There are lightweight horror fans who like to see the mainstream slashers and the occasional psychological thriller. Then, there are those who appreciate the darker side of horror, the kind of underbelly that only true fans are ready to dive into. Those of us who dare venture into that terrifying abyss know that what awaits us is nothing short of the most grim, violent, and horrifying visions that cinema can offer. Hopes Die Last‘s Marco Mantovani is one of these fans. To show his knowledge of such films, he has put together a list of 10 Horror Films That Have No Hope. Check it out below.
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1:”THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS”
A classic. We love the character of Hannibal Lecter, a mash up of various existing serial killers. We are enchanted by the way he embodies a pure, sick and terrible evil, in contrast with huge human qualities such as sense of universal justice and deep culture.
2:”28 DAYS LATER”
One of Danny Boyle’s masterpiece, which has reinvented the zombie’s image, putting it into a scientific and social context.
It’s gory: an overdose of bloody violence. But it’s an involving and genuinely scary epic too.
3:”A SERBIAN FILM”
A sort of snuff-movie. Extreme and with an underground taste.
It destroys every ethical boundary. And it’s strongly recommended to ruthless people who can bear the sight of very brutal images.
But apart from the story itself, it’s also very interesting to see how the director dealt with a deep socio-political criticism towards the Serbian government and the general economic crisis.
A sick and suffocating movie, which digs into the deepest meanders of the human fears and psychosis. We too adore Lars Von Trier’s photography, it’s pure visual poetry.
5:”FROM DUSK TILL DAWN”
A B-movie like horror movie, directed by two of our favorite directors: Rodriguez and Tarantino, who have been the ones we’ve taken inspiration from, when we’ve conceived our concept-videos.
Another trash masterpiece by Rodriguez, who plays with elements taken from the ’70s horror movies’ style. We love the pulp genre, it’s bloody and comical at the same time.
A new French generation’s creepy horror movie. Borderline, brutal, and with a religious-philosophical implication.
One of David Fincher’s thriller masterpieces. An incredible cast and a breathtaking ending.
9:”HOUSE OF 1000 CORPES”
Rob Zombie first work as a director, taking his cue from such 1970s horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes. An insane attempt to go celluloid that generated this cartoonishly grotesque, funny and hallucinated b-movie.
Not a proper horror film, but this Korean movie is very harsh and rough. The ending is a real stab in the stomach and a punch in the face.