5 Movies About Seriously Messed Up Families To Watch This Thanksgiving

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‘Tis the season where most people end up going home for the holidays. While I do not take part in this phenomenon, I do appreciate a fucked up horror family just as much as the next spooky bitch. I present to you a list of horror movie families so messed up that it makes most of our families look at least a tiny bit better. 

The Loved Ones (2009)

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Where You Can Watch: Amazon Prime

When Brent turns down Lola’s invite to the school prom, he finds himself at a very twisted (and deadly) party hosted by her and her dad instead. Most of our parents made questionable choices when we were growing up, but hopefully, your dad did not help you kidnap and torture the boy who would not take you to prom. 

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

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Where You Can Watch: Peacock  

When a kid breaks into the home of his landlords’ he finds out the creepy couple has been stealing kids from the neighborhood and keeping them in the basement. By the time you realize the couple stealing the kids are also siblings, you will be so disgusted that you will forgive whatever you were fighting about with your siblings.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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Where You Can Watch: Amazon Prime, Tubi, Showtime Anytime, Shudder

This list would not feel complete without the family that gave us Leatherface! Five teens stumble upon a house and a chainsaw-wielding fellow that is part of a family of cannibals. 

If you are not from a family of cannibals, you probably have to begrudgingly give your family some points for however they resolve conflict. 

We Are What We Are (2013)

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Where You Can Watch: Pluto TV, Tubi, Shudder, Vudu

The reclusive and traditional family in a small town has a lot of secrets. When the mother dies, leaving the daughters to pick up some of her duties, the town begins to realize that this family might be part of a cannibalistic cult. Once you watch them slurp people soup you will feel way better about the sketchy food items your relatives have contributed to the holiday feast. 

*Various horror podcasters have told me the original version from Mexico is better, and I plan to rent it because I believe them.

You’re Next (2011)

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Where You Can Watch: Hulu

A rich and estranged family comes together to celebrate their parents’ anniversary. However, the awkward times are broken up when men in animal masks start attacking their gorgeous home during dinner. Your family might be many things, but odds are they are not rich enough to hire a group of hitmen to ruin your family dinner. 

Two movies that I love that are not streaming on the usual suspects are Ready Or Not (2019) on VOD and A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) on Horror TV. Both are dark in their own unique way and might also make you resent your family a little less this holiday season. 

Hopefully, this list makes some of the relatives you are dreading seem a little bit less fucked up. If not, then maybe you found some new movies to watch when you make up a vague reason to disappear from the familial get-togethers. 

Did your favorite messed-up family not make it onto the list? Let me know at @misssharai!

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