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Bloody good: Hollywood actors take on horror archetypes for New York Times short films

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Dec 7, 2017

When you get right down to it, 2017 was a phenomenal year for the genre of horror. Now, some might say that extends to politics as well, but we're just interested in the movies. From the acclaimed Get Out to the more idiosyncratic It Comes at Night, audiences were scared silly this past year thanks to a crop of ambitious directors and imaginative actors. Heck, even the kids in It gave award-worthy performances and don't get us started on Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. 2017 is the year that Ellen Page came back from the dead, Michael Fassbender created the Xenomorphs, and Jessica Rothe plagiarized Bill Murray's Groundhog Day with a slasher twist.

The New York Times was a fan of horror this year, too, because it decided to make a bunch of short, scary films starring "the year's best actors" as classic horror archetypes.

"Horror films dominated the cultural conversation this year," wrote the Times. "From the surprise hit Get Out to the movie adaption of It to the campy Happy Death Day, scary movies had an unusual hold on the collective imagination in 2017. Maybe it’s because reality was pretty horrifying, too."

The full story will be featured in the "Great Performers Issue" of The New York Times Magazine this weekend, but the films have already been posted online for your viewing pleasure. The actors and movies are as follows:

  • Nicole Kidman (The Killing of a Sacred Deer): The Possessed
  • Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name): The Cannibal
  • Saoirse Ronan (Ladybird): The Mannequin
  • Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip): The Macabre Dancer
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger): The Damned
  • Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman): The Vampire
  • Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project): The Demon Child
  • Andy Serkis (War For The Planet of the Apes): The Demented Clown
  • Cynthia Nixon (The Only Living Boy in New York): The Ghost Bride
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out): The Psycho Killer

 

 

 

 

 

You can find the movies here.

Directed by Floria Sigismondi (Runaways, Daredevil, American Gods), the individual films are more atmospheric than they are plot-driven, giving them the feel of a moving picture or painting than a traditional movie. The end result is doubly creepy. It's almost like having an invisible virtual reality headset affixed to your face.