by Patrick Bromley
With the success of Robert Eggers' The Witch a few years back, there has been a resurgence of folk horror in the genre, particularly among the independent scene. We've seen it since in movies like The Golem, Apostle, Hagazussa, Gwen, and even elements of Midsommar. Though difficult to canonize, folk horror seemed to kick off properly in the 1970s (with titles like The Wicker Man and Blood on Satan's Claw) and often deals with folklore (obviously), witchcraft, Paganism, or cults. It's kind of a "know it when you see it" subgenre, as there aren't any hard and fast rules that make it up. I don't necessarily know what definitively constitutes folk horror, necessarily. All I know is that it appears to have made a comeback.