Good horror movies very conveniently have the means to haunt our dreams for days, and sometimes even the most trivial details have the capacity to make the experience increasingly exciting and haunting. Here are 20 teeny-tiny details in some horror movies that haunt us even more than the film itself, usually because the precision is astonishing.
1. This absolute violation in IT that was haunting enough on its own, even so without the context.
2. This eerie radio announcement forecasting what’s to come
3. The fact that this design is from an actual hotel. Is ignorance bliss for the guests of this establishment?
4. The realization that it’s the original Mike Myers who dropped the temperature far below zero.
5. This spooky breakfast could make any horror movie lover gag.
6. This style of storytelling is absolutely deviant.
Scream (1996) follows the principle of Chekov’s gun. The only gun featured in the film belongs to Deputy "Dewey" Riley, which we see him brandish when he arrives at Sidney’s house in Act I, and which Gale and Sidney use to shoot the killer at the end of Act III. from MovieDetails
7. This double entendre and its actual effect.
8. This little homage to the original, thus showing it its due respect.
In New Nightmare (1994) when Heather decides to play Nancy to face Freddy, the house a has blue door again as a nod to the original Nightmare On Elm St. The sequels always showed her house having a red door. from MovieDetails
9. This reference in The Ring, one of the most influential horror movies of all time could be missed during the first watch. None of us would’ve guessed this detail.
10. This ghastly foreshadowing in Final Destination that could’ve spoiled the fun if we had noticed.
11. Mike Flanagan may be the greatest director of the horror genre currently working in the industry, and this is the proof.
12. This literal “INCEPTION” of the story
13. A haunting depiction of art masterfully curated for the movie which did its job of binding the ending extremely well
14. This haunting detail by the script supervisor that told us what’s about to come
15. Another masterful attempt by the script supervisor. Recreating an iconic workplace induced so much nostalgia into our minds, that was a great trick.
16. This detailed foreshadowing in American Psycho that was brilliantly done.
In ‘American Pyscho’, Patrick Bateman is seen working out while The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is playing in the background, this foreshadows to the later scene where he chases Christie down the hall with a chainsaw. from MovieDetails
17. The necessary explanation of something that could’ve been misinterpreted as a plot hole.
In A Quiet Place(2018), Day 473 of the invasion, is October 3rd. This means that the invasion started on June 17, about two weeks before July 4th. This explains why the Abbott family has fireworks in their fields. from MovieDetails
18. This tenacious employee wasn’t just another zombie. He wanted what was his.
In Shaun of the Dead (2004) as Shaun goes to purchase a Diet Coke from Nelson ( the convenient store owner who is now a Zombie) he is short 15p and is later seen in the movie begging Shaun for the money from MovieDetails
19. This hidden homage to one of the greatest movies ever made:
In Death Becomes Her, Helen claims she took the potion on October 26, 1985. This is the same date Marty McFly traveled back in time in Back to the Future. Both films were directed by Robert Zemeckis. from MovieDetails
20. Lastly, this art-imitating-life-horror moment from Midsommar.
In "Midsommar" (2019), during the early scenes, a painting can be seen behind Christian by the artist František Kupka and it’s called "Femme cueillant des fleurs" which translates into English as "Girls picking flowers". Later, a shot at the commune shows resemblance. from MovieDetails
To think about the time and the evil intention it would take to make a horror movie even more haunting is very baffling to the innocent viewers trying to enjoy the movie. These are the moments that make us go back again and again until we realize the story behind them. And, that realization hits so beautifully, don’t you think? Guess that’s what’s called “masterful storytelling.”