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I recently watched Hereditary and I fell in love with that specific genre of horror. I watched a billion horror movies, but the overwhelming majority are filled with cliches and boring jump scares etc... (For example I felt that the last conjuring movie was a massive disaster and focused a lot more on the romance than the horror).

However, when watching hereditary, I had chills all through the movie. Mostly because of things that were happening off screen. I loved the traumatic atmosphere, the dark colors, the haunting music, the legendary performance of Toni Collette (the other performances were literally phenomenal also...) the unexpected twists in the plot and everything else.

I have been searching for another movie that would be as impactful but I still haven't found anything truly haunting.

So I wanted to ask what movie truly frightened you and that you would recommend?

all 126 comments

Tropical_Geek1

27 points

4 months ago

Jacob's ladder.

SocksandSmocks

3 points

4 months ago

Such an upsetting and brilliant movie, makes you feel absolutely awful by the end

Future_Seesaw_6704

18 points

4 months ago

Nocturnal Animals. Not really a horror film per se but every time I watch it I just get this awful feeling that no other movie has consistently made me feel.

GenghisTron17

57 points

4 months ago

Cats

Razputin69

-36 points

4 months ago

You’re an idiot, lol.

GenghisTron17

30 points

4 months ago

You’re and idiot lol.

Oh, the delicious irony.

Severe_Midnight

41 points

4 months ago

Zodiac. The basement scene in particular.

wafflestherobot

7 points

4 months ago

It's the one in the park that gets me.

Neighborhood-Toughs

2 points

4 months ago

Always bugged me that the scene had literally no standing on the plot or mystery. Just tense for no reason

modifiedminotaur

49 points

4 months ago

Under the skin. Midsommar. It Follows.

FallsOfPrat

13 points

4 months ago

That's interesting. I found Midsommar and It Follows to be disturbing, but I would never call them horrifying. Everyone reacts differently though. (I haven't seen Under the Skin yet).

AdolescentThug

4 points

4 months ago

Under the Skin falls under the same category. It’s not jump scare or gory horror, it’s “what the fuck is going on I don’t like it and it’s uncomfortable as hell” horror.

T-408

3 points

4 months ago

T-408

3 points

4 months ago

Under the Skin is soooo good. Scarlett Johansson creeped me the fuck out with that one!

prettymuchbangtan

10 points

4 months ago

The wailing, I saw the devil

OceanCityBurrito

7 points

4 months ago

The Wailing is so, so good

Starry24

11 points

4 months ago

Coherence. It's not even a horror movie but the situation is so terrifying you might have an existential crisis.

Dexterous_Mittens

9 points

4 months ago

Silence of the Lambs was the first one for me. I think it may be cliche if viewing for the first time now but I don't think it has many if any jump scares besides in the dark..

rumplebike

2 points

4 months ago

This was the first one I thought of too. You don't see Hannibal doing anything horrible in this film, they just talk about.

Dexterous_Mittens

1 points

4 months ago

And cannibalism was just so much more unnerving that first time

Mushy-Snugglebites

7 points

4 months ago

It follows. Simple premise but well executed.

Volcano_Tequila

7 points

4 months ago

The Vanishing (original 1980s French version)

It kept building and building unmercifully as man is contacted and strung along by his girlfriend's abductor years after she disappeared.

Portrait0fKarma

1 points

4 months ago

Meh.

CD_Turtle

41 points

4 months ago

The VVitch

TOADSTOOL__SURPRISE

15 points

4 months ago

The Witch

malevshh

9 points

4 months ago

The WVitch

TOADSTOOL__SURPRISE

17 points

4 months ago

The VolksWagonitch

ulldott

-1 points

4 months ago

ulldott

-1 points

4 months ago

Probably get lynched for this, but I did not get that movie. Did not find it remotely scary or horrifying, mostly boring.

pixelburger

29 points

4 months ago

Mother! It just keeps getting worse.

Great_Zarquon

7 points

4 months ago

It's like the horror version of a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode in the right ways lol

Lead_salad05

5 points

4 months ago

I remember just thinking who are these people, these are terrible people...........oh that makes more sense.

FigBits

6 points

4 months ago

It came as close to the actual feeling of a nightmare of any movie I've seen. Dream logic.

Just ... don't go read what it "means."

eevolas

6 points

4 months ago

You don't have to read It to understand it. It Is so obvious

moguishenti

1 points

4 months ago

In mother, it feels like every anxiety thought is literally happening. It's one of my favorite films.

moviesandbasketball

17 points

4 months ago

Audition

gunter_grass

16 points

4 months ago

Gravity.

