It's Friday the 13th. From Nayanthara's Maya to Vijay Sethupathi's Pizza, 5 must-watch Tamil horror films – India Today

By Latha Srinivasan: Every Friday the 13th is celebrated with much fanfare in the US as the spooky Friday and plenty of Hollywood films have been made around this theme. India, too, is not far behind on the horror cinema concept and this time round, we will give you five Tamil horror films you should not miss. All of these became blockbusters and are still talked about by the audience. Here are some of the best films in the horror genre in Tamil cinema.
What happens when people suddenly start dropping dead and there’s no immediate logical cause? Eeram (2009) has Assistant Commissioner of Police Vasudevan (Aadhi) investigating these incidents, which are bizarre accidents and yet murders. Eeram is a supernatural crime thriller by director Arivazhagan and has all the thrills you need to keep you glued to your seat.

The horror thriller written and directed by R Ajay Gnanamuthu not just made the director a household name, but also its star Arulnithi. Four friends decide to visit this house in Demonte Colony (2015) which is supposedly haunted. One of them starts to narrate the story behind this house and that’s when things get really spooky. What happens to these four friends? Demonte Colony is a perfect horror date.

As an aside, in real life, there was a said haunted house in Demote Colony, Chennai, which young people used to go and visit to get thrills. It was demolished when the film released.
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One of director Karthik Subbaraj’s best films is the 2012 flick, Pizza, about a pizza delivery guy, Michael (Vijay Sethupathi). Michael’s girlfriend Anu is doing research for a horror story she wants to write and she convinces him that he will encounter supernatural beings. He begins to experience things and the reel story becomes real. Don’t miss this film which made Vijay Sethupathi a household name in Tamil Nadu.

If Lady Superstar Nayanthara has starred in a film, then it means the story must be intriguing. Maya (2015) sees Nayanthara playing Apsara, a mother to a child, and struggling with finances. This movie takes us through how Apsara gets involved with the supernatural spirit Maya. This horror flick is a fun ride with neat performances.

While director Mysskin’s Pisasu 2 is yet to release, why not revisit his Pisasu (2014)? A violinist finds a woman near death due to an accident and he begins to feel her presence when she dies. Haunted by her thoughts, the young man realises that she will rest in peace only if he finds her killers. The movie doesn’t have big stars in it, but it’s a well-executed supernatural thriller that keeps you on your toes. Watch it today.

With the Pongal/Sankranti weekend as well, it's time to load up on popcorn and catch plenty of films on the big screen and the small screen as well.

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