Hannah Richey, Editor-in-chief
“Rosemary’s Baby” is one of my favorite creepy horror movies. You pretty much know from early on how it’s going to end but have to watch Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse discover what’s in store for her at the end. That’s where the real horror comes in and that’s what makes it great.
“Rosemary’s Baby” is now streaming on Starz.
Celia Shepard, Chief Copyeditor
I’d have to say “Midsommar”, even if just for the very first sequence of the film. The first sequence is so terrifying in the way it introduces the audience to what is going on, then further builds up tension with the help of discordant music throughout the entirety of the eerie, slowly unraveling shot of the house. Florence Pugh portrays her character’s devastation so viscerally and it is fantastic.
“Midsommar” is now streaming on Amazon Prime and Kanopy.
Jhana Mosely, Reporter
I’d have to say my favorite scary tv show is “The Haunting at Hill House”. I love the way they address grief and terror while surrounding it around each member of the family. Each member of the family has a specific part to play in what happens to them and the underlying music, the lighting in the shots and the dialogue of the characters only adds to the unsteadiness and tension unraveling the main plot.
“The Haunting of Hill House” is now streaming on Netflix.
James Goodman, Video Editor
The original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” from 1956 is an excellent thriller. Instead of utilizing special effects, visuals and the common scary motifs we see in scary movies today, the film relies on its haunting plot as its main force. Its a classic, and a must-watch for anyone who likes scary movies.
“Invastion of the Body Snatchers” is now streaming on Amazon Prime, Paramount Plus, Kanopy and PlutoTV.
I’m a big fan of horror movies that don’t rely on cheap jump scares. “Us” and “The Shining” are movies that accomplish that feat effortlessly. The endings leave viewers in terror and on the edge of their seat.
“The Shining” is now available to stream on HBO Max.
Caleb Wood, Managing Editor
When it comes to horror movies, I find deeply unsettling to be better than more traditional attempts at all-out scary. To me, no movie does that better than the “The Innocents”. It’s an adaptation of Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw” and focuses on an nanny whose children she watches over start claiming they’re seeing ghosts. Unlike more recent adaptations of “The Turn of of the Screw”, this one finds its terror in a haunting ambiguity and disturbed psychological implications, and Deborah Kerr delivers as amazing a terrified performance you’ll find anywhere.
“The Innocents” is now available to stream on Criterion Channel.