10 Weirdest Virtual Reality Horror Movies

What did I just watch?

The Cell
New Line Cinema

It's hard to believe that, by placing a bulky headset on your face, you can be transported to a simulated world that's so authentic, you can momentarily forget everything you're looking at is fake. To enter a simulated world sounds so fantastical, it's hard to believe it's a part of our reality.

Because society is so fascinated by VR, it's no surprise that many movies have explored the concept. For years, films like Ready Player One, Total Recall, Tron, and The Matrix have blown us away with fascinating realities, jaw-dropping visuals, and imaginative stories.

But the horror genre has showcased just how terrifying virtual reality can be. Films like Dark City, The Lawnmower Man, and The Cell proved this incredible technology can mess with your mind, figuratively and literally. The idea you can be plunged into a pseudo-world against your will, be attacked by your darkest insecurities, or not be able to tell what's real is enough to freak out anyone. Although virtual reality's capabilities are theoretically unlimited, the entries on this list prove the technology also has the potential to unleash infinite horror.

10. Cube2: Hypercube

The Cell

In Cube, six strangers awaken in a gargantuan maze filled with booby-trapped rooms. With one only room leading to the exit, the group are forced to work together to escape.

Cube didn't make a splash at the box office, but the Twilight Zone-inspired flick quickly became a cult-classic. Because the film left so many questions unanswered, it wasn't long before the masses were hungry for a sequel.

So, after five long years, Cube2: Hypercube was finally released. Although this follow-up doesn't come close to matching its predecessor, it dials the zaniness up a 1000%. Instead of being trapped in a giant prison, our ensemble are locked in a virtual simulation of a fourth-dimensional tesseract that exists outside space and time. (If you think the premise is easier to understand if you watch the movie, it isn't.)

Because the tesseract isn't bound by the laws of physics, characters die and are resurrected before dying again. One person might move in slow-motion while another person moves at superspeed. We see people being ripped apart by killer cubes, exist in multiple timelines at once, and age decades in mere seconds.

Like the original, it's better not to try and understand Hypercube. Instead, just enjoy the ride.


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