10 Movies That Prove That Real Horror Is In The Human Mind

10 Movies That Prove That Real Horror Is In The Human Mind

By: Santiago Gonzalez -

After watching these movies, you'll realize that the human mind possesses a powerful and frightening side.

Maybe scientists have grown tired of looking for the door to the human mind, so now people have started looking for extraterrestrial life, a territory which, though it remains unknown, feels safer than the inside of anyone's psyche. That’s the home of the worst terrors in history, unspeakable atrocities, and the most vile events, like these:

Clinical (2017)

Alistair Legrand

Mind horror: An experienced therapist is unable to treat a fifteen-year-old who suffers from insecurity and low self-esteem until she starts a series of mind games that will lead her to a memory of harsh experiences from the past. But beyond that, an entire subplot that will melt your mind is being developed.

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American Psycho (2000)

Mary Harron

Mind horror: The film follows a Wall Street man’s life and stream of consciousness. He commits crimes while doing drugs, alcohol, and taking part in orgies. What is frightening about this film is that it features one of the most amazing narrations in film history, given that the murderer questions every single one of his actions and the reasons behind them.

Halloween (2008)

David Gordon Green

Mind horror: Bearing the first and last installments of the Halloween saga in mind, this franchise has certain elements that create a specific kind of terror in your mind. The killers are not as brutal as they are in other films and the start is always set by a psychological thriller. Seeing Michael Myers appear and disappear does to you what it does to the protagonists: fill you with paranoia, since nothing is actually going on… until the end.

Split (2016)

M. Night Shyamalan

Mind horror: The second part of M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy is the most complex of the entire franchise. You get to witness the activity of 23 different personalities inside the tormented head of a man who suffered from child abuse, which leads him to denial, repression, and the creation of a mind beast in order to survive. Seeing all his personalities is a disturbing show. What will it do to your mind?

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The Visit (2015)

M. Night Shyamalan

Mind horror: Two siblings decide to visit their grandparents, whom they have never met because the older couple has only recently reconciled with their mother. The sweet acting couple welcomes them with care and love, but there’s something sinister about them. Then, everything gets tense when their mother sees them through a video chat and realizes these are not her parents and that her kids have been exposed to a pair of strangers.

The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick

Mind horror: This film and literature classic is an absolute must when it comes to psychological terror. Even though Stephen King did not agree with the adaptation, Kubrick did achieve a thriller and horror masterpiece. Everything happens in an isolated and eerie hotel where a set of horrible events take place.

The Secret Window (2004)

David Koepp

Mind horror: The human mind and its mechanisms will always be a mystery. The shock a mind suffers after a meaningful loss is unmeasurable. This is the reason why we’ll never know the strategy a brain uses to heal itself. The protagonist of this story is threatened by someone who seems to stand for everything he isn’t, which makes him fear for his physical and mental health.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Lynne Ramsay

Mind horror: Much has been said about the so-called “killer gene” and whatever it is that makes a serial killer, a mass murderer, a psychopath or a sociopath and whether it all lies in the human mind. What makes Kevin hate his mother this way? Is she to blame for everything? Who is really the bad guy here? We might never know the answers to these questions.

The Experiment (2010)

Paul Scheuring

Mind horror: This is the second film version of the story about a group of scientists who gather several people for a social experiment. These men are separated in two groups and put in a fictional prison. The first group is made up of guards. The second group is made up of inmates. What seems like a simple enough activity soon spirals out of control thanks to characters that begin to develop paranoia and hallucinations.

Fight Club (1999)

David Fincher

Mind horror: This is the perfect movie to represent fears and mysteries of the human mind. Even the audience follows the main characters’ hallucinations until they find the awful truth: a disturbing mind game that will cause thousands of deaths.

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