Psychologically Scary: Horror Movies that Scare You of Yourself

There are many ways to scare a person, and horror movies recognize that, resulting to a wide variety of horror subgenres that cater to the type of scares that people want. Some want the common ghosts or the serial killers, but some want something that will scare them of something that’s inherent to the human person. This gave birth to the psychological horror genre, which relies on the mental, emotional and psychological status of characters to scare people. Here we’ll be listing four movies which are worthy for a good watch for those who want to be psychologically frightened.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) is an American film directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, and Danny Aiello. The titular character is a Vietnam War veteran who’s been plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, becoming insane as everything morphs into disturbing images. The movie is known for its intense playing of the viewers’ emotions, making them question as to what has actually been happening in the movie. There is also a remake in the making with a set date on 2017, so fans of the original will have to look forward to.

Shutter Island (2009) is a movie which focuses on US Marshal Teddy Daniels and his pursuit of a brilliant murderess from the clutches of the titular island’s Ashecliffe Hospital, an asylum for the criminally insane. It is one of director Martin Scorsese’s highest grossing work, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, and Emily Mortimer as the cast. The plot twist at the end has kept people in the dark as to what it means, and you’ll surely be one of them if you decide to watch it.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) is a movie that is said to have popularized the found footage filming technique. Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sànchez, the film posits that three student filmmakers have taken on the job of researching about a fictional legend known as the Blair Witch, but the three disappear and what’s left is their equipment found a year later; the “recovered footage” is the film the viewer is watching. The film proves that what scares us isn’t the source of the scare, but the scare itself and the playfulness of one’s imagination.

The Shining (1980), although first received with mixed reviews, has been now widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, is tasked to guard the Overlook Hotel for the winter, and plans to use the time to write, but little does he know that the hotel has secrets in its maze-like structure.

Psychological horror movies deviate from the usual horror movies, which usually fills movies with ghosts and serial killers and gore. Nevertheless, these movies prove themselves worthy of the horror tag, scaring people not of the external horrors of the world, but of the inherent evils that every person has. These four movies would surely take you to a ride of the internal conflicts of a person, and how scary it can be.