Horror movies are a lot like roller-coasters: for the brave among us they provide an elegant solution for confronting our fears in an enjoyable way, taking away the danger while leaving behind the exhilaration. As such most all horror movies are modeled to provoke a range of fears from the symbolic to the literal – zombies often represent consumerism and conformity whereas slasher movies overtly evoke fears of violent punishment – but no fear lends itself to a most three-dimensional depiction of terror as well as often needed simplicity as the fear of being alone. The following films have a deep-seeded sense of isolation that elevates them past the basic one-tier (core villain only) and two-tier (core villain and bad human element) antagonist construction to a three-tier model (core villain, bad human element, and hostile environment). If and when the highbrow Hollywood universe starts to openly accept the horror genre (that may take a while – they’re still warming up to comedy) I believe it will be the isolation horror subgenre that will break through first.
October 23, 2013