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5 Horrifying Movies That Aren't Technically Horror

By Jodi Smith | Lists | October 21, 2015 |

By Jodi Smith | Lists | October 21, 2015 |


Nightcrawler

There are several things horrifying about this movie. One of those is seeing Jake Gyllenhaal go from handsome leading man to the adult version of Donnie Darko off of his meds and without family. One of the others is just how true the movie is to the state of media and news outlets today. Another is realizing that there are people out there just like Louis Bloom. People that exist only to take advantage of the misfortune of others with no thought about anyone but themselves. Nightcrawler had me simultaneously nauseated and impressed and I will never watch it again.

Return to Oz

It’s a sequel to the beloved classic Wizard of Oz, so it should be mildly frightening but not terrifying. Instead you get women removing their damned heads and freakish elongated beings skating around on all fours. What the shit was in that Kool-Aid, Disney?

Lone Survivor

If you can watch this movie based on the true story of Navy SEALs under attack in Afghanistan and not feel sick, enraged, guilty, and horrified? You should maybe stay away from other people and examine what crazy shit in your life has made you immune to the loss of human life.

American History X

I’ll only say this: curb stomp.

The Machinist

The physical deterioration of Christian Bale’s Trevor Reznik is a direct reflection of the internal struggle of a man that has completely lost himself. The idea that a person could experience an event that could trigger a complete loss of self is horrifying, as is realizing it could happen to any one of us.



Jodi Smith is the Associate Trade News Editor at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.



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