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20 Terrifying Non-Horror Movies

Denis Villeneuve, Todd Haynes, and Lynne Ramsay are not horror directors, but they've all made scary films.

"Safe," "Foxcatcher," "We Need to Talk About Kevin," "Take Shelter," and "Requiem for a Dream"

“Safe,” “Foxcatcher,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Take Shelter,” and “Requiem for a Dream”

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It wouldn’t necessarily be accurate to call Denis Villeneuve, Lynne Ramsay, Bennett Miller, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Todd Haynes horror film directors, but they’ve all made at least one terrifying movie. Halloween is right around the corner, and if you’ve had your fix of “The Shining,” “The Exorcist,” and other go-to scary films, then why not try a non-traditional horror movie that’s still bound to give you a nightmare? That’s where Villeneuve’s “Prisoners,” Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” and Haynes’ “Safe” come into play. Dare we say these films are far more terrifying than many of the contemporary horror films released today?

Check out a list of 20 terrifying non-traditional horror movies below.

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