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5 F@*king Creepy Movies That Make Guys Cry

Firefilm | 5 Nov 2014 12:00
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Sometimes the scariest movies are also the worst tearjerkers.

The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies make guys cry, for example:

F@*king Creepy Movies

Enjoying a good horror movie is a tough experience to explain. You like being terrified, yet your body language suggests you want to run away. You like being repulsed, yet you hide your eyes and utter "eww" at every turn. How can the urge to feel safe coexist with the delight in seeing others in peril? It's the vicarious thrill, in my opinion. Modern life has eliminated many of the threats that our minds evolved to deal with. Sometimes a jolt of adrenaline after a good scare just feels good, like stretching after sitting for a while. The more removed you are from seeing death on a daily basis, the more fascination you'll derive from seeing it on film (also probably why many hospital workers chose not to watch particularly gory films).

With Halloween over and the thrill of spooky movies still in our veins, I want to review some of the most creepy-ass movies that still serve an emotional purpose other than fear. First, a primer: a scary movie is horror and sexy times, but the characters are cannon-fodder. "Horny teenager" is hardly a character that's going to make anyone's career, nor will it truly connect with the audience. A creepy movie is horror because you can relate to the characters. In doing so, their untimely fate is all the more unsettling. The more human the characters, the closer you are to the situation and the deeper the horror can sink under your skin.

1. Pan's Labyrinth
First off, anything that Guillermo Del Toro touches immediately has a certain creep factor. His mastery of creatures and relatable characters is a wonder to look at, like a drunk Jim Henson. The stepdad of the protagonist in this film is a war criminal, torturing captives, abusing his pregnant wife, and generally being a jerk. The real world is so horrible for the protagonist that she retreats into her fantasy world of dark fairies and creatures.

OR DOES SHE?

There's ambiguity on whether the fantasy is real or not, and there's never a definitive answer. It's preferable that it be real, mostly due to (spoiler alert) her dad shooting her dead at the end. If the fantasy is real, her soul returns to the underworld kingdom where she's a princess. If it's not real, she just died after having a hard life, which is really quite depressing.

(DO NOT get me started on that pale man with the eyes in his hands.)

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