The Journey, by Tommy Wirkola (2021)
It’s the latest trend-buster, everyone is talking about it and they’re not wrong. Lars (Aksel Hennie) and Lisa (Noomi Rapace) are the protagonists of this film that already begins with an unexpected twist: marriage that goes wrong and goes to a cabin in the woods, which would be a reconciliation getaway, but this time hides other intentions as the personal plans of each of them is to kill their spouse. Surprise! And let’s go with the second twist, in the idyllic place they will meet more characters with lethal purposes.
The Street of Terror (Part 2: 1978), by Leigh Janiak.
In this film the burden of the story is held by Shadyside, that idyllic locality that hides a bloody and creepy secret that has been harassing its inhabitants for three hundred years. If the first installment was set in 1994, with this one we move to 1978, to Camp Nightwing, where the activities to be developed will be of the most gore, by necessity.
Maw of the Night, by Adam Randall (2021).
Benny (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) does not give credit to his luck, when in his job as a chauffeur, to get extra money and thus meet the expenses of an ordinary college student, two heart-stopping girls get into the car. Encouraged by the hope that the evening will turn into a festive erotic evening, he gives himself to his new clients who intend to count on him for their nightly fun, but in a more gastronomic way than the poor student longs for.
No One Is Getting Out of Here Alive, by Santiago Menghini (2021).
A story that exudes a certain taste for shattering the American dream, the plot could not be more disturbing: a Mexican immigrant arrives in Cleveland, after spending years caring for her ailing mother in Mexico, and after getting a subsistence job in a factory, ends up staying in a shabby boarding house. Unnerved by the cries of other guests and strange noises coming from the basement, she soon becomes aware that she may never leave.
Mama, by Andrés Muschietti (2013).
Or when the maternal instinct crosses borders and is pretty scary. Let’s set in the 2008 crisis, a businessman overwhelmed by debts and the economic situation decides to kill his partners, his wife and flee to a cabin in the woods with his two young daughters, where a strange figure will make him disappear too and take care of the little ones. Several years later, the girls’ uncle, together with his girlfriend, finally finds them after an arduous search since their disappearance. Completely wild, when they return to urban life and are treated by a specialist, it is discovered that the caring presence of the forest is still with them.
In the Tall Grass, by Vincenzo Natali (2019).
Who would hesitate to offer help to a screaming child? Well, that’s how this story begins in which the blade doesn’t let you see the field and you’d almost better not even look. Two siblings, she pregnant to give more tension if possible to the matter, get into the bush after hearing the screams of a child who has gone into it and seems lost. After several hours, they discover that getting out of there will not be easy and that not being found is their only chance to stay alive. Signed by our friend Stephen King.
Malasaña 32, by Alberto Pintó (2019).
Its 1976 setting may remind you of Cuéntame, but forget the Alcántara family and focus on Manolo, Candela, their three children and grandfather Fermín who arrive in Madrid with a suitcase full of dreams and a desire to progress. The party will not last long because in their new home, in Madrid’s Malasaña neighborhood, they are not alone. The movie is based on real facts, since ten murders had been reported in the same building since the 40s.
The House of 1000 Corpses, by Rob Zombie (2003)
We are before Rob Zombie’s homage to one of the most terrifying movies of all time: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Four young people cross the path of a family of moronic and psychopathic rednecks (but with a lot of charisma) the night before Halloween. As they try to survive the horror, they discover that they are not the first to fall into the trap.
Fright Night, by Tom Holland (1985)
An ’80s horror classic, Fright Night tells the story of a teenage horror movie fanatic who, from his window, watches as his new neighbor bites a girl in the neck. He has discovered that it is a vampire and worst of all, he is now going after him.
Babadook, by Jennifer Kent (2014).
If you are a single mother and your six-year-old son lives terrified by a monster that appears to him in dreams and threatens to kill you, it is normal that you lose your nerves a little. But if a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” appears in your house along with a sinister presence, it’s normal to start getting really scared.
We warn you: you’re just going to hear “Baa-baa-baa-dook-dook-dook-dook” everywhere.
Don’t Knock Twice, by Caradog W. James (2016).
When Chloe knocks on the door of the neighborhood house known as the ‘witch’s house’, she awakens a presence that begins to haunt her relentlessly. Her only chance will be the help of her mother, who has just regained custody of her and who moves between distrust and love for her daughter.
A troubled teenager, a guilt-ridden mother fresh out of rehab and an urban legend that speaks of a witch who takes children who knock on her door are three basic but very effective ingredients when it comes to making a movie full of scares.
The Ritual, by David Bruckner (2017).
After the death of one of them, a group of friends decide to take a trip through the mountains to pay tribute to their deceased friend. But a bad decision makes them enter a forest they wish they had never encountered.
