Small communities–and even some large ones–can be tight-knit. Everyone helps everyone else out, and all of the neighbors are properly neigh-didly-eighborly. But sometimes, “cozy” can just as easily mean “private”. Or worse yet, it can mean “xenophobic”. Outsiders aren’t to be trusted, especially not with dirty secrets. Here are ten movie communities that kept their secrets in the dark.
Note: there is potential for spoilers here, but I’ve ducked out on any major specifics.
Children of the Corn (1984)
There are a bunch of kids with names like Isaac and Malachai. There is no normal, non-Amish community that houses kids named Isaac and Malachai.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
It may come as a shock, but the town whose most popular hangout is a joint called “The Slaughtered Lamb” happens to have a dirty secret. Squint real hard on the moonlit moors and you may just discover it.
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Only Marshal Jim Duncan can peer into the hearts of Lago’s citizens and see their cowardice.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Sandford is a perennial powerhouse in the Village of the Year awards. With the lush greenery, swans, and friendly residents, it’s a wonderful place to visit… unless you’re a crusty juggler or a living statue.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
After their pal Andy ages and disposes of them, the Toy Story gang land on their feet at a seemingly-wonderful oasis where they can spend the rest of their days bringing joy to children. But not all is as it seems thanks to a nefarious pink bear with a southern accent.
Village of the Damned (1960)
Professions you wouldn’t want if you lived in Midwich: daycare employee, school teacher, bus driver, librarian, and sewer inspector. Although really, that last one is a profession that you wouldn’t want anywhere, Midwich or otherwise.
Unnamed Finnish town
The movie is called Sauna. Guess what the town’s secret is about.
The Wicker Man (1973)
The island might seem like a nice place to spend a holiday, but you definitely don’t want to be around during harvest season. And if you’re keeping count, this is the fourth town in the UK on the list. I thought that the UK might be a great place to visit, but I’m really starting to have my doubts.
The Village (2004)
What evil creatures lurk just outside of this quaint 19th century village? As it turns out, many of the village residents know, but they aren’t telling.
The Stepford Wives (1975)
Admittedly, the movie popularized the phrase “Stepford wife” to describe a certain kind of woman, thereby robbing the fictional Stepford of its secrecy.