Contemporary Horror

Contemporary Horror

Five contemporary films cannily explore and exploit conventions of the horror genre.

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Contemporary Horror
  • Horror Stories

    Hong Ji-young, Lim Dae-woong, Jung Bum-shik, Kim Sun & Kim Gok • South Korea • 2012

    Four Korean horror stories are chilling enough to be their own features. In “Don't Answer the Door,” a little brother and sister find themselves under siege while home alone at night. “Endless Flight” revolves ar...

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night


    Ana Lily Amirpour • 2014 • USA • A surreal, stylish vampire western set in Bad City, an Iranian wasteland.

    Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, wh...

  • Der Samurai

    Till Kleinert • Germany • 2014 • A surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out.

    Jakob is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens until the arrival of a mysterious wolf. Working the night shift, Jakob tracks the wolf, only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually...

  • Observance

    Joseph Sims-Dennett • Australia • 2015 • An atmospheric and unnerving debut.

    Parker is in the grip of grief following the death of his young son. With his marriage on the rocks and bankruptcy looming, he reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. His assignment is to observe a woman—...

  • Firstborn


    Aik Karapetian • 2017 • Latvia • A mysterious man threatens to unravel a couple's fragile peace.

    Steeped in the unrelenting atmosphere of dread, Firstborn encounters the terror and fragility of contemporary masculinity as mediated through horror cinema. Aik Karapetian's third fea...