5 Dark Thrillers to Freak You Out on Friday the 13th (NSFW)

Jordana Brewster, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Ever since I was a middle schooler, reading Dean Koontz books under the covers and forcing my mom to rent Pet Semetary AND then watch it with me, I have loved the horror genre. Dark thrillers have always intrigued me, whether psychological or supernatural. About a year ago, I shared my favorite zombie films with you. Now, it’s time to broaden horizons and share some of the darkest horror films I know. While I will leave the supernatural stuff to the Winchesters for now, murder, serial killers and psychotics can be just around the corner for regular folks. These 5 dark thrillers seriously scare the shit out of me (I have been watching clips and I’m freaked) so be warned, don’t watch at work or around kids.

Definitely NSFW.

–The Collectiva Diva

1) The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

This is one of the most graphic, violent movies I have ever seen, and yet, I still find myself sympathizing with the villains toward the end of the film. Rob Zombie directed this, and the dude has a twisted world view but some amazing talent. The music is also amazing throughout, because, well, Rob Zombie. Watch this shit, but beware–this film is seriously FUCKED UP.

2) Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

I know everyone loves the original, but the remake is actually quite well done. Jessica Biel plays the leading lady, and she reminds audiences just how small this house really is. The movie sticks pretty close to the script, with a bit more insight into the crazy family and the tension between them. If you’re not into gore and violence, this film probably isn’t for you.

3) Haute Tension (2003)

I have a friend who is obsessed with horror B movies. I saw this at his house in French, originally, but there is a English dubbed over version (find and watch the French one). I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a lot of chasing, a lot of hiding and a huge fucking twist at the end NO ONE sees coming. Also, yeah! for representing homo/bisexuality, even though a love story in a horror movie never ends well.

4) The Amityville Horror (2003)

Just like Texas Chainsaw, the story of the Amityville house has been told numerous times and is based in reality. For me,  Ryan Reynolds with a 70s beard makes this my default favorite version, but the original is great, too. This borders on spiritual horror, which I could do an entire different post about, but since the phenomena has never been explained, it could just be daddy went crazy.

5) Wrong Turn (2003)

Eliza Dushku and crew make this my number one pick for films that give me nightmares. I don’t know whether is is the purposefulness of the villains, the location or the hopelessness of the situation that terrifies me more, but I am not even going to watch the trailer on this one. If you haven’t seen the movie, watch it. If you have seen it, why did they bother making 5 more of these? This one trumps them all.

 

RUNNER UP:

Friday the 13th (2009) with Jarpad

I’ve never seen this version (I KNOW I KNOW) but since my dear Collectress is watching it tonight under a full moon on Friday, June 13th, I figured I would include a clip for the Moose Mane Appreciation Club.

 

 

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