10 TERRIFYING Horror Movie Moments You Don't Actually See

It's what you don't see that gets you.


Horror movies have long reinforced that what we don't understand scares us the most. Linger on a schlocky monster, explain a convoluted backstory, or throw up some janky special effects and we'll still have a good time, yes, but that primal fear born from the unknown is lost along the way. There's a reason we're all so afraid of the dark, after all, and that would be because we can never be certain of what exactly is hiding in it.

Lovecraft's special brand of cosmic horror embodies the swirling, terrible potential of what we can't quite grasp best, though there are plenty more subtle examples in the film world that use our own imagination against us. And really, there's something incredibly sinister about being forced to paint by numbers with what our personal brand of psychology can conjure up.

From camera cutaways that spare us the grisly details, to implications far too insidious to put to screen, these are the horror movie moments that don't care if you're watching through your fingers - they'll scar you all the same anyway...

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