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20 of the Best Unknown Horror Movies

Anna is a writer, mom, crafter, and movie buff. Her favorites are horror movies and horror stories, thanks to some inspiring parents.

The best horror movies you've never heard of

The best horror movies you've never heard of

Some Great Movies Go Unnoticed

I have already covered some of the best horror films of all time, but there are other movies, great movies, that go unnoticed by most people. Ofttimes, these movies don't get the same attention as the blockbusters because they are independent or lower budget movies.

Nonetheless, sometimes these films offer something the big-budget movies just don't have. Some big-budget horror movies just seem to be slapped together, copies of other movies, or tired remakes. But these lesser known films seem to try harder to deliver something good, a unique take on a genre that has become somewhat predictable.

I watch a lot of horror movies and have found some very good ones you may not have heard of but should definitely check out.

Amusement—featuring another scary clown.

Amusement—featuring another scary clown.

1. Amusement (2008)

Amusement combines classic elements from popular horror movies and urban legends in a truly original way. I have read reviews that panned the movie, but as a fan of classic horror, I found the movie amusing. The use of classic urban legends, such as the killer who's in the house while the babysitter is there, is what makes this movie fun. We have all heard those stories as children. I know I have.

The movie follows three, seemingly unrelated girls, as they each encounter separate scenes of horror. The man known as "The Laugh" is a classic horror movie killer. We discover a bit about the characters over the course of the movie, and see where they connect. The creepy clown, is of course, excellent. Who doesn't love a creepy clown?

The acting isn't perfect, but for the budget the movie had, it was done well. As I've said, horror movies have an element of humor. This movie definitely has that.

She looks so sweet and innocent.

She looks so sweet and innocent.

2. The Bad Seed (1956)

The Bad Seed is a classic horror movie. I love movies with evil little kids. It is the turning of innocent into evil that really gets to me.

Christine Penmark's seemingly perfect family, including her perfect daughter, may not be all that they appear to be. Christine's beautiful, sweet, little girl may, in fact, be a psychopathic killer. Of course, what mother wants to believe something like that about their own child?

The Bad Seed is a great black-and-white horror movie, made at a time when terrible creature features were the flavor of the month. This is one of my all-time favorite movies for the sheer chills it gave me. Fitting in with the time that it was made, it isn't overly violent or gory, but it was terrifying, nonetheless. A truly great movie!

A TV version of the movie was made in 1985 starring Lynn Redgrave and David Carradine. I have not seen that version, so I can't really comment on it.

Is that really a mask, though?

Is that really a mask, though?

3. Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Imagine a documentary crew being given unprecedented access into the life of a serial killer. That is the premise for this movie.

Leslie Vernon, the budding slasher, invites a crew into his world, allowing them to view his reign of terror. Horror great Robert Englund (best known as Freddy Krueger), plays Doc Halloran, and Zelda Rubinstein (best known for her role as Tangina in the Poltergeist movies) appears in her last feature length film role. She died in early 2010.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get inside the mind of a serial killer? To follow one around? This movie gives you a taste of what that might be like. Serial killers often have a cult following, and of course, there are always the strange groupies that fawn over them. I don't pretend to understand it, but it's real. This movie taps into that darker side of people, and plays with it in remarkable fashion.

Breathing Room (2008)

Breathing Room (2008)

4. Breathing Room (2008)

A lot of people pan this movie as a rip-off of Saw. In reality, there was a movie called Cube, that came out before either of these, that set the precedent for the formula. Both Saw and Breathing Room follow in Cube's footsteps, and if you liked Saw, you should also check out Breathing Room.

A group of people wake up in a room to discover they have all been given numbers. They come to realize they are all "contestants" in some game, and there is no escape. Violence and mayhem ensue, with some great twists and clever angles. I liked this movie. It has elements similar to Saw, as well as Cube, but takes a slightly different approach. It is cast with unknown actors, which I tend to like—after all, seeing Brad Pitt in a slasher flick would be a bit strange and would take you out of the movie.

Bug (2006)

Bug (2006)

5. Bug (2006)

Bugs creep me out, gross me out, and just give me the chills. I hate bugs. This movie explores the irrational fear of bugs, along with overwhelming paranoia and delusions. It really does make your skin crawl when you watch the movie.

