Horror and thrillers
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
John Landis wrote and directed this film about a pair of American students who are attacked by a strange creature while backpacking through England, setting off a terrifying chain of events. The film was a surprise hit at the box office and impressed critics with its unique spin on classic werewolf stories. While the film is widely regarded as one of the best horror movies ever made, the real star of the movie is arguably the makeup effects created by special effects artist Rick Baker, whose work on the film prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give the film the very first Academy Award in the “Best Makeup” category — earning the film a place in Hollywood history.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Directed, co-written, and co-starring John Krasinski, A Quiet Place follows a family trying to survive after a race of alien creatures with hypersensitive hearing have eliminated much of humanity. Their efforts to live a normal life amid the ever-present threat of terrifying predators who can hear the slightest sound ratchets up the tension to nail-biting levels, and you’re likely to find yourself stifling your own screams in keeping with the film’s theme. Krasinski’s wife, Emily Blunt, co-stars in the film and received significant acclaim for her performance, including a Screen Actors Guild Award.
It Comes at Night (2017)
It Comes at Night begins with a familiar horror premise: An outbreak has ravaged humanity, and the survivors must scavenge for supplies among the ruins of society. Paul (Joel Edgerton), Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), and their son, Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), live in a house in the woods, cut off from the world at large. The world intrudes on their lives in the form of Will (Christopher Abbott), who stumbles upon their house and offers food in exchange for shelter for himself and his family. Will, his wife, Kim (Riley Keough), and their young son, Andrew (Griffin Robert Faulkner), move in, and the two families maintain a cautious peace. As the nights pass and strange occurrences plague the house, problems arise. It Comes at Night is a tense film in which the ordinary humans are as scary as whatever lurks outside their door.