Five best folk horror films
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.