This article will talk about some must watch horror movies, which are mere horror films on the surface but provide a much deeper message if we keep at it.
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, and even the most unrealistic/fancy movies have a sense of realism to them.
8 Must Watch Horror Movies That Gives Us Deeper Messages
Tumbbad – Greed
One of the most popular and must watch horror movies 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
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
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
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
Set amidst cults and satanic rituals, Pari speaks about the power of love, and 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
The recently released Bhoothakaalam is a subtle horror movie that presents itself through grief and a troubled mother-son relationship. Beautifully portrayed, the house they stay in manifests all their past losses, creating horror through the years of grief and how that starts to overpower them makes this one of the must watch horror movies.
13B: Fear Has a New Address – Obsession and Justice
Although it seems like a typical horror movie, as the film progresses, we see twists and turns, and it presents itself as a new horror story 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 is a story about Michael, a pizza delivery boy who doesn’t believe in the supernatural and one day gets trapped in a seemingly haunted house. Pizza beautifully explores the idea of the supernatural and how it shouldn’t be underestimated.
Which, according to you, are must watch horror movies? Let us know in the comments.