The Horror Honeys: Horror Films That are Worth a Headache!

Horror Films That are Worth a Headache!

A Revenge Honey Top Five List!

There is something to be said for walking out of a movie that you absolutely loved... but not understanding a single thing you just saw. This tends to happen more often than not in the horror and thriller genre, where experimental filmmakers are free to play with form and convention. The following are a list of my favorite mind-bending horror (or horror-ish) films. Some are quite popular, some are lesser known, but all of them will leave you scratching your head in wonder!

And perhaps, reconsidering ever having children.

Lost Things (2003)

This Aussie thriller is deceptive based on its IMDb description: "Four teenagers escape to a deserted beach for a weekend of discovery, only to find that their dreams turn into nightmares." However, what could be just any generic teen slasher is actually a terrifying trip into madness, alternate realities, Déjà vu, and brutality. Lost Things is anything BUT your average teen horror: it will leave you questioning your own sense of reality. Even with two feet on the ground, do we ever really know where we stand?

Kombi: the root of all evil.

Triangle (2009)

Chris Smith's Triangle is easily one of the most mentally challenging horror films I have ever seen. This is not the kind of film that you are going to watch once, snap your fingers, and say, "BOOM! Got it." It is a film that practically demands to be watched, re-watched, and discussed at length with other viewers. The story revolves around a group of friends who go from escaping a capsized yacht to finding themselves trapped on an ocean liner with a seemingly-tragic history; a history that seems to be repeating itself on a loop. No matter how many times I watch Triangle, I am always shocked by how complex the narrative remains.

Why does there always have to be a bag-mask?


Eraserhead (1977)

I will never cease to be amazed that Eraserhead was David Lynch's first film. This dystopian nightmare of a horror film has gone on to inspire countless other filmmakers with its free-flowing style, refusal to adhere to traditional form, and terrifying visuals. Lynch will not explain just what it was he was trying to say with Eraserhead, and it is this lack of context that makes the film so timeless. No one will ever truly understand Eraserhead... because it's not meant to be understood.

Who wouldn't fall for that peach?

Primer (2004)

Shane Carruth is so frigging brilliant that he's only made two films since 2004 and he's still one of the best filmmakers working today. His first film, Primer, has been hailed by many as not only one of the best science fiction films ever made, but also potentially the closest ANYONE has ever gotten to a feasible theory of working time travel. Entire websites have been devoted to figuring out the intricacies of this film (such as this one) that I am more than happy to admit I didn't even remotely understand. But even if you don't get it, you appreciate it, because when you watch Primer through Carruth's genius eyes, the tagline becomes the point: if you always want what you can't have, what do you want when you can have anything?

Two dudes in a garage probably WILL discover time travel.

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

While I would have liked to have a more diverse list, I couldn't leave off my favorite Lynch film. Mulholland Dr. was one of the first films I ever saw that truly made me understand how delicate the act of scriptwriting can be. Every single solitary second of this film means something, and the non-linear narrative lends itself to creating an even more complicated story. I live in awe of David Lynch and the way his mind works, because he always seems to be thinking 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the world. I think Mulholland Dr. is a perfect example of that ability.

Plus... This scene. Nothing will ever be better than this scene.


Honorable Mention to...

Upstream Color (2013)

This isn't a traditional horror film, but I think it deserves to be included for its science fiction and pseudo-noir elements. Upstream Color is the second film from Shane Carruth and while not as cerebral as Primer, this film is all about your senses. Sight and sound are exploited and leave you utterly without solid footing from beginning to end. I really believe this was one of the most underrated films of last year. You may not understand what you saw when you finish Upstream Color, but applying your own life experiences to the film is the point. And it's beautiful.