Ashley Judd stars in the movie, as does Harry Connick Jr. Ashley Judd plays Agnes, a waitress living in a motel, in rural Oklahoma. Agnes begins a relationship with a man who says he was discharged by the Army. He begins to discover bites across his body caused by bugs that Agnes cannot see, bugs that he says live in the blood and feed on the brain.

The movie is strange, disturbing, and thought provoking. You are never really sure what is real, and what isn't. Are they really being infested with bugs? The lengths they go through to protect themselves from this potentially imaginary infestation are truly horrifying.

The Cellar Door (2007)

The Cellar Door (2007)

6. The Cellar Door (2007)

I love movies about crazy people! Mostly because these movies touch on things that could really happen, and that is what really scares me.

My sister recommended this movie, and it did not disappoint. I will have that childhood rhyme stuck in my head for a while:

Say say old playmate,
Come out and play with me,
And bring your dollies three,
Climb up my apple tree,
Slide down my rainbow,
Into my cellar door,
And we'll be jolly friends,
Forever more...

The movie is about a very lonely, very disturbed man named Herman and his recent obsession with a sexy, seductive woman named Rudy. When she awakes from an ether-induced sleep to find that she's been kidnapped by a sociopath, she must use her wits to survive.

This movie amazed me. It's hard to believe that it hasn't received more attention. It had a small budget, but what it lacks in big budget polish, it makes up for in talented acting and a great script.

Trapped in the Cube

Trapped in the Cube

7. Cube (1997)

Cube is a cult horror classic!! I stumbled across this movie by accident about eight or nine years ago. I found it captivating, remarkable, and terrifying. It has inspired movie makers for years, and I see why.

Seven strangers wake up to find themselves in separate rooms of a seemingly endless and incredibly deadly maze. Cube after cube, reveals new terrors, new traps, new ways to die. The strangers must navigate the maze and find the way out in order to survive. If it hadn't been for Cube, there would be no Saw.

A sequel and prequel have been made. The sequel, Cube 2: Hypercube, offers a more futuristic look at the same premise, while the prequel, Cube Zero, takes a look at the early days of the plan. Both are decent, but not nearly as good as the first.

Death of a Ghost Hunter (2007)

Death of a Ghost Hunter (2007)

8. Death of a Ghost Hunter (2007)

I covered this movie in my article on ghost story movies, but I still felt it worthy of mention. I will say that the acting isn't anything remarkable, but the story is very compelling.

The movie is portrayed as though it were based on the journal of a real ghost hunter who died during a paranormal investigation. In the film, Carter is a ghost hunter who is hired, along with a videographer and journalist, to investigate a house in which a family was murdered years before.

The movie is interesting and spooky. The characters are believable, and the little twists on the typical haunted house movie are what make it really good.

The Entity (1981)

The Entity (1981)

9. The Entity (1981)

The Entity stars Barbara Hershey as Carla Moran, a woman who is attacked, beaten, and raped by an unseen force. She struggles to figure out what is happening to her.

She feels as if she is going crazy and seeks the help of a psychiatrist, and later, a parapsychologist, in an attempt to put an end to the attacks. Is she going mad? Is all of this really happening?

The movie is supposedly based on a true story. I found the plot chilling, disturbing and very good! I love Barbara Hershey in this role. She is remarkable!

Naomi Watts in Funny Games (2007)

Naomi Watts in Funny Games (2007)

10. Funny Games (2007)

Funny Games is a remake of a movie of the same name, from 1997, and stars Naomi Watts and Tim Roth. A family, taking some time off from daily life at their vacation home, are taken hostage by crazy serial killers and forced to act out their sick, sadistic games.

The killers seem intelligent and well mannered at first, but turn vicious and cruel once their real intentions are discovered. I have seen both versions of the movie, and both are worthy of watching. It is hard to imagine surviving something like that.

The Girl Next Door (2007)

The Girl Next Door (2007)

11. The Girl Next Door (2007)

I am not talking about the comedy about the kid who lives next door to a porn star. This movie is much more chilling, much more disturbing, and a great movie. It made me sad, it scared me, and it made me think.