With dreamlike touches and very creepy moments, ‘The Ritual’ makes it clear that not only teenage girls are the victims in scary movies.
Under the Shadow, by Babak Anvari (2016).
During the First Gulf War, a mother and daughter try to survive the horror of war in their Tehran home. But, as if a war wasn’t terrifying enough, the little girl is terrified by a ghost that appears in her nightmares and whose presence is becoming more and more noticeable in the house.
Get ready for lots of scares.
Insidious, by James Wan (2010)
A married couple and their three children arrive at their new home but everything goes wrong when one of the children suffers an accident and becomes comatose. From that moment on, strange phenomena begin to occur.
Bad vibes and scares for everyone. It also has a second part, ideal for a double session at home.
Sinister, by Scott Derrickson (2012).
It’s one thing to be a journalist and be inspired by real and macabre events to write successful novels and quite another to move with your family to the places where those events have happened to write about it. Especially when a family was murdered in the house in question and you find some tapes that give many clues about the crime.
Watch out for the VHS images that you see during the film: they make your hair stand on end. And there is also a second part although not so recommended.
Don’t Breathe, by Federico Álvarez (2016).
Fear, fear, fear… it doesn’t give. But anxiety, a lot. And is that sneaking into a blind man’s house to steal is not a good idea, especially when said man is a psychopathic ex-military man who has decided that those who have entered his house are not going to leave it.
The interplay between darkness and sound makes for plenty of scares and you’ll be hooked from the very first moment.
The Invitation, by Karyn Kusama (2015).
A group of old friends reunite at the home of a couple they haven’t seen in a while. Will, the hostess’s ex-husband, notices that something is not right from the beginning but, is it true that something is going on or is it just his paranoia?
Get ready for the most tense hour and a half of your life. Everything is so normal and so weird at the same time that your alarms are going to go off during the whole movie, just like the main character.
Hush, by Mike Flanagan (2016).
It’s normal for many writers to decide to go away to a secluded, quiet place to write, especially if they have an assignment due soon. What’s no longer normal is that in the middle of that solitude a killer tries to hunt you down in your own home. Horrible, isn’t it? Well, imagine what would happen if you were also deaf, like the protagonist.
You get to empathize a lot with the protagonist thanks to the moments of total silence in which we put ourselves in her place to see what it means not to have a sense like hearing in this extreme circumstance.
Verónica, by Paco Plaza (2017).
Based on the police attestation of the famous “Expediente Vallecas”, Verónica tells the story of the Madrid teenager who died in very strange circumstances after having done the Ouija board with her friends.
Watch it because, according to Netflix, it generates so much fear and anxiety that many users start it but few dare to finish it .
The Apostle, by Gareth Evans (2018).
Rescuing your sister from a cult has never been easy, but if you’re also in the year 1905, said cult is based on an island and is dedicated to performing quite wild rituals on a daily basis, things get very complicated.
It just premiered on Netflix and it’s so macabre and violent that it’s not recommended for all stomachs, girlfriend.
The Prophecy, by Richard Donner (1976).
Kathy Thorn gives birth to a stillborn baby and her husband hides the truth from her, replacing her child with an orphan boy. But the horror begins when on Damien’s fifth birthday, his nanny commits suicide. And when your child is the Antichrist, deaths become a common occurrence around you.
Horror classics are classics for a reason, and if there are creepy kids involved, all the more reason. Damien’s name is sure to ring a bell even if you haven’t seen the movie.
Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game (2017).
Jessie and Gerald are a mature married couple who travel to an isolated house with the intention of revitalizing their relationship in a secluded location. There, Gerald proposes a sexual game to his wife: handcuff her to the bed. But when she dies of a heart attack, Jessie will have to fight for her survival with her husband’s corpse on top of her.
In this twisted story, based on a story by Stephen King, psychology and the subconscious play a very important role, in addition to the fact that having to survive in these circumstances is horrible enough. With moments that make your hair stand on end, you’re going to freak out with the ending.
We are not alone, by Daniel Rodríguez Risco (2016).
From the first night she spends in her new home, Sofia, an 8-year-old girl, begins to be stalked by a presence that terrifies the little girl. The harassment becomes so violent that her parents decide to ask for help from a priest who tries to help them, but his presence only manages to make things worse.
Creep, by Patrick Kack-Brice (2014).
Aaron, overwhelmed because he is short of money, accepts a job offered by a stranger to film him during the day. The man wants to make a film for his unborn child, but his requests get stranger and stranger as the day progresses.
One of the many lessons we’ve learned from horror movies is that lonely cabins in the woods are NEVER a good idea.