While low-budget horror films are practically a dollar a dozen these days, these ten underappreciated gems are deserving of more attention.
Whether it’s the latest Nightmare on Elm Street sequel or a family-friendly Disney classic like Hocus Pocus, horror movies are a mainstay in most homes. The horror genre has a way of letting the audience’s energy flow faster through thrills, scares, and a few laughs.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the mainstreaming of horror in Hollywood spawned devoted fans, sequels, and conferences dedicated to all things horror. In spite of this, there are still a number of horror films that even the most seasoned and experienced horror movie fans haven’t seen or heard of.
1. Inside (2007)
Even now, over fifteen years after its release, Inside remains one of the scariest movies ever made in France. A home invasion, a haunting, a mysterious man with a creepy backstory, and an almost full-term pregnancy result in some ultra-violent sequences involving scissors, shotguns, and a pregnant belly in this sinister film.
2. The Beach House (2020)
If Stephen King and HP Lovecraft went on vacation to the beach and brought their terrible inventions to life for four people, this Shudder original film titled The Beach House is a psychological horror thriller of epic proportions. For some much-needed R & R, a young couple and an elderly couple gather at a magnificent beach property.
A mystery mist, hallucinations, and otherworldly creatures begin to appear after some nice food, beverages, and drugs, resulting in a battle for survival. Horror fans will want to keep this one in their minds for a long time.
3. Eat Locals (2017)
This year’s Eat Locals is a British vampire horror-comedy that combines elements of Dog Soldiers with Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels to perfection. Additionally, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher from Guy Ritchie’s films are collaborating in the production.
Small bunch of vampires in rural English village hole up to change human into their family, but armed forces show up and Mexican Standoff follows. Charlie Cox even shows up here. If you’ve ever wanted to see something that’s both heart-stopping and hilarious at the same time in the same movie, this is it.
4. Versus (2000)
It was Ryuhei Kitamura’s first foray into the horror genre, a film called Versus, which combined otherworldly evil forces with samurai and Yakuza in one picture.
It all takes place in the Forest of Resurrection, where an escaped convict and the members of the Yakuza wage war against the undead with their samurai swords and any other weapon they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for something that’s fast-paced and exciting, this is it.
5. Nightwatchmen (2017)
Edgar Wright and Seth Rogen’s Nightwatchmen is nasty, gory, and packed of enough toilet and pot humor for two movies. When a mistaken delivery arrives at their warehouse, the Nightwatchmen decide to let it sleep in their coffin, which is occupied by a famous television character.
Everyone in the building is infected by a nasty, 28 Days Later-style vampire clown with 28 Days Later speed. As a result, you’ll laugh out loud and gasp in fear at the same time in this action-horror frolic.
6. Raw (2016)
During the film festival circuit, Raw, a dramatic French horror picture, was the talk of the town, and with good reason. The story follows two sisters, one of whom is a veterinarian, as they pursue their education at a university that specializes in the field.
The best and arguably the most sadistically beautiful aspects of this coming-of-age story are revealed gradually as the protagonist gets enamored with eating human flesh. Throughout the course of the novel, her hunger for blood and muscle grows stronger and stronger, culminating in an enticing and heartbreaking revelation about her friends and family members.
7. The Transfiguration (2016)
The Transfiguration is one of the best and most subtle vampire horror films in recent memory.. Horror genre cliches are laid back in this film, and it also touches with socioeconomic themes prominent in Baltimore at the time. This film is like two episodes of HBO’s The Wire, but with a young vampire who, aside from a teenage girl who helps him out when he needs it, has nowhere to go or anyone to talk to about his condition.
In this context, the connections and symbolism are eerie and excellent in every aspect of filmmaking. Every traveler should see this.
8. You Might Be The Killer (2018)
You Might Be The Killer, a horror slasher film that follows a group of pals who are all camp counselors at a summer camp where all hell is breaking free, made its way to theaters in 2018.
Chuck, a horror movie fan, is Sam’s go-to counselor for advise and assistance. In light of Sam’s description of the circumstances, Chuck can only conclude that her best friend might be the slasher on the loose. Alyson Hannigan, Keith David, and Fran Kranz star in this clever, witty, amusing, and terrifying horror flick.
9. Bad Taste (1987)
Before the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson was best known for his gruesome and terrifying films from the 1980s. His debut feature film, Bad Taste, was made over the course of four years by him and his pals and became a cult favorite, a critical darling, and the beginning of his rise to the top of the film industry.
It all began with a movie about extraterrestrials conquering New Zealand and collecting humans for their intergalactic fast-food chain, which included one of the most disgusting shots of vomit ever filmed.
10. Cropsey (2009)
When Cropsey was released in 2009, it was hailed as one of the most terrifying documentaries ever made. The only problem is that it’s all true, despite how absurd it all seems.
To begin, the film examines a boogeyman who has terrorized New Yorkers for several years and has since become an urban legend that frightens both children and adults. Andre Rand, the guy behind the gruesome tales and heinous deeds, was in fact responsible. A stylised horror film exposes the tales of these horrifying disappearances and killings in this chilling documentary.