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150+ Underrated Horror Movies You Need to See

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I've been a huge fan of all things horror all my life. There is no safer way to get that feeling of dread or disgust than horror. I love it!

8-Bit Jason Voorhees Funko Pop.

8-Bit Jason Voorhees Funko Pop.

Overlooked Horror Flicks To Watch Alone In the Dark (Or With Friends)

Lists of the "Top 100 Horror Movies" or "Scariest Movies Ever Made" are plentiful, but the problem with these lists is that everyone has already seen them. The really good horror movies are actually quite easy to find as the "edited versions" appear on our TV screens on a regular basis.

The movies I want to spotlight are the great horror films (just a rung below) that go unnoticed by the more casual fans of horror. Legendary horror films such as The Exorcist, Poltergeist, The Shining, and Night of the Living Dead will continue to be watchable over and over again for a very long time. They should be, and likely are, in most people's horror movie collection. The movies that should be on your radar are the good films that are just waiting to be found that have been overlooked or taken for granted.

Screen grab from Audition (1999).

Screen grab from Audition (1999).

Scary Movies That You Have To Watch

  • Audition (1999): A very unsettling and disturbing Japanese horror film by filmmaker Takashi Miike. Crushes that turn dark are never good and those that turn extremely dark are worse.
  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006): Be sure to watch until the very end of the credits. I seriously hope they make a sequel to this very underrated horror movie.
  • Frailty (2001): Intelligent and creepy; this underrated horror film will make you look at serial killers in a different way. Maybe they aren't all that bad?
  • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974): Did you know that different vampires require different ways of killing? There have been rumors of a remake for years as the studios clearly see potential in this one.
  • Needful Things (1993): The Devil opens up an antique shop and is willing to give you deals of a lifetime on rare collectibles… for a small favor. This is definitely one of the better Stephen King adaptations out there.
  • Trick 'r Treat (2007): A short story horror anthology film that you will thoroughly enjoy. This one should be on everyone's "horror movies to watch on Halloween" list.
  • Let the Right One In (2008): A foreign vampire film that had a very good American remake called Let Me In. The original is excellent and just a bit more scarier. Watch both.
  • Eden Lake (2008): If cruelty and violence is your poison, then this is your movie. A warning: the ending will leave you with a very bad taste in your mouth. Still want to watch?
  • Howling 2: Your Sister Is A Werewolf (1985): This movie qualifies as “a horror movie so bad it’s good", but I absolutely love it. Be sure to watch the end credits for a treat.
  • American Mary (2012): Extreme body modification is the theme of this flick. Let the Soska sisters show you things that have never been seen on film before.

Return of the Living Dead (1985)

This is the second best zombie movie behind George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and is one of the reasons I always have some spare wood and nails around the house. The special effects won't blow you away, but they were decent for the time. This is a fun, scary movie that can absolutely be watched with a bunch of friends; an R-rated horror film at its best. Braaaiiiins!!!

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More Awesome Scary Movies That Are A Little Different

Faces of Death (1978)

Nekromantik (1987)

Fright Night 2 (1988)

Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Deathgasm (2015)

Cabin Fever (2002)

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

Buried Alive (1990)

Lost Boys (1987)

Ravenous (1999)

The Blob (1988)

Who Can Kill a Child (1976)

Suspiria (1977)

Happy Death Day (2017)

Final Girls (2015)

As far as fun modern-day horror-comedies go, this is one of the better ones that I've seen in awhile. The movie is a real throwback to Friday the 13th films and will make fans long for the day of great slasher flicks. This horror flick is not only well done and smartly written, but PG-13 as well, so almost everyone can watch. You'll enjoy this one so much, you won't even notice it's not R rated.