Two young girls go to live with their aunt after the death of their parents. The aunt is friendly and carefree with the kids in the neighborhood, but terribly cruel to her nieces. She abuses and tortures them, and even gets her children and the neighborhood boys in on the abuse. It only gets worse from there. This movie is very hard to watch. It even made me cry at certain points.

What's more, one of the things that makes it really hit home is the fact that, while many horror movies say they're "based" on a true story, this film actually is based on the lives of two girls, Sylvia and Jenny Likens.

Grace (2009)

Grace (2009)

12. Grace (2009)

Grace is a movie that intrigued me. I read the basic plot overview, and knew that I wanted to see this movie. I wonder what that says about me?

A young woman who is eight months pregnant is involved in an accident, which results in the death of her unborn baby and her husband. She is determined to carry the baby to term and deliver it, just the same. Then a strange thing happens: Baby Grace comes back to life.

Grace is a hungry baby, and mother's milk is not what she hungers for. The movie is truly disturbing and remarkable in its originality. The role of the mother-in-law is also terribly disturbing. The movie's slower, less hurried pace sets it apart from other horror movies.

The Hamiltons (2006)

The Hamiltons (2006)

13. The Hamiltons (2006)

The Hamiltons is about your average, everyday, suburban family. Upon the deaths of their parents, the four young adult siblings must learn to fend for themselves. Or, at least this is how it all looks on the surface.

The siblings keep referring to some "disease," and then there is the issue of what they are keeping, and feeding, down in the basement. A strange story, to say the least. The movie is cast with unknown but talented actors. It's a movie I had never heard of until I happened upon it one night. I am really glad that I did.

Ellen Page in Hard Candy (2005)

Ellen Page in Hard Candy (2005)

14. Hard Candy (2005)

Ellen Page (star of Juno) plays a remarkably mature 14-year-old in this movie. Hard Candy is about a young girl who meets an older man on the internet. She suspects that he's a pedophile, and attempts to expose him. Less a true horror movie and more an indi-psychological thriller, it is still a great movie, which turns the tables on Internet predators. Ellen Page is chilling in her role as Hayley Stark.

The guilty cannot hide

The guilty cannot hide

15. House (2008)

After being stranded in the middle of nowhere in rural Alabama, two couples seek refuge in an old bed and breakfast. They quickly discover that their hosts are not all they are cracked up to be, and neither is the house. The hosts make reference to "The Tin Man," and state that the couples have drawn him there.

The truth, though, is so much worse than they can imagine. In this movie, Michael Madsen plays a mysterious cop, and Leslie Easterbrook and Bill Moseley, who starred as a mother-son pair in The Devil's Rejects together, play mother and son once more.

Let the Right One In (2008)

Let the Right One In (2008)

16. Let the Right One In (2008)

Let the Right One In is the original, Swedish, version of a movie titled, Let Me In, that came out in theaters in 2010.

I found the film remarkable! It has a quietness to it that you rarely see in horror movies. It leaves you with a disturbed feeling, a sense of sadness, and the overwhelming sense that sometimes a monster isn't really a monster.

Let the Right One In is about a bullied, lonely boy named Oskar, who makes a new friend on the playground by his apartment building. Eli is a sad little girl who befriends the equally sad Oskar.

You really feel for these characters, even after you discover Eli's true nature. Since writing this, I have seen the American remake, and while it is good, it does not even begin to compare with the original.

The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

17. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

I will say, the ending to this movie was a bit much, but I thought the movie was excellent nonetheless!

For a movie with a great cast (Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, Leslie Bibb, and Brooke Shields), this movie did not receive the attention that it so greatly deserved. It's so little known that it's included as an Easter egg in Cooper's Oscar-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook:

If you watched closely, you may have noticed a scene with a movie marquee reading "Midnight Train." It's a reference to this film, which Cooper says he's very proud of.

The movie follows a photographer (Cooper) who has stumbled upon a potential serial killer. His curious nature leads him to follow this killer. The movie delivers some gore and great twists. This was another recommendation from my sister, and once again, she was right. My fiancé even liked it, despite not being a fan of horror movies.

