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12 Examples Of The Mandela Effect In Horror Movies That Really Freaked Us Out 

Amy Only
Updated May 1, 2020 10.9k votes 2.7k voters 147.4k views 12 items

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The Mandela Effect is a phenomenon that involves groups of people remembering a specific event or circumstance, but in reality, that event or circumstance is much different than how it is remembered. The paradox has been steadily creeping into pop culture for some time now, and the internet has heaps of examples of the creepy, time-warping, perceived history-changing phenomenon. Examples of the Mandela Effect have shown up in songs, movies, people's personal lives, and a plethora of other places.

As it turns out, it appears that some of the most iconic catchphrases, lines, and even plot points we associate with a few of our favorite horror flicks have fallen victim to the Mandela Effect as well. 

There are so many Mandela Effect examples in this article, we're gonna need a bigger boat. 

The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 12 Examples Of The Mandela Effect In Horror Movies That Really Freaked Us Out
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How we remember it happening: Clarice walks into the Baltimore State Hospital to speak to Hannibal Lecter; the doctor greets her with "Hello, Clarice."

What actually happens in the film: Hannibal greets her with "Good morning," and Clarice proceeds to introduce herself. 

So, why did the "Hello, Clarice" catch on a phrase that's ever associated with The Silence of the Lambs? It's possible that it's just an easier phrase to remember and it works well when paired with Anthony Hopkins' super creepy Hannibal.

Once "Hello, Clarice" caught on in pop culture, it was used in parody, such as in The Cable Guy. Some say the erroneous phrase caught on because of Hannibal's phone call at the end of the film. Since lots of people answer the phone with "hello," it seems rational to think Hannibal would say it in that circumstance. Hannibal does say, "Well, hello, Clarice" in 2001's Hannibal, the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. 

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Scary Movie 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Examples Of The Mandela Effect In Horror Movies That Really Freaked Us Out
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How we remember it happening: Dwight is hanging on to a light fixture for dear life when Hanson says, "Take my strong hand."

What actually happens in the film: Hanson tells Dwight his other hand isn't strong enough and that he should take his "little hand."

People have used the line "Take my strong hand" for nearly two decades now in reference to the Scary Movie 2 scene in which we find the character Dwight is so put off by Hanson's misshapen hand that he'd rather perish than grab it. Hanson refers to the hand in question as his "little hand" and asserts that his regular hand isn't strong enough to pull Dwight up, but he never actually says, "Take my strong hand."  

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Interview with the Vampi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 Examples Of The Mandela Effect In Horror Movies That Really Freaked Us Out
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How we remember it happening: The film is titled Interview With a Vampire.

What actually happens in the film: The correct title for the movie is Interview With the Vampire. 

If you do a two-word Google search for "Interview With," chances are that one of the first Google search predictions that pop up will be Interview With a Vampire. The problem is, there's no such film. Or if there is a film called Interview With a Vampire, it isn't the 1994 film starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst.

When spoken aloud quickly, Interview With a Vampire and Interview With The Vampire sound almost identical, which may be the cause for confusion.  

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 12 Examples Of The Mandela Effect In Horror Movies That Really Freaked Us Out
Photo: Lionsgate Films

How we remember it happening: Jigsaw turns to the camera and asks, "Do you want to play a game?"

What actually happens in the film: Jigsaw says, "I want to play a game."

Jigsaw asked us if we wanted to play a game, right? Didn't we all slowly turn and ask that same question of our more cowardly friends just as soon as Saw let out and we reached the dark of the theater's parking lot? Well, maybe we did ask the question, but Jigsaw never did.

This misquote might be a result of the movie's fans wanting a line to be more of an invitation to engage than a direct statement. "Do you want to play a game?" makes for a much stickier catchphrase than the actual line.  

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