After many hours of binge watching horror and disturbing, I’ve compiled a list of underrated horror movies.
Some were popular when they came out, and others not so much. Either way, many of these films faded into obscurity after their initial run, and as the article title suggests, these were highly underrated.
Starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. As if I needed to say anything more. John plays a paranormal investigator that specializes in calling out the BS that surrounds many “haunted/ghostly” locations. When he attempts to debunk the hotel room 1408…let’s just say you have to watch it to experience it.
This movie has an alternate ending, and both are pretty good. I personally wish they kept the alternate as the original.
A film by Robert Rodriguez, and part of the Grindhouse double feature, and starring the very kick-ass Rose McGowan. Surprisingly this movie didn’t do well in theaters, most think it’s due to the double feature aspect, that included throwback trailers, which actually birthed Machete, but it’s come to light recently, that the production company behind this release was The Weinstein Co, which impacted the release. Read more here.
Aside from the controversy, the movie itself harkens back to good old shoot’em-ups with zombies and other villains coming out of everywhere. There’s some great over the top action with Rose McGowan even having a grenade launcher/machine gun as a leg!
Not many have seen this, but those who have agree…this move rocks!
Being partially deaf myself, this brings an extra dimension of horror to me. This one is a much watch, if you want something a bit different. The sound design, and lack thereof, makes it even more haunting and creepy. Esp with my own personal experiences it’s all kinds of messed up.
Director Takashi Miike, who also brought you Ichi the Killer, is this non-descript, seemingly romantic movie. Damn…this film. This damn film! About a director who is getting back into the dating scene and meets girls by holding auditions for a movie. This movie seems quite like some of the controversy that is going on now, but damn…this movie. This damn movie!
What starts out seemingly romantic, albeit by today’s standards, it’s creepy, (or normal if you actually work in Hollywood), takes a turn on a dime. I saw this movie with my then girlfriend, who described this movie to me as just another lovey dovey romance movie. I expected to fall asleep halfway through, but damn, she got the last laugh. Around the point where I thought I knew where the film was going, it turns on a dime. And it just never stops.
Relatively unknown film with a relatively unknown cast and crew. I wasn’t sure who any of the people were, other than the guy that was on United States of Tara, Keir Gilchrist. Not your regular horror trope with jump scares, this movie takes you through the extreme consequences of having sexual relations. It’s an intriguing concept, and without a lot of effects, coupled with the sound design…it’s simply haunting and disturbing. I’m definitely showing this to my kids when they get old enough as sex education.
Strange things happen during a comet passing. That’s the gist of the movie, but it doesn’t do it justice. If you’re a fan of Primer, then you’ll love this movie. It’s disturbing and deserves several viewings, as does Primer, in order to get the full impact of the story that unfolds. Regardless of the low budgety feel to this movie, the story itself is strong with a high concept.
Starring Danielle Panabaker from tv series, The Flash, this takes a different spin at time travel. Instead of the actors traveling through time, they are able to ‘see’ 24 hours into the future via a photograph. A novel concept with chilling results. Another one of those disturbing movies, where the characters carry the movie and their weight and fears are felt by the audience.
Drag Me to Hell
Starring the lovable walrus or Mac Guy, Justin Long, comes a film about a a regular girl trying to do her job, that runs into the wrong person. A series of ‘unfortunate’ events occur that really brings the action.
Just some of the must sees for now.
What’s your underrated horror movie? Tweet us @househarker or comment in Facebook.com/househarker and after we watch it, we’ll put in on this list!