folk horror recs
November 7, 2020 2:02 PM   Subscribe

hey all, looking for horror recommendations with these criteria: 1. Horror 2. Largeish group of humans isolated from others 3. This group of humans is culty or there is an actual monster about - bonus if both? Some examples of this: The Village (2004) (pre-twist), The Wicker Man, Alma Katsu's The Hunger, Midsommar, The Other Lamb. This has a lot of overlap with folk horror, but I seem to have exhausted all of the folk horror rec lists I can find around the web. Thanks!
posted by snerson to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
The Hills Have Eyes?
posted by cobaltnine at 2:08 PM on November 7, 2020

Eye of the Devil (1966)
posted by Fukiyama at 2:22 PM on November 7, 2020

Kill List (2011)
posted by eschatfische at 3:06 PM on November 7, 2020 [3 favorites]

The Ritual
posted by gideonfrog at 3:11 PM on November 7, 2020 [2 favorites]

The Third Day (HBO)
posted by dianeF at 3:20 PM on November 7, 2020 [3 favorites]

My friend writes a great, if sporadic, newsletter on horror novels and did a whole installment on folk horror. Here are the titles, but she goes into much more detail on each one:
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon
The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson (free novelette)
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
posted by babelfish at 4:27 PM on November 7, 2020 [3 favorites]

Oh shoot everyone else put movies, you tagged it books so I thought you might want books!
posted by babelfish at 4:28 PM on November 7, 2020

Apostle, on Netflix, definitely hits these criteria. Seconding The Ritual, which is on there as well.
Also The Endless, although you'll want to watch Resolution, which is not culty, first and I can't really say why without spoiling things.
posted by subocoyne at 7:47 PM on November 7, 2020 [4 favorites]

Came here to say The Third Day,
dianeF beat me to it.

Is so exactly what you asked for
posted by armoir from antproof case at 10:16 PM on November 7, 2020 [3 favorites]

The Endless (I don’t think you need to watch Resolution first)
The Invitation
The Witch (not a large group but fits other criteria)
Get Out
posted by iamkimiam at 11:49 PM on November 7, 2020 [1 favorite]

Some more:
The Mist
Assault on Precinct 13
The Sacrament
Rosemary’s Baby
House of the Devil
Society (1989)
posted by iamkimiam at 12:47 AM on November 8, 2020 [1 favorite]

Wake Wood is basically The Wicker Man crossed with Pet Sematary.

Also seconding Apostle.
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 6:22 AM on November 8, 2020

The Blood on Satan’s Claw
posted by ghostbikes at 10:49 AM on November 8, 2020

I think you would like Children of the Stones.
posted by Morpeth at 2:47 PM on November 8, 2020 [1 favorite]

Oh, plenty of good stuff here. I was looking for recs in any medium, and it looks like that's what I got! I think I wrote this post before I had my coffee. :) Thank you so much for the recs everyone!
posted by snerson at 8:27 PM on November 8, 2020

Robin Redbreast.

Maybe also consider The Stone Tape? It's not quite "culty" in the same way as, say, The Wicker Man or Midsommer but the isolation and creepy creatures are definitely present, and it is a good solid mix of folk horror and cosmic horror.
posted by darchildre at 2:39 PM on November 10, 2020 [1 favorite]

Climax (2018)
posted by mekily at 2:56 PM on November 25, 2020

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