Pandorum (2009)

Pandorum (2009)

18. Pandorum (2009)

This movie is great! It has elements reminiscent of the Alien movies. Two crew members awake from their hyper-sleep chambers to discover that all is not well with their ship. Bower, played by Ben Foster (known for roles in 3:10 to Yuma, 30 Days of Night, and Six Feet Under), goes looking for a way out, his wife, and some way to gain control of the ship.

Along the way, he is met with some resistance from the others who have wakened from hyper sleep, as well as from some strange creatures that seem to have invaded the ship. Survival may turn out to be more important than originally thought as chilling secrets are revealed about what really happened aboard their ship.

Now, I'm a little bit creeped out by med students.

Now, I'm a little bit creeped out by med students.

19. Pathology (2008)

In this film, medical students play God in their simple "game." The game is to see which of them can commit the perfect murder.

The movie stars Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss? and Charmed) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) and was better than I had expected it to be. My sister recommended this movie, and while she is usually great with her recommendations, I wasn't entirely thrilled with what I had read of the plot synopsis. But I gave it a shot, and she was right. This movie was far better than I had expected.

Such a fantastic young actress

Such a fantastic young actress

20. Tideland (2005)

At first glance, this film appeared to be less horror than fantasy. I was wrong. It is a fantasy, but it is also dramatic, frightening, and beautiful. Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are drug addicts and far from ideal parents. After her mom ODs, her father takes her out to his family place to hide out.

Jeliza-Rose transports herself to a strange fantasy world. Jeliza-Rose is played by Jodelle Ferland, who stars in Silent Hill and Case 39. She is a compelling, wonderful young actress.

© 2010 Anna Marie Bowman

Is There a Film You Think Should Be on This List? Any Favorites You've Already Seen? Join the Conversation!

Ashlyn Lin on May 17, 2020:

`The road` is one of the last man of earth movie it is very nice

dakota on May 02, 2020:

donnie darko isnt that scary, but i love it

Ben/Will on March 08, 2020:

the rake

kristen airanna wright on October 15, 2018:


JordineP on July 23, 2018:

The autopsy of Jane Doe should definitely be on this list! Very interesting and frightening.

MattyRich on March 30, 2018:

“Eden Lake” - Great film... Its crazy to think about the inconsequential mindset of teenagers.

lizaBella on March 03, 2018:

I've seen every one of these...this list is garbage.

Do Your Research!

NotoWolf on February 20, 2018:

I feel something missing in each and every one of these lists and that is House of 1000 corpses and if you enjoyed that, Robs (Rob Zombie) Devils Rejects. I feel they never get a spot but they hold a great place in my heart for great horror / slasher flicks. None compare. Anyone a fan of horror and thriller I recommend them to never disapoints but i never see them on a list of horror movie greats. Does anyone watch Rob Films?

Joey Effin on January 08, 2018:

Mr Frost is a definite!!! I am very surprised to even see anyone mention it, it was way under the radar, but an incredible is a Horror/psychological thriller, but has huge elements of both...... Not to sound like a dick, but people with a low IQ honestly most likely won't like it..... Also........In the Mouth of Madness is one of the most excellent underrated horror movies of all time, probably ever......that is my favorite by far. It has all the elements of every great horror movie all wrapped into one unforgettable, amazing, and creepy as fuck movie

Ced Yong from Asia on December 11, 2017:

Only ones in this list that I've watched are Hard Candy, Let the Right One In, Cube, and Midnight Meat Train. Of these four, I found Hard Candy the most disturbing, even though it was the least bloody. Midnight was kind of, a little too stylized. But the ending was chilling.

Funny Games in on my list of, unbearable watches. :)

Geoff on November 06, 2017:

@Leonard - Cutting Class

Realhorrorfan on September 11, 2017:

Who ever wrote this does not know what horror is. The amusement is not based on the man up stairs urban legend. It is its own legend entirely. Also why is let the right one in on this list? Its extremely popular.

Leonard on September 08, 2017:

Actually Brad Pitt played in a slasher film . One of his first movies

Terra on June 13, 2017:

Starry eyes 2014

Black lodge on May 19, 2017:

Hello Anna Marie, here are some of my favorite unknown gems. Please let me know what you think of them.

