Movies allow us that special space to experience things we could never get the chance to in the real world. Far away galaxies populated by stupid sexy aliens, distant historical lands where warriors and royalty battle for dominance on the backs of dragons, and cities saved by superheroes with distractingly chiselled chins are just a few of the weird and wonderful planes of existence we can step into for just a moment when we slap a movie on.
And for those that like a little more spice in their movie meatball, there's horror movies too of course, thrusting you knee deep into nightmarish, gruesome hellscapes, replete with demonic entities and serial killers wielding severed limbs, because why the hell not?
Our morbid fascination with all things viscerally unsettling on screen might be a strange one, but it makes sense when we've got nothing to do with the consequences. Horror movies are the best outlet to offering up scenarios and questions that in reality we would never be able to experience and nor would we want to, rather endlessly debating the choices into eternity as there's no right answer to whether you'd lose your arm or your eye if a sadistic freak had you strapped to their surgical table.
Horror knows what its doing when it comes to squeamish mental gymnastics as well as its gory visuals, and it only gets worse from here...
9. Pet Sematary - Could You Bring Your Child Back From The Dead?
The titular Pet Sematary in Stephen King's source material emanates spookiness from every angle, and has been captured perfectly on screen both in 1989 and 2019 to bring its terrifying potential to life. Lurking at the back of the Creed family's property is a burial ground that has the power to bring the dead back to the realm of the living, which sounds good and all, until it's revealed that anything laid to rest in the sour ground doesn't come back the same.It's family cat Churchill that proves this point most unsettlingly, returning with an aggressive appetite for blood after passing away early into the movie.
But the stakes are raised when in 1989's version, toddler Gage is hit by a truck and tragically passes away.
Losing a child is an unimaginably horrible situation to have to deal with in the first place, but it begs the question: Would you bring your child back from the dead if given the opportunity, knowing he'd never be the same again? Whilst the Pet Sematary itself has an unnatural draw to its cursed land, stepping outside of the screen gives you a clear enough head to actually debate the question in its entirety. Is it worth seeing your child again, even if they will become a flesh-hungry zombie in the process?