Halloween may be far away, but a nice horror movie is a great idea to spend the weekend. On this list, you will find the most iconic British horror films that have pushed the envelope in more ways than one. Now Britain may not be as closely associated with the said genre as countries like Japan and the United States, the British have held their own in terms of creating their own brand of horror movies.
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1. The Descent (2005)
The Descent (2005) is a tense and absolutely terrifying watch. It follows an all-female explore team trying to make it out of an underground cave. But the natural elements prove to be the least of their worries, as cannibalistic humanoids lurk around the corner and attack them one by one.
Undoubtedly, the one thing that makes this movie such a big scare is that unnerving feeling of claustrophobia combined with the fear of the dark. It has enough thrills to put you at the edge of your seat, making it one film you won’t ever forget.
2. The Woman in Black (2012)
In one of Daniel Radcliffe‘s post Harry Potter roles, he plays Arthur Kipps, a lawyer who investigates a deceased man’s property only to realize that something far more sinister is going on. This was actually a remake of the novel by Susan Hill of the same name.
The whole movie has that undeniable old British charm to it, and is praised for its use of chills to scare the audience instead of gore. It went on to have a sequel without Radcliffe but failed to get the same positive response as its predecessor.
3. 28 Days Later (2002)
The movie 28 Days Later is often described as one of the finest post-apocalyptic or zombie movies ever made. It came out during a time when teen slasher films were rampant and movie plot lines were rather dull. The stylish film opens with Jim (played by Cillian Murphy) waking up to a vacant London. That shot alone is enough to draw in audiences, as not many people can envision the bustling streets of the big city to ever get empty.
Surprisingly, though, it is not the zombies that provide the most horrors throughout the movie as director Danny Boyle places the spotlight on a shattered society and how terrifying the thought of having power hungry men run a post-apocalyptic world. This is another movie that was successful enough to generate its own prequel, but like The Woman in Black, it failed to capture the same cinematic experience as the first film.
4. Hellraiser (1987)
The film’s main antagonist, Pinhead, has been popular for several decades and has found himself in several “most terrifying villains” list around the Internet. Certainly, anyone who has seen this terrifying movie knows just how unsettling it was watching Pinhead rise for the first time and its legacy has helped shape the horror industry to date.
For those of you who have not seen the film, it is all about a man who unwillingly gets involved with an alternate dimension ruled by Pinhead himself. Hellraiser is definitely not for the faint of heart because even if it is an old movie, many viewers continue to find some scenes quite unsettling.
5. Dracula (1958)
Dracula, which starred the late Christoper Lee as the titular character, is not the first British film that features vampires, but it remains to be the most iconic of the bunch. The movie gained box-office success for its naturally terrifying nature and it continues to be one of the most fearful movies featuring the supernatural icon.
6. Wicker Man (1973)
Not to be confused with that disastrous Nicolas Cage remake, the original Wicker Man has to be the most terrifying British movie throughout cinematic history. It does not rely on terrifying jump scares, zombies, or nightmare-inducing villains but more on the mystery that surrounds the plot. The protagonist, Sergeant Howie, investigates the disappearance of a lost child only to find himself caught up in the middle of a cult with questionable practices.
Now one would think that the 2002 remake with Cage would fare just as well as the original, but that was not the case. The movie was heavily criticized and failed to do well in the box office, proving that some film classics, especially British ones, do not require overseas remake at all.