Some of the Best Horror Films You've Never Heard Of but Need to Watch

  • April Fool’s Day (1986): This slasher flick doesn’t have the gore of the others, but it’s a well crafted tale. A great scary movie that's not too scary. Horror fans either love it or hate it; there's not much in-between.
  • The Hills Have Eyes (1977): A horror shocker that catapulted Wes Craven into the horror limelight. Horror movies don't get more disturbing than this one.
  • I Saw the Devil (2010): A South Korean serial killer movie that is relentless in its violence and depravity. Hard to watch once, let alone more than once.
  • Re-Animator (1985): Lots of gore and lots of dry humor. A very entertaining horror film that you will watch more than once.
  • Torso (1973): A great Italian giallo horror film that wasn’t made by Dario Argento. Another plus of the film is the beautiful women that are in it.
  • Shadow of the Vampire (2000): What if I told you the director of the 1922 film Nosferatu struck a deal with a real vampire to make one of the creepiest movies in decades?
  • Tremors (1990): This and Tremors 2 are great popcorn horror flicks. Horror movies you can watch with friends are the best.
  • Hell of the Living Dead (1980): Director Bruno Mattei borrowed a lot from Romero in this Italian gore-fest, but you’ll stick around to the end just to see how crazy it gets.
  • Pontypool (2008): We learn about a zombie outbreak through the eyes of a radio shock jock. This zombie movie asks our imagination to fill in the pieces, and those pieces won't be pretty.
  • Roar (1981): I’ve put this film on here for one reason and that is that it used real animals when it was made. There will never be another film like this made using this many man eating predators in it.

Rose Red (2002)

Really great haunted house movies are good at building up suspense and then paying it off throughout the film in bits and pieces, and this one does just that. If you don’t want a lot of gore, but do want some goosebumps, then this is a solid choice. Definitely one of the better Stephen King book adaptations that are out there. Keep in mind that it is a mini-series, so it will take you a little time to watch the whole thing.

More Great Horror Movies To Watch At Night

  • People Under the Stairs (1991): Here's a tip for thieves: Don't break into homes with locks on the outside. A really great and underrated film by Wes Craven that people don’t talk about much anymore.
  • Black Sheep (2006): Don't confuse this one with the comedy of the same name. Just look for the one with zombie sheep. Nuff said.
  • Graveyard Shift (1990): This scary movie about rats is more entertaining than scary, but don't let that statement scare you away. Stephen Macht's character, Warwick, steals the show in every way and is what makes this Stephen King adaptation so wonderful to watch.
  • C.H.U.D. (1984): "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers." Seeing those four words on the poster gave me all the motivation I needed to watch this 80's horror classic.
  • Dead Alive (1992): Who knew that a lawnmower could be the perfect weapon against zombies? I'll tell you who did... Peter Jackson.
  • Cemetery Man (1994): A foreign zombie film that is full of horror, comedy and odd moments that will either make you smile, raise your eyebrow or cringe.
  • The Vanishing (1988): A Dutch film that's about someone trying to find out what happened to their kidnapped love. This slow burn horror film has an ending that pays off big time. The American remake (same name) starring Jeff Bridges is good, but no where near as good as the original.
  • Would You Rather (2012): Be careful who you choose to play games with. Some take it more serious than others.
  • Deadgirl (2008): This one gives you a glimpse of what some would do if they came across a fairly fresh female zombie that was good looking. They get what they deserve in the end and possibly unleash a plague that could start a zombie apocalypse.
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Fright Night (1985)

I have a lot of love for this movie because I watched it at a very good time in my life. People always seem to have connections with films they see while growing up, and this one is no different. Despite that nugget of knowledge, it's a great representation of 80's horror that has scares and laughs scattered throughout and is worth the watch. Welcome to Fright Night… for real.

