Yesterday, Michael Newton at The Guardian delivered a breakdown of one of my favourite subgenres: folk horror. Check out this “journey into the dark heart of the English countryside” as he examines its history and predicts its return, while remaining thoughtful about its effect. Newton writes:
They may lurch into the ludicrous, but with surprising earnestness these films nonetheless play out a three-way philosophical debate: between enlightened rationalism, orthodox Christianity and renewed paganism. Sex is at the heart of this debate: just as these films both adore and recoil from natural beauty, so human loveliness entrances and repels them.
I don’t know about you, but I could have this debate all day long, especially if you sweeten the deal with some manic human sacrifices, scandalous sex, and grotesque animal head masks…
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