10 Horror Movies That Put Insane Effort Into Details Nobody Noticed

The Devil's in the details...

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Horror films have fought for mainstream acceptance since the birth of cinema. Consistently undervalued and ignored by both academics and the Academy alike, the genre has more to offer artistically and intellectually than most know or are prepared to admit. Horror films are also survivors and like their monsters, no matter how many times you shoot them, they JUST. WON'T. DIE.

There has been a continuous run of exceptional horror in the last decade; Hereditary, Get Out and It Follows are just three of the many stylish, reflective and downright bloody scary highlights in comparatively recent times. Combine that with the never ending supply of Easter Egg hunters and quality movie-makers who are only too willing to sneak them in, and there's a ludicrous amount of detail going into horror films that can be missed in a heartbeat

Contemporary directors such as Ari Aster, Luca Guadagnino and Jennifer Kent have all used techniques learned from William Friedkin and Stanley Kubrick to keep conventional movie buffs happy, but now horror comes with a whole new level of geek pleasure. Hidden figures, numerology, maze-like sets, homages and imperceptible sounds all add to the terror, there's just a great deal more than you might have first thought. These efforts are insane...

10. Doctor Sleep - The Perfect Shining Replicas 

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Doctor Sleep was made by a brave man. The Shining, its literary and cinematic predecessor, is perhaps the most culturally important film to embrace the horror genre. Author Stephen King's dislike for Kubrick's thematic departure did not slow the success of the movie or prevent King from penning a sequel.

The real surprise came when King acquiesced to public opinion - Kubrick's version is accepted canon and King realised that success would only come from embracing both sources.

Directed and written by Mike Flanagan, Doctor Sleep depicts the life of the now adult and alcoholic Danny Torrence, originally played by child actor Daniel Lloyd and now by Ewan McGregor. Flanagan himself is no stranger to the genre either, having directed the standout House On Haunted Hill and its second iteration, The Haunting Of Bly Manor.

Flanagan does not disappoint, stylistically at least; the Overlook Hotel is recreated in stunning detail that all but the most keen-eyed might miss. Dr. Dalton's office, in which Danny is interviewed for the orderly position, is an exact replica of Mr. Ullman's office in the Overlook, where Jack Nicholson was interviewed for the caretaker's job, right down to the paint colour and the small American flag on the right side of the desk.

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