Top 5 Scariest Cosmic Horror Movies – Part 3

Top 5 Scariest Cosmic Horror Movies – Part 3

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Cosmic horror is tied to the imagination of
HP Lovecraft, everyone’s favorite horror author over here at Top 5 Scary. It is defined simply as “the fundamental
premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance
in the vast cosmos-at-large”. However, people, Lovecraftian horror and Cosmic
horror at not the same thing. That being said, cosmic horror fundamentally
involves a terror predicated on the dislocation and dwarfing of human sense and understanding. Simply put, it is a horror beyond comprehension,
something you just can’t quite understand. Now, Jack covered part one and two of this
list, but I have taken over the responsibility and hopefully I can do it some justice, bare
with me. So today on Top 5 Scary Videos, I’m going
to be counting down our list of the Top 5 Scariest Cosmic Horror Movies – Part 3. Before we begin though, be sure to stick around
until the end of the video where I’ll be responding to some of your comments, and with
that, let’s jump in. 5 Pandorum
Released in 2009 and directed by Christian Alvart, Pandorum centers on two astronauts
that wake up in what seems like a pitch-black spacecraft. Disoriented and unable to remember who they
are or what their mission was, they quickly discover they are not alone. Now, solely based on aesthetics, Event Horizon
and Pandorum have a lot in common. And, a quick fact for you folks out there,
the word Pandorum actually refers to what happens to the human psyche as a result of
deep-space hibernation; it is characterized by a feeling of abandonment and hopelessness
alongside dementia symptoms. Now, the movie literally begins with two flight
crew members waking up from hibernation onboard the Elysium, only two discover it abandoned
and experiencing power fluctuations. They explore, and discover some crew members
alive and sane — alongside cannibalistic humanoid creatures that are hunting them down. Now, this particular film does have many ties
to Lovecraftian horror, the madness does not come from the creatures themselves, but the
humans who are pushed to insanity. 4 Uzumaki
Released in 2000 and directed by Higuchinsky, the movie centers on Kirie and Shuichi who
are friends in a small town who begin to notice that Shuichi’s father, Toshio, has become
utterly obsessed with snails, videotaping them in his garden and gathering items that
resemble the spiral patterns on their shells. Kirie sees spirals elsewhere, too, even in
the way people dress and comport their bodies. The movie is of course based on the manga
of the same name, and is an overlooked gem that sadly didn’t gain the recognition it
deserved during the horror boom of the late 90s and early 2000s. This is well and truly a nightmare movie — with
a small town literally being turned into spiral-shaped creatures. The terror that unfolds is otherworldly, but
at the same time confirms our theories that there is more going on in the universe than
we know. Even better, the film never tells us why these
strange occurrences are happening, just that one day we’re living our lives, and the
next we’re snails. You never know when it might happen. Honestly, this film is beautiful, and daring,
and just downright terrifying, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, do it now. 3 Absentia
As we know, not all cosmic horror has to be centered around outer space, with Absentia
specifically bringing the horror down to earth. Released in 2011 and directed by everyone’s
new favorite director Mike Flanagan, Absentia centers on a woman and her sister who begin
to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own
husband. Tricia is a woman in California whose husband
has been missing for seven years, and as she’s preparing to declare him dead her sister arrives
with new information, information about a strange tunnel near their home. The fim is in the same creative vein as Don’t
Be Afraid of the Dark and Pan’s Labyrinth, with the two characters being drawn into the
influence of a strange, supernatural world, referred to as “Underground” by people
who have been there. Now, what makes this movie so effective is
the simple fact that the creatures in the movie are so rarely seen, as is the Underground
itself, with the film focusing more on character development than flashy effects. You never quite get a good look at the monsters;
they are always just at the edge of your vision. And, although you see very little, the film
is still incredibly effective and successfully plays with the audience’s imagination. 2 Pulse
No film in the horror genre has successfully captured the concept of loneliness quite like
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse. The plot centres on ghosts invading the world
of the living via the internet, and features two parallel story lines. Now, the movie gives new meaning to the word
“haunting” as it manages to show us a world where even the undead dread the feeling
of loneliness, and being alone in the universe. The movie is existential horror at its finest,
with ghosts desperately trying to force their way back into the world of the living, whereas
the living are committing suicide, and the world is crumbling beneath the misery we call
existence. The film is in equal parts terrifying and
also an interesting insight into our feelings about the world and our own existence within
it. Plus, no fear is as great as the fear of not
feeling anything at all. The film received rave reviews upon release,
with the New York Times stating: “There are very few moments in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s
fiercely original, thrillingly creepy horror movie that doesn’t evoke a dreamlike dread
of the truly unknown.” And honestly, no truer words have been spoken. This film should be feasted upon, and if you
haven’t checked it out yet, go do it now. 1 Sunshine
Directed by the legendary Danny Boyle and released in 2007, Sunshine centers on a team
of astronauts who are assigned the huge responsibility of saving the sun. That’s right, the entire sun. However, things take an ugly turn when an
accident occurs and the lives of the crew members are endangered. Now, the movie itself is a drama-horror, and
during the deep-space mission the group of specialists must attempt to re-stoke the dying
sun by triggering another nuclear reaction it, via a massive atom bomb. In the universe of the film, this mission
had been undertaken once before, but failed, thus every decision the crew members are forced
to make invokes a sense of pressure, an entirely real pressure. Now, during this, there are external forces
at play that are working to sabotage the important mission, cosmic creatures. However, we don’t see them, not at first,
instead the movie relies on psychological tacts, making it feel like the crew are being
driven to the point of madness. Well there we have it! Do you guys agree with our list? Were there any Cosmic Horror movies that we
missed? Leave us all your thoughts and feelings in
the comments down below and perhaps we can do a part 4. Before I go though, I just want to respond
to a few comments from one of our last videos, Top 5 Scary Cryptids You Need To Read About
– Part 2. Adam Jenks said: “Lucy’s wearing the fluffy
hate again, this is gonna be great. And oh, yeah, Cryptids are real.” —- Allen Linley said: “The question is is Lucy
a cryptid? Then again, she’s one of the cutest cryptids
I ever saw. Just wondering Lucy, are you married or
dating LOL.” —- Wojtsylaw said: “I’m intrigued by the
hate. I need to know the story!” —- Anthony Long said: “Where do I sign to become
a McPheend?” —- And on that note, if you haven’t already,
be sure to give this video a big thumbs up, subscribe, and turn on notifications so you
never miss another Scary vid. And until next time, see ya later.