More Must See Horror Flicks

  • Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010): Who knew that some people commit suicide by jumping into a wood chipper? A great one to watch with friends.
  • Arachnophobia (1990): This one may not be as scary to some as others (unless your afraid of spiders), but you’ll have a lot of fun watching it.
  • Cube (1997): A movie that is similar to Saw, but came out before Saw. Some would say a better movie than Saw.
  • Witchboard (1986): I'd like to have been a fly on the wall when toy makers decided to start marketing this device as a board game. I dare you to use a Ouija board after watching this one.
  • Seven (1995): A Top 3 serial killer movie if there ever was one. Most people don't want to watch it more than once. Don't expect a happy ending.
  • The Craft (1996): You really can't go wrong with a bunch of pretty girls who are into witchcraft. Here's a little trick to try if you know people that are actually into this stuff, mention this film and watch them become quiet.
  • City of the Living Dead (1980): A Lucio Fulci classic that is full of blood and gore. I saw this film when young and had severe nightmares for several night afterward. It will do the same to your children, so best think about that before letting them see it.
  • Dead Snow (2009): A Norwegian zombie film that you don’t even need to understand to enjoy; I didn’t even have to read the subtitles.
  • Puppet Master (1989): Cute, deadly and loyal; you’ll want a puppet of your very own after seeing this one. The perfect thing to add to your doll collection.
  • Thinner (1996): Who knew that all you had to do to lose weight was to enrage a gypsy by killing his child and having him put a curse on you?

Up For A Little Tokyo Shock Cinema Also Known As Tokyo Gore Flicks?

Helldriver (2010)

Meatball Machine (2005)

Deadball (2011)

Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Hard Revenge, Milly: Bloody Battle (2009)

RoboGeisha (2009)

Yakuza Weapon (201)

Mutant Girls Squad (2010)

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009)

Hellraiser (1987)

Clive Barker has created some of the most beautiful horror icons in existence. I find it amazing that there are still people who haven't seen this horror classic. Most people make the decision to watch it or not based on the trailer itself because of the implication (in my opinion) that this is going to be a movie that disturbs instead of scares. A promise that it does indeed keep. There are lots of sequels, but only Hellbound: Hellraiser II is really worth watching as it is pretty much a continuation of the original with only a few days passing.

Horror Movies To Watch In The Dark

  • Stir of Echoes (1999): One of the scariest ghost movies you’ll ever see. Often overlooked because it came out around the same time as The Sixth Sense.
  • Event Horizon (1997): Looking for sci-fi horror that will make your skin crawl and takes place on a space ship? Found it!
  • Silver Bullet (1985): A werewolf movie based upon a great Stephen King book that doesn’t have quiet as much gore as most others do. Good for the kiddies!
  • Nosferatu: The original silent film from 1922 and the 1979 remake are must see horror movies for anyone who is a fan of vampires or the genre in general.
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011): Very atmospheric, but not shockingly horrific. Despite this, I still found the film to be enjoyable, especially when watched in the dark.
  • Feast (2005): Feast and its two sequels are fun, fun, fun! Horror candy! The process of making this movie was laid out over 11 episodes on Season 3 of Project Greenlight (very entertaining also).
  • Warlock (1989): Those witches that have the blessing of the Devil have a definite edge over those that don't. Oh, and by the way, some witches are men.
  • Stuck (2008): Ever hit someone with your car and they get stuck in your windshield? Ever drive home instead of going to the cops?
  • Pay the Ghost (2015): A solid creepy horror flick that I purposely didn’t watch at first because I thought it was “just another Nic Cage crime thriller.” Man, this movie was totally marketed wrong.
  • Spellbinder (1988): A horror love story that will appeal to both men and women, as well as a wonderfully dark twist ending. Perfect!

Phantasm (1979)

A staple in 70's horror, killer flying balls and a lead monster that will give you nightmares. What more can you ask for from a good horror film? I once worked with a truck driver that was so frightened by this flick, that every time you quoted a certain line from it, he would get mad. It probably didn't help that we worked the graveyard shift. The line was by the character of the Tall Man and was only one word: "Boy!!"

