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10 Best Horror Movies That Aren't Supernatural

Terrifying horror films that don't need ghosts to be scary.

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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 on.

Unlike 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?

While 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!

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Glasgow-based cinephile who earned a Master's degree in film studies to spend their time writing about cinema, video games, and horror.