Top 10 Horror Movie Examples of the Mandela Effect

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Top 10 Horror Movie Examples of the Mandela Effect

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Beca Dalimonte
How's your memory when it comes to horror movies? For this list, we'll be looking at the most fascinating facts about horror movies you may be misremembering. Our countdown includes “Candyman”, "Saw", “The Blair Witch Project”, and more!
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Top 10 Horror Movie Examples of the Mandela Effect


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Horror Movie Examples of the Mandela Effect.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the most fascinating facts about horror movies you may be misremembering.

What’s one fun horror fact you’ll never forget? Let us know in the comments!

#10: “Candyman” (1992)

Legend has it that if you look into a mirror and say “Candyman” five times, The Candyman himself will appear. …or was the legend “say Candyman three times?” The release of the 2021 film “Candyman,” a spiritual successor to the 90’s film of the same name, had some people questioning whether or not the famous horror antagonist’s calling card had been changed. While some remembered that the correct number of times to say his name was five, others insisted that it had once taken less words to conjure up the hook-handed ghost. It’s possible that these people were confusing the legend of Candyman with similar repetition-based spirits like Beetlejuice or Bloody Mary.

#9: “Interview with the Vampire” (1994)

If you’ve ever googled Anne Rice’s 1976 vampire novel, or its film adaptation, you may have noticed that several of the suggested searches word the title as “Interview with a Vampire.” Given the prominence of this phrasing, you may be surprised to learn that this is not actually the title. The film and book are actually titled “Interview with the Vampire” - and always have been. This is a pretty minor mix-up, all things considered, but one that many fans of the book and movie take as proof of the Mandela effect. This misconception even permeated the press for the 1994 film adaptation, with the Oscars, Tom Cruise, and even Anne Rice herself referring to the film with the incorrect title.

#8: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

Red and green is a color combination most commonly associated with Christmas, but it also happens to be the colors worn by one of horror’s most iconic villains. That’s right, Freddy Krueger’s sweater is actually red and green, not red and black. If this is the first time you’re realizing this - don’t worry - you’re not alone! Of the Mandela effect misconceptions featured on this list, this one is probably the most understandable. The green on Freddy’s sweater is a pretty dark green, and not all TVs are created equal - not now, and especially not in the 80’s. What may look green on one screen may look genuinely black on another.

#7: “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)

A number of horror films thrive on tension, slowly building up to a big reveal or jumpscare. “Rosemary’s Baby” certainly creates a tense environment for both its viewer and protagonist, but declines to deliver on that big reveal. Although the film centers around the horrific pregnancy of Rosemary Woodhouse, and ends with her child’s birth, the baby is never actually shown on-screen. The film instead invites the viewer to imagine the child themselves, having characters describe him with dialogue. This is how every cut of the film has always played out, but some remember it a little differently. In one reddit thread about the film, some described how they “remembered” the baby’s yellow eyes, disfigured face, and hooves.

#6: “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)

“The Blair Witch Project” took found footage horror to the next level, listing its actors as “missing” or “deceased '' during its marketing campaign. The gimmick was a success, with many moviegoers leaving theaters unsettled by the film’s dubious reality. In one of the film’s most memorable moments, one of its characters, Heather, looks at the camera and delivers an emotional monologue, saying “I am so sorry.” However, many instead remember this line as “I am so scared”. The misconception is perhaps because she goes on to say that she’s scared to open or close her eyes. It’s only compounded by the “Scary Movie” parody of the scene.

#5: “Gremlins” (1984)

In 1984, “Gremlins” introduced the world to the mogwai, a fictional species that appeared cute and harmless but came with an important set of rules. Owners could not expose the creature to light, allow it to get wet, or, most importantly, feed it after midnight. Predictably, these three rules are broken over the course of the film, unleashing reptilian gremlins on the town. The leader of the gremlins, and the film’s main antagonist, is a gremlin with a mohawk named “Stripe.” Although some fans would argue you on that name. Some claim that the antagonist’s name was once “Spike,” a misconception that can be found not only amongst Mandela Effect believers, but many merchandise listings featuring the character.

#4: “Saw” (2004)

“Saw” is known for its intense, torture-based horror, and at the center of it all is a white-faced puppet named Billy. Acting as a way for the antagonist, John Kramer, to communicate with his victims, Billy gives characters the option to subject themselves to excruciating pain or face certain death. These options are referred to as “games” but, contrary to popular belief, Billy doesn’t ask whether his guests want to play! In the original “Saw” film Billy never says “do you want to play a game?,” but instead, “I want to play a game.” It’s a simple change, but one that definitely changes the tone.

#3: “Scary Movie” (2000)

One of the films parodied in the first “Scary Movie” is M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense.” The parody’s scene references the big twist from the 1999 film, with Marlon Wayans’ character telling his friend “I see dead people.” It’s a weak joke, simply repeating the line from “The Sixth Sense''. Some fans, however, remember the scene differently, believing Wayans said “I see white people” - a line that better fits the comedic franchise. There is no evidence that this alternate line ever existed in the film, however. It did exist elsewhere though: Billy Crystal said it at the Oscars, before “Scary Movie’s” release, and it appears in 2002’s “Undercover Brother”. Have we jumped realities, or are some fans just mixing up memories?

#2: “The Shining” (1980)

“Honey, I’m home!” is a popular phrase utilized throughout pop culture in family films, sitcoms, and even songs. The line is turned on its head in “The Shining,” when Jack Torrance says it prior to breaking through the bathroom door with an axe. Or, at least, it would be, if Jack actually said it. A number of people online seem to remember the line being a direct riff on the typically cheery phrase. But, in reality, Jack actually says “Wendy, I’m home!” - using his wife’s name rather than the generic “honey”.

#1: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

Whether you’ve seen “The Silence of the Lambs” once, or have seen it twenty times, you’re probably familiar with the line “Hello, Clarice.” Hannibal Lecter’s creepy greeting is one of the film’s most famous lines, inspiring memes and adorning several t-shirts. But what if we told you this line doesn’t actually exist in the film? That’s right, Hannibal Lecter never once says “Hello Clarice” in “The Silence of the Lambs.” The closest he gets is: [“Good evening, Clarice.”]. It’s unclear how so many people got mixed up about this line. Maybe it really is proof that we’re now living in an alternate reality!
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