Horror Movies Based On Phobias

Phobia Horror Movies

by Dusan on September 28th, 2018 | |

There’s nothing worse (or maybe better) than discovering a new phobia. And there’s no better way to enjoy the thrill of every terrifying phobia than through phobia horror movies. In this post we count down 10 horror movies based off real-life phobias.

  1. Fire in the Sky is sure to inform some people’s deep-seated fears. 1 in 40 people have a fear (or actual belief) that they’ve been abducted by aliens and experimented on. With odds like that Fire in the Sky will no doubt induce shivers in many people. The film includes graphic depictions of the possible worst of an alien abduction with rough handling and cruel torture devices and restraints. Psychologists chalk these beliefs up to sleep paralysis and Fire in the Sky might just make it worse for some.
  1. A common paranoia of our modern society revolves around the spread of disease. We want things clean and orderly and catching a terrible disease is at the back of our minds when we see a stranger coughing. Cabin Fever took this fear to the extreme as a group of college kids on vacation succumb to a flesh-eating disease. The audience is treated to gruesome special effects that will make your skin crawl. The film is helped with a heavy dose of paranoia as the characters begin to trust each other less and less, making themselves their own worst enemies.
  1. Dead Alive is best known as the bloodiest film ever as they used 80 gallons of stage blood to create their memorable and funny gore fest. Though the film is almost more of a comedy it’s probably not so funny to anyone with hemophobia (the fear of blood). And this movie includes so much gore and guts you might just find yourself a new fear watching a man literally mow his way through a crowd.
  1. Did you know that no one was actually very afraid of sharks before Jaws? The film goes out of its way to portray sharks has mean-spirited and more than willing to attack any human it sees swimming in the ocean. This is of course bullshit, but it hasn’t stopped people hunting them and seeing them as killing machines.
  1. As we invent new pieces of technology people’s fears of what might go wrong are always changing. What if robots turned on us? What if Facebook becomes haunted? The Japanese Pulse from 2001 has this fear on the brain and might just make you think twice about logging in. The film explores the anxieties around the early Internet age and how the new technology might isolate us more than we think.
  1. Psycho is a legendary film and notable when it comes to talking about fear. Audiences reacted viscerally to watching Marion Crane be viciously stabbed while showering. Hitchcock received letters from fans talking about their fears of showering and Janet Leigh herself didn’t like showering after watching herself be murdered on screen.
  1. There’s something scary about being utterly alone in the wilderness. It deals with the unknown, probably the largest human fear of them all. The Blair Witch Project founded its premise in this fear and convinced watchers that what they were seeing was real: THIS is what could happen out there when you’re truly alone. After seeing the film there’s good reason to be scared of strange noises outside the tent.
  1. One common, but largely unfounded, fear is arachnophobia. The creepy crawlies really seem to make us squirm and it gets worse the bigger they are. Sure, you might be able to squish a daddy long leg, but a tarantula? For a horrific splash of spiders, one can watch This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse, an indie Brazilian flick. Watching a room full of sleeping young women wake to realize they’re covered in the giant wall crawlers is sure to make you afraid to sleep alone.
  1. While not the most common fear out there no one can say they actively want to be buried alive, and, if faced with that situation, we’d all find ourselves blind with terror. Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, might just trigger your claustrophobia and taphophobia as Ryan’s character find himself waking up in a coffin 6 feet under. The movie takes place entirely inside with him and even gave its star a case of the jitters after the intensive filming.
  1. Almost half of all people are, at the least, a little afraid of clowns due to their uncanny valley features. 100 Tears is a 2007 film about a clown falsely accused of rape. It’s too bad for the alleged victims as Gurdy the Clown realizes he does have an violent urge of another kind: murder. If you don’t already have coulrophobia, watching this clown run around and chop people up with his giant butcher’s knife is likely to give you a good case of it.

And there it is! What’s your biggest phobia? Did they hit the nail on the head? Did they miss anything? How about a fear of Birds from Hitchcock’s The Birds? How about babysitting a la When a Stranger Calls? Let us know.

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