Scary Movies That Are Actually Scary

  • Men Behind the Sun (1988): A very disturbing movie based upon the very real torture and experimentation of Chinese and Russian POW’s by the Japanese in WW2.
  • The Stepford Wives (1975): Have you ever wanted the perfect wife? This original version is much more creepier than the remake they did with Nicole Kidman, which focused more on the humor of the situation instead of the horror.
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978): This is a just a fun horror movie to watch with friends. It's silly and stupid and has one of the best songs about killer tomatoes you'll likely ever hear.
  • Demons (1985): Be cautious when you are offered free stuff through an invitation. The intentions of whoever sent it may not be that honorable.
  • Apt Pupil (1998): A kid suspects his neighbor is a Nazi war criminal and then tries to blackmail him. I'm starting to think that blackmailing people could put you in danger.
  • Corpse Grinders (1971): A cat food company needs a cheaper source of meat and decides to visit the local cemetery. The cats grow to love the food, and eventually come to realize a fresher source. This is a bad movie that I love to watch. Maybe a few of you will like it too.
  • Shivers (1975): A parasite that turns people into mindless, sex-craved psychos that can infect others by sexual contact. A movie this weird can only be brought to you by David Cronenberg.
  • Cheap Thrills (2013): A good way to make some “moolah” is to find rich people who will try to get you to do crazy things for money.
  • Critters (1986): Small basketball-sized aliens with big teeth come to Earth looking for food. A really fun 80’s horror-comedy.
  • Don’t Look Now (1973): There are some that think older horror films aren’t worth watching when in reality that’s where you'll find many of the best ones.

Slither (2006)

An awesome horror movie that pays homage to a lot of scary movies from the 1980s. This one in particular reminds me of Night of the Creeps from 1986. Lots of critics call this a B-movie, but I couldn’t disagree more. After watching this film you'll want to cover all of your orifices.

  • Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014): The real appeal of this film is that it segues into the TV show, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015), which is outstanding and has the same cast as the film.
  • Good Son (1993): The Home Alone kid starts doing some really bad things.
  • Videodrome (1983): Like most David Cronenberg films, Videodrome will both repulse and intrigue viewers. This is an open-ended sci-fi horror flick that will leave you puzzled as hell, but still satisfied... as long as you like weird. By the way, Criterion makes a fantastic Blu-ray of this one that is chock full of extras.
  • Dagon (2001): The first real adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story (The Shadow Over Innsmouth). A must-watch for fans of the author.
  • Belko Experiment (2016): So you think you have a bad job? Try working at a company that tries to force you to murder your fellow co-workers, and not just the ones that you don't like.
  • The Eye (2002): The original horror movie from Hong Kong is superior to the American re-make. There is a weaker sequel (Eye 2), but Eye 3 (re-titled for the American market) is one you also need to check out, but be warned that it has a more comedic spin to it.
  • Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf: Blind man vs. werewolf and great practical effects. Yes, please! This one was a true undiscovered horror gem for me; I was lucky to find it.
  • Pumpkinhead (1988): The go to demon when you need a little revenge. Shout Factory (aka Scream Factory) has a Blu-ray collectors edition that has all kinds of extras on it.
  • Ichi the Killer (2001): This Takashi Miike horror film is one of his most violent. Many won’t be able to watch it and some will be highly offended within the first five minutes.
  • Misery (1990): Sometimes your #1 fan can go a little too far when proving their devotion to your material.

Ninth Gate (1999)

Johnny Depp, occult books and a beautiful woman who may or may not be Satan; what more could you ask for in a horror flick? A very good "slow burn horror film" directed by Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby) that is no where near talked about enough as it should be.

Quick Pick Horror - Good Horror Movies Fast

Don't Breathe (2016)

Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Ginger Snaps (2001)

Nightbreed (1990)

Black Christmas (1974)

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

Martyrs (2008)

Scream (1996)

Freaks (1932)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Exorcist (1973)

Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

The Shining (1980)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Halloween (1978)

Psycho (1960)

Poltergeist (1982)

Near Dark (1987)

Zombeavers (2014)

Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Wolfen (1981)

Tales of Halloween (2015)

Horror anthologies are often hit or miss, but this one has just the right mix of comedy and horror to make you fall in love with it. This one is chocked full of so much horror talent (on both sides of the camera) that it almost demands to be longer. I'm predicting that within a few years this will be a cult favorite among horror fans.

