With Halloween on the way, there are a lot of scary horror movies to watch to get in the mood. However, sometimes the scariest movies contain real life horrors and have nothing to do with the supernatural. With a lot of these realistic horrors to choose from, the Criterion Collection has some of the more prestigious options. Here are some of the best realistic horror movies from the Criterion Collection.
“The Night of the Hunter” – In 1955, actor Charles Laughton directed his only film, “The Night of the Hunter.” The movie tells the story of a serial killer preacher with the words “LOVE” and “HATE” tattooed on each hand. He shows up at the home of a widow, whose husband hung for committing murder, intent on finding where he hid stolen money before his death. To do this, he begins torturing the widow’s children, the only people who knows the money’s location.
“Peeping Tom” – “Peeping Tom” was one of the most controversial films made at the time of its release. Director Michael Powell effectively ruined his filmmaking career in the UK following the film’s release, due to the reception by the community. The movie tells the story of an aspiring filmmaker who murders women while filming them. The twist is that he places mirrors where they can watch their own death, therefore capturing the fear in their faces at the moment of their death.
“Repulsion” – Roman Polanski cemented his name in horror with his supernatural film, “Rosemary’s Baby,” but he also captured real-life psychosis with “Repulsion.” In the movie, two sisters live together, one clearly mentally unstable. When the sane sister takes a vacation, leaving the unbalanced one alone, she finally snaps and commits murders while suffering from hallucinations, unable to cope with the real world.
“The Silence of the Lambs” – One of the most famous serial killer movies of all-time, “Silence of the Lambs” tells the story of a man who kidnaps and murders women. In order to catch this killer, a young female FBI agent begins a series of interviews with a genius cannibal in prison named Hannibal Lecter, in order to try to get into the mind of a serial killer.
“The Vanishing” – The Criterion Collection version of the horror movie “The Vanishing” is the original French version, not the American remake. The movie is a tale of real-life horror as a man is vacationing with his girlfriend, who then disappears without a trace. The man begins a long three-year search for her until one day the abductor contacts him and promises to show him what happened to her.