The Beautiful Grotesque

I think I've realized that my favorite aesthetic is art that contrasts beauty and innocence with horror and the grotesque. So I decided to make this list with movies that reflect that. Recommendations are very welcome!

  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Suspiria
  • Suspiria
  • House
  • Midsommar
  • Phenomena
  • The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Blue Velvet
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow
  • Mandy
  • Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
  • Inferno
  • Knife+Heart
  • Paprika
  • Spirited Away
  • Perfect Blue
  • The Wild Boys
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Coraline
  • Angel's Egg
  • The Duke of Burgundy
  • Braid
  • Possibly in Michigan
  • Alice
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death
  • Islands
  • Paranoia Agent
  • Gummo
  • Swiss Army Man
  • Upstream Color
  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country
  • My Winnipeg
  • Messiah of Evil
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Rabbits
  • Rabbit
  • Butterfly
  • Evolution
  • November
  • A Ghost Story
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Northfork
  • Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life
  • The Double
  • Cowards Bend the Knee
  • The Forbidden Room
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Annihilation
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Shape of Water
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • The House with Laughing Windows
  • All the Colors of the Dark
  • Persona
  • Altered States
  • Apocalypse After
  • The Grandmother
  • Footprints
  • The Iron Rose