Are you in the mood for a good scare? Horror movies have always been a popular genre because of their ability to make us feel afraid and exhilarated all at once.
However, some films go beyond just being scary and actually make us shed a tear or two. Here are some of the best scary movies that will make you cry.
This 2014 Australian horror film is about a single mother, Amelia, who is struggling to raise her son Samuel after her husband dies. The story takes a dark turn when they start experiencing strange occurrences in their home after reading a pop-up book called “The Babadook.” This movie is not only terrifying but also emotionally gripping, as it explores themes of grief, mental illness, and motherhood.
This 2018 horror film follows the Graham family as they unravel the dark secrets of their ancestry after the death of their grandmother. The film’s slow-burning tension builds up to one of the most shocking and emotional endings in recent horror cinema. Toni Collette’s performance as Annie, the matriarch of the family, is particularly impressive as she portrays a mother struggling with grief and guilt.
The Sixth Sense
This 1999 classic directed by M. Night Shyamalan stars Bruce Willis as child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe and Haley Joel Osment as his patient Cole Sear who claims he can see dead people. The twist at the end still holds up today and brings tears to many viewers’ eyes.
This 2013 supernatural horror film follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. The movie’s jump scares are effective but what really sets it apart is its focus on relationships between family members and how they cope with trauma.
This 2019 folk horror film by Ari Aster is about a group of friends who travel to a remote Swedish village to participate in a pagan festival that takes a sinister turn. The film’s bright and colorful visuals are contrasted with its disturbing subject matter, which includes themes of grief and toxic relationships.
- These movies prove that horror can be more than just jump scares and gore. When done right, it can also be emotionally resonant and thought-provoking. So if you’re in the mood for something that will make you both scared and moved, give these films a watch.