10 Horror Movies That Max Out Your Senses

See no evil, hear no evil, smell no evil.


Horror films are designed to f*ck you up a bit. Toying with our sense of sight and sound continuously, these movies, more so than any other genre, are crafted as sensory overloads, making it so that we can't trust our own eyes or ears throughout their run-time. With the release of A Quiet Place, this can be seen more clearly than ever, as it utilises sound, - or rather, a lack of it - to convey intensity and terror simply through its play on our own experience of hearing.

There's plenty of other films that subvert this experience across the board, with touch, smell, and taste utilised just as effectively as sight and sound. Films that can make us feel the physicality of their craftsmanship hold a special kind of scariness in this sense, ingraining themselves in our primal human nature as much as just being a spooky watch. A monster that manipulates your very sense of being and warps everyday reality is one that will stick with you.

With that in mind, here are 10 films that mess with our human experience to the extreme, making us hold our breath, peer behind the cushion, and lean in closer with each play on our senses. Just be thankful Smell-O-Vision hasn't been invented yet.

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