Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The "Elevated Horror" film, and the "A24ification" of the genre.
An analysis of the trend of "elevated horror", and how A24 curates and establishes the pillars of this trend through the films it chooses to purchase. There seems to be a school of thought that is under the impression that films like The Babadook, Hereditary and The Witch (which could all be considered as familial "drama" films masquerading as horror) are refreshing because horror has been "devoid of thematic resonance" in the past and the genre is having a resurgence of some kind. Important to consider that all of these filmmakers seem to hold horror at arm’s length, stating in interviews that they weren’t trying to make a horror film and that they see their work as a "family drama" or some other derivative and cliched response.