We’ve added more! Here are 30 horror movies that really manage to give us the creeps…
Creepy isn’t the same as scary. Films can be scary simply by using loud noises and sudden movements to make their audiences jump; they can play on primal fears and physical reactions to give you a thrill. But creepy is harder to pull off.
o be effectively creepy, a film needs to establish a certain atmosphere; it needs to draw you in and make you care. It needs to give you something to think about when you’re trying to drop off to sleep at night; to make you wonder whether that creaking noise down the hallway was just the house settling, or something lurking in the shadows. Creepy stays with you. It gives you goosebumps.
We love most kinds of horror movies, but creepy films are probably our favourite. Or rather, our least favourite, because they give us nightmares and make us paranoid and afraid to look into mirrors in the dark. But we love ‘em. Here are 81 genuinely creepy movies (in no particular order). Enjoy the nightmares.
It Comes At Night (2017)
Though the marketing material was somewhat misleading, featuring the above scary-looking dude (who really isn’t a big part of the film at all), the movie itself, from director Trey Edward Shults is a claustrophobic slow-burner that ramps up the creep factor insidiously. Joel Edgerton plays the patriarch of a family holed up in a cabin in the woods to escape an unnamed widespread virus. But when a man, his wife and their young child arrive seeking shelter his family life is disrupted. A coming-of-age horror with one of the bleakest endings around.
Mr Jones (2013)
Nobody knows who Mr Jones is. The artist is a recluse, but his bizarre sculptures have made him world famous. When a documentary maker and his girlfriend stumble across what looks like his workshop, they become obsessed with finding out the truth about Mr Jones, but the truth isn’t particularly easy to stomach.
One of the most stylishly shot found footage movies you’ll ever see, the makers know the rules of the genre well enough that when they break them, it adds to the story rather than detracting from it. Also, those scarecrows are petrifying.
Under The Shadow (2016)
Set in war-torn Tehran in the late 1980s, Under The Shadow sees a would-be doctor battling the forces of evil for her daughter (and her sanity) even as everyone around her flees to safer ground. The juxtaposition of earthly and unearthly threats makes this a uniquely terrifying film, and Shideh (Narges Rashidi) is a wonderfully complex and sympathetic heroine. Not many films could make a sheet of printed fabric terrifying, but Under The Shadow manages it.