10 Terrifying Horror Movies Set During Daylight

Scary stories to tell in the... light?


There's something otherworldly about the middle of the night. Everything we know by day becomes distorted, shrouded by darkness that transforms even the most familiar of shapes into an uncertain force of evil. The night is a conduit for the unknown, after all, and turns everything it touches into something uncomfortable as we struggle to make sense of what we can't see.

Night is inherently scary by nature, and so day time - in the way all things must be balanced - is not.

Day time is for brunches and barbecues, for park runners and melting ice cream, for destination holidays spent soaking up nothing but sunburns and good times. Sunshine wasn't meant for monsters, which is why we banish them to the dark recesses under the bed and in the backs of our closets.

But sometimes, the terrible things confined to night break out, and daylight only serves to illuminate just how gruesome they really are.

Day time horror movies are hard to pull off, but these ten picks weaponised the comforts of the light and made us face up to some truly terrifying sights in the process. That night light doesn't feel much use any more...

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