5 horror movies that are sure to unsettle you

Written By Tia Bailey, Co-Features/A&E Editor

There are a ton of different kinds of horror movies. The genre has so many subgenres that the options are endless. One of my favorite types of horror is the kind that is off-putting and confusing until the end (and maybe even after the end) – the kinds of movies that make you sit there in silence for a bit collecting your thoughts before running to YouTube to search for one of those “ending explained” videos. The following are some of my favorites that fit this specific genre.

1. The House
This movie was what inspired this list. The House was released to Netflix on Jan. 15 of this year. The stop-motion dark comedy is about a house that brings bad luck on those who occupy it. The film is separated into three different acts/stories, and they’re all extremely off-putting and eerie. Each chapter has different directors, and each character struggles with the house and it’s luck.

2. I’m Thinking of Ending Things
I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a Netflix movie from 2020 that kind of flew under the radar. It’s an adaptation of a book of the same name by Iain Reid. The film follows a young woman (played by Jessie Buckley) who is on a road trip with her boyfriend (played by Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents for the first time. The movie is tense from the start, and the tensity and eeriness never go away. After a while, it’s hard to understand what is happening all the way up until the ending. This movie is really confusing, but great when you start to figure it out. The boyfriend’s parents are played by David Thewlis and Toni Collette, who absolutely kill it in every movie.

3. One Hour Photo
Robin Williams is known for being a funny guy, but in the movie One Hour Photo, he took a break from that to play ‘Sy the Photo Guy’. Sy works at a one-hour photo developing lab in a store, and he is obsessed with one family in particular. The obsession becomes more sinister day by day, to the point where Sy makes extra copies of the family’s photos and acts like he is a part of their family. Part of what makes this so jarring is the role change for Robin Williams, who does a fantastic job, as usual.

4. Hereditary
Although this film is widely known, it still deserves a spot on this list. Hereditary is director Ari Aster’s first film, and it was released in 2018. The film follows the Graham family, played by Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro and Gabriel Byrne. The talent of the cast in this movie is insane, and everything that happens in each scene is intense, off-putting, and just plain scary. Hereditary has the reputation it does for a reason, and if you haven’t had the opportunity to see it, give it a watch at your own discretion.

5. Raw
Raw is a 2016 French horror film about a veterinarian student named Justine who is a lifelong vegetarian. When she is hazed at her school and has to consume raw meat, she starts to notice deadly changes in her appetite and attitude, and has to uncover a dark family secret. This movie is gross and intriguing and fantastic.

If you’re looking for a disturbing movie to watch, any of these will give you what you want. Watch at your own discretion.