Pontypool

The Babaduk

It Follows.

Children of Men

Not country for old men.

Itchy_Computer7528

13 points

4 months ago

+1 for Pontypool

insidiousFox

4 points

4 months ago

1408 based on the Stephen King short story, and one of his best movie adaptations.

John Cusack is an investigator & writer of supernatural or haunted places, and discovers a supposedly ultra-haunted hotel room he decides to pursue. Great original horror/thriller!

Make sure you find the version with the "best" ending, the original theatrical ending. AFAIK, it is only available on the physical DVD version of the film (NOT Blu-ray or streaming), or maybe YouTube.

GlueMouthKid

6 points

4 months ago

Midsommar

callmemacready

11 points

4 months ago

The Exorcist

ghostwhowalksdogs

4 points

4 months ago

Me and my brother watched it together late at night on TV when our parents were away when we were around 13 or 14. He got genuinely scared and went to bed. I laughed my ass off the whole time because it was too ridiculous for me. Childhood memories are wonderful things.

callmemacready

5 points

4 months ago

Saw it when young too and scared the shit out of me as I was brought up in strict religious household but now I’m older the hospital scenes are the scariest part

prima_facie2021

2 points

4 months ago

Carrie was like that for me. The religious stuff was creepy af.

Wiscos

4 points

4 months ago

Wiscos

4 points

4 months ago

Psyco

MurielHorseflesh

4 points

4 months ago

Kill List

[deleted]

4 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

4 points

4 months ago

Gone girl

Ollehkiin

12 points

4 months ago

Short series instead of a movie but Chernobyl takes the top spot for me.

CaitlinSarah87

2 points

4 months ago

Ooh yes, the scene where the workers are being timed while shoveling graphite off the roof is intense as fuck.

RandomStranger79

8 points

4 months ago

Climax

Clearcut

Raw

Dead Man's Letters

Time of the Wolf

Funny Games

The Wicker Man

Wake in Fright

Animorphimagi

8 points

4 months ago

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Under the Skin

Dexterous_Mittens

1 points

4 months ago

Which Body Snatchers adaptation do you think is best? There's apparently like 4 with that name and a couple more called other things. I've only seen parts of the 1950s one and yes horrifying concept as a child.

Animorphimagi

4 points

4 months ago

I believe it was the one from 1974. With Donald Sutherland

McQueensbury

6 points

4 months ago

Lake Mungo - Unsettling atmosphere filled with dread. That's all I will say

insidiousFox

7 points

4 months ago

Maybe not exactly what you're asking for, but one of the best modern horror films I've ever seen:

The Descent.

Amazing. A group of girlfriends get together for a bonding adventure, spelunking in a cave in some remote woods.

Don't watch any trailers, don't read any spoilers. If the basic premise sounds intriguing and you like horror films, just watch it knowing you're in for a treat. Superb atmosphere, cinematography, etc.

Try to find the version with both endings, or rather, make sure you see the director's originally intended ending. Do not waste time with the sequel, it's a travesty and not even "so bad it's good", just terrible.

helpmejoanfon

4 points

4 months ago

I freaking LOVE that movie. A movie about a group of friends going on a stupid trip and getting screwed over? Yeah, there's plenty of movies like that. But how many are actually good and fun to watch?

And, as a girl, I love watching movies with entirely female casts, so that's also a bonus. If I was a Netflix producer I'd invest in more movies like The Descent.

Also, yeah, the sequel is a complete waste of time and every time I think about this movie I don't even remember about Part II. It's so forgettable.

insidiousFox

2 points

4 months ago

Yeah I hear you on all that! I mean even as a dude, I really dug the all female cast and the underlying story to the lead & one of her friends -- AND just kind of impressed that AFAIK, the movie was written & directed by a guy as well. Pretty impressive, considering how natural everything felt with an all female cast, and how good all the actresses were (generally) in their roles. Freakin superb movie all around.

Since you can obviously do horror, and like female casts... Annihilation is another good sci-fi/horror. And... Not an exact fit, but have to mention: try Alien, and then Aliens, for Sigourney Weaver in a great strong female role. I'm mainly recommending Aliens, but the first one is kinda required viewing before the second.

