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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Has there ever been a friendship that's gone so wrong so fast? After playing with a Ouija board, Regan (Linda Blair) meets a spirit named "Captain Howdy." The two become fast friends, and she even starts consulting the entity when she's not using the board. Initially, her mom (Ellen Burstyn) thinks the friendship is a little weird; however, when Regan tells one of her mom's friends he's going to perish in space (before wetting herself), it becomes clear something strange is afoot.
The relationship only goes downhill from there. After completely taking over Regan's body, Captain Howdy reveals himself to be an ancient demon named Pazuzu. He - or it - has a bone to pick with Father Karras (Jason Miller), a priest who's been called to exorcise the demon from the young girl. While Regan ends up safe, she still has to go through life knowing her closest friend was a nefarious demon.32977Is this a toxic friendship?
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When Doris Zander (Lulu Wilson) discovers she has the ability to connect with the spirit world through a Ouija board, she starts contacting a spirit she initially believes to be her father. In reality, she's in touch with a handful of malevolent WWII spirits. Though she finds herself doing all sorts of weird face contortions, she still thinks she's chatting with "friendly" ghosts.
Just before taking over Doris's body, the spirits reveal they were once captives tortured by a sadistic doctor in the girl's house. The revitalized spirits take a handful of lives once they establish a connection with the world of the living.22152Is this a toxic friendship?
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Wes Craven directed this slasher, which screenwriters adapted from the 1985 sci-fi/horror novel Friend. When teenage science genius Paul Conway (Matthew Laborteaux) builds a robot named BB, it almost immediately becomes sentient and grows overly protective of Paul - as well as Paul's family and friends. When Paul crosses paths with an aggressive neighbor and a biker crew, BB is quick to strike back.
After Paul's girlfriend Samantha (Kristy Swanson) is killed by her father, Paul revives her using BB's microchip, turning her into an ultra-defensive robot girlfriend. In doing so, Paul not only eliminates Samantha's free will, but also creates a hybrid creature hell-bent on revenge.20545Is this a toxic friendship?
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There's a world in which Sarah (Robin Tunney), Bonnie (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle (Rachel True) could have formed a bond with a fourth teen witch and lived a nice life. Unfortunately, even before they call the four corners, Nancy (Fairuza Balk) pushes Bonnie and Rochelle toward spitefulness and petty larceny.
When the girls actually gain powers, they push each other to commit increasingly terrible acts. They assault a young man, cause people to harm themselves, and even end a life via lightning. They may think they make each other stronger, but they're actually tearing each other apart.622336Is this a toxic friendship?