Do you love horror? Do you also love to learn stuff? Check out these creepy documentaries and freak yourself out while you get smarter.
1. The Nightmare (2015)
Director: Rodney Ascher
Breakdown: Explore the terror of sleep paralysis and watch as nightmares come to life on screen. This one has some truly creepy moments. Only the brave should watch it right before they go to bed.
2. Cropsey (2009)
Directors: Barbara Brancaccio; Joshua Zeman
Breakdown: Two Staten Islanders delve into an urban legend that haunted them in their youth only to stumble on and get drawn into the real-life horrifying tale that inspired it.
3. Beware the Slenderman (2016)
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Breakdown: How does a scary story on a website lead two children to attempt to kill one of their friends? Find out while learning about the history of a now famous nightmare man.
Bonus: This movie breaks down what "Meme" actually means and how ideas can spread like viruses, especially among children who still have trouble discerning the difference between reality and fantasy.
4. Killer Legends (2014)
Director: Joshua Zeman
Breakdown: One half of the team that brought you Cropsey hunts down the terrifying truths behind some of our most famous urban legends like the killer with a hook for a hand, the dangers of babysitting, and "candy tampering" on Halloween.
5. The Mothman of Point Pleasant (2017)
Director: Seth Breedlove
Breakdown: While the legend of the Mothman might creep you out, the truly terrifying takeaway of this documentary is how fast stories and gossip can spread and how easily panic can take hold of an entire town.