Get ready to immerse yourself in a world where every scream is a work of art and every shadow tells a story. Join us as we unveil the mysterious, the haunting, and the visually mesmerizing—15 aesthetic horror movies you should not miss today.
15 aesthetic horror movies you should not miss
“A CURE FOR WELLNESS” – 2016
In 2016, director Gore Verbinski unveiled “A Cure for Wellness,” a psychological horror film featuring Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, and Mia Goth in prominent roles. The narrative centers on an ambitious young executive, portrayed by Dane DeHaan, dispatched to retrieve his company’s CEO from a mysterious wellness center nestled in the Swiss Alps. Delving into the spa’s unconventional treatments, he unravels sinister secrets shrouding the facility.
Gore Verbinski, renowned for his work on the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, infuses his distinctive visual style into ‘A Cure for Wellness.‘ This film, blending horror, mystery, and psychological thriller elements, delivers a visually striking and atmospheric journey. The eerie ambiance and intricate storytelling contribute to the film’s unsettling and immersive allure.
While “A Cure for Wellness” garnered mixed reviews, drawing acclaim for its visuals and atmosphere but facing criticism for its length and narrative complexity, it has found a cult following for its unique take on the horror genre. “A Cure for Wellness” is available for stream on Disney+ Germany.
“TALK TO ME” – 2023
“Talk to Me” is a captivating horror film directed by Australian brothers Danny Philippou and Michael Philippou. The movie features Sophie Wilde as Mia, a grieving teenager trying to find connection after her mother’s death. Filled with yearning and shocking moments, the film offers remarkable practical effects and a haunting narrative. It explores Mia’s longing for connection and introduces an eerie game at a house party that changes everything. With a unique blend of spooky and sad moments, “Talk to Me” is a must-watch for Halloween.
“THE PERFECTION” – 2018
Allison Williams and Logan Browning take the stage in the spine-tingling horror thriller ‘The Perfection,’ skillfully directed by Richard Shepard. In this chilling tale, Charlotte, grappling with her mother’s passing, seizes a scholarship to return to a prestigious music school. The plot thickens when Anton, a renowned instructor, invites her to join him in Shanghai, where the virtuoso cellist Lizzie, under Anton’s guidance, is primed for success in a music competition. As the two exceptionally talented cellists join forces for a concert, their connection transcends the bounds of friendship. However, amidst their musical journey through China, a nightmarish incident unfolds, catapulting them into a harrowing spiral of events. For an unnerving Halloween experience, ‘The Perfection’ is a must-watch, available for streaming on Netflix, promising a suspenseful and thrilling night.
“SUSPIRIA” – 2018
In 1977, Dario Argento directed “Suspiria,” a horror film that has become renowned for its stylish direction, visually impressive aesthetics, and a gripping soundtrack by Goblin. Fast forward to 2018, and Luca Guadagnino helmed a remake that retained the core premise while expanding the plot and delving into deeper character development. The story follows Suzy Bannion, played by Jessica Harper in the original and Dakota Johnson in the remake, an American ballet student who journeys to Germany to join a prestigious dance academy. Unbeknownst to her, the academy harbors dark secrets, and as mysterious incidents and gruesome murders unfold, Suzy becomes ensnared in a world of witchcraft and occult rituals. The 2018 remake boasts notable actors, including Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Mia Goth. “Suspiria” is celebrated for its distinctive atmosphere, intense visual elements, and an eerie soundtrack, securing its enduring place in the history of horror cinema – available on Amazon Prime Video.
“LAST NIGHT IN SOHO” – 2021
Young fashion enthusiast Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) has recently moved to London to pursue her passion for fashion design. While her fellow students indulge in parties, the overwhelmed Eloise escapes into the London of the Swinging Sixties, experiencing the nightlife and leading a parallel life as the young Sandy (Anya Taylor-Joy). Along the way, she encounters the seductive manager Jack (Matt Smith). However, the romanticized sixties are not as idyllic as they seem. Director Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”) showcases Anya Taylor-Joy in 1960s London, with Thomasin McKenzie perfectly cast in the lead role. Eloise experiences visions from the 1960s, embodying Sandy and soon realizing that the seemingly romanticized era has its dark sides. “Last Night in Soho” serves as a cautionary tale against nostalgic idealization of the “good old times,” blending visual and musical delights with a haunting narrative and is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
“A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT” – 2014
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” emerges as a stylish and unconventional film. Unfolding in the fictional Iranian ghost town of Bad City, the narrative centers around an enigmatic vampire (Sheila Vand) gracefully traversing the desolate streets under the night sky. Melding elements of Westerns, horror, and romance, the film presents a distinctive and atmospheric interpretation of the vampire genre. The black-and-white cinematography further enriches the film, capturing both the haunting solitude of Bad City and the entrancing aura of the vampire. Exploring themes of loneliness, morality, and the intricate facets of human connection, the film benefits from Sheila Vand’s portrayal of the vampire as a silent and mysterious figure, amplifying the enigma that permeates the story. Released in 2014, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” garnered acclaim for its innovative approach, captivating visuals, and its successful blend of diverse genres. It stands out for its departure from traditional vampire tropes, delivering a refreshing and thought-provoking cinematic experience. Now available for streaming on MUBI Germany.
“THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER” – 2017
In 2017, Yorgos Lanthimos directed “The Killing of a Sacred Deer“, a psychological horror-drama that plunges into the unsettling story of Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), a respected heart surgeon entwined in an uneasy friendship with a young man named Martin (Barry Keoghan). The narrative takes a sinister turn as Steven’s life is disrupted by unexplained and ominous events, laying bare the dark ties between Martin and a haunting past tragedy in Steven’s professional life.
Lanthimos‘ distinctive cool and distant directorial style casts a chilling atmosphere over the film, providing a surreal backdrop for the exploration of moral dilemmas, guilt, and revenge. Nicole Kidman portrays Anna, Steven’s wife, whose relationship is strained by the unfolding crisis. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” has earned acclaim for its exceptional visual aesthetics, stellar performances, and the overall eerie ambiance it creates. Resisting easy classification within the horror genre, the film invites contemplation on profound questions of morality and culpability, making it a thought-provoking and polarizing cinematic journey. Available on MUBI Germany.
“ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE” – 2013
In Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 film “Only Lovers Left Alive,” a romantic drama infused with elements of the vampire genre, the stellar duo of Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston takes the lead roles. This unconventional love story delves into the centuries-long romance between Eve (Tilda Swinton) and Adam (Tom Hiddleston), both immortal vampires navigating their existence through time. As the narrative unfolds, the film explores their relationship dynamics, artistic pursuits, and the challenges of adapting to the modern world. Jim Jarmusch brings his distinctive directorial style to the film, characterized by slow-paced narratives and atmospheric cinematography. “Only Lovers Left Alive” garnered acclaim for its visual aesthetics, the compelling performances of the lead actors, and its overall melancholic mood. For those intrigued by this unique cinematic experience, the film awaits you on MUBI Germany, ready for streaming.
“PEARL” – 2018
Set against the grim backdrop of 1918, amidst the horrors of World War I and the Spanish flu pandemic, “Pearl” unfolds as a chilling horror movie. Mia Goth, the queen of horror herself, takes on the role of Pearl, a woman residing on a secluded Texan farm while her husband serves in the war. In the midst of caring for her ailing father (Matthew Sunderland) and contending with her domineering and discontented mother, Ruth (Tandi Wright), Pearl yearns for the glamorous life she glimpses at the local cinema. As the narrative progresses, Pearl’s unsettling behavior towards animals and her father becomes increasingly apparent, fueled by her unattainable dream of a better life. This spirals into a nightmarish descent into twisted bloodlust. For those brave enough to face the chilling tale.
“KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON” – 2023
Transporting us to 1920s America, “Killers of the Flower Moon” immerses viewers in the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, where the discovery of oil has bestowed immense wealth upon the indigenous people. However, this prosperity becomes a magnet for white settlers, notably the influential rancher William Hale (Robert De Niro) and his nephew Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is married to Osage woman Mollie (Lily Gladstone). As members of the Osage tribe succumb to suspicious deaths linked to coveted oil drilling rights, the newly formed FBI launches a sweeping investigation. In this Martin Scorsese-directed film, corruption and murder unfold against the backdrop of the Osage oil boom, featuring a stellar cast including Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jesse Plemons. The narrative, rooted in David Grann’s book, unfurls amidst the historical canvas of the Osage Nation’s sudden wealth, exposing the exploitation and violence that ensued. Produced by Apple Studios in collaboration with Imperative Entertainment, Sikelia Productions, and Appian Way, the film intricately weaves a tale of love, betrayal, and the birth of the FBI.
“EARWIG” – 2021
“Earwig,” directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović, is a captivating yet relatively unknown film in Germany. Departing from the expectations of presenting a typical female perspective, the film defies gender norms and societal expectations. Set in mid-20th century Belgium, “Earwig” creates an eerie, fantastical world, rejecting realism for an unsettling atmosphere. The story follows Albert, tasked with caring for Mia, a girl with ice teeth. As Mia’s departure looms, Albert’s ordered life unravels, giving way to violence and mystery. The film, based on Brian Catling’s novel, weaves a complex narrative that raises questions about trauma and the inescapability of one’s past. “Earwig” stands out as a unique cinematic experience, existing for itself and disregarding audience expectations, available on MUBI Germany.
“UNDER THE SKIN” – 2013
Directed by Jonathan Glazer in 2013, “Under the Skin” is a distinctive British science fiction film featuring Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. In a departure from traditional extraterrestrial narratives, Johansson’s character seduces men on Earth with a sinister motive—harvesting their bodies. What sets the film apart is Glazer’s avant-garde approach to storytelling and visual stylization. The director’s artistic vision and atmospheric portrayal make “Under the Skin” a captivating yet experimental cinematic piece. Beyond its unconventional narrative, the film has garnered praise for its unique storytelling and visual artistry. For those intrigued by its enigmatic allure, “Under the Skin” is available for streaming on MUBI Germany, inviting viewers into a thought-provoking and visually mesmerizing experience.
“INFINITY POOL” – 2023
James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are savoring a perfect vacation at the secluded island resort, La Tolqa, with its untouched beaches, exceptional staff, and exquisite cuisine. However, under the influence of the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Mia Goth), they venture beyond the resort’s confines and find themselves immersed in a culture of violence, hedonism, and unimaginable horror. A tragic car accident turns their world upside down, revealing that on La Tolqa, different rules apply. They are confronted with a zero-tolerance policy for crime: either face execution or, if wealthy enough, watch oneself die. “Infinity Pool” is a Canadian feature film directed by Brandon Cronenberg in 2023. Premiering at the 39th Sundance Film Festival in January 2023, the film is set to have its first German screening a month later at the 73rd Berlinale. Set in the fictional island state of Li Tolqa, the film follows author James Foster and his wife Em on an all-inclusive beach vacation at a luxurious resort. However, the seemingly idyllic setting hides something dangerous behind its security fences. A deadly accident exposes the resort’s perverse subculture, triggering a frenzy of ruthless violence and surreal terror.
“X” – 2022
In 1979 rural Texas, a film crew led by director R.J. (Owen Campbell) arrives at a farmhouse to shoot an adult film without informing their hosts. Starring Mia Goth and Stephen Ure, a bloody showdown ensues after darkness falls, ending in disaster. Ti West’s “X” cleverly resurrects 1970s horror cinema, offering a suspenseful narrative that goes beyond pure horror, exploring themes of transience, youth, and aging.