Urban Legends create some of the most disturbing movies. We keep these stories in our minds because they crept out of the society we live in... everyone 'knows' somebody one of these awful things happened to.
1998 horror Urban Legend exemplified what it is to make a horror movie from Urban Legends, but these lesser known entries are worth watching for a scare that gets under your skin...
The Urban Legend: Kuchisake-Onna is a Japanese Urban Legend. She was the wife of a Samurai who sliced her mouth open when he discovered she'd cheated on him. Now she stalks the living, preying upon people with a giant pair of scissors. Still, despite the fantastical aspects of her tale, there have been reported sightings of her in Japan since the 1970s.
Movie: Carved (2007)
2. The Hitch-hiker
The Urban Legend: You're driving along a quiet road when you pick up a hitcher. He turns out to be a total psycho out for your blood. There are many scary real life horror stories to back this one up!
Movie: The Hitcher (1986)
3. Bloody Mary
The Urban Legend: If you dare, say her name three times in the mirror: a bloodied woman will appear and kill you. There may actually be a disturbing amount of truth in this one...
Movie: Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)
4. The Bunnyman
The Urban Legend: The Bunnyman originates in the American South. He is a deranged man in a bunny suit who likes to chase people with an axe...
Movie: Bunnyman (2011)
The Urban Legend: Kids buy pets they can't handle - such as baby alligators - and flush them down the toilet. This leads to a mutant race of terrifying reptiles breeding beneath our cities.
Movie: Alligator (1980)
6. The Donkey Punch
The Urban Legend: It's a bit rude, this one. The idea is that a man, while having intercourse with a partner from behind, punches them in the back of the head at the point of climax, creating a clenching effect to intensify the experience. Apart from being mean, just watch the movie to see how wrong this stunt can go...
Movie: Donkey Punch (2008)
7. Black Market Human Organ Trade
The Urban Legend: Poor countries lure wealthy tourists off the beaten track in order to kidnap them and remove their organs for sale on the black market.
Movie: Paradise Lost (2006)
8. The Boogeyman
The Urban Legend: a man lurks in your wardrobe, under your bed... wherever you're most afraid. He is the Boogeyman, and he wishes all children harm. There are a few movies made about the Boogeyman, but the 1980 Ulli Lommel version is by far the best.
Movie: The Boogeyman (1980, 2005)
9. The Mothman
The Urban Legend: A creepy figure known as The Mothman appears as an ill omen. Whenever he is seen, something terrible befalls the local community. Surprisingly frightening for a PG-13 rated movie starring Richard Gere, too!
Movie: The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
10. The Call Is Coming from Inside The House...
The Urban Legend: You're home alone and you get a strange call. You trace the call and discover... that the call is coming from inside the house! The '70s slasher was remade - somewhat poorly - in 2006.
Movie: When a Stranger Calls (1978)