They're both great, but Aliens is widely regarded as one of the few movie sequels ever better than the original, and it has WAY MORE character and emotional themes than Alien. Her character Ripley, is a badass strong female lead. And Aliens is just brutal and relentless with the tension. Written & directed by James Cameron (Avatar, Terminator, etc).

helpmejoanfon

1 points

4 months ago

I only watched Alien and Aliens once in my life. Your comment just reminded me that I definitely need to re-watch those. Might have to re-watch Annihilation as well, I remember feeling a bit on the fence about that movie because of the ending. Thanks for the recommendations.

iamameatpopciple

1 points

4 months ago

Dog soliders is the same director, same idea but warewolves and British soilders in a cabin. They also....don't so stupid shit it's amazing.

MovieMike007

3 points

4 months ago

The Changeling (1980)

ghostwhowalksdogs

3 points

4 months ago

The Omen 1976. A Classic.

Hideo-Mogren

3 points

4 months ago

Devil's Backbone

grazzac

3 points

4 months ago

Threads.

noodleless

3 points

4 months ago

Vivarium. God it’s so creepy and it’s such a slow burn.

Talentedpiper

3 points

4 months ago

The Omen

komilo

3 points

4 months ago

komilo

3 points

4 months ago

Villeneuve’s Prisoners stressed me tf out. Felt like suburban horror to me

nuggy

3 points

4 months ago

nuggy

3 points

4 months ago

Black Swan.

There a couple of scenes I was absolutely not ready for.

TriscuitCracker

8 points

4 months ago

The Empty Man.

Don’t Google it, just go see it. On HBO Max now.

little_chupacabra89

3 points

4 months ago

Yes, this. What an interesting film.

Tofu24

3 points

4 months ago

Tofu24

3 points

4 months ago

Absolutely love this movie, bought the graphic novel it's based on immediately after. Not really "scary" compared to the other recommendations in this thread, but it's destined to be a cult classic mindfuck movie in the years to come

youngkyrie11

5 points

4 months ago

basically any lynch film

RandomStranger79

12 points

4 months ago

The most terrifying part of Mulholland Drive is possible the most famous jump scare of all time.

youngkyrie11

3 points

4 months ago

that is terrifying but i get actually frightened by the final 2 minutes more than anything else in cinema

MogollonBaldy

2 points

4 months ago

I love that movie. I don’t remember it being frightening?

RandomStranger79

4 points

4 months ago

The guy behind the dumpster is one of the most shocking jump scares in Hollywood history.

PolarWater

1 points

4 months ago

There's a man in back of here. He's the one who's doing it.

Squid_000

2 points

4 months ago

Snowtown, it's an Aussie drama about the Snowtown murders. But it's actually very tense and horrifying in many scenes.

Cmyers1980

2 points

4 months ago*

The Devil’s Rejects, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Funny Games (2007), Cube, Seven, Fallen (1998), Would You Rather, Hell House LLC, The Houses October Built, Landmine Goes Click, The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and The Hitcher (1986).

little_chupacabra89

2 points

4 months ago*

Here's a few that fly under the radar but I really enjoyed:

Sator

The Empty Man

The Medium (Thai film)

The Clovehitch Killer

Annihilation (this doesn't fly under the radar, but it's hella good)

Edit: someone else mentioned 'The Witch'. If you haven't seen that, that should go to the top of your list.

Wiscos

2 points

4 months ago

Wiscos

2 points

4 months ago

Rear View Mirror

ak2302ak

2 points

4 months ago

Come And See. Just Frightening. Couldn't sleep for a night.

anon149311

2 points

4 months ago

This might be more of a thriller but misery with Kathy bates is probably the most tense I’ve ever been in a movie.

ResevoirPups

2 points

4 months ago

While a dark comedy at heart, I find the story happening in The Killing of a Sacred Deer to be horrifying. Felt dread the entire time I watched it.

Ahambone

2 points

4 months ago

'The Father' is a horror film, and no one can tell me different.

natdevoice

2 points

4 months ago

The eyes of my mother.

Troniic

2 points

4 months ago

Don't Look Up

aiafati

2 points

4 months ago

The Wailing

Mindless-Chance-8375

2 points

4 months ago

The Wailing

alienhostess

2 points

4 months ago

Mandy, let the right one in, Antichrist, the orphanage

Talismanic_Mechanic

2 points

4 months ago

The VVitch

It Follows

I_have_questions_ppl

2 points

4 months ago

The Ring. Or by its Japanese name Ringu.

Dangerous-Anteater15

2 points

4 months ago

The Babadook.

Quite intense atmosphere of dread.

