From demonically possessed dolls and various creatures of the night to unknowable cosmic terrors and some
good old-fashioned ghosts, the horror genre is stocked full of hordes of otherworldly
nightmares designed with the sole purpose of making viewers sleep with the lights
other genres, however, horror isn’t bound to the mundane rules of reality. It has the
freedom to dive headfirst into the supernatural to forge narratives that bring our
deepest, darkest fears to life on the big screen. The Exorcist, The Blair Witch
Project, The Conjuring, and Hereditary are just a tiny example of some of the most
frightening and acclaimed examples of the genre, all of which exploit different
elements of the supernatural to penetrate our fears.
But who said that horror
films need to feature the supernatural to be effective?
ghosts and monsters can be manifestations of terror, sometimes the scariest horror flicks are those that are
more grounded in the natural rather than the supernatural. Depicting random acts of violence and situations that could plausibly
occur in real life, here are just some of the non-supernatural horrors that
will shake you to the core.
Beware of spoilers for Kill List, The Wicker Man, and Don't Look Now!