When Alfred Hitchcock first pitched The Birds, he was laughed at. No one’s laughing now.
When political theorist Hannah Arendt warned against “the banality of evil” she certainly wasn’t talking about horror movies. But isn’t that part of what makes our beloved genre so captivating? The way fear practitioners can take normal, every day objects like a phone or a shower and turn them into something beyond terrifying.
Of course, filmmakers don’t always hit their mark. For every The Birds there’s at least one Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
Watch Mojo recently released one of their famous lists: Top 10 Horror Movies that Tried to Make you Afraid of Stupid Things. To be fair, not all of the film highlighted are stupid or even flops; some are fantastic! Still, each contains a central component that, taken by itself, would be silly to fear. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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If you can’t stream, the Top 10 horror movies that tried to make us afraid of something stupid are listed below the video, along with trailers and synopses. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Good horror movies can make just about anything seem scary, but these films tried and failed with the dumbest things they could find! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Stupid Things That Horror Movies Could Not Make You Afraid Of! But what movies will take the top spot on our list? Will it be The Sand, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, or the Happening? Watch to find out!
Leprechauns in Leprechaun (1993)
Official Synopsis: Dan O’Grady (Shay Duffin) steals 100 gold coins from a leprechaun (Warwick Davis) while on vacation in Ireland. The leprechaun follows him home, but Dan locks the murderous midget in a crate, held at bay by a four-leaf clover. Ten years later, J.D. Redding (John Sanderford) and his daughter, Tory (Jennifer Aniston), rent O’Grady’s property for the summer. When their new neighbors accidentally release the leprechaun, he goes on a murderous rampage to reclaim his gold.
Snowmen in Jack Frost (1997)
Official Synopsis: As notorious serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) is being driven to his execution, the truck carrying the murderer encounters a bizarre accident that transforms him into a mutant snowman. Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport), who caught the psychopath originally, has remained concerned about his return, and it seems that his fears were well-founded. Before long, bodies pile up, all killed in gruesome wintry ways. Can the sheriff stop Frost’s icy reign of terror?
VHS Tapes in Ringu (1998)
Official Synopsis: When her niece is found dead along with three friends after viewing a supposedly cursed videotape, reporter Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima) sets out to investigate. Along with her ex-husband, Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), Reiko finds the tape, watches it — and promptly receives a phone call informing her that she’ll die in a week. Determined to get to the bottom of the curse, Reiko and Ryuji discover the video’s origin and attempt to solve an old murder that could break the spell.
Beds in Death Bed: The Bed that Eats (1977)
Official Synopsis: A long-ago failed seduction results in a demonically possessed four-poster that consumes lovers.
Skype in Unfreinded (2015)
Official Synopsis: One night, while teenagers Blaire, Mitch, Jess, Adam Ken and Val take part in an online group chat session, they are suddenly joined by a user known only as “Billie227.” Thinking it’s just a technical glitch, the friends carry on their conversation… until Blaire begins receiving messages from someone claiming to be Laura Barns, a classmate who killed herself exactly one year prior. As Blaire tries to expose Billie’s identity, her friends are forced to confront their darkest secrets and lies.
Vaginas in Teeth (2008)
Official Synopsis: Dawn (Jess Weixler) is an active member of her high-school chastity club but, when she meets Tobey (Hale Appleman), nature takes its course, and the pair answer the call. They suddenly learn she is a living example of the vagina dentata myth, when the encounter takes a grisly turn.
Earthworms in Squirm (1976)
Official Synopsis: City slicker Mick (Don Scardino) makes his way to the swampy little town of Fly Creek, Ga., to see his girlfriend, Geri (Patricia Pearcy). After meeting up with her, Mick learns that the area has recently been ravaged by intense storms. More troubling is the appearance of large worms driven up through the soil by the downpours. But what Mick, Geri and the locals don’t realize is that the electricity from downed power lines has caused the worms to go mad and develop a taste for human flesh.
Tomatoes in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
Official Synopsis: In a spoof of low-budget sci-fi films, oozing tomatoes go on the rampage, splattering innocent victims.
Sand in The Sand (2015)
Official Synopsis: After an all-night party, hung over revelers awaken to a beating sun and a carnivorous beach that devours anything with a heartbeat.
Plants in The Happening (2008)
Official Synopsis: An apocalyptic threat to humanity arrives out of the clear blue sky with a series of violent, inexplicable deaths spreading across the country. The cause of the terrifying phenomenon remains unknown, prompting science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), his wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel) and his colleague Julian (John Leguizamo) to try to elude the invisible killer in Pennsylvania’s farmland. Soon it becomes clear that no one is safe.
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