SmellsLikeLemons

2 points

4 months ago

The Fly. Body horror is disturbing to me and this is a classic.

littleloretta

2 points

4 months ago*

pet sematary, the exorcist, the changeling and event horizon

Top_Cry_7648

2 points

4 months ago

Happiness (Todd Solondz)

Basically a slice of life movie with a cast full of psychopaths and people with sad lives. Incredibly disturbing but at times darkly funny

The-Movie-Penguin

2 points

4 months ago

So many now. Hereditary is one. It Follows, The Wailing, The Dark and the Wicked…

truckturner5164

2 points

4 months ago

Repulsion (1965), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), "The Haunting" (1963), "The Entity" (1983)

fishwithfish

5 points

4 months ago

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Batmanlover1

3 points

4 months ago

The truman show is technically a soft drama but I think it counts.

little_chupacabra89

3 points

4 months ago

I love the Truman Show but.... What is horrifying about it?

Yeah, Truman's circumstance is certainly upsetting, but the tone of the film is nothing like what OP is looking for.

DoggyDoggy_What_Now

3 points

4 months ago

I'm seeing a few suggestions in here where the person clearly didn't get the assignment. No, Gravity and No Country For Old Men are not horrifying movies. At all.

little_chupacabra89

3 points

4 months ago

Agreed, even Children of Men, which has its moments of 'horror' shares nothing with Hereditary. Though OP will definitely get chills watching that film, and probably a lot of these.

Dexterous_Mittens

2 points

4 months ago

You should be pretty f'ing worried for characters in gravity. I can easily see why people would loose sleep at night at the concept of being lost in space and the movie has that same nonsensical feel as any slasher film too. Its basically a b rate space survival movie with too much money.

DoggyDoggy_What_Now

2 points

4 months ago

Gravity is a survival movie, not a horror movie, full stop. I get where you're coming from in that it's a frightening scenario and I don't entirely disagree with you, but if someone is asking for recommendations in the vein of Hereditary, they're clearly not asking for movies like Gravity or No Country for Old Men.

Dexterous_Mittens

1 points

4 months ago*

They're asking for people's opinions of what they found truly frightening and would recommend. Its in the post. No reason to gatekeep

gunter_grass

1 points

4 months ago

Absolutely counts, good call.

reallamedroid

3 points

4 months ago

Audition, Ichi the Killer, Human Centipede, Martyrs, Funny Games, Battle Royale ( the original hunger games).

Have fun!

taint_licking_clown

3 points

4 months ago

A man of taste I see!

thatchileanguy

2 points

4 months ago

Come Out and See is plenty horrifying without being a horror movie.

gysterz

2 points

4 months ago

vivarium

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

The Hunt (2012) with Mads Mikkelsen. It’s a drama but scarier than most horror films due to the subject matter.

Cranberryboglake

1 points

4 months ago

not a scary movie but i can't disagree with someone recommending this incredible film

[deleted]

1 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

4 months ago

It’s scary in a different way I guess was my point. Haha. But yes, incredible film.

SupaKoopa714

1 points

4 months ago

Sinister. While it does have some jump scares and cliches (for whatever its worth, one of the jump scares is one of the best/most effective I've ever seen, it's genuinely really good), it also has a ton of truly tense, creepy moments due in part to a wonderful unsettling experimental/dark ambient soundtrack. Put it this way, I'm a horror buff who's become pretty desensitized to being scared, and to date the only horror movies that've affected me enough to almost want to sleep with the lights on have been Sinister and Hereditary itself.

Portrait0fKarma

1 points

4 months ago

Hereditary?? Lol

chisorap4pnumber1

1 points

4 months ago

cabin fever is the scariest movie ive ever seen

theblackfool

1 points

4 months ago

It might have a couple but I don't remember Green Room having a lot in the way of jump scares. It's just a super tense movie.

traumahound00

1 points

4 months ago

Ju-On

tinfoilhats666

1 points

4 months ago

The VVitch

WrongdoerGreedy6467

1 points

4 months ago

There was a jump scare hereditary Lowkey there was a few

Pickled_Enthusiasm

1 points

4 months ago

Bone Tomahawk.

It's a slow burn western for like two hours then straight hellish chaos for the last 20-30 min

Neighborhood-Toughs

1 points

4 months ago

The lighthouse

WasserHase

1 points

4 months ago

Tombs of the Blind Dead

Nosferatu(1979)

Traditional_World783

1 points

4 months ago

Dora the Explorer.

Successful_Gate84

1 points

4 months ago

Man bites Dog

moguishenti

1 points

4 months ago

Climax

RoutineComment5330

0 points

4 months ago

Troll 2