Another Batch of Overlooked Horror Movies

  • A Dark Song (2016): If you've ever wanted to go behind the scenes of what it takes to call forth angels and demons, this is the film you need to watch. Hint... you can't do it fast.
  • The Babysitter (2017): Ever wish you had a smoking hot, cool as hell babysitter? What if that babysitter was a Devil worshiper and wanted you dead? Still interested? You can find this above average horror-comedy on Netflix. A sequel was made in 2020 which is, while not perfect, worth watching.
  • Midnight Meat Train (2008): A very solid adaptation from one of Clive Barker’s short stories. It’s slowly gaining a cult following.
  • Black Sunday (1960): A great vintage Italian horror movie that is beautiful and violent as it is as dark and moody.
  • Inside (2007): A French home invasion horror film where a pregnant woman must defend her life from someone who wants her unborn child. One of the most intense foreign horror movies I've seen in a while.
  • I Spit On Your Grave (1978): I’ve only watched this film once, and it was almost impossible for me to do so. It amazes me that so many women like to watch it.
  • Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988): I never knew this one existed until a few years ago. As with the first, best to watch with a group of friends.
  • Better Watch Out (2016): A really solid Christmas Babysitter horror flick with a twist that you won’t see coming. Although it would have worked better with a bit more humor in it; this is a good watch.
  • Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006): The goal of appeasing gorehounds around the world was met when this fun train wreck of a flick was made. Do you expect anything less from a movie directed by Troma's Lloyd Kaufman?
  • 1408 (2007): There’s always a skeptic in horror movies, and we love it when they're proven wrong and embrace the horrifying reality of the situation.

Bird Box (2018)

Bird Box is a movie made by Netflix. Sandra Bullock is the lead in this horror-thriller, but the rest of the cast is strong overall. Even though you don't directly see the monster, you get a sense of dread whenever it's around. I was quite surprised by how much I liked this film, and even though it didn't get a theatrical release... it could have.

Underrated Horror Films That You Have To Watch

  • Last House on the Left (1972): This first film by Wes Craven is crude, shocking and hard to watch at times. What more can you ask from a good scary movie?
  • God Told Me To (1976): If God told you to kill someone, would you? That's the premise of this one and has sparked animated conversations with whom ever I watch it with.
  • Cherry Falls (2000): There's only one way to survive a horror movie where virgins are targeted. Do I really have to spell it out?
  • The Cottage (2008): Some kidnappers and their victim decide to seek refuge in a place they shouldn’t have. It's amazing how many times this keeps happening.
  • Flatliners (1990): College students come to the conclusion that there’s only one way to know what’s happens when you die. College is about experimentation, right?
  • What We Do in the Shadows (2014): A mockumentary that explores the struggles of vampires in modern day life.
  • Cigarette Burns (2005): This one comes to us from John Carpenter via the “Masters of Horror” series of shows. A rare film print that cause viewers to become homicidal is desired by someone.
  • Duel (1971): If you’ve ever had a run in with any crazy truck drivers, you’ll be able to relate with this flick by Steven Spielberg.
  • It Follows (2014): The worst type of STD to get? The one that makes a supernatural being start stalking and trying to kill you. "I should've used protection."
  • Cast a Deadly Spell (1991): Imagine a place where magic was used by everyone and casting spells to bring forth demons was commonplace.

Train to Busan (2016)

This Korean zombie film is one of the most intense horror flicks I've seen in a while now. It's very well done on every level of production and you can tell the people who made it have a love for the genre. Subtitles aren't that big of a deal with this one as the action drives most of the movie. Give it a chance if you love horror.

