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Four must-see modern day Horror films

By Donna Bridgman

Join us each month where a different member of our team here at the Ambassadors Cinemas, Woking will be taking over our blog spot and bringing you their exciting feature, from top film picks, to a day in the life of a projectionist, there will be something for everyone. October sees Matthew King sharing his four all time favourite modern day horror films!

Name: Matthew King

Position: Projectionist

All Time Favourite Film: Pan's Labyrinth

Which actor would play you in the story of your life: Tom Hiddleston

Halloween is upon us once again, often being the time to reflect on the history of horror films. However, the classics have been recommended to death so rather than reanimate old favourites, I am recommending my top four in the new generation of horror classics. View this collection of horrors and spooks as a road map to a more frightening and enlightening Halloween. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

28 Days Later - The Game Changer

Directed by: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston

28 Days Later
introduces us to a coma patient who awakens to find a world devoid of life. The audience discovers a world of horror and despair as our hero attempts to come to terms with a world of harsh truths and loss. This film redefines the zombie genre and pushes the zombie horror staple from the fear of being devoured by a shuffling horde who would only ever catch you if they got down to some proper cardio training, to a bone chilling adrenaline fueled sprint of gore and horror. With truly British grit the film questions which is worst monsters or people and completely changes the way we fear the genre. If you like horror films and have not seen this classic then you should sit down with the lights off, sound up, a pillow for cover and start rediscovering terror.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose - Horror to make you think

Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo

The Exorcism of Emily Rose follows the trial of a priest who is accused of murder after a girl he performed an exorcism on dies. In this film we follow his defense attorney as she takes on the career killing case which is more than she bargained for. Emily Rose takes the themes of possession as presented in the Exorcist and questions the validity of the whole concept. This suspenseful balance of scientific inquiry and supernatural belief takes you from believer to atheist and right back again. It is a true journey of a film with well developed characters dealing with horrific circumstances. The first time I watched this film I was terrified and intrigued in equal measure and have watched it again and again trying to decide on which side of the argument I fall. A far more thoughtful addition to the horror genre than many others and highly underrated.

Dog Soldiers - For the fun of it

Directed by: Neil Marshall
Starring: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby

Dog Soldiers follows a group of soldiers out on a training exercise in the highlands of Scotland who find themselves very much in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our heroes take refuge in a convenient cottage and struggle to survive the night against a brutal werewolf pack. The film, whilst not original makes up for this with fantastically witty dialogue and tremendous amounts of gore. Fantastic fun with surprising twists, an instant cult classic that any horror buff should add to their collection as soon as possible. I love this film!

The Cabin in the Woods - Whedon is King

Directed by: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison

Finally, The Cabin in the Woods; my favourite. Though initially the films seems to follow the conventional teen weekend of debauchery in the woods it soon develops into a much further reaching horror epic, humanised with classic Whedon wit and wisdom. The film benefits from the gravitas and styling Whedon brings to a production and leads you down a path you never would have expected from any horror film. I dare not reveal too much as the point is to be taken by surprise with every other scene as the plot almost literally thickens. Needless to say I love this film; I love its sense of humour, its story, its twists and its characters. It manages to ask many questions about the archetypes of the genre, people, morality and who really should die first in a horror film whilst remaining smooth, entertaining and full of classic horror. A must see for Whedon fans, horror fans and a fantastic choice for Halloween viewing!

Join us at the Ambassdors Cinemas, Woking for the Halloween films of the year including Ouija, Annabelle, and Nightcrawler.

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