For as long as movies have existed, horror has been a popular genre. People simply love to be scared and experience stories of the strange and unknown. From ghost stories to slasher flicks, horror movies have always proven to be a hit with audiences.
However, horror movies aren’t the only films that provide scares. In this list, we want to highlight some movies that weren’t designed to be horror, but still turned out to be plenty terrifying in their own way. In some cases, it’s only a single scary scene in the middle of an otherwise standard story. In other cases, the underlying theme of the entire movie ends up being terrifying for reasons that don’t include killer bad guys or shocking jump scares.
Buried is a drama/thriller, but most of it takes place inside a small wooden coffin containing star Ryan Reynolds. His character, an American civilian working in Iraq, finds himself buried alive with nothing but a lighter and a cellphone. Then his kidnapper calls and demands a $5 million ransom or they will leave him in the coffin to die.
We don’t want to spoil the end, but the movie cranks up the tension as Reynolds takes a series of frantic phone calls from his kidnapper, the U.S. State Department, and even his wife. When a nearby bombing cracks his wooden box, and it starts to fill with sand (which will eventually suffocate him), even those people who don’t suffer from claustrophobia start to feel uneasy about what they are watching. You probably won’t realize that you’re holding your own breath as you watch.