In 1997, Perfect Blue was released to the Japanese film industry as an animated psychological thriller. Although drawn, the film questions the fine line between what is real and what is fantasy in modern Japan. American film, Requiem for a Dream, openly copies a scene from this anime.
The House That Jack Built
Featuring the likes of Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, the 2018 version of The House That Jack Built depicts the life and times of 1970s and 1980s serial killer, Jack. Inspired by Dante’s Inferno, the film plays flashbacks of Jack’s various murders throughout Washington (state) over a 12-year period.
A Serbian Film
There’s a pretty good reason why A Serbian Film is largely considered one of the most grotesque movies of all time. The film, which was released in 2010, follows a financially struggling porn star who agrees to take part in an “art project” that turns out to be a snuff film filled with horrifying content that we can’t even list here. The movie is so shocking that it was banned in six different countries upon being released. We would tell you to just go watch it, but honestly, don’t.
The Silence of the Lambs
As mentioned earlier, The Silence of the Lambs is the precursor to Hannibal. The former, which was released in 1991, stars Jodie Foster as FBI-agent-in-training Clarice Starling (hello, Clarice) who has been assigned to hunt serial killer Buffalo Bill, and in the process consults Dr. Hannibal Lector, an imprisoned psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer in his own right. The movie is considered one of the greatest psychological horror films of all time, and it went on to win a whole host of awards, including Best Picture.
The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project (1999) is largely credited as being the original found-footage horror film, and still manages to scare audiences decades later. The story follows three film students who travel to the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland to film a documentary about the local legend of the Blair Witch. The film’s marketing team even created the narrative that the three main actors had actually gone missing in real life, leaving many viewers thoroughly convinced! And lastly, don’t be fooled by the lack of jump scares; the film is perfectly terrifying as is.
Released in 2019, Midsommar follows a group of American friends who travel to Sweden for a festival that occurs only once every 90 years, only to discover that they’ve gotten themselves involved with a pagan cult that must sacrifice people in order to purge the cult of all evil. The film revolves around the main character’s failing relationship with her boyfriend Christian, which makes it disturbingly real.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
EElhis classic horror film is a must-see for any horror fanatic. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) follows four teenagers living on Elm Street in the fictitious town of Springwood, Ohio, who are killed in their dreams, and then in real life by disfigured killer Freddy Krueger. It’s also young Johnny Depp’s film debut, in case that’s a consolation prize for you.
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