February 19, 2016 3:11 PM EST

Horror movies have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. A slew of spooky arthouse and indie flicks have injected new energy into a genre which many lament often relies too heavily on well-worn tropes, unnecessary reboots and superfluous gore. Movies like The Witch (Feb. 19), Robert Eggers’ historical horror drama set in 1630s New England, eschew the expected in favor of genre mash-ups and fresh aesthetic takes.

For those who have been wont to dismiss the genre wholesale—whether out of sheer terror or lack of interest—these often beautiful, sometimes downright hilarious recent additions may just win over a healthy crop of converts.

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