We all sat with our eyes glued to the television as the real life HOUSE OF HORRORS played out in the news. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight spent 10 to 11 years in captivity before escaping from their evil captor Ariel Castro. I for one was spellbound by the story, wondering what other bizarre twists were going to emerge in the news.
With the true story being on everyone’s mind, here is my top 10 horror films on the topic of KIDNAPPING, that will have you locking your doors and looking behind you on the streets.
Did your favorite kidnapping horror film make it the list?
HAPPY HORROR – GLENN PACKARD
Director: Simon Boyes and Adam Mason
Stars: Nadja Brand, Eric Colvin, Abbey Stirlilng
After dating a wonderful man, Hope comes back home, sees her daughter Jennifer and goes to sleep. She wakes-up in the woods with a psychopath, fighting to survive for more than forty days and asking information about her daughter to the stranger
9. THE VANISHING
Director: George Sluizer
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Jeff Bridges, Nancy Travis, Sandra Bullock
The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the kidnapper looks on. This film introduces a young new actress Sandra Bullock. There is also a foreign film version with the same name.
Director: Stevan Mena
Stars: R. Brandon Johnson, Samantha Dark, Heather Magee
It’s ten years after the kidnapping of Martin Bristol. Taken from a backyard swing at his home at the age of six, he is forced to witness unspeakable crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin’s whereabouts have remained a mystery…until now. There is a trilogy check out Malevolence: Bereavement & Killer
Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley
6. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED
A rich man’s daughter is kidnapped in an abandoned apartment by two former convicts who abducted her and hold her ransom in exchange for her father’s money. If you like a movie with twist, this film has them.
Director: J Blakeson
Stars: Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan, Gemma Arterton
5. RITES OF SPRING
A ransom scheme turns into a nightmare for a group of kidnappers who become victims of a horrifying secret that must be paid every spring.
Director: Padraig Reynolds
Stars: Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolph, AJ Bowen
4. 7 DAYS
A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter.
Director: Daniel Grou
Stars: Claude Legault, Rémy Girard, Martin Dubreuil
A famous novelist is “rescued”, kidnapped, from a car crash by an obsessed fan. Watch this Stephen King horror, with the Oscar winning performance by Kathy Bates
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
2. THE LOVED ONES
When Brent turns down his classmate Lola’s invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge. This film takes kidnapping to a whole ‘nother level.
Director: Sean Byrne
Stars: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine
Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family kidnapped in their own home. This movie will have you at the edge of your seats, and the film making & acting is brilliant.
Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas
Stars: Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener