Have you ever caught yourself thinking that the horror movie you’re watching is not only scary but also looks fantastic? We don’t often use adjectives like “beautiful” or “wonderful” to describe the bloody mess that’s been going on the screen. Evil is evil, it can’t have any positive aspects!
Of course, it’s not true for all horror movies. Some of them hook you with a fascinating premise, others with a unique antagonist, and there those that combine the two with spectacular visuals, leaving the viewers awestruck.
Here are 7 most visually striking horror movies!
1. Mandy (2018)
One of the most recent titles on this list is Panos Cosmatos’s baby “Mandy,” starring Nick Cage. At first, it seems like this will be one of those wacky movies about weird cultists, but as the plot develops, you start understanding that nothing makes sense, this isn’t even our world, and “what the hell have the writers been smoking”? It’s not just a horror movie, it’s an experience.
2. The Neon Demon (2016)
When it comes to visuals, Nicolas Winding-Refn certainly has a knack for making his movies stand out. With a title like “The Neon Demon,” you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. It is bright, colorful, and not at all like any other horror flick.
3. It (2017-2019)
In 2017, Andy Muschietti gave us one of the creepiest and visually stunning horror reboots of all time – It. His play with colors (especially red), the symbolism hidden in almost every scene, and of course, the fantastic performance of the teen actors, made It a new staple of the modern horror movies. It: Chapter 2 did a lot of the same stuff, but for some reason, the final product falls flat. And yet visually it’s one of the best horrors ever!
4. The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick directed only one horror movie, and it was enough to make that movie one of the most iconic scary flicks ever. The Shining has a very distinct style, almost every scene in has become iconic, and the details that you may or may not notice on your 100th viewing usually go unappreciated.
5. The Exorcist (1973)
This cult classic does not need an introduction. The visuals may not have been as clean as in the modern movies, but that’s what made the Exorcist unique. They’ve been ingrained into our brains!
6. Suspiria (2018)
It’s the year 1977. American girl named Suzy comes to a small ballet school somewhere in Germany. Soon after that, she discovers that witches and black magic rule the lives of the dancers. Is it the all-time visually most fascinating horror movie? Probably. The gory scenes alone make me wake up at night in cold sweat. If anything, it’s definitely one of the most memorable films I’ve ever seen.
7. Alien (1979)
And finally on the very top (in my opinion) is the sci-fi horror classic Alien. Everything from the design of the uncanny Xenomorph by H.R Giger, to ship props, and androids screams “masterpiece”. And it 100% is a work of pure art. Out of all the sci-fi horrors, only a handful are lucky enough to call themselves iconic, and Alien is one of them.