Not all horror movies should feature gore and evil killers. Sometimes the situation is dire enough.
Take this 2012 indie film, for example.
Long before director Craig Zobel directed “Mere of Easttown,” he based the film on the “Strip Search Phone Scams” that took place in the early 2000s.
In the movie, similar to real-life examples, someone calls a fast-food restaurant claiming to be a police officer, and then convinces the manager over the phone to conduct a strip search of the female employee.
Yes, everything in this movie happened in real life.
The film stars Dreama Walker as an employee, Ann Dowd as a manager and Pat Healy as a caller who impersonates a police officer.
“The Descent” (Amazon Prime)
Well, looking for gore and evil? Go here.
Neil Marshall’s 2005 horror thriller follows a group of women who venture into a cave. But they definitely chose the wrong cave. Horrible creatures living deep within the cave begin to chase the group out.
The movie ends with one of the scariest endings you’ll probably ever see.
“Attack of the Body Snatchers” (HBO Max)
Speaking of horror movies with great endings.
This 1978 remake of the classic 1956 film (which was based on a popular novel) follows Donald Sutherland as a doctor who realizes that alien duplicates are taking over humans while they sleep.
It puts you on the edge of your sleep and can lead to sleepless nights.
“Jacob’s Ladder” (Paramount Plus)
This 1990 psychological thriller from director Adrian Lynn is a mind-tripping masterpiece.
Tim Robbins plays a Vietnam veteran who is mentally unstable as he constantly has terrible delusions. From there the movie gets smoother and weirder.
It’s a really fascinating look at PTSD in an era when it was never talked about.
Also, fans of the “Silent Hill” video games will see where its creators got many of their influences.
“Night of the Living Dead” (HBO Max)
If you’ve never seen this movie, it’s time to change.
This 1968 horror classic by George A. Romero is one of those movies you must see in your lifetime.
Not only did the movie spawn the zombie genre that thrives today, but it’s also a chilling commentary on the racial divide in this country in the late 1960s.
“Open Water” (Hulu)
Think “Jaws” but more real and scary — that’s what this little-known low-budget thriller emphasizes.
Based on a true story, couple Daniel (Daniel Travis) and Susan (Blanchard Ryan) go scuba-diving while on vacation and find themselves accidentally left behind by their group.
Now stranded in open water, the two must try to avoid the sharks that launch around them.