1) Dead end (2003)

2) Resolution (2012)

3) Enter nowhere (2011)

4) The night visitor (1971)

5) Hotel (2004)

fucker on April 28, 2017:

lame list!!

RAFAEL ROSA PASTOR on March 17, 2017:




3.We Are What We Are (2013) - IMDb

4.The Loved Ones

5.People under the stairs

6.The collector

7.FRONTIER(S) (2007)

8.Bite (2015) - IMDb

9.The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

10.C.H.U.D. (1984) - IMDb

11.The Mist


13. 1 and 2 part kick ass The Descent

14. [Rec] (2007) all its parts their about 4

15. Quarantine (2008) - IMDb Their 2 parts to this movie and they both good

16. Stephen King the movie IT, the Stand, and Desperation great movies

17. Korean Horror movie.. I saw the devil(this one is disturbingly great)

18. Sinister all its parts

19. Flowers in the Attic (1987 film)

20.The Green Inferno

21. 31(A Rob Zombie Movie)

22.The Devil’s Rejects


24.I Spit on Your Grave

25.Jeepers creepers -all the parts

26. SiREN

27.The Autopsy of Jane Doe

28.10 Cloverfield Lane (this 2 me was a good movie)


30.The Conjuring 2

31.Viral (2016)

32.The Babadook (2014)

33.It Follows


35. And their is a whole lot otherssssss


Shade Chylde on February 21, 2017:

85% (or more) of this list is a "Thriller's" list...

I was REALLY hoping to see more horror here.

Brian on February 08, 2017:

If you haven't seen "Mister Frost" (1990) with Jeff Goldblum and Kathy Baker, you really should. Goldblum plays the title character, a mass murderer who winds up in a psychiatric hospital after his arrest, and Baker plays the psychiatrist assigned to his case. After discussing the murders at some length with the psychiatrist, the appalling and mysterious Mister Frost confides in her that he is Satan. At first, she chalks this up to psychotic delusion, but it turns out to be no delusion at all--he really is Satan. The drama that follows is all about what the now-terrified psychiatrist can and must do about the enormous evil that has been visited upon her. Good stuff.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on January 14, 2017:

I will have to check that one out! Thanks!!

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on January 14, 2017:

I have not. I looked it up. I see that he was in that movie, but remember, at the time, he was an unknown actor, so my point stands.

Justin on January 06, 2017:

Spectral (2016) is a good horror movie, not well known.

Mario Paulo on January 04, 2017:

What about the remark: "...after all, seeing Brad Pitt in a slasher flick would be a bit strange and would take you out of the movie."?

Have you ever saw the 80s slasher "Cutting Class"?

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on December 26, 2016:

I know a lot of people who had never heard of it, so I included it.

manowce on December 06, 2016:

"Cube" is unknown? seriously?

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on November 01, 2016:

Oops! I will correct it!!

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on November 01, 2016:

I don't think I have seen The Other, but will check it out. I have seen The Changeling, and it was decent.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on November 01, 2016:

LOL! I always love a good pun! Thank you.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on November 01, 2016:

YES!!! 13 Ghosts did borrow heavily from Cube in some of it's scenes. I did like 13 Ghosts. It was an interesting movie with a really good concept.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on November 01, 2016:

I am not sure which two movies you are referring to, and I don't believe I have.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on November 01, 2016:

As I have not seen that movie, I cannot include it. Thank you for informing me of it, though, and I will check it out!

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on November 01, 2016:

Thank you!! I hope you check out the ones you haven't seen.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on November 01, 2016:

I'm not sure. I think I remember a few movies that fit that premise.

Solve_Coagula on October 17, 2016:

No mention of Michael Shannon in the "Bug" entry ._.

Ali L on September 29, 2016:

Did anyone mention "The Other"? I saw it about 30 years ago, and if I give it the chance... it still haunts me! There are so many good suggestions, but I think "The Other" rates as both: one of the best horror movies, and best 'Evil Child' movie. The acting, writing- all of it was first rate for a horror film! I put the quality and horror at the top go both lists, along with "The Changeling". Highly recommended!

Vidgo from Menomonee