8 Seriously Crazy Supernatural Movies
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the real world, are we? Well, take a look at some really unreal stories, supernatural movies where hauntings, vampires, time travel, spontaneous combustion and the like are commonplace. However bad things may look right now, they can’t possibly compete with discovering that your kid is the spawn of Satan, can it?
1. An American Haunting
Ah, home sweet home. That place you can always count on for a comfy bed, a good night’s rest… well, unless your house is haunted, of course, by a violent spirit with a propensity for attacking young, innocent girls who live there. Based on the “true story” of the Bell Witch (yes, really!), An American Haunting spreads the supernatural creepies over two centuries, all of which are horrific.
2. Angel Heart
Set in the mid-’50s, Angel Heart is like any good detective story—but with a totally wicked spin. Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by a certain Louis Cyphre (Lu… cifer… get it?) to track down something he rightly owns (a soul, as it turns out). If Cyphre’s (Robert De Niro) long, pointy fingernails aren’t enough to terrify you, his gradual reveal as the devil surely will.
That master of unreality, Lars von Trier, weaves a terrifying tale of a couple’s grief over the death of their young son and the mother’s subsequent unraveling into a devilishly psychotic otherworld. Starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, this movie has all that you’d expect from the director (and from the title): Creepy, preternaturally aware animals? Check. Rampant misogyny? Check. Disturbingly violent sexuality? Double check.
Some strange stuff certainly went down in the dark corners of New York in the ’80s, but taking a guy’s head off with a rare ancient sword still managed to stand out. Of course, when it was at the hands of an immortal Scotsman known as the Highlander—well, he probably would have fit right in. Christopher Lambert stars as Connor MacLeod, whose epic struggle with another immortal unfolds over centuries (and includes Sean Connery as Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, his mentor), eventually leading to the aforementioned beheading.
5. Rosemary’s Baby
A sweet young housewife (Mia Farrow) and her aspiring-actor husband (John Cassavetes) move into an odd old building with odd old neighbors; so far so good. But when they decide to make a baby, things take a turn for the weird, as Rosemary is served drugged chocolate mousse, has hazy visions of being raped by the devil with the old neighbors as bystanders, gets seriously questionable gynecological care, suffers terrible pregnancy pains, finally deduces the whole thing isn’t all in her head and is knocked out cold while delivering her baby—who, supposedly, dies. She finally wises up, finds her baby and decides to mother him despite being told that he is, in fact, the spawn of Satan.
Not enough people saw this David Cronenberg psycho-thriller—and we do mean psycho… Ralph Fiennes stars as a man tortured by the memory of his mother’s brutal murder (Miranda Richardson) at the hands of his father (Gabriel Byrne), which caused a mental break so extreme that he’s never fully recovered. This becomes readily apparent as his worlds begin to merge: the inner world of traumatized childhood and the “real” adult world. It’s a complex web that tangles up memory, familial love and terror and the innocents who happen to fly into its path.
Where did the pyramids really come from? Ancient Egyptian engineering, limitless slave labor, blah blah blah—but wait! What’s this? It was actually an alien from a distant planet, whose transportation device was buried by the rebelling labor force in an effort to stop his insidious attempts at immortality. When a geeky Egyptologist (James Spader) cracks the code, he and his military buddy (Kurt Russell) step through it to discover the pseudo-god still at it—and they have to save the still-enslaved humans. And planet Earth as well.
The only way to avoid spontaneous combustion in this alternate universe? Self-brainwashing into numb, unthinking automatons. Zach Galifianakis stars as George Washington Winsterhammerman, an employee of the monolithic Jeffers Corporation, whose logo is a hand flipping the bird. George is torn between his rousing dreams of his nation-founding forefather—and the fear that his little secret will, y’know, combust him.