A recent, laughable Vogue article (because clearly they are experts in horror films) got it all wrong a couple months back, when they complained that the horror genre was dead-in-the-water this year. On the contrary, 2018 has been one of the best years for the genre yet, which brought us many harrowing, immersive looks inside disturbing family trauma narratives, women and men seeking revenge, secretive serial killers, and a haunting coven of witches, just to name a few. If you missed a few of these because you were bombarded by the all-consuming Halloween (2018) and A Quiet Place press coverage this year, catch up on these quieter greats before the year is up. Many of these were not seen nor talked about nearly enough as they deserved to be. 2018 has been exceptionally good to us.
We seem to be in the throws of a trend in 2018: many of the greatest horror films that have been given to us this year have reflected on one of the scariest things that many of us will do– become parents. From A Quiet Place to Hereditary to even bits within the new Halloween, horror has taken a deep dive into just how horrifying it can be to raise our offspring. How much should we protect them? How much should we sacrifice of ourselves for them? At what point do we let them out into the world? Will our mistakes reflect upon their upbringings? Shudder’s exclusive The Witch in the Window is yet another well-done film that makes many of us think twice about starting families.