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Horror films can really be anything, which is more of a reflection on us as people and less on movie studios. It’s wonderful our fears can manifest themselves in such a variety of sub-genres but there’s nothing quite like dread.
A sensation unlike any other that’s filled and festering with the open wounds of our biggest fears and insecurities, just waiting to bubble and pop over the edges, and swallow any human bold enough to believe they’re immune.
All horror films are good but there’s just something so special about the films that take time to strain the strings on whatever that weird instrument is called that’s in every horror film (it’s called an Apprehension Engine, and it’s cool as hell), only letting them snap and whip off precisely when it’s time.
And that’s when people’s skin begins to metaphorically melt, exposing who they really are, or something sinister makes an appearance, changing everything. Slow burn horror films often come with a message or a lesson, and they always take their time to get it right.
These are the best slow burn horror films to watch if you’ve got the breath and heartbeats to spare.