Have you ever scanned through Netflix, looking at titles of terrifying movies, and passed right by them? Of course you have. With so many horror movies released every year, it’s easy to look over potentially great flicks. Plus, some frightening films get lost in the annals of history and are readily forgotten about. I’d like to suggest a few terrifying movies that you should take a second look at.
But, first, what exactly makes a movie terrifying, anyway? Is it the fear of the unknown? The thing that goes bump in the night? The next door neighbor who might be a serial killer? At the end of the day, everyone has different things that scares them, including me. Everyone has different tastes. Sometimes, one person’s tame movie is another’s nightmare hellscape. With that said, it’s likely some of these you’ve watched before and never want to watch again (for whatever reason). Allow me to change your mind with these terrifying movies you should revisit.
Cabin Fever is not that far fetched. The movie is about a group of teens who fall victim to a flesh-eating bacteria that is spreading throughout the town. If you haven’t seen it, be warned. It’s very graphic and not for those with a weak stomach. It shows flesh melting off the faces and other parts of the body. I suggest you don’t eat anything at least 2 hours before you watch this. Or, order an x-large pizza and have a party.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
If you were a teen in the ’90s, then you remember the show “Twin Peaks” and Laura Palmer. In “Fire Walk With Me,” we finally get the answer. David Lynch is the master of cerebral terro. In this, Lynch excels at shoving horrific and disturbing images into your already fragile skull. Things get seriously real when we see the killer of Laura Palmer and his possession.
I recently just saw this movie and it doesn’t surprise me that its produced by James Wan of “Insidious” and “The Conjuring.” It’s about a ghost systematically killing off people when they enter the dark. Here’s the catch: the ghost can only survive in the dark, but that doesn’t stop it from turning out the lights. Its got jump scares galore, but the director finds creative, fun, and effective ways to use them. Lights mysteriously going out is a tried and true horror trope but somehow, the filmmakers do a great job leveraging it to their advantage.
Arguably one of Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro’s finest performances, “Angel Heart” is about a private eye named Harry Angel (Rourke) and a mysterious man named Lou Cyphre who hires the detective to track down a popular singer named Johnny Favorite. I don’t want to spoil the movie for you if you haven’t seen it, but trust me, the ending is terrifying.
This is by far one of the freakiest movies I’ve ever seen. Though its had a slew of sequels and spin-offs, the originally definitely deserves a revisit. It’s about a family whose son has the ability to astral project and ends up getting lost in a ghost-filled dimension called “The Further.” James Wan easily crafted a terrifying world of spirits and the supernatural that is sure to keep you up at night. Watch out for the Woman in Black.