Known for his films such as “Orphan” and “House of Wax,” Collet-Serra’s collection includes unique films that have impacted and influenced his career. He is the fifth guest curator invited to craft his own list, following Alan Palomo, Robert Eggers, Alexandre Aja and Karyn Kusama.
Below are the 5 horror films Collett-Serra wants you to stream, with quotes provided by the helmer himself, courtesy of Shudder.
“Time travel movies are an impossible conundrum, but ‘Timecrimes’ excels at it. Vigalondo successfully simplified a very complex subject and wove it into a narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Adding the fact that no special effects were used, makes it all the more impressive.”
“This dark thriller is an essential. You watch it once, and it stays with you.”
“‘Dream Home’ is an unexpected masterpiece. It has some of the most original, and brutal, kill/death scenes. A very normal desire to succeed and aspire to more takes hold and turns an honest and hardworking person into a murderer. This is one of those movies you’ll tell your friends about.”
“Faces of Death”
“During my teen years, this movie was a guilty pleasure of mine. I have memories of checking the VHS tape out from the video store and sneaking it home like it was a bad thing. Since it was released before the Internet came around, it was like the ultimate resource for the grotesque. Even if some of the content is obviously fake, I consider it a crucial watch for any horror buff.”
“We Are What We Are”
“This film follows a family in Mexico and was done in a very realistic way. It builds the atmosphere so that you come to care for the characters, then realize they’re monsters. As a viewer, it gives you mixed feelings of betrayal. You go from identifying with them, to being shocked at the terrible things such ‘normal’ people can do.”
You can sign up for Shudder here. Watch a personal video message from Jaume Collet-Serra introducing the collection below.