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12+ Horror Movie Fan Theories That Make Your Favorites Even Scarier

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Horror fans love to theorize about how their favorite films are connected. Whether they’re discussing the minutia of the Stephen King universe, or if the first two Halloween films have anything to do with the latter movies in the series, the creatively spooky are always down to pontificate theories about classic horror films. These theories range from ideas that make complete sense, to stuff that’s admittedly kind of out there.

The most believable horror movie theories take your preexisting questions about films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Saw and offer solutions that may or may not be provable. Even if these horror movie fan theories aren’t actually what the films' creators had in mind, they’ll definitely get your brain box ticking.

Have you ever wondered how Freddy got so powerful in the Elm Street films? Are you still trying to figure out what happened in The Blair Witch Project? Well, these horror fans just might provide the answers you're looking for. 

  • Event Horizon follows a group of space explorers who take Dr. William Weir back to his spaceship, the Event Horizon, so he can retrieve his experiment. The plan seems simple enough, up until Weir reveals that his experiment is a machine that opened a portal to a Hell dimension full of chains and nails that's reminiscent of the Hellraiser films.

    Redditor /u/SteveRudzinski believes that the similarities are more than just coincidance, and that the two stories take place in the same universe. The theory is that you don't need the Lament Configuration to reach the Cenobites as long as you have something that can open the door. When Weir becomes a demon/Cenobite at the end of Event Horizon, his transformation resembles the Cenobites from the Hellraiser comic book series.

    If you want to check out this theory, you can watch all of the Hellraiser films on Shudder.

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  • It's a little unclear why Elm Street's Freddy Krueger continues to torment local children without rest. Yes, he's getting back at the people who burned him alive after he took advantage of a bunch of children, but surely he should have found satisfaction long before The Final Nightmare. What if there's something else going on? 

    Redditor /u/softhandsam believes that Krueger collects the dreams of the teens he slays to expand his supernatural powers. The user notes that in the original film, Freddy is significantly less powerful than he appears to be in later movies. The Redditor thinks that "one could logically assume that many of Freddy's more outlandish abilities, such as walking on the ceiling in the first movie or shapeshifting a whole bunch in the third, are actually dream powers he stole from kids whose souls he consumed."

    You can dive even deeper into the world of Freddy Krueger by streaming Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy on Shudder.

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  • Strap on your hockey mask, because here comes a wild Friday the 13th theory. In the films, the slayer isn't actually a grown-up Jason Voorhees, he's actually a deadite, AKA the demons from the Evil Dead films. This theory comes from multiple sources who put their heads together on Reddit after user /u/ Bacxaber said that they believe Jason is actually an evil spirit. A few other Redditors pointed out that the Necronomicon appears in both Jason Goes To Hell and the Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash comic, so it's likely that Jason is explicitly tied into Evil Dead canon.

    If you consider yourself a Jason Vorhees buff, you can check out Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th on Shudder to confirm this theory.

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  • For years, fans of The Blair Witch Project have been trying to figure out how Heather and her friends were able to get so lost while hunting for the Blair Witch in a National Forest. A user on the Blair Witch forums believes that, after entering the woods, it's possible that Heather and co. walk into a time loop that sends them back to the 1940s, when Rustin Parr was allegedly possessed by the witch. 

    Evidence to support this theory can be found in the game Blair Witch Volume I: Rustin Parr, which takes place in the '40s. In Parr's house, the player catches a glimpse of Heather Donahue running past them, which correlates to the final moments of the first film. 

    This theory was pretty much confirmed in 2016's Blair Witch sequel. In the film, time moves differently for the characters after they enter the forest; they lose track of some locals for a few hours, and when they're reunited they claim to have been missing for days. Additionally, the main characters' quest is inspired by footage of the witch that's posted on YouTube, but it's later revealed that the footage was filmed by the protagonists. Without time travel, this plot point is utterly unexplainable. 

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