8 Terrifying Non-Horror Movies
Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki Reed in "Thirteen" (Photo Credit: Everett Collection)
Not every scary movie is "Rosemary's Baby." Some aren't supposed to be scary.
Here's our rundown of non-horror films — dramas, documentaries, the occasional children's tale — that can give you the creeps as good as any Halloween classic:
1. "Thirteen" (2003)
What It's Supposed to Be: An unflinching portrait of an out-of-control girl (Evan Rachel Wood) and her wrung-out mother (Holly Hunter).
What It Is: A 100-minute case against having kids, or at least aerosol-huffing teenagers. It's that distressing.
2. "United 93" (2006)
What It's Supposed to Be: A dramatized, but decidedly non-Hollywood look at 9/11 from the perspective of air-traffic officials and the passengers of one of the doomed flights.
What It Is: A white-knuckle ride that is no ride — it's real, and you know it. The worst kind of horror, as audiences of "Schindler's List" or the current "12 Years a Slave" could attest.
What It's Supposed to Be: A fly-on-the-wall look at one day in the sex- and drug-filled lives of New York City teenagers (two of whom are played by Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson, in their screen debuts).
What It Is: It's no "Porky's," that's for sure. The main subject of "Kids," critic Roger Ebert wrote of the chilling Larry Clark film, "is the kind of kid who gives parents nightmares."
4. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999)
What It's Supposed to Be: A biopic about Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank), the transgender Nebraska man who was raped, and later killed after it was learned that he was biologically female.
What It Is: A thing of dread as you wait, as you do in a traditional horror movie, for very, very, very bad things to happen.
5. "Grizzly Man" (2005)
What It's Supposed to Be: A documentary about Timothy Treadwell, a nature buff who lived among the grizzly bears in Alaska.
What It Is: A "Friday the 13th" sequel with Treadwell as the teen who should know better than to go to that deserted cabin in the woods. (Non-spoiler alert: Treadwell and girlfriend Amie Huguenard were mauled to death in 2003 by one of the wild animals Treadwell had "befriended.")
6. "All About Eve" (1950)