Regular readers of Horror Freak News know that we’re huge fans of the video lists & essays produced by WatchMojo.com—especially when they deal with horror movies. Their latest offering, just released a few hours ago, is right up our alley: Top 10 Horror Movies that Could Actually Happen! Fans of horror from past decades already know that genre films are often considered prophetic (like John Carpenter’s They Live and David Cronenberg’s Existenz); this vid from WatchMojo lists a whole new batch of films that don’t seem far from our current reality.
Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section! If you can’t stream, I’ve included a list of the films (plus synopses) below the video. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Go ahead and tell yourself these movies are super unrealistic, but just remember, their logic holds up and we think they could actually happen. WatchMojo presents the top 10 horror movie scenarios that are not that unrealistic. But what will take the top spot on our list? When a Stranger Calls, Funny Games, or Misery? Watch to find out!
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Red State (2011, Directed by Kevin Smith)
Official Synopsis: Three horny teenagers — Travis (Michael Angarano), Jarod (Kyle Gallner) and Billy-Ray (Nicholas Braun) — can’t believe their luck when they meet a woman online who says she wants to hook up with all three of them at once. But the promise of sex is a trap, and the boys find themselves in the hands of Abin Cooper (Michael Parks), a lunatic preacher who spews so much hatred that even neo-Nazis stay away. Cooper means to kill the trio for their sins, prompting a desperate bid for escape.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Directed by Tobe Hooper)
Official Synopsis: When Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.
Jaws (1975, Directed by Steven Spielberg)
Official Synopsis: When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engages in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
The Strangers (2008, Directed by Bryan Bertino)
Official Synopsis: Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) are expecting a relaxing weekend at a family vacation home, but their stay turns out to be anything but peaceful. First, a mysterious and dangerous woman arrives at the door while James is out on an errand. When he returns, he accidentally kills his friend Mike (Glenn Howerton), mistaking him for an intruder. And then real danger does show up — in the form of three masked torturers, leaving Kristen and James struggling for survival.
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Scream (1996, Directed by Wes Craven)
Official Synopsis: The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There’s a killer in their midst who’s seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody…
The Last House on the Left (1972, Directed by Wes Craven)
Official Synopsis: Teenagers Mari (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) head to the city for a concert, then afterward go looking for drugs. Instead, they find a gang of escaped convicts who subject them to a night of torture and rape. The gang then kills the girls in the woods, not realizing they’re near Mari’s house. When they pose as salesmen and are taken in by Mari’s mother (Cynthia Carr) and father (Gaylord St. James), it doesn’t take the parents long to figure out their identities and plot revenge.
Psycho (1960, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock)
Official Synopsis: Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.
When a Stranger Calls (1979, Directed by Fred Walton)
Official Synopsis: A retired police detective (Charles Durning) hunts a deranged British seaman out to re-create a baby sitter’s (Carol Kane) horror.
Misery (1990, Directed by Rob Reiner)
Official Synopsis: After a serious car crash, novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who claims to be his biggest fan. Annie brings him to her remote cabin to recover, where her obsession takes a dark turn when she discovers Sheldon is killing off her favorite character from his novels. As Sheldon devises plans for escape, Annie grows increasingly controlling, even violent, as she forces the author to shape his writing to suit her twisted fantasies.
Funny Games (2007, Directed by Michael Haneke)
Official Synopsis: When Ann, husband George, and son Georgie arrive at their holiday home they are visited by a pair of polite and seemingly pleasant young men. Armed with deceptively sweet smiles and some golf clubs, they proceed to terrorize and torture the tight-knit clan, giving them until the next day to survive.