Top 10 Best Folk Horror Movies Of All Time

1.VIY:

An elderly widow’s body is to be prayed over for three nights in a nearby church by a young Ukrainian monk who is returning home for Lent. During those long, gloomy, and chilly evenings, the ghosts of the dead reanimate and begin harassing the living. Similarly, the corpse of the deceased woman revives as a young, gorgeous woman, whom the monk recognises as a witch. The witch summons the demon Viy in order to seek revenge on the defenceless monk.

A group of inebriated city seminary students roam the countryside during their summer break. After getting lost, they spend the night with a decrepit witch. One of the pupils, Khoma (Leonid Kuravlyov), kills the witch during a struggle.He is forced to spend three days in a cathedral with her body, protecting it from evil spirits, after it turns out that he truly murdered the beautiful landowner’s daughter (Natalya Varley). This horror movie is based on a short story by Nikolai Gogol.

  • Horror and fantasy are two genres.
  • The Russian-language original is directed by Georgiy Kropachyov and Konstantin Ershov.
  • Nikolai Gogol, Georgy Kropachyov, Alexander Ptushko, and Konstantin Ershov are the authors.
  • Date of release: April 6, 2020 (Streaming)
  • 1 hour, 18 minutes.
  • Mix of monophonic sounds

2.PET SEMATARY:

Pet Sematary, which is based on the Stephen King book of the same name, tells the tale of the Creed family, who have recently relocated to rural Maine, where the patriarch, Louis Creed, works as an emergency room physician. A neighbour takes them to a cemetery in the woods where the dead buried there come back after the family cat is hit and killed by a truck on the roadway in front of their home.

Local youngsters have dubbed this cemetery “Pet Sematary.” The cat does return, but it is now irate and aggressive. When the little son of the family suffers the same fate, a distraught Louis returns to the pet cemetery.

Pet Sematary, which was directed by Mary Lambert and brought in $57.4 million at the box office, is the highest-grossing horror film ever made by a woman. Gage’s older sister, Ellie Creed, would be the subject of Lambert’s proposed sequel, but the studios turned it down. Instead, Richard Outten wrote the follow-up, which was a critical and commercial failure.

My professional life is filled with things I’ve wanted to work on that were about women — not just “female movies,” but horrible, baby-killing psychopath women or movies about women in combat. They were all returned to me.We can’t do this with a female protagonist, was the common refrain. “We need to increase the size of the male part.” “The guy has to save her when she enters conflict.” That’s not the movie, I say!

  • R (Horror, Violence, Graphic Images, Some Language)
  • Genre: Horror
  • English is the language of origin.
  • Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer are the filmmakers.
  • Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Steven Schneider, and Mark Vahradian are the producers.
  • Jeff Buhler wrote this.
  • In theatres on April 5, 2019.
  • (Streaming) Release Date: June 25, 2019
  • $54.7 million in domestic box office revenue
  • 1 hour and 41 minutes
  • Paramount Pictures is the distributor.
  • Sound Mix: DTS, SDDS, DTS-HD, Dolby Atmos.
  • Scope: Aspect Ratio (2.35:1)

3.EDEN LAKE:

Young lovers Steve and Jenny make the decision to spend the weekend away in a secluded rural region near the lovely Eden Lake. An unpleasant and filthy group of young people start harassing them just as soon as they get there. A waitress at a nearby eatery inquires about whether the group has been “terrorising” them.

Then, to their shock and amazement, she calls the group “my kids.” As the situation worsens and becomes murderously violent, Steve and Jenny realise that everyone in town, including the waitress, is a member of this “gang” as the situation worsens and becomes murderously violent.

  • R (for heavy brutal violence, strong language, brief drug use, and some nudity).
  • Genre: Horror
  • English is the language of origin.
  • James Watkins, director
  • Producers: Richard Holmes and Christian Colson
  • James Watkins, author
  • The film’s theatrical release date is October 31, 2008.
  • Date of release: January 6, 2009 (Streaming)
  • Gross domestic box office: $5.8 million
  • 1 hour, 31 minutes
  • Third Rail is a distributor.

4.KILL LIST:

A Ukrainian hit man named Jay (Neil Maskell) botched his most recent job a year ago. He accepts a new mission that offers a hefty reward for three killings out of desperation. He finds himself in a forest on the way to the final two hits, where men and women, some of them naked, are walking around with torches while wearing straw masks.

One woman is depicted as having a Christ-like crown of thorns dragged down tightly over her head, resulting in bleeding. Then, while the audience cheers, Jay sees a woman commit suicide by kicking a stool out from under her and hanging herself. The real horror, though, is when Jay pinpoints the identities of the last two victims he killed.

  • Genre: Horror
  • Ben Wheatley is the director of the original English version.
  • Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump, writers
  • Theatrical Release Date: February 3, 2012
  • Date of release: August 14, 2012 (Streaming)
  • $26.3K in domestic box office revenue
  • 1 hour & 34 minutes.
  • IFC Films, the distributor

5.THE HALLOW:

British conservationist Adam Hitchens (Joseph Mawle) specialises in fungus. With his wife Claire (Bojana Novakovic) and their young son Finn, they relocate to an isolated Irish mill home surrounded by dense forest. The folklore surrounding the forest is revealed to the family by a local police officer. According to the locals, it is “The Hallow’s” domain and is home to “fairies, banshees, and baby-stealers.

