The horror film genre has evolved and changed a great deal over time, in large part because what an audience finds to be “scary” is influenced by a variety of factors, and cultural context must be taken into account.
For example, the 2018 film Halloween, which served as a direct sequel to the 1978 classic and a reboot of the franchise, was massively successful and well received, perhaps partially because it confronted how the world changed in the past 40 years.
In order to keep up with the times and keep audiences on the edge of their seat, filmmakers have had to think outside of the box and offer up new ideas, ones that might make a collective audience wonder... WTF?
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Kevin Smith’s 2014 film Tusk centers on pals Wallace and Teddy, who host a podcast making fun of embarrassing viral videos. But as one of the podcasters sets out to interview a man about his harrowing experience at sea, Tusk takes a bizarre turn that may have been slightly too extreme for some.
It would be one thing if the old man simply captured the podcaster, but the real WTF moments begin when the man amputates his leg to create a tusk as he sets out to create a man-walrus. The insanity continues as the old man sews his target into a walrus costume made of real human skin.
- Actors: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Johnny Depp
- Released: 2014
- Directed by: Kevin Smith
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In theory, taking stuff from a blind man should be easy, but three intruders were in for a surprise in the 2016 hit Don’t Breathe. In the story, a trio attempts to loot the house of a blind man, who is anything but defenseless. While the premise of home invasion is a much-used horror trope, this one balances the claustrophobia with clever story twists.
The most disturbing WTF moment occurs when one character attempts to impregnate another against her will using a turkey baster. As Peter Travers of Rolling Stone put it simply, “This is some weird, twisted sh*t.”
- Actors: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang
- Released: 2016
- Directed by: Fede Alvarez
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The PerfectionPhoto: Netflix
One of the more significant achievements in the horror movie genre over the past decade is the ability to shed light on the mundane and elevate it to WTF territory. In 2018, Get Out's Allison Williams starred in this WTF horror film about the pressure of competing in an elite music academy, but that is only the surface story.
The Netflix movie quickly goes off the rails as the audience plunges deeper into the story. Nothing sets the tone quite like the scene in which the character Lizzie believes her hand to be infested with maggots and gets manipulated into cutting off her own hand.Seriously, WTF?
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Goodnight MommyPhoto: RADIUS-TWC Dimension Films
Kids in horror films are at an obvious disadvantage, but what happens if their protector is not as they appear? In 2014's Goodnight Mommy, a set of twin boys suspect their mother might really be missing after she returns home from a facial surgery covered in bandages. The duo begins to question her identity as the audience begins to question their sanity. Goodnight Mommy earned positive reviews for its dark take on a child’s worst nightmare, but the real surprise is the ruthlessness and cruelty of the movie.
The premise is bizarre enough, but sequences that involve super-gluing Mother's mouth together pushes the boundary of WTF.Seriously, WTF?