How A24 Changed The Face of Horror

In less than 10 years since indie distributor A24’s founding, the company has had a major impact on horror.

By David Crow

Slice (2018)

At the end of the 2000s, the popular image of American horror was associated with remakes, torture, and found footage.

Jigsaw from the Saw Franchise

Plenty of horror franchises opted for the sequel route; Saw has had eight sequels so far.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)

Ten years later, mainstream horror is in such a renaissance some critics have embraced the dubious term of “elevated horror.”

Under the Skin (2013)

A24 has been at the forefront of this revolution by focusing on filmmaker-driven films that forgo typical ghosts or monsters in favor of something more challenging.

The company has also introduced audiences to new striking auteur voices in the genre...

The Lighthouse (2019)

such as Robert Eggers who directed The Lighthouse and won Sundance’s Directing Award for The Witch

Hereditary (2018)

Or Ari Aster, whose Hereditary and Midsommar have generated legions of fans and theories.

Along with other production companies, A24 has led the way in the 2010s of redefining what we dread on the screen in the dark.

It Comes at Night (2017)

See our ranking of the A24 horror movies!