Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?
Will give you nightmares about nightmares!
Ultimate nightmare-themed horror movie, this film turns the only bad thing about sleep; nightmares, into some kind of contagious, spiritual disease that tries to kill you before you wake up. It exploits the idea of sleep deprivation in the most creative way imaginable. Like a werewolf curse triggered under a full moon, carnage is inevitable. It hides inside you, waits, and can hardly be delayed .
Not your average villain, Freddy Krueger, the eccentric antagonist, can bend the laws of physics and lives in a surreal world that he disguises as our own. Thanks to brilliant photography, a rigorous sense of pace and ominous suspense, the transitions between reality and dreams are seamless. The camera doesn't let us in on the illusion so we are as clueless as the victims are.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is nearly perfect. The effects are visionary, the gore striking, the performances more than satisfying, the concept pure genius and the gimmick extremely catchy. Freddy comes with his sonata, his own lighting and a nice, shocking backstory. He joins Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees as one of the most marketable horror icons showing great potential for sequels.