exploring the house they are going to rob. Another scene has them running through the dark with an odd lighting filter put on so we can see what's going on while they stumble through the dark. Both of these scenes were amazing.
There are also plenty of creepy scenes of our blind victim suddenly moving or appearing. When he does move around he is silent, so he seems to move and appear out of nowhere.
I found this to be a great horror movie, with lots of unexpected twists. There isn't much dialogue, forcing the action to tell the story, which it does wonderfully.
But this post is about more than just "Don't Breathe". This is just one more movie in a line of great horror movies that have come out in the last few years. "Split," "Lights Out," and "The VVitch" are just a few of the brilliant horror films with wide releases we've seen recently. Plus there were several that fell below the radar when they came out but definitely deserve your attention, like "Green Room" and Bone Tomahawk."
There have been some highly anticipated flicks that fell short, like "The Belko Experiment", "A Cure for Wellness" and "Morgan". I haven't seen "Belko" or "Wellness" yet so I have to go off what I hear so far, but "Morgan" was a decent horror movie that just had slow pacing and fell short of what it could have been.
I'm not really sure what this means, but I'm happy it's happening. I love horror movies when they're done right, and we've seen plenty done right in the last few years. It seems like we're getting away from the "gore porn" era, and people are appreciating the suspense that a movie can build without jump scares. And we still have the remake of "IT" to come this year, and so far that looks amazing.
What do you think about this resurgence of horror films? I only mentioned a few here, but what are some others you loved? Tell us in the comments below!
(Several of these movies are available free with your Amazon Prime membership, including "The VVitch," "Bone Tomahawk" and "Green Room". If you don't have a membership, watch them with a 30-day free trial here)