Predator the comeback Prey going gangbusters right now, being hailed as the best entry in the series since the original. A prequel to the acclaimed Sci-Fi/horror series, the setting has been moved to 1719 America. When a Predator arrives on Earth in search of sport, he crosses paths with a young Comanche named Naru, who tries to prove to his tribe that she has what it takes to be a great warrior.
This time period shift was one of the film’s best-received elements, and it’s reminiscent of other films that applied a horror story to a historical setting. These settings allow creatives to create their own scary stories with historical elements used as inspiration. It’s much harder to escape a killer when you can’t just use your cell phone to call for help.
‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ (2006)
Guillermo del Toro‘s masterpiece, and the movie that put it on the map. Pan’s Labyrinth follows ten-year-old Ofelia, who lives with her mother and evil stepfather in 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War. As the scars of war still reverberate around her, Ofelia finds herself drawn into a mystical world parallel to our own.
In this world, Ofelia interacts with a variety of creatures. In classic del Toro fashion, the design of these monsters is unforgettable, some being grotesque in the best way. The visual design, in general, remains one of the best in cinemacreating an adult fairy tale as beautiful as any children’s story, albeit much darker. Pan’s Labyrinth is available to stream on Starz.
“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992)
A contemporary retelling of the immortal tale, Bram Stoker’s Dracula finds the legendary vampire looking for love. Centuries after his soulmate committed suicide, a chance encounter causes Dracula (Gary Oldman) to believe that his beloved was reincarnated as Mina (winona ryder). Wanting to take the young woman as his wife, it falls to her fiancé Jonathan (Keanu Reeves) and vampire hunter Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) to save his soul.
Realized by Francis Ford Coppolathe film is visually stunning as it shows a human side of the classic villain, enhanced by a fantastic performance from Oldman. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is available to stream on Paramount+.
‘Bone Tomahawk’ (2015)
A mashup of western and horror genres, bone tomahawk is a grizzly journey through the Wild West. After their town is attacked by a group of Native Americans who flee with hostages, four men (Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Foxand Richard Jenkins) set out to rescue those who were captured.
It is revealed that the perpetrators are from a banished tribe, who were shunned by others due to their cannibalistic and incestuous nature. slow burning, bone tomahawk is ultraviolent as it piles on the gore, with one death, in particular, among the most brutal of the past decade. bone tomahawk is available to stream on Tubi.
“From Hell” (2001)
A fictional version of the Jack the Ripper murders, From hell, follows Frederick Abberline (Johnny Depp), a London police inspector who is pursuing the murderer. Beginning in 1888, Jack cuts prostitutes as Abberline and his colleagues attempt to uncover his identity before he claims more victims. Heather Graham also stars as Mary Kelly, a target of the Ripper.
An adaptation of the graphic novel by Alan Moore (watchmen, V for Vendetta), the film takes a few liberties with historical accuracy but nonetheless remains an entertaining thriller featuring one of history’s most infamous serial killers. From hell is available to stream on HBO Max.
After breaking out with his two action masterpieces, The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, Gareth Evans made this creepy folk horror flick for Netflix. Learning that his sister has been kidnapped by a cult, Thomas (Dan Stevens) travels to their remote island to infiltrate the group and rescue her.
Beginning as a simple thriller, Apostle delves further into supernatural horror as Thomas uncovers more secrets on the island. Filled with chilling imagery and a seething sense of dread, the cult at the heart of the film engages in increasingly deplorable behavior as it becomes clear that there is no monster nastier than man. Apostle is available to stream on Netflix.
‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ (2013)
An underrated and seemingly forgotten action-horror film from 2013, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is a treat for all those who enjoyed Preybrutal and graphic violence. Charting a different fate for the titular duo after they encounter the Wicked Witch and her gingerbread house, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) grew up to hunt down the witches who plague villages in the countryside.
The siblings have a variety of gadgets and weapons at their disposal, annihilating their enemies in creative ways. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters There’s nothing intellectual about it, but it’s an enjoyable, violent retelling of the classic fairy tale and a welcome addition to any beer and pizza night. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Paramount+.
‘Crimson Peak’ (2015)
Guillermo del Toro likes to deliver a piece of period horror, and Crimson Peak is his homage to the gothic novels of yesteryear. At the turn of the 20th century, the young heiress Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) meets the charming Englishman Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and immediately marries her.
Moving to her new husband’s secluded mansion, Crimson Peak, Edith begins to experience ghostly hauntings in her new home. She tries to decipher these sinister messages, while being tormented by Thomas’ sadistic sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Along the way, Edith will discover a terrifying secret about the house and her new family. The film remains del Toro’s most overlooked among his impressive filmography.
Crimson Peak is available to stream on Netflix.
“The Witch” (2015)
Director’s debut Robert Egger (Lighthouse, The man from the north), The witch is the first demonstration of the filmmaker’s dedication to authentic depictions of historical life. Set in 1630 New England, the film follows a small family living on an isolated farmhouse, banished from the rest of their village.
It soon becomes clear that something evil lurks in the nearby woods, tormenting the family with sinister happenings. Teenage daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor Joy) is initially blamed for the events and labeled a witch, but the young woman eventually discovers that darker forces are at play. The witch is available to stream on Showtime.
‘Sleepy Hollow’ (1999)
An adaptation of the classic tale, sleepy hollow follows Police Constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) as he investigates a series of murders in the titular village. All of the victims were beheaded, leading townspeople to believe the perpetrator was the undead Headless Horseman, a local urban legend.
Realized by Tim Burton, the film contains its gothic atmosphere and black humor. Basically a combination of a crime novel and a slasher movie, sleepy hollow remains one of the popular director’s most underrated films and one of his best collaborations with Depp. sleepy hollow is available to stream on Showtime.
“The Army of Darkness” (1992)
The third entry in the highly influential evil Dead series, army of darkness is a big departure from the horror leanings of the first two films. After slaying the undead at Knowby’s infamous cabin, wise hero Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) is sent back in time after being sucked into a newly opened portal.
Waking up in the Middle Ages, Ash must share his deadly ways of killing with the local knights and villagers, as an army of the undead threatens to descend on their castle. Very campy but also very entertaining, army of darkness is one of the best examples of taking a scripted horror movie and moving it into a historical setting.
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