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Perfect Horror Movies to Wait Out Self Isolation

Updated on March 24, 2020
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Arthur is an avid television and movie fan with horror being his favored genre. If you can name it, he has probably seen it. Twice.

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At the time I am writing this, we are deep in the Corona Virus crisis. By now, I'm sure there are a hundred lists about zombie viruses and contagious diseases, but what people aren't making lists about is an entirely different and possibly scarier side effect of this, and that is self-isolation. For some people, being stuck in the house by themselves for two weeks is a dream, but for others, it's straight out of a nightmare. No matter where you land on the spectrum, these horror movies will have you locking your doors and thinking twice about being stuck in your home. q

1. The Strangers

The Strangers is pure nightmare fuel that is "based on a true story." A couple in a weird spot in their relationship stay in an isolated cabin the night of a friend's wedding. With the fate of their relationship unknown, the couple is just trying to get through the night and head home in the morning. Unbeknownst to them, a trio of evil is lurking right outside their door.

There is never an explanation of why these three are harassing the couple, but this is psychological horror at its finest. There is a sequel to this film, which is also worth a watch since you're already stuck at home, but start with the original.

2. He's Out There

This movie has no right being as good as it is. The premise is nothing new, but there is enough variation to make it feel like a fresh take on a reheated plot. A mother and her two daughters get away to a remote lake house for a little rest and relaxation. Unfortunately, someone has something else in mind for the trio, and terror ensues as they try to survive their attacker. Apart from a few unbelievable scenes, this movie is pretty grounded in reality, which makes it all the more terrifying.

3. Hush

Hush is unlike any other home invasion you will ever see because there is an added element that you don't see in many movies. The protagonist of the film is deaf and mute, making a killer lurking outside that much more of a threat to her. This movie does a fantastic job keeping the suspense high throughout. If you are lucky enough to be hearing-abled, you will appreciate it a lot more after finishing Hush.

4. They Come Knocking

They Come Knocking was a surprisingly good entry into Hulu and Blumhouse's Into the Dark series. It follows a dad and his two daughters on a road trip where they get stranded in a mobile home. What makes this movie stand out from other home invasion films is that the killers are not human but instead some kind of supernatural beings masquerading as kids, which makes it creepier somehow. This is one of my favorite Into the Dark movies because of how well put together and creepy it is. Don't watch this movie too late at night or you'll have to sleep with the lights on.

5. Belko Expirement

Being trapped inside can be even more terrifying if you are in a group. The Belko Experiment is a highly underrated movie filled with a who's who of that one guy from that one thing. An office full of people going about their daily lives is suddenly placed on lockdown and given the ultimatum of killing each other or being killed. This one gets pretty bloody, but it is still filled with plenty of suspense. It will leave you wondering if you would be able to survive the Belko Experiment.

6. Vacancy

Vacancy has the same vibe as The Strangers but with a slightly different twist. As is the case in many horror movies, this film starts when the couple decides to take a short cut, and their car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road. Not so luckily for them, there is a hotel on the road for them to hunker down for the night. Little do they know that they are being spied on, and the hotel proprietors have no plans to let them leave. This is a high suspense film that will have you itching to get outside as soon as possible.

7. Identity

Identity is another way underrated movie. It has everything you want from a horror-thriller, from inventive deaths to storylines that catch you off guard. A group of strangers is stranded at a hotel after torrential rains flood the roads and trap them in. They all come from different walks of life, but when they start dying, they have to figure out what they have in common to uncover who the killer is. A cast of well-known actors rounds out the reasons to watch this movie on your quarencation.

8. Buried

If being trapped inside sparks fear in you, you may not be able to handle this movie. This movie is so simple yet so scary at the same time; Paul Conroy wakes up in a coffin with nothing but a lighter and a cell phone. I have to give major props to both the writers and Ryan Reynolds for making a movie so suspenseful that takes place solely in a coffin.

9. Misery

Sometimes the scariest part about being locked inside is who you're locked inside with. Misery is a Steven King classic and a perfect movie to weather the quarantine. A writer is saved from a car accident only to find that his savior is an obsessed fan who plans on keeping him quarantined indefinitely until he writes the story of her dreams. There are so many cringe-worthy scenes in this movie and it will make you question who your quarantine roommates really are.

10. Don't Breath

The only thing worse than being trapped in a house with a killer outside is being trapped in a house with a killer inside. This movie stars Dylan Minnette, who is one of the best young actors in Hollywood. A trio of kids decides to rob a blind man to get the cash they need to start new lives. Unbeknownst to them, sight impairment doesn't stop their target from being a dangerous force. Their heist quickly turns to a fight for survival as they try to make their way out of a house built to keep people in.

Make the Best of It

It sucks having to be stuck inside, but it doesn't have to. Take this time to catch up on some old movies or rewatch some of your favorites. Isolation won't last forever, and sooner or later, you will get outside again. Too bad the same can't be said for most of the characters in these movies.


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