spooky genre of the moment. But what is folk horror?
revolves around a fear of “ancient ways” – religions, myths and rituals that should
be long dead, which are revived to bring about a terrifying horror. These old
ways are intrinsically tied to the setting, and the people who live there. The
folk, if you will.
many ways to represent folk horror.
It could be
a mythical creature that stalks the woods, something the locals warn the
protagonist about, but they promptly ignore. Or a secluded community that live
life in an ancient and disturbing way. Maybe it’s set in modern society, with a
group of people returning to the old ways of their ancestors to wreak havoc on
the new world.
slice it, folk horror is in vogue right now. But it
isn’t a new thing – the genre created itself in the ‘70s with a group of films
set in rural England that explored the horrors of paganism.
it’s had a resurgence that’s kicked away any dated tropes and explored an area
of horror that covers viewers in a cold sweat.
Read on to
discover the classic old movies, the creepy new films, and the very ancient
evils that lurk in the picturesque countryside.