” The following morning, Adam discovers that a fast-growing vine that resembles a fungus is stalling the engine of his car. A gooey substance, perhaps this mystery fungus, is also being thrown on the family by the forest creatures. Light is the only thing that will fend off the forest animals, but what will the family do when it grows dark?

  • Genre: Horror
  • English was originally used by the filmmaker Corin Hardy.
  • Producors: Joe Neurauter, John McDonnell, Brendan McCarthy, and Felipe Marino
  • Authors Felipe Marino and Corin Hardy
  • Theatrical debut: November 6, 2015.
  • 28 June 2016 Release Date (Streaming)
  • Box office revenue of $9,0K (US)
  • 1 hour and 37 minutes.
  • IFC Films, the distributor

6.THE RITULA:

When Luke (Rafe Spall) and Rob (Paul Reid), two old college pals, walk into a liquor store that is being robbed, they are talking about Rob’s suggestion to go hiking in a Swedish forest. While Rob is brutally murdered, Luke hides in an aisle. Luke and a few pals take the hiking excursion six months later in remembrance of Rob’s last request.

They find an abandoned house in the woods during a violent storm, only to discover it is covered in runes and contains what appears to be a human effigy with antler hands in the attic. Then, as they attempt to flee a sinister ceremony carried out by an ancient cult, they find themselves in a battle for their lives.

  • Genre: Horror
  • David Bruckner,Director English is the original language.
  • Jonathan Cavendish, Richard Holmes, and Andy Serkis are the producers.
  • Joe Barton wrote this.
  • The release date is February 9, 2018.
  • 1 hour & 34 minutes.

7.MIDSOMMAR:

A young American couple named Dani and Christian are on the verge of divorcing one another. After a family tragedy forces them to remain together, Dani, who is grieving, accepts Christian and his friends’ invitation to travel with them to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a far-off Swedish village.

When the isolated villagers urge their visitors to participate in activities that make the pastoral paradise more eerie and viscerally disturbing, what starts off as a joyful summer vacation in a country of endless sunlight takes a tragic turn. A terrifying cinematic fable where a world of darkness develops in broad daylight comes from the imaginative mind of Ari Aster.

  • R (drugs, disturbing ritual violence, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, coarse language, and other such material)
  • Genre: Horror
  • English is the language of origin.
  • Animator: Ari Aster
  • Lars Knudsen and Patrik Andersson are the producers.
  • Ari Aster, Author
  • In theatres on August 30, 2019.
  • Date of Release (Streaming): September 24, 2019
  • Domestic box office: $27.4 million
  • 2 hours and 25 minutes in length
  • Distributor: A24
  • Dolby Digital sound mix

8.APOSTLE:

1905 in London. Thomas Richardson, a prodigal son, has come home to discover that a religious sect is holding his sister hostage. Set out for the lovely island where the cult resides, determined to do whatever it takes to get her back. As Thomas infiltrates the island’s community, he discovers a truth more wicked than he could have ever imagined: the corruption of mainland society that they pretend to oppose has infected the cult’s ranks nonetheless.

  • Genre: Horror
  • Director: Gareth Evans English is the original language.
  • Netflix is the distributor.
  • Fajar Yusekemal and Aria Prayogi composed the music.
  • XYZ Films, Severn Screen, and One More One Productions are the production companies.
  • Matt Flannery is the photographer.
  • Producers: Aram Tertzakian, Ed Talfan, and Gareth Evans.
  • Gareth Evans wrote this.
  • Date of release (streaming): October 12, 2018.
  • 2 hours and 9 minutes in length
  • Scope: Aspect Ratio (2.35:1)

9.HEREDITARY:

Ari Aster made his directing debut with the 2018 American supernatural psychological horror thriller Hereditary. In it, Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne play members of a family who, following the death of their stoic grandmother, are haunted by an enigmatic ghost.

Hereditary had its world premiere on January 21, 2018, in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival. On June 8, 2018, it was distributed in theatres around the country.

The movie earned nearly $80 million on a $10 million budget, making it A24’s second highest-grossing movie globally. It garnered high marks from critics who praised Colette’s acting and Aster’s direction in particular.

  • R (disturbing images, brief graphic nastiness, drug use, horrifying violence, and language).
  • Genre: Horror
  • English is the language of origin.
  • Animator: Ari Aster
  • Buddy Patrick, Lars Knudsen, and Kevin Scott Frakes are the producers.
  • Ari Aster, Author
  • In theatres on June 8, 2018.
  • Release date (streaming): September 4, 2018.
  • $44.1 million in domestic box office revenue
  • Duration: 2 hours and 7 minutes
  • Distributor: A24
  • Dolby Digital sound mix

10.THE WITCH–A NEW ENGLAND FOLKTALE:

In New England in 1630, William and Katherine attempt to live a pious Christian life while raising five children on their homestead at the brink of an impassable wilderness. The family starts to turn against one another as their new boy inexplicably disappears and their harvests collapse. The unsettling portrayal of a family falling apart due to their own misdeeds in “The Witch” makes them an easy target for an unfathomable evil.

  • R (graphic nastiness|heart-wrenching violent content)
  • Genre: Horror
  • English is the language of origin.
  • Robert Eggers was the director.
  • Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Daniel Bekerman, and Rodrigo Teixeira served as producers.
  • Robert Eggers, the author
  • The 19th of February, 2016 (Theatricals)
  • May 17, 2016 is the day of release (streaming).
  • Box office revenue of $25.1 million (US)
  • 1 hour & 32 minutes.
  • Distributor: A24

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