Modern horror just found its masterpiece. Jennifer Kent’s first film is absolutely phenomenal and shows that she is a force to be reckoned with as a director and a writer. This isn’t the usual cliched splattering of jump scares and gore, it is a genuinely scary film that crawls under your skin and makes every hair stand on end. It goes back to basic visual effects and uses a fantastically written screenplay to develop characters and inject substance into the narrative. In the waves of useless horror projects this film stands out as one of the best of our time.