  1. Uzumaki was kinda disappointing as it only covered the first 3rd of the book I would have really liked to see the hospital in live action

  2. uhmm weird video
    5: Pandorum – you told us the twist that monster hunters are humans and youve showed the pictures of it.
    4: Spiral – you told us that whole town will turn into snail-creatures and we wont know the source of it
    3: Absentia – you showed us a picture of husband in the tunnels and told us that we wont see the "creature" much
    cmon guys, leave more to imagination

  3. Oh sure…try and assuage our fears about the hat with a perfectly normal, mundane explanation. We know the truth….and we know that the hat is the subject of its own cosmic horror…..fear the hat! ?

  4. I was kind of disappointed by Sunshine, the whole mess could have been avoided if they had stayed on course and not worried about the other spaceship. But then it would also have a bit of a pointless film if they had.

  5. So if I understand right, cosmic horror is based on the creatures themselves while Lovecraftian horror is about the result of their presence or influence?

  6. theres a new uzumaki being made right now for everybody that doesnt know. its gonna be basically a moving/ voiced manga from the looks of it.

  7. Pandorum is deffinitly not a cosmic horror, theres madness involved but otherwise everything is easily explained. its a great movie still though

  8. Lucy, I do love you. But I miss Jack ?

    Also, love that you showed a clip from Absentia as your honorable mention. It's one of my favorite horror movies ever!

  9. Lucy,Lucy,Lucy.
    You need not worry about if you can fill someone's shoes or do something justice.
    You are Lucy. You are the Goddess.
    Let them fill your shoes if they can.

  10. I dunno, Sunshine was great, but cosmic horror? Eh…not really. More like a thriller SciFi with a little bit of a slasher film towards the end.

  11. DUDE Sunshine ☀️ was an excellent choice for #1. Such a crazy incredible and weird movie. I haven’t met many people who have seen it either. It’s a good one!!!

  12. Awesome channel, the videos make my work hours shorter 😀 .BTW is there any /will be any top 5 about World of darkness? Call me crazy but people with blue eyes kind of creep me out, when they stare at you it's as if they are trying to snatch your soul. -_-"

  13. Absentia, Pontypool, YellowBrickRoad all unsettled me to no end when I binged them on a Netflix/Lovecraftian Horror binge

  14. Makes a video about Cosmic Horror movies….manages to list a bunch of ….not Cosmic Horror movies….Except for Uzumaki.

  15. I love the channel. Lucy delivery of all her lines is both informative and insanely droll. I wonder if in the future you can do a top 5 Clive Barker stories.

  16. Perhaps I need to watch Sunshine again, but I seem to remember the extreme plot jolt half way into the movie ruined the story. Kairo is one of my favorite movies though, very bleak and scary.

  17. I've been wearing hats since I was born.
    I nominate myself as a high order captain. plus, I'm not creepy.
    Also, what's that jacket? just a brand? honestly reminds me of a 12 Step Group logo they put on chips.

  18. Europa Report is a sci-fi horror film that I think has been overlooked. It takes a while to get going, but the ending is worth it.

  19. Great list, I absolutely love Pulse, one of my favorite creepy films, truly displays the genius in cinema that is Japanese horror, sadly there was a crap American remake of the same name, don't bother with it, all American remakes of Asian horror films fall short.
    If anyone that hasn't seen the film Pulse, the original is seeing this comment, please check it out, it's an amazing cinematic experience you won't regret.

  20. Here's some more cosmic horror goodness to keep you binge watching – Top 5 Scariest Cosmic Horror Movies – Part 2

  21. I really don't like Pandorum, one of the worst movies I've ever seen, and I really didn't like Absentia either… But I love Cthulhu…?

  22. Any chance of a top 5 scary comic book series? I'm sick and tired of people focusing on superhero comics. Let's shine a blood spattered spotlight on the horror titles!

  23. The original 1984 Ghostbusters. Not really cosmic, but more Lovecraftian. Not really scary either, but its really epic and funny.

  24. Couple more movies to hunt down… this series is a serious favorite. Keep it going 😀
    Suggestions! For this list series, "Housewife" by Can Evrenol
    Possibly this list series, "Baskin" by Can Evrenol (pretty sure it hasn't been covered on this channel, but I could be misremembering.)
    Ooh, it looks like he has a new one out I'll have to find as well.

  25. Another great element of Absentia is the normalcy of the characters. They aren’t Hollywood Uber gorgeous. They are “normal” people, not the kind that have extremes happen to them.

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