7 Slow-Burn Horrors With Gripping Suspense (Hitchcock Didn’t Make the List)

7 Slow-Burn Horrors With Gripping Suspense (Hitchcock Didn’t Make the List)
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These gems will keep you on edge till the very bitter end!

There are horror movies that don’t dive straight into the most frightening parts with all those jumpscares, loud sounds and rivers of blood. On the contrary, they set a chilling atmosphere of danger coming to swallow the characters and create a never-ending sense of unease quite slowly through perfectly developing suspense.

Here are 7 slow-burn horror must-watches, handpicked by Reddit.

  1. The Wicker Man (1973)

First comes the cultish genre’s staple that follows a Christian detective during the investigation of the disappearance of a pagan tribe’s girl. It creates a very unsettling and even paranoidal atmosphere by blending mythical elements with onscreen reality.

  1. Funny Games (2007)

Naomi Watts and Tim Roth ’s psychological horror is a perfect example of a movie that takes time for the full extent of the terror to be revealed on screen. It focuses on a couple who get captured and tormented by two young criminals on their vacation.

  1. The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)

The story of two girls (played Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka) who are forced to face a mysterious evil force that appeared at their boarding school over winter break is indeed worth-watching for the lovers of the slow-burning horror roller coasters.

  1. The Ritual (2017)

“You never see what's wrong for a while,” says Redditor @Peeeing_ about this supernatural folk feature.

Yes, it’ll take time to realize that an onscreen group of friends is yet to meet an ancient evil creature during their innocent hiking vacation.

  1. The Lodge (2019)

Next Reddit’s choice is a lesser known film, following a woman who is left alone with her fiancé's children at their rural lodge during Christmas. The movie gradually puts more and more suspense by showing a number of unexplained events happening to them.

  1. The Shining (1980)

Adapted from Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick’s timeless masterpiece about a writer who accepts a new position as the off-season caretaker of the luxurious hotel offers a gradually growing level of fear of waiting for the mysterious place to release its demons.

  1. Speak No Evil (2022)

“One of the most uncomfortable movies to sit through, admits @darwinDMG08, speaking of this movie.

Indeed, the story of a creepy couple hosting their friends and then testing their limits in an isolated country house will totally creep you out.

Source: Reddit