Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
Horror is one of those genres that people tend to either love or hate. There are many classic horror movies out there that are widely agreed to be scary such as the Saw franchise (2004-), Stephen King's It (1990/2017), and Child's Play (1988).
However, there are also many horror movies out there that are regarded as silly or a waste of time. Audiences seem to be becoming more and more difficult to please. Horror movies tend to lack very famous and well-loved actors for this reason and rely on jumpscare tactics rather than creating a tense atmosphere, which is very difficult to do.
Although American Hollywood movies dominate the mainstream film industry, the United Kingdom has contributed its fair share of works across a huge variety of genres, including horror. If you would like to check out a movie that is genuinely frightening and has a British cast, take a look at these three recommended movies below.
1. Dog Soldiers (2002)
Despite having a lot of comedy moments, this 2002 British werewolf horror has some genuinely frightening scenes. It is also one of the goriest movies I have ever seen.
A couple is camping in the Scottish countryside when they are attacked by a strange, unknown monster, leaving only a wrecked tent and some blood behind. A few months later, an army platoon is stationed in the same woods for training, and they are attacked by the same beings that seem to come alive when the sun goes down.
The soldiers are stalked and attacked and are forced to defend themselves in a house with a local woman, where they must defend against the onslaught of these vicious creatures. Dog Soldiers is a fast-paced and extremely bloody movie that you'll have a hard time forgetting. The werewolves are really scary and some of the deaths are brutal without being over-the-top.
Most comedy horrors are parodies or lean more towards their funny side (such as Sean of the Dead), but Dog Soldiers delivers shocks and gore along with laughs from the entertaining and likable characters.
2. The Descent (2005)
The Descent delivers a great feeling of being trapped and stalked, which is exactly what happens to the six women explorers who venture down an unmarked cave.
Sarah is traumatized after the sudden death of her husband and daughter after a car accident. To help her get over her PTSD, her friends take her caving. They want to be the first to explore a brand new cave and have the chance to name it as "discovered." Things quickly turn sour during the descent, however, when they realise that they are not the first to arrive here.
The monsters in this movie are super scary and the moments when they are just subtly appearing in the background will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. The Descent 2 (2009), unfortunately, wasn't quite up to standard, but I highly recommend the first one.
3. The Ritual (2017)
I just checked out this brand new horror on Netflix, and it greatly exceeded my expectations. It is all about a lads' holiday gone badly wrong, with a shocking scene a few minutes in that brings the mood from partying fun to deep, sickening dread.
After the tragic death of their friend, four college friends reunite to hike in Sweden, something their deceased friend had always wanted to do and even suggested not long before he was murdered. When one of the friends injures his knee, they decide to take a shortcut back to their lodging through the forest, but something evil begins to stalk them.
If you have Netflix, definitely check this out. It was tense and had some great acting, and is far above most recent horror movies of its kind. It also had some amusing moments without taking away from the tension of the movie.
British films tend to have a different feel to American ones and are excellent to check out for a change of pace.
To enjoy a horror to its fullest, watch it at night with the lights off with snacks and a blanket! These three horror films are well worth watching, especially if you have a soft spot for British actors.
Have you seen any of these movies before? Which did you like the most?
© 2018 Poppy
Alexis on February 14, 2018:
I really loved the Descent and felt it captured psychological horror very well. However, the ending did maim my feelings towards the film as a whole, further maimed by the sequel.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 14, 2018:
I've not seen any of these films, but they sound really good.