Five best folk hor­ror films

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Folk hor­ror is (ap­pro­pri­ately) the genre that won’t die. Scary sto­ries that come out of the land have been with us for­ever. Here are five that mat­ter.

THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960) Ing­mar Bergman’s nasty drama sees a good man tak­ing re­venge on pass­ing thugs for the mur­der of his daugh­ter. In­spired Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left. Yes, it is hor­ror.

BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971) Com­piled from two in­ter­linked tales, Piers Hag­gard’s great, weird classic imag­ines Satan ooz­ing up through the soil in the af­ter­math of the English Civil War. Bad sex. Nasty rites.

WITCHFINDER GEN­ERAL (1968) Vin­cent Price (above) plays real-life witch-hunter Matthew Hop­kins, who ter­rorised the coun­try­side dur­ing Cromwell’s pu­ri­tan regime. What is it with folk hor­ror and this era?

KILL LIST (2011) Ben Wheat­ley pulled apart the Bri­tish folk hor­ror tra­di­tion in this tale of a hit-man be­ing lured into a ru­ral cult.

THE WICKER MAN (1973) The bad daddy of them all. Christo­pher Lee leads the weird cult on a re­mote Scot­tish is­land that un­does cop­per Ed­ward Wood­ward.

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