Mike Flanagan’s meteoric rise as the proverbial ‘father of horror’ in just about a decade proves his prowess at conjuring spine-chilling narratives that threaten to alter the way people consumed horror till even the beginning of the millennium.
Flanagan’s debut feature Absentia (2011) had to be crowdfunded for it to reach its audience. Ever since, the filmmaker has been touted as one who breathes horror. His keen sense of human psychology enabled him to create stories that spoke to viewers at a subconscious level. The fear that he evoked, was of the self, which was always scarier than any external agent. The filmmaker is now on a spree of collaborating with Netflix on several projects, the recent-most being a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s works, titled The Fall of the House of Usher (also, the name of Poe’s short story).
Even though Flanagan’s brand of horror is above many in his genre, here’s an attempt at listing a few that surpassed all possible expectations.