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Horror Movies Recommendations That Have Deeper Messages

Horror Movies Recommendations That Have Deeper Messages

Horror has always been one of the most popular genres among audiences. It often acts as an escape to this world of the supernatural, that we all have heard about since childhood and provides a kick to the viewers. Many times horror movies have a subtext, even the most unrealistic/fancy movies have a sense of realism to them.

This article will talk about such Indian horror films, which are mere horror films on the surface but provide a much deeper message if we keep at it. 


Horror Movies Recommendations That
Have Deeper Messages

Tumbbad – Greed

Tumbbad - Greed

One of the most popular films of the last decade, Tumbbad put us on the world map, especially in the world of horror films. The film, set in 1947, revolves around Vinayak Rao and how he goes down a path of greed that is successful at first but is the reason for his failure.  

Bulbbul – Patriarchy, and oppression of women

Bulbbul - Patriarchy, and oppression of women

A supernatural thriller, Bulbbul, is a story about a child bride, who grows into an enigmatic woman ruling over her household while hiding her tragic past. The film speaks about how women are often oppressed in the name of patriarchy and use the horror element to spread this message. 

Ghost stories (Dibakar Banerjee’s Segment) – Politics

Ghost stories (Dibakar Banerjee's Segment) - Politics

Dibakar Banerjee’s Segment in this anthology acts as a socio-visual horror and is a take on politics. It is a commentary on the fascist, totalitarian and majoritarian tendencies that people of a country might go through because of the political game. 

Chhorii – Female foeticide

Chhorii - Female foeticide

A story about an eight months pregnant Sakshi and how her world turns around after she moves to a secluded village. Chhorii perfectly gives a strong social message about the inhuman process of female infanticide and foeticide through the use of horror. 

Pari: Not a fairy tale – Power of love

Pari: Not a fairy tale - Power of love

Set amidst cults and satanic rituals, Pari speaks about the power of love; how love can transform anything into a better condition, no matter all the evilness it is surrounded by. 

Bhoothakaalam – Grief and a troubled mother-son relationship

Bhoothakaalam - Grief and a troubled mother-son relationship

The recently released Bhoothakaalam is a subtle horror story that presents itself through grief and a troubled mother-son relationship. Beautifully portrayed, the house they stay in is a manifestation of all their past losses, creating horror through the years of grief and how that starts to overpower them. 

13B: Fear Has a New Address – Obsession and Justice

13B: Fear Has a New Address - Obsession and Justice

Although it seems like a typical horror flick, as the film progresses we get to see twists and turns, and presents itself as a new horror story that is set amidst obsession; how obsession is dangerous when it crosses a limit. Not only this, but the film also focuses on how justice is always served to the perpetrator.

Pizza (2012) – Never underestimate the supernatural

Pizza (2012) - Never underestimate the supernatural

Pizza is a story about Michael, a pizza delivery boy who doesn’t believe in the supernatural and one day gets trapped in a house which is seemingly haunted. Pizza beautifully explores the idea of the supernatural and how it shouldn’t be underestimated. 

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