When it comes to legends and mythology, I can’t say I’m an expert. Frankly, the way I approached this week’s theme was simple – Google the shit out of it. Then, as it has been for many weeks now, create a theme within a theme. Therefore, here is my list of three horror movies that are inspired by urban legends.
When I was a teenager, I thought Johnny Depp could do no wrong and Sleepy Hollow is one of my guilty pleasure favourites. This fantasy horror movie is not as scary but the legend behind it is – apparently there was a huntsman, who hunted criminals. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie is dark but with a twist of humor thrown into the mix. It’s not a horror movie precisely, but there are scary moments and well, the headless huntsman is definitely terrifying.
This is not a good movie, but I couldn’t help myself. When I saw this weeks theme I thought to the most common legend there is – boogeyman. Terrifying kids since god knows when, the concept is simple, there is a monster in your closet. While this movie is more funny than scary (that’s how I remember it), it also might be the kind of bad entertainment you’re looking for.
Last but not least, the teen horror movie that everyone has seen. Did you know it was also based on an urban legend? I didn’t but Google told me, so I’m throwing it in here. The basics is simple, teenagers accidentally hit a man with their car, and leave him dead. But he doesn’t stay dead, and comes back to kill them. Simple and scary. Bottom line, don’t drink and drive, kids!
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