It’s easy to take a look at the state of horror cinema and say that its best days are behind it. It feels like a long time since the likes of David Cronenberg, Wes Craven and John Carpenter were creating instantly iconic movies in the genre.
Now, the genre seems full of a glut of below-par found footage movies and lame haunted house flicks. However, there are a number of people working in horror that stand a cut above the rest.
These people are the new “masters of horror” and they show that the genre still has a bright future. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema…
The Borderlands is a creepy, atmospheric British horror
Photo: Colin J Smith
This year, micro-budget British horror film The Borderlands made a real splash in cinemas. Despite its limited release, the dark, atmospheric tale of two priests and an agnostic techie sent to investigate paranormal goings-on in a church really affected audiences. The found footage premise sounds like it could have been copied and pasted from hundreds of identical movies, but The Borderlands works because of some excellently crafted scares.
As well as audiences, the film impressed critics. Noted horror junkie Mark Kermode said in a video blog that he even considered leaving the cinema because the film had so successfully got under his skin.
Jennifer Handorf, previously best known for her executive producer credit on The Devil’s Business, produced The Borderlands and spoke to The Popcorn Muncher about the state of British horror films in 2014.