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When was the last time a jump scare managed to do that? Here are five genuinely disturbing horror movies that go beyond the jump scares.

Horror movies that are genuinely scary

There are many ways a great horror movie can get under your skin. They can play tricks with your mind via shocking visuals or make your skin crawl with eerie sound design like in Hereditary. They can dig deep into the psychology of pain, fear, and grief like The Babadook.

Or they can just throw a shitload of cheap jump scares into the damn thing and make you scream like a nutter. Like most horror fans, we’re tired of the jump scare trope. It’s lazy and often unearned – a sloppy way to evoke a reaction from an audience in lieu of actual terror.

That’s why we should honor horror movies that are genuinely terrifying without relying on cheap, schlocky thrills. These are films that fill your entire mind and body with dread and that linger with you for days, months, or even years after watching them. When was the last time a jump scare managed to do that? Here are five genuinely disturbing horror movies that go beyond the jump scares.

Get Out

The cinematic darling of 2017, Get Out follows African-American photographer Chris as he and his girlfriend visit her childhood home. But what starts out as an uncomfortable meeting with her upper-class, white parents, soon turns into something far more disturbing.

The Endless

The best movie of 2018 you most likely haven’t seen yet. The story centers around two brothers who return to the cult they escaped from years ago. Although they have changed since then, the cult members stayed remarkable young. Is it the result of a healthy country lifestyle, or is it linked to the entity the cult is worshipping?

It Follows

After a sexual encounter, a young woman is followed by a relentless, deadly force only she can see. Unable to stop it, her only option left is to put this curse on someone else. But as she soon finds out, the solution is not that simple.

It Comes at Night

After an unexplained disease seemingly wipes out civilization, a man and his family hole up in the woods. When a wounded man claiming to have a family of his own arrives, the question arises of how much humanity they can still afford to spare. It Comes at Night is anything but an easy horror.

The Mist

A supernatural mist encloses a group of survivors in a supermarket. When monsters emerge out of the fog, the group must fight for their lives while battling to maintain their morality and sanity.

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  • Babadook, Heredity ,Us & Get Out… Really Good movies…
    The rest? Eh, kinda sucked. I just saw the Endless..
    Ya, SUCKED, sorry! 🙄..
    I’ve seen almost every horror movie made, I suggest broadening your genres a bit while searching. Like not just horror but Paranormal Horror, Psychological Horror,, Horror Thrillers, etc..

    April 27, 2020
  • I can recommend a lot of really good movies , some didn’t get a real big build up either. I search horror, & the word hora attached to other words like psychological, horror,paranormal horror, horror thriller, even psychological paranormal horror thriller. you’d be amazed at the movies that pop up that you never even seen before. One really cool movie is called FUNNY GAMES. People keep hyping up movies & pay a lot to see them if you’re not subscribed and they suck, like midsomer horrible movie, so was The Shallows, The Perfection, Midsummer, countless others. Ppl are paying up to$9.99 to rent that crap .( I NEVER PAY)..Veronica was great! & The Joker,although not concidered horror was awesome. There’s apps on Google Play that have NEW RELEASES FREE. But you have to do your homework and find the right one.. most really suck. SHUDDER IS A COMPLETE RIPOFF!!
    Let’s face it, I’m the Queen of Horror. Lol, always at least # 2 on all those tests! Lol, you name it, I’ve probably seen it! PS… I have a million CDs & Retro VHS tapes Im unloading!… maybe. Some, I can’t let go, like the ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN, THE OMEN, ON VHS UNOPENED! & MORE.. Well, happy horror hunting!!

    April 27, 2020
    • Three words. Get. A. Life…. maybe a little bonus to add on the end; NERD

      May 15, 2020

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