Unknown Horror Flicks Have the Same Elements of the Top 100 Horror Movies

  • [Rec] (2007): First Responders will be in real danger if there's a zombie outbreak, as they will be the ones to respond to the calls for help. Scary movies that are actually scary are so rare, and this one is so much better than the American re-make: Quarantine.
  • Bubba Ho-Tep (2002): Elvis is alive and fighting monsters in a nursing home. Yep, I said Elvis. I've always wished Bruce Campbell would do a sequel to this one, but so far it hasn't happened.
  • Funny Games (2007): This is definitely a different kind of horror film. It's got all the usual components, but allows the psychopaths to do things that I've never seen before in any other scary movie. Spoiler alert! There is no happy ending for this Americanized version or the 1997 original.
  • Cronos (1994): A really different take on the vampire genre by Guillermo del Toro. You have to have an open mind when watching this one.
  • "The Screwfly Solution" (2006): This Masters of Horror TV episode may shock and anger some people as the focus of the story is about killing females. I’m surprised it actually got made.
  • The Last Supper (1995): There are just some people you can't talk politics with without them murdering someone.
  • Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986): You know, a lot of sequels never hold up to the original, unless you're talking about horror movies. It's one of the few genres where sequels can be just as good as the original, no matter how many sequels there are. By the way, nothing good can ever come from digging up serial killers; just don't do it.
  • Bad Taste (1989): Aliens come to Earth looking for food supplies (human flesh) for their restaurant. Low budget horror from the guy that brought you the Lord of the Rings movies.
  • The Toxic Avenger (1984): Some fans may not like this choice, but this monster movie has a monster as the hero and lots of blood, gore and humor. Horror movies that you can watch with friends and have a good time are few and far between. This is one of them.

The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

A very charming, but bloody, horror flick out of Japan about the hazards of staying at secluded mountain retreats is how I would describe this film to others who are reluctant to give it a try. It does have sub-titles, but if you can convince people to watch it, they'll have a good time. Oh, and by the way it was directed by Takashi Miike, a name that many hard-core horror fans will know well.

Scariest Movies You've Never Seen

  • Pieces (1983): Looking for a horror movie with plenty of nudity, violence and gore? This is the one that would be your poison. It never apologizes for what it is... horror eye candy. Grindhouse Releasing makes one of the best Blu-ray versions of this film out there; loads of special features.
  • High Tension (2003): A gritty French horror flick by Alexandre Aja with bad dubbing and lots of gore.
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016): As long as you don't mind seeing an actual autopsy done, you've got one hell of a creepy, supernatural murder mystery.
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980): Not every kind of meat tastes like chicken.
  • Nightmare City (1980): Watch as atomic zombies relentlessly rip the shirts off of female victims before eating them. A true guilty pleasure horror flick.
  • Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988): Jason goes up against a girl with the ability to move things with her mind. It sounds corny, I know, but this is a great popcorn horror flick.
  • Evil Dead 2 (1987): A flying eyeball into the mouth never gets old!
  • Silence of the Lambs (1991): This film isn’t included in a lot of horror film lists, but make no mistake, this is a horror film.
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981): This is a really great horror-comedy that was made back when horror-comedies weren't that common. While the special effects don't quite hold up to those of today, they look pretty damn good, and there is a charm to watching old-school horror movies like these.
  • Rabid (1977): A movie by David Cronenberg that may make you ask the question, "Are these vampires or zombies?" Expect weirdness.
Screen grab from When Animals Dream (2015).

Screen grab from When Animals Dream (2015).

When Animals Dream (2015)

A Danish werewolf tale that could be put into the slow-burn type of horror. If you can somewhat stand the sub-titles, there are a lot of really good foreign horror movies out there that will scare the pants off of you. There are even some that you can follow just by watching the action. If you don't want to read, most have an option to view in English (though you don't usually hear the actor or actresses actual voices).

