Okay, so unless you don’t turn on your TV, listen to the radio or go on any form of social media, you’ve probably noticed that the new but insightful horror film, Get Out is causing a bit of a buzz within the movie world. Considering it was only released in February, the movie has already smashed box-office records and has so far earned more than $100 million in ticket sales. Wowza. But if you’ve just gone to see the movie and are now craving more, take a look at 8 classic horror films you should watch after Get Out.
The Wicker Man (1973)
The Wicker Man and Get Out definitely have a few similarities. Both of their heroes wander into some odd little communities, with some pretty odd people and some ominous events (we won’t say too much if you haven’t watched the movie yet). The protagonist of The Wicker Man is a detective who goes to investigate the disappearance of a young girl at a commune on a little island. Long-story-short, some weird things happen, and everything gets a bit creepy. Let’s just say the inhabitants bring the fire…
People Under the Stairs (1991)
I mean, even the title is pretty creepy. Who are these people? Are they meant to be under the stairs? Or is it more Harry-Potter-under-the-stairs? Well, because it’s classed as a horror movie it’s definitely not the latter. This movie follows a young black ‘street kid’ who tries to get his way out of a house of horrors full of deviant white folk. Although it’s pretty scary, it also makes you think and focuses on class divide and tackles the issue of race.
If you want to have nightmares about bees (you’ll get what we mean after you watch it), then Candyman is your film. But don’t be fooled by its playful title – it’s far from it. This film follows the life of a white researcher, researching the lives of low-income black communities. But because it’s a horror movie, something always has to go wrong. In this case, the neighborhood is haunted by a madman with a hook for a hand, who died because of his love for a white woman.
Kill List (2011)
If you want a more recent movie, then Kill List was released in 2011, for all of your viewing horrors. This British film will fill your eyes with violence, gore, darkness and will genuinely blow your mind – especially with that ending. The story delves into the secrets and games of secret societies that are known for their horrific, graphic and surreptitious behavior. A definite must-see.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
It seems as if Get Out took a lot of its inspiration from this film – especially with the title. When this movie was first released, the phrase ‘Get Out!’ was splashed all over its posters because that is essentially the concept for this movie. It is your typical family-move-into-haunted-house story, and it’s fair to say it gets pretty horrific. The demonic forces involved definitely don’t make their lives easier – or for the viewers. You’ll need to sleep with the lights on, that’s for sure…
The Stepford Wives (1975 or 2004)
We’ve given you two options for this one because we really can’t decide which one is best… or worst. The Stepford Wives movies are based on the novel, Rosemary’s Baby, written by Ira Levin and deals with a young housewife who slowly but surely comes to the conclusion that something is not quite right with the women around her in Stepford. We won’t spoil it for you, but there’s something dodgy going on.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 or 1978)
This movie is also based on a novel by Jack Finney and focuses on paranoia – are you going crazy or is it everyone around you that is going crazy? These two adaptations share the same story, where the main character meets up with a group of friends for dinner and a movie, before realizing that something isn’t quite right. Is it them… or is it you? This thought will drive you mad.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
If you haven’t seen The Silence of the Lambs, well, shame on you. This movie is an absolute classic and a definite one to watch after Get Out. This movie follows an F.B.I agent who is investigating the serial killer/psychologist/cannibal, Hannibal Lecter. There’s a lot of gore; there’s a lot of jumpy moments, there’s a lot of ‘huh?’ moments, it really makes you think, and it’s just a great film.