Slashing through the snow: 4 horror films to watch this home-bound winter
There are numerous stay-at-home orders, curfews, quarantines, and similar restrictions that have been enforced globally in response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, if your country or territory is experiencing some sort of lockdown this winter season, we’ve crafted a list of home-bound horror films to help curb the spread of insanity. While there are hopes that 2021 will be a better year with plenty to look forward to, until then, why not indulge in some gruesome horror movies for the nights that you will be spending trapped inside?
The Shining (1980)
To our knowledge, there’s no other horror movie in existence that embodies the same stir-crazy character degeneration as in the popular flick, The Shining. Not only is this film one of the most famous time-honored classics within the genre, but it also perfectly encapsulates what many people will be feeling this home-bound winter — isolation, depression, and possibly even sensory deprivation. Needless to say, whether you enjoy spending more time at home or you’re a part of the larger community that’s itching to get back to the old normal, you can cozy up to your sanity this winter season by watching Jack Torrance slowly slip away into madness.
Stephen King is no stranger to winter-bound psychological thrillers which is why the movie, Misery, has also gained a place among our list of top horror films to watch during a snowstorm.
For those that aren’t familiar with the plot of this horror masterpiece, it follows the post-recovery of novelist Paul Sheldon after he’s rescued from a serious car crash by former nurse Annie Wilkes. What may look like a heroic act quickly turns into Sheldon’s worst nightmare, as Wilkes’ obsession over the character in his novel leads her to become increasingly controlling and violent.
30 Days of Night (2007)
While being forced to stay inside is one way that may shift a character closer to their point of insanity, have you ever fought off a band of blood-thirsty vampires during a month-long polar night — a phenomenon where there’s a month-long period of nightfall?
30 Days of Night follows the story of a group of townspeople preparing for 30-days of darkness, and while most of the residents head south, those left behind find themselves slaughtered by a horde of hungry vampires. Unprepared and unknowing of the terrors of the creatures who have come to the town of Barrow, a dwindling group of survivors must outlast the whiteout and make it until the sun can rise a whole month later.
The Thing (1982/2011)
Science fiction horror fans, rejoice! The Thing has clawed its way onto our list of films to enjoy amid the frigid temperatures. Whether you prefer the classic elements of the ‘80s original or the edgy appeal of a movie that was created in the last decade, the horror installment will make you happy that you have a place to isolate yourself.
The plot of this movie follows an Antarctic research team and their encounter with an alien force during the first week of winter. With the ability to assimilate to humans, both mentally and physically, each character struggles with the bitter chill of the weather as well as the burden of determining who is still human and who has turned into one of “the things”.
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