Good Slasher Movies Are Right Up My Alley, But I'll Watch Other Stuff As Well

  • Dog Soldiers (2002): A grade-A werewolf movie from the British. There are so few of these being made these days, so be sure to check it out.
  • The Orphanage (2007): A slow-burn Spanish horror film that pays off with scenes that will make you shiver. Scary ghost children is never a good thing.
  • Acolytes (2008): Some teenagers get the bright idea to try and blackmail a local serial killer. Hope whatever they get out of it is worth all the trouble.
  • Dead Set (2008): A A five-episode British horror drama about how reality TV contestants deal with a zombie outbreak. Hard to find, but very good.
  • Krampus (2015): Ever wonder what bad little boys and girls get at Christmas? The perfect Christmas-themed horror flick to watch during a blizzard. What was that noise on the roof?
  • The Witch (2015): A film that many will cut off after the first few minutes; those that do watch it till the end will probably never want to watch it again.
  • Bitter Feast (2010): The perfect horror movie for a food or restaurant critic.
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016): A tense and original horror/science fiction thriller that makes you ask, “What would you do if you found yourself in the same situation?”
  • Hereditary (2018): While this slow-burn horror flick will make you feel more uncomfortable than terrified, it shouldn’t be overlooked by fans of the genre. If I had to compare it to another film, it would be Rosemary’s Baby; a movie that you know something is just not right, which is why you stick with it to the end.
  • Found (2012): A young horror fan suspects that his older brother is a serial killer.

Wicker Man (1973)

This is one of those movies that I've always put off watching because it was made in the 70's and British, but fortunately for me, a friend of mine made me watch the trailer. Although I played it cool and told her, I'd check it out eventually, I actually watched it that night. The weirdness throughout the film kept me in it until the end; this wonderful original is much better than the Nicolas Cage re-make (sorry Nic). If you like weird and unique horror flicks, see this.

My Favorite Scary Movie is Scary Movie (Ha Ha Ha!)

  • Man Bites Dog (1992): Be careful what kind of documentary you decide to make, especially when making one about a serial killer.
  • Wrong Turn (2003): If straight up horror is what you want, then that’s what you’ll get. No winking at the audience takes place in this one... and no humor.
  • Night of the Demons (1988): A ghoulish treat for those who want to have an 80’s horror movie marathon. One of my favorite scary movies.
  • Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993): A zombie-themed love story sounds corny, but it’s not if done right. Don’t mistake this for a Warm Bodies type of film. This one’s rated R.
  • Peelers (2016): This movie is not good, the acting is just so-so and it's clear it was made on a smaller budget, but... it's a lot of fun to watch with a group of friends as long as you don't mind nudity and violence. It is about a group of people fighting off a zombie outbreak at a stripper's club, after all.
  • WNUF Halloween Special: Not all "found footage" horror movies are crap. This is one of the few that's worth watching, preferably on Halloween night with a group of friends.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008): A horror musical where the bad guys treat body organs like used cars.
  • Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975): A really great made-for-TV horror film starring Elizabeth Montgomery.
  • The Faculty (1998): A well directed sci-fi horror flick directed by a young Robert Rodriguez.
  • The Burning (1981): A Friday the 13th knock off that's still a lot of fun to watch.
  • John Dies at the End (2012): An outrageous horror-comedy where anything can happen at any time? Yes, please.

Doctor Sleep (2019)

Doctor Sleep (2019)

I avoided watching this film for a long time based upon the trailer I saw and out of the love for the original film that this one is supposedly based on The Shining. That was a mistake, as this is a great horror flick that does have some things in common with The Shining, but is really quite original and creative in its handling as a "sequel." I completely blame the way this film was marketed, as this film is not really a sequel, but a continuation of the lives of people who appeared in the The Shining.

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What's your favorite scary movie (and why)?

Mitchell on May 25, 2020:

My favorite scary movie is Fantasia

Don (author) from Tennessee on March 11, 2020:

Thanks for the exploitation horror movie suggestions, and while I do appreciate some of them, they really belong in niche horror, meaning that they are hit or miss even to a lot of hard core horror fans.

