When you’re looking into horror movies that you might want to watch, there are a number of things to keep in mind. One thing you might want to consider is how absolutely terrifying these movies are. People love horror movies because they scare and surprise, and that’s an important factor in these movies. Of this list of horror movies with terrifying basements, consider these seven most terrifying options.
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The Evil Dead – 4.4 Basement Evil Score
In The Evil Dead, the main characters face off against a terrifying group of soul-stealing undead known as the Deadites. The Deadites live in a fruit cellar, which the main characters access through a trap door into the basement. One spooky thing about the movie is the fact that the cabin used for filming has since burned down.
The Amityville Horror – 5.8 Basement Evil Score
A major part of the scariness of The Amityville Horror stems from the fact that the people who star as the “main characters” continue to insist that the original book and the movie are a reflection of their true experiences. The basement, which includes a “Red Room” that wasn’t on the original plans, is one of the scarier places in the home.
A Nightmare on Elm Street – 6.0 Basement Evil Score
The idea of a horrifying man who can hunt you through your dreams is a terrifying one, and A Nightmare on Elm Street brought that idea to life. In A Nightmare on Elm Street, the main villain, Freddy Krueger, can only kill people if they’re in the dream world. He has a boiler room that he calls the Nightmare Factory because it’s where he tortures and murders people.
Psycho – 6.6 Basement Evil Score
Psycho changed the way that people look at film nowadays. Sure, many people thought it was morally reprehensible at the time, but looking back, it’s a genuine film masterpiece; critics routinely place it on their lists of most influential movies of all time. The main character goes into Norman Bates’ basement at one point, where she finds his mother’s mummified corpse.
The Evil – 9.0 Basement Evil Score
There’s not much that’s scarier than a portal to Hell. That’s what The Evil offers: it tells the story of a home that’s supposedly set on a sulfur pit in New Mexico. However, when one of the characters accidentally opens a trap door to the basement, the people living in the home discover that the basement is actually a portal to Hell.
Get Out – 9.6 Basement Evil Score
Everything about Get Out attempts to set you up for a tradeoff that never comes. In Get Out, filmmaker Jordan Peele evokes a number of traditional horror tropes, but just as quickly subverts those tropes. In the basement, the main character Chris undergoes hypnosis. When he does, he goes to a horrifying place known only as the Sunken Place.
The Silence of the Lambs – 10.0 Basement Evil Score
This is the most terrifying basement on the list, and for good reason. The Silence of the Lambs is a battle between two serial killers: Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill. The more antagonistic serial killer, Buffalo Bill, kidnaps women, then traps them in a dry well in his basement, where he starves them until it becomes easier to skin them.
These horror movies are all horrifying for different reasons. However, there is one interesting thread tying them all together: they all utilize terrifying basements as the backdrop for at least part of the horror. Whether you have an interest in thematic elements as they vary between films or you’re just looking to see a good horror movie, one of these movies could satiate your desire.