From Mother! to Rosemary's Baby, reproduction has been explored by enough horror titles to qualify pregnancy-terror as its own subgenre. In director John Lee's False Positive, co-written with star Ilana Glazer, the gross-out body stuff you've seen done countless times gets fresh framing with a snappy script that addresses modern mothering imperfectly but thoughtfully. Plus, Pierce Brosnan plays a campy, creepy OB-GYN villain you've just gotta see.
Venerable horror icons Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe lead Villains, a Bonnie and Clyde-meets-Don't Breathe mashup with a sprinkling of '50s style you'll love. When criminal lovebirds Jules and Mickey decide to rob a house, they encounter a mystery within and must contend with the home's residents, played by Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Donovan, to solve it.
The Lodge is the bleakest title on Mashable's 2020 holiday horror list, bar none. If you're looking for a fun holiday horror flick, this is not it. That said, this psychological nightmare is a great choice if you're looking for an unnerving horror experience that combines The Shining with occultism. Intrigued? Starring Riley Keough as an unwelcome girlfriend on Christmas vacation with her boyfriend's kids, played by Jaeden Martell and Lia McHugh, The Lodge foregoes traditional scares for slow-burn tension and shocking implications.
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Dalt has been thinking about ¡Ay! for many years. The Berlin-based musician summoned the "memory of rhythms" from her Colombian upbringing rather than precise, studied recreations. She started writing as the pandemic began in the spring of 2020, a period following some of the busiest months of her life. She had recently wrapped up work with an orchestra in Chicago, recorded a collaborative album with Wolf Eyes' Aaron Dilloway, and produced material for an art installation at the Museum of Modern Art of Medellín in Colombia, all while recording and touring No Era Sólida. The musician was possessed by an "eruption of wild, creative energy," but when the virus arrived she was forced to slow down. It felt like the right moment, Dalt says, to pursue an album of tropical rhythms that would eventually require "very patient studio time." Each day the Colombian sat at her keyboard, listening, reflecting, and playing the music of her childhood. "I had more of this introspective time," she says. "I was slowly analyzing tracks and thinking, 'What is happening with this progression? Why does it generate this feeling of longing within me?' "
While Affected: The Manor has been around for years and years, first releasing way back on the Gear VR, it still earns a spot on this list due in no small part to its sheer adaptability. Despite showing its age a bit now visually, it still manages to kick up a solid scare and is an excellent introductory VR experience for fans of horror. You can complete the whole thing in well under an hour and it nails that sense of atmospheric exploration that so few VR horror games really do.
Lies Beneath may have very well ended up in the top spot on this list were it not for the purely concentrated doses of distilled tension the top spot offers, but make no mistake: Lies Beneath is a deeply immersive and incredibly unsettling adventure all horror fans owe to themselves to try out.
The remains of Vetiti - The twisted remains of a demon lord who sought forbidden knowledge. His lower body is still intact, but everything above the armpit is gone. From his the remains of his chest comes the tentacled mass of an eldritch horror.
Tarsiox, the smith. He seeks warriors appearing as a master smith, offering to forge for them the best Armor they'll wear in their life. When the victim accepts scraps of metal appear and cover is body from head to toe but eyes and mouth, trapping the poor soul into an armor that cannot be removed easily. The victim can see, speak and eat, but expelling things from armor is not an easy task. The armor require weekly maintenance and water will make the scraps of metal rust, personal hygiene is something to be forgotten.
Ashurath-demon of forbidden knowledge. Carves out the eyes of warlocks/litches who seek a pact with her in order to extend life or have control over the living and the dead to aid them in conquest. They can use her magic, but their sockets continuously burn as if the knife is still in them.
R'reecth the Thirstful is the demon lord of thirst. He appears as a desiccated man with cracked, parched lips and a permanently swollen black tongue protruding from his mouth. His eyes are hollow sunken pits, his skin is sun scorched and stretched taut across his skeletal frame. His touch drains the fluid from living tissue.
ShaaNaath, She Who Coils in the Dark, is the demon princess of cold-blooded predatory death in the night. She appears as a pair of reptilian eyes that peer from a permanent patch of darkness. They flow with an eerie fluid grace, constantly seeking to move behind a person.
Kredos, the Sallow King, demon lord of rot. Wherever he walks, in his shadow there is decay. Rust, plague, dead soil, and the slow dilapidation of things is his handiwork. It is said that lepers are possessed with his will.
Khavsarsan- the Black Blizzard: Disguised as a lone adventurer, you would only notice him by the icy gaze of his seemingly blind eyes. Where he steps a deadly frost follows soon after, his goal is spread his tundra-like domain and starve out all forms of life in his path.
Abiuon- the pale. He is a pale white demon lord who has black eyes that thousand little stars wandering inside. Although he is not a strong demon, anyone who stare in his eyes will be possessed by his dreams. The victims believes that dreams with all their hearts and live it like it is the reality for rest of their lives.
Oukin- the charred one. Legends tell that she was once one of the most beautiful among the demons, but the jealousy of others burned her skin completely. Her skin is like charcoal and her eyes are no more than empty circles that still smoldering. It is said that gazing into her eyes channels her wrath to the beholder, burning their bodies inside out.
Rar'gaman, The Chained Demon: A demon covered in writhing chains that keep him pinned to the underworld. He seeks to retrieve 100 artifacts that were taken from him when he was imprisoned and uses his disciples, The Chain Hunters, to find the artifacts on the Overworld. The Chain Hunters are easily identified by the chain tattoo that is wrapped around their dominant arm and their eyes, which burn with an ember glow. If one of the Chain Hunters finds an owner of an artifact on the overworld the chain on their arms latches onto the victim, allowing Rar'gaman to pull them through the ground and planes into his underworld lair, where he tortures them for eternity. 2b1af7f3a8