Gary Klaeysen on March 10, 2020:

Love made me deadly, blood spattered bride, the ghostly ones, Ilsa she wolf of the SS, wildcat women. Can’t find these anywhere..?

Don (author) from Tennessee on August 21, 2019:

The Changeling is a really good "slow burn" horror flick, but I felt that it is already well known by everyone. Maybe I was wrong?

Jai on August 20, 2019:

I can't believe that "The Changling"

did'nt make the list. Not to be confused with the movie starring Angela Jolie.

A great performance by George C Scott

It's my all time favorite scarest movie!!

Don (author) from Tennessee on May 26, 2019:

I absolutely love scary movies, and a particularly big fan of horror-comedies.

Aldi on May 25, 2019:

Do you like scary movies

Killer Joe on October 11, 2018:

I remember watching Friday the 13th Part 2 when I was a teenager and quickly branding it on of the scariest movies of all time. Years later, while that statement was a stretch, I still consider it one scary film that is constantly underrated by fans.

Most people want the Jason movies where he's wearing the hockey mask, but this one disturbs me more than the others because of the grittiness and feel of the movie. Someone wearing a sack with one eye hole cut out on their heads holding a pitchfork would scare me a lot more than someone wearing just a hockey mask (though either one would do the trick).

By the way, there is nothing better than watching a good scary movie at night, during a storm, with some friends, especially when October rolls around.

Anubis on June 09, 2018:

Pretty impressive list and while i dont agree on everything you listed i do have to give you major kudos on the Screwfly Solution Episode as well as the Tales of Halloween mention. I also like that you were not afraid to go with favorites that may not be the best or considered the best of certains series (Howling 2 for instance).

Rng on November 20, 2017:

Fyi: although you say Dead Set is difficult to find, it's actually available on Netflix. Saw it several weeks ago - lot of fun

kelly on August 10, 2017:

only just watched two from this list and am genuinely impressed. most suggested horror movies are weak. eden lake has left me feeling ill. but i love it.

Don (author) from Tennessee on May 29, 2017:

Reply to Jem Comments:

What you say is true, but this film is far from the only one to do these kinds of things in that decade. Is it right? No. Is the film hard to watch? Yes. Would most people want to watch it more than once? Probably not.

But there's no denying that it's a solid brick in the foundation of the horror genre. That is why I put it in my article.

Jem on May 29, 2017:

Cool list but Cannibal Holocaust (1980) does not deserve to be mentioned, let alone recommended. During filming the director made local tribes work unpaid labour and the film itself contains intense animal abuse (multiple animals are killed/mutilated in various scenes and it's all for real).

Grant Moriarty from Seattle, WA on October 14, 2016:

Good list. I'll definitely mark as one of my favorites. The ones that I've seen are some of my favorites but there are a lot of movies on this list I'd like to try.

Rayne on July 02, 2016:

A friend of mine recently talked me into watching Halloween, I was surprised to learn that the director was also a fairly famous musician. It was pretty intense. I may eventually check out the sequel and some of the original movies these re-makes were based on.

BayBay on June 28, 2016:

Phantasm 2, made back in 1988, is a horror movie that is just as good, if not better than the original. If you like the first one, then you'll love the 2nd. Watch them back to back if you can.

JackR on May 31, 2016:

One of my guilty pleasure horror films is House 2: The Second Story. It's one of those cheesy 80's flicks that has nothing to do with the original, but most people that grew up with those kinds of movies will enjoy it, especially if you watch it with friend.

PeachyKeen on May 18, 2016:

One zombie horror film that a lot of people overlook is Fido (2006). It's a movie about having zombies as pets. What could go wrong?

Joseph Matthew Dobson on October 27, 2015:

Great list! I'm glad you included "Frailty"...This is such an overlooked film craftily made by Bill Paxton. By far one of my favorite horror films.

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