13 of the Scariest Movie Premises That Can Actually Happen

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As a somewhat rational, somewhat-grown-up, I tin grip shade movies. Once the movie ends, I tin safely resume mean beingness knowing that those ghosts, demons, and zombies astir apt can’t wounded me. But intelligence thrillers? Home invasions? Vengeful ex-lovers? Those are the kinds of scary movies that get nether my tegument and enactment determination agelong aft the lights are backmost on.

If you’re looking to crushed your fearfulness movie experience, here’s a (non-exhaustive) database of scary movies that could technically spell down successful existent life.

Note: I tried to enactment distant from thrillers based disconnected historic, mostly overdone true crime stories, specified arsenic the portrayal of Ted Bundy successful Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019). For stories much on those lines, cheque retired these documentaries that are scarier than made-up fearfulness movies.

The Watcher (2016)

Not to beryllium confused with 2000 movie by the aforesaid title, The Watcher (2016) is based disconnected the experiences of Derek and Maria Broaddus, a real-life mates who moved into their imagination location lone to beryllium tormented by an anonymous stalker. Sure, stalking and location penetration is scary enough. Throw successful the motif of dormant birds and vertebrate masks, and you’ll beryllium thoroughly creeped out.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Ma (2019)

Octavia Spencer plays a lonely pistillate who befriends immoderate chill teens and turns her basement into a drinking den for them–so agelong arsenic they instrumentality to her rules. Hey, if you’re gonna drink, I’d similar you bash it wrong the location Octavia Spencer’s basement.

Where to watch: fuboTV, DirecTV, and integer rental

Contagion (2011)

This 2011 thriller started trending again past year, for immoderate unimaginable reason, and like we’ve said before, it’s wholly worthy revisiting. Watch nine illness astatine the onset of a planetary pandemic. Sicko.

Where to watch: Digital rental

Hush (2016)

A deaf writer lives unsocial successful the woods. The lone contented is that, astonishment surprise, she’s not alone. Without spoiling anything, the individuality of the masked slayer decidedly gives this 1 an other real-world scare factor.

Where to watch: Netflix

The Strangers (2008)

From the Scream franchise to The Purge, what could beryllium scarier than existent radical successful creepy masks? The fearfulness origin of The Strangers is amped up erstwhile you cognize that it was inspired by 2 real-life events: the multiple-homicide Manson family Tate murders and a bid of break-ins that occurred successful manager Bryan Bertino’s vicinity arsenic a child.

Where to watch: Digital rental

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

No round-up of intelligence thrillers would beryllium implicit without this cinematic classical (even non-exhaustive lists similar this one). Jodie Foster stars arsenic Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee who seeks the proposal of the imprisoned, brilliant, cannibalistic Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) successful bid to get into the caput of a serial slayer skinning his pistillate victims.

Not to blasted the Lecter parents, but what did they expect aft naming idiosyncratic Hannibal? The nickname is right there.

Where to watch: Digital rental

The Visit (2015)

To beryllium frank, erstwhile it comes to highlighting an M. Night Shyamalan romp, I’d alternatively walk immoderate clip astatine the formation that makes you old. Alas, the astir plausible of each the Shyamalan-style twists happens successful The Visit. Two kids sojourn their grandparents connected a distant farm, but the children observe that the aged mates is progressive successful profoundly disturbing activity, and the youngsters’ chances of getting backmost location look to slice with each passing minute.

Where to watch: fuboTV, DirecTV, and integer rental

Compliance (2012)

When a prank caller convinces a accelerated nutrient edifice manager to question an guiltless young employee, the interrogation gets harsher and harsher. Once again, everything is scarier erstwhile you recognize the communicative is based connected existent events.

Where to watch: DirecTV and integer rental

Open Water (2003)

Newsflash: Sharks are scary. And conjecture what? I don’t attraction astir your “statistics” related to however uncommon shark attacks are. Luckily, I’m not alone: There’s nary shortage of shark-related horror, whether you’re a classical Jaws instrumentality to an enlightened Sharknado appreciator.

Open Water is loosely based connected the existent story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who successful 1998 went retired with a scuba diving radical connected the Great Barrier Reef and were accidentally near down successful shark-infested waters.

Where to watch: fuboTV and integer rental

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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

I’ll admit, the inclusion of this movie depends connected a flexible explanation of scary movies. I reason that immoderate slasher films is similar a child’s bedtime communicative compared to this chaotic thrust of painfully existent loneliness. (Am I okay?) (No.)

Where to watch: HBO Max

Vacancy (2007)

A mates successful a distant motel termination clip with low-budget slasher movies connected the TV, lone to observe that the disturbing images connected surface were recorded successful the precise country wherever they’re staying. If you were ever afloat astatine easiness successful motels before, you won’t beryllium again.

Where to watch: fuboTV, DirecTV, and integer rental

Black Water (2007)

A large woman, her boyfriend, and her sister instrumentality a vessel circuit of a mangrove swamp wherever they are terrorized by a slayer crocodile. This movie confirms that fewer things are scarier than the information that Australia is someway a existent place.

Where to watch: The Roku Channel, Tubi

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All 5 Twilight Saga movies

All 5 Twilight Saga movies

A miss tin dream, okay?

Where to watch: Netflix