In 2002, I saw my very first legitimately scary movie — The Ring. It terrified me, shook me to my core, and made me a wimp when it comes to horror films.That may sound melodramatic, but even to this day, if I think of The Ring when my home is dark, I’m pretty much screwed for the rest of the night. But apparently I’m a glutton for punishment, because in 2005, I was first in line to see The Ring Two, which was equally as frightening, but not as entertaining.
Then, the final movie in my trilogy of horrors was released in 2008, in the form of the superbly disappointing Mirrors, starring Kiefer Sutherland. Mirrors wasn’t even good, but it did something to me. It disgusted me. It ruined me. It freaked me out so bad that I vowed to never watch another horror film. Ever.
But later this year, Rings, the third film in The Ring series, will be released. If any movie is going to tempt me to break my seven year absence from horror films, Rings will be the one. But even though it’s been years since I’ve seen an actual horror film, I, like most people, enjoy a good scare every once in a while. And while there are plenty of crap-your-pants worthy films out there, I enjoy a movie that is more creepy than terrifying. One that is not as scary in the moment, but freaks you out because you can’t get it out of your head. So, if you’re a grown man and suck at watching horror films, but still want to watch something scarier than Finding Nemo, check out our list of ten creepy movies that aren’t horror films.
Back when Shia LaBeouf was still famous, and before he was giving terrifying motivational speeches, he was on a rise to the top and was doing a remarkable job of breaking out of his Disney shell and taking on more serious roles. Case and point: Disturbia.
Kale is a 17-year old guy who, after being charged with aggravated assault against one of his teachers, is placed under house arrest for three months. Lame. Quickly becoming bored of TV and video games, he takes up a new hobby. He begins to spy on his neighbor, Robert Turner, who Kale believes to be a serial killer. The majority of the film is spent with Kale spying on Turner, and gathering evidence, until the ugly truth comes out.
The “most disturbing” scene: After Kale’s friend enters Turner’s home and records a video of his snooping, Kale reviews the footage. He notices something in one of the vents in Turner’s house, and zooms in to discover the face of a woman who died in pain, stuffed into the vent.
Following the huge success of The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan was under a lot of pressure to deliver another supernatural thriller that would be even better and more shocking than his previous films. While some will debate which film is better, my vote goes to Unbreakable.
The movie is a dark and realistic look at the lives of two superheroes, Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) and David Dunn, the unbreakable man. Throughout the film, Dunn comes to grips with his superhuman durability, and discovers he also has the ability to perceive the crimes that others have committed simply through touch. It’s a great superhero film, and a fantastic thriller with the great twist. Shyamalan films just don’t get any better than this one, and it is the last of his really great movies.
The “earth-shattering” moment: At the conclusion of the film there is a huge twist, a la M. Night Shyamalan. Mr. Glass reveals himself as Dunn’s archenemy, and Dunn discovers that Glass is guilty of a string of murders and terrorist attacks. Glass tells Dunn that all these crimes are justified because they were committed in order to find Dunn, so that the duo could finally meet.