Horror movies aren’t for everyone, even during the best of times. What about when you’re staying at home during a global pandemic, and the bad news just seems to keep on coming? Well, then it may help to forget your real-life worries and lose yourself in the jump scares and psychological thrills in these scary Malayalam movies streaming online. Some of them even have subtitles!
Rightly considered one of the classics of Malayalam cinema, Manichithrathazhu has been remade into several Indian languages, but you should still watch the original for Shobana’s spectacular performance. She shifts between the docile Ganga and bloodthirsty Nagavalli with such skill that some scenes will send a chill down your spine. Directed by Fazil and written by Madhu Muttam, Manichithrathazhu gives a psychological twist to a story filled with familiar myths. It is the power of suggestion that still makes Manichithrathazhu so scary, 26 years after its release—what you can hear but can’t see. Add to this Mohanlal’s assured performance as Dr. Sunny and a hair-raising climax—drop everything and watch this film now.
(On Amazon Prime, Hotstar with subtitles)
2. Bhargavi Nilayam
This cinematic adaptation of Vaikkom Muhammed Basheer’s short story, Neelavelicham, is about a writer (Madhu) who, intrigued by the presence of a ghostly woman (Vijaya Nirmala) in his new bungalow, decides to write her story. This leads to a beautiful romance developing between them. Directed by A. Vincent and released in 1964, the film is spooky, poignant, and beautifully narrated, making it one of the rare horror-romantic stories in Malayalam cinema that still holds up.
(YouTube, no subtitles)
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