The title "best friends forever" doesn't always stand the test of time. Friendships in horror films aren't built for endurance; in fact, they often offer audiences a peek into a dangerous codependent dynamic. We usually start with what initially seems like a harmonious pairing - a little boy and his new doll; a teen and his BFF robot; a girl and her Ouija board spirits. Some of these friendships are even built on shared interests, such as the villainous teen duos of '90s slasher flicks.
However, whether or not anyone ends up covered in a bucketful of pig's blood, some friendships just need to end. So the next time someone asks if you "wanna play," consider the lessons these unfortunate friends learned the hard way.
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Twelve-year-old Mark Evans (Elijah Wood) is thrust into the unfamiliar when his mother dies and he has to spend winter break with his extended family in Maine. Mark's cousin Henry (Macaulay Culkin) seems like a nice kid, but quickly proves otherwise. It soon turns out he's a dangerous psychopath who took the life of his younger brother Richard.
The two boys have more than a quasi-sibling rivalry - it's more akin to the relationship between a cat and mouse. While having a bloodthirsty cousin is bad enough, Mark also has to convince Henry's mother that her son is a bad egg.59967Is this a toxic friendship?
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Sixteen-year-old outcast Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) has the misfortune of attending a high school chock-full of mean teens. The worst of the worst are Chris (Nancy Allen) and Norma (PJ Soles), a terrible twosome who rule the school with an iron fist. After the girls make fun of Carrie for getting her period in the locker room, they're harshly reprimanded. However, rather than take responsibility for their actions, they blame Carrie.
Not one to just let things go, Chris decides she wants to ruin Carrie's life, and insists that her BFF rig the prom queen election. Norma could decline, but she's too much of a pushover to put up a fight. With the help of some boys, the girls carry out their plan, setting up one of the most memorable scenes in horror history - one with far worse consequences than anything Chris and Norma could have seen coming.47444Is this a toxic friendship?
Frank (Sean Chapman) is not just the brother-in-law of Julia (Claire Higgins) - he's also a reanimated being. But that doesn't mean the two can't have electric chemistry. They rekindle their relationship after Frank escapes from hell, but they can't immediately get down to business. First, "Skinless" Frank (Oliver Smith) needs to be fully restored.
Julia would have continued to stew in her unhappy marriage if it weren't for Frank showing up and convincing her to kill some saucy businessmen so he can use them as fuel. Ultimately, they end up skinning Julia's husband (Andrew Robinson) so Frank has something decent to wear - and while they're at it, they nearly kill Julia's stepdaughter (Ashley Laurence).35139Is this a toxic friendship?
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Jennifer (Megan Fox) and Needy (Amanda Seyfried) aren't bad people (except for that whole "eating people" thing Jennifer gets into) - but they are terrible for each other. Needy craves Jennifer's praise, and even though Jennifer pretends she doesn't need anything from anyone, she's desperate for Needy's adulation.
Their toxic relationship is put to the test when Jennifer becomes a succubus and begins to literally feed off the people around her. Rather than just break off their friendship, Needy has to actually vanquish her only friend.37558Is this a toxic friendship?