We’re back with round 2 of pseudo-psychic insights into your personality based on your favorite A24 horror film!
A24 has so many awesome and weird horror films, we had to split this into two parts! Check out the first part of this miniseries here and dive into what the second half of their horror repertoire says about you (plus a couple of recommendations for what to watch next).
another fun fact: after a few small tv roles, anya was offered to star both in a disney channel pilot and ‘the witch.’ she decided to choose the latter because she had a good feeling about it that made her “willing to forego the disney experience.” pic.twitter.com/LK1C4R26nq
— hourly anya taylor-joy (@everyhouranya) April 16, 2023
I’ve already gushed plenty about Robert Egger’s feature directorial debut, but I can do it again! The Witch (2015) follows a crumbling family in early colonial America, banished from their community for living in sin. The Puritans quickly devolve into mistrust, lies, and accusations of witchcraft following their baby’s tragic disappearance. This film is the spectacular feature debut of Anya Taylor Joy as our misunderstood teenage protagonist, Thomasin. Although a bit hard to decipher with the accurate dialect of the time, this film is a despicable display of flawed humanity and is grippingly distressing.
If The Witch is your favorite, you probably have religious trauma, or trust issues at the very least. You love your found family above all else and maybe want to live a little more deliciously than your current circumstances allow. You’re a misunderstood and underrated beautiful soul in need of an understanding friend group. Pray for anyone who tries to damn you.
The Witch is currently streaming on HBO Max.
What You’ll Like: Saint Maud (2019), Carrie (1976)
Saint Maud rocked my world. Amazing debut from the director https://t.co/FoAYC7MIhw pic.twitter.com/lngSCuWhj4
— .380 ACP (@SHOTGUNMARY6) April 15, 2023
Haunting religious themes are all over A24’s filmography, and Saint Maud (2019) is exemplary. This film follows a nurse hired to care for a terminally ill woman in her home. She’s plagued with past trauma from her previous job in a hospital and has since turned to God in an attempt to find purpose and healing. Unfortunately, her faith continually darkens, pushing her into righteous self-harm and saviorism. Saint Maud has you questioning your own connection to reality and gasping as Maud (played spectacularly by Morfydd Clark) falls deeper and deeper into her own damage.
If Saint Maud is your favorite, you love being on the edge of your seat. Your favorite part of horror is the degradation of the human condition in terrifyingly possible ways. You may have had points in your life where you felt completely out of control and grasped at anything to find solace (although you probably have avoided coating yourself in acetone). You have a complicated relationship with religion or may simply find yourself empathizing with Maud’s dying ward; either way, you forge your own path based on what you think is right.
Saint Maud is currently streaming on Prime Video and Paramount+.
What You’ll Like: The Exorcist (1973), The Platform (2020)
Hereditary (2018) pic.twitter.com/SumJIFThnj
— CINEMA 505 (@CINEMA505) April 14, 2023
Often heralded as the elevated horror film, Ari Aster’s feature directorial debut took the genre by storm. I have also gushed about this film as a must-watch if you can stomach it. Hereditary (2018) follows a family absolutely gutted by tragedy and grief. The entire cast puts on a deeply unsettling show of what death does to a family, especially when untouched trauma already rests beneath the surface. This film kept me up for weeks with the lights on and set the bar incredibly high for resonating themes in horror.
If Hereditary is your favorite, you are definitely not alone! You probably have generational trauma to work through or a loss of your own that this film brought you right back to. Horror at its best sticks with you for a long time after watching; it takes the most unthinkable outcome of a common experience and reminds you every time you do something as simple as driving at night. Maybe you were a neglected child in a family where everyone definitely needs therapy. Wherever you come from, you know to stay far, far away from seances.
Hereditary is currently streaming on HBO Max.
What You’ll Like: Midsommar (2019), The Conjuring (2013)
mia goth was born to play maxine minx and pearl pic.twitter.com/Rq5NsevCyN https://t.co/pRJKH6YIEX
— vanesa (@gothbians) April 17, 2023
Pearl (2022) is a prequel to the sex positive slasher, X. A deep dive into the first film’s antagonist (the titular Pearl, played by horror’s newest darling, Mia Goth), this movie is almost nothing like its predecessor. It goes back in time to the roots of Pearl’s trauma during The Great War, exploring her hostile and complex relationship with her strict and overbearing mother and disabled father, along with her burgeoning sexuality and thirst for blood and control. It’s a well-acted slow burn with plenty of graphic kills to win over the crowd who loved the first one.
If Pearl is your favorite, you love a girl boss, and you love a good monologue. You are no stranger to empathizing with villains, especially when they have as much magnetic star power and confidence as Pearl. You love a dramatic story with grounded themes in family and wanting more for yourself (and the pain of never getting it). You definitely believe that Mia Goth was robbed of an Oscar nomination for this film and that, just like Pearl, she deserves to be a star.
Pearl is currently rentable on Redbox, Prime Video, and Apple TV.
What You’ll Like: The Invisible Man (2020), Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
watching The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. no movie has gotten the American “upper middle class” quite as right as this one. everybody in this movie is utterly, viscerally insane and acts exactly like my parents’ friends
— publick universal imouto (@ultrafuturist) April 10, 2023
Teetering on the edge of psychological thriller and horror, The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) is best summed up as unsettling. Based on a Greek myth, the film follows a recovering alcoholic surgeon’s family as a strange young man demands sacrifice for the father’s past mistakes. We watch a family’s humanity fall away in hopes that their lives will be spared in the man’s sadistic, omnipotent plan. Full of Yorgos Lanthismos’ signature unnerving monotone directing style, The Killing of a Sacred Deer keeps you stressed for the entire 2-hour runtime.
If The Killing of a Sacred Deer is your favorite, you love psychological terror. A villain is at their scariest when they push on the buttons that activate our primal survival instinct, not through violent knife-waving but through methodical emotional devastation. You can suspend your disbelief for long stretches if it means you’ll be taken on a powerful ride through a unique narrative. You also probably flocked to The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) last year because of Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is currently streaming on Showtime.
What You’ll Like: Mother! (2017), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
@a24 Recess at A24 Elementary #MEN #rorykinnear #jessiebuckley #alexgarland #a24 #filmtok ♬ original sound – A24
Men (2022) is Alex Garland’s third directorial effort, following his stunning sci-fi hits Ex Machina (2014) and Annihilation (2018). It features impressive performances from Jessie Buckley as the increasingly tormented Harper and Rory Kinnear as nearly every single male character. The film personifies the horrors of the patriarchy in a microcosm of a home-for-rent in the beautiful hills of the United Kingdom, currently occupied by a writer getting away from a recent loss. With disgusting CGI and yelling-at-the-screen tension, Men is certainly a spectacle to behold.
If Men is your favorite, you certainly have interesting taste. You absolutely love symbolism and will enjoy a film even if its narrative isn’t the most straightforward. It’s about the puzzle and the beauty of it all! Horror is artful, and complex, and makes you afraid to leave your house in case men decide to continually give birth on your doorstep.
Men is currently streaming on Showtime.
What You’ll Like: The Shining (1980), Donnie Darko (2001)
I know A24 will continue to push out bangers that redefine the horror genre, for better or for worse. I can’t wait to see where the production company brings us next (I’m looking at you, Beau is Afraid!).