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10 Folk Horror Movies To Lead You Astray

Secret societies. Pagan evils. Ancient monsters. Be careful: these films might just bewitch you.

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It’s the spooky genre of the moment. But what is folk horror?

It all 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.

There are 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.

However you 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.

Recently, 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.

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