10 Scariest Non-Horror Movies, According To Reddit

Thrills and chills aren’t limited to any particular genre, even a genre as broad as horror. Filmmakers like David Lynch, who recently announced a mysterious upcoming series, use unconventional methods to disorient and terrify viewers.

Also, what can be defined as “horror” or “scary” is purely subjective, as many Reddit users have openly shared their fears in several related posts. Many of these movies aren’t even categorized as “Horror,” which has a bigger impact on viewers who don’t expect the tones and aesthetics often associated with the genre. From polarizing kids movies to graphically realistic dramas, these are the scariest non-horror films, according to Redditors.

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Diablo (2014)


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In a discussion post titled “Scariest non-horror movie?” in the r/horror subreddit, Redditor u/SunnyZAK mentions Daniel Powter’s ruthless character study, Somnambulist. To quote another user in the same thread, “Lou Bloom is such a scary character.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal delivers what some consider the best performance of his career as Bloom, an amateur but overambitious journalist desperate for the most exclusive coverage. Although the film is labeled and stylized as a neo-noir crime thriller, the protagonist is a wide-eyed sociopath whose smiling facade is guaranteed to make skin crawl more effectively than most horror villains.


Return to Oz (1985)


Victor Flemming’s Wizard of Oz has its fair share of scary imagery, but the 1985 sequel from Walt Disney Pictures is pure nightmare fuel. Echoing the thoughts of other Redditors, user u/Idler- rightly asks, “WTF Disney?”

By removing all the wonders of the original in its opening shot, Back to Oz begins with Dorothy receiving electrotherapy for her fantasy land “delusions”. His second trip to Oz only descends deeper into obscurity with moments that involve screaming severed heads, the formidable Nome King and, of course, the infamous Wheelers. Impede the sleep of 80s kids for years to come; when the Wheelers enter the frame, viewers will want Flying Monkeys.


Jumanji (1995)


Sarah on the ground at Jumanji

Unlike popular sequels that pushed the reset button on Jumanji for a new generation, the original adaptation focused on the darker and weirder elements of the titular game. Audiences never see the world of the game, only the terrors that inhabit it, making this dark fantasy one of the most melancholy family movies of the 90s, and probably of all time.

Redditor u/Tiny-Chemistry-156 recalled, “Something about this movie always scared me.” After young Alan Parrish is horribly sucked into the jungle world via the board game, he returns to his hometown over 25 years later, hopeful but damaged as he copes with loss. of his beloved family. The reintroduction of Alan, played by Robin Williams, sets a dark and cloudy atmosphere before the curse of the board game awakens and the wild beasts make their way into the real world. So, that being said, beware of arachnophobes.


The Neverending Story (1984)


by Wolfgang Peterson The never-ending story is fondly remembered as an imaginative ’80s fantasy that achieved children’s classic status despite the original author’s criticism of the overly kitschy film. Petersen’s adaptation features iconic moments of movie magic like Falkor’s flight, but Redditor u/TheRealReapz recalls that “there are more than a few scenes that are nightmarish material.”

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The metaphysical antagonist, The Nothing, threatens to defeat the magical land of Fantasia, trapping all the imagination that has manifested it in a meaningless void. Judging by the comments section, it looks like The never-ending story introduced many children to existentialism with moments such as Atreyu’s horse being consumed by The Nothing and the wolf G’Mork sneakily revealing the source of The Nothing’s power.


We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)


User u/belzeboobie echoes another Redditor who claims that We need to talk about Kevin is “their favorite psychological film, but would never recommend it to anyone”. Undoubtedly a hard pill to swallow, director Lynne Ramsay’s harrowing adaptation is an urgent message, not just for parents, but for anyone who is or knows someone who lives with a worsening mental condition. with time.

Tilda Swinton gives a tour de force performance as a mother who senses something unsettling about her eponymous son. Ramsay generates a palpable unease through grief and despair as the film reveals the telltale signs that inevitably lead to a shocking act of violence. As sad as We need to talk about Kevin Perhaps, it cemented Ramsay as an emerging director.

Mulholland Drive (2001)


A handful of Redditors insist that Mulholland Drive, like most of David Lynch’s work, is unmistakably a horror movie, though the director himself would probably disagree. While it doesn’t share the same qualities as a traditional horror movie, the absurd and surreal elements present in Lynch’s Hollywood dreamscape are often eerie enough to warrant a shiver down your spine.

Most users refer to the nightmarish sequence featuring the reveal of a bum behind Winkie’s Diner as one of the best Lynchian moments for being so utterly shocking, even after the events were predicted moments before. It exemplifies the insidious fear that pervades everything. “The moment the singer stops and the song continues chills my soul,” says an unknown Redditor who claims that Mulholland Drive is, indeed, an existential horror film.

One Hour Picture (2002)


As well as being one of the funniest comedic artists of his time, Robin Williams was an incredibly gifted actor, and no performance showcases his range of layered emotional complexity quite like Sy Parrish from One hour photo. “This is Robin Williams at his spookiest,” says Redditor u/CommanderSmokeStack who, like many viewers, was put off by William’s mismatched portrayal.

Mark Romanek’s disturbing thriller centers on a lonely photo technician, Sy, who secretly develops an obsession with a family that hides their own private affairs. Sy’s behavior is immoral and, ultimately, downright deplorable, but what’s hardest is how easy it is to sympathize with him as a victim of child abuse, especially when Williams impregnates him with such passion and sincerity in times that find him desperate for the human. link.


Requiem for a Dream (2000)


Sara receives electroshock therapy in Requiem for a Dream.

Requiem for a dream is one of the most powerful films about drug addiction and its tragic conclusion is truly more effective than most public service announcements. Redditor u/crutchlen1 believes the immensely compelling psychodrama should be presented “in school health classes as a scare tactic against drug use.”

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Director Darren Aronofsky and editor Jay Rabinowitz weaponize the “cool” hallucinatory effects of substance use as they begin to highlight the deterioration of the mental (and physical) states of the four main subjects. Both visually haunting and uncompromising, the psychedelic imagery crescendos in a distorted cacophony meant to disturb rather than evoke euphoria.

Come and See (1985)


by Elem Klimov come and see depicts the lesser-known events of the Holocaust that occurred in Nazi-occupied Belarus during World War II. Wearing the aesthetic of a horror movie, come and see uses dark, visceral cinematography and haunting sound to create an immersive hellscape not recommended for the faint-hearted.

“I knew war was scary but I didn’t know it was scarier than Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers combined and multiplied by a million,” Redditor u/anotoriousbug says of the anti-war drama. Audiences perceive the hyperrealism of war through the perspective of Flyora, a Belarusian boy masterfully and terrifyingly played by child actor Aleksei Kravchenko.

Schindler’s List (1993)


The Girl in the Red Coat from Schindler's List.

Similar to the above come and see, Schindler’s list is a heavy historical drama that shows the ugliness of mankind during the events of the Holocaust. Although in the end the story of Oskar Schindler securing the safety of approximately 1,200 Jews from the Brünnlitz labor camp inspires much hope, the cruel and malevolent actions of SS Commander Amon Göth will cause you to lose sleep to some viewers.

“Reality is scarier than fiction,” according to Redditor u/blacksnakewhip. Director Steven Speilberg and cinematographer Janusz Kamiński shot in black and white to achieve a sense of timelessness, as well as documentary-like realism. Spielberg even downplayed the actions of the real Amon Göth so the public wouldn’t view him as cartoonish evil despite the facticity of his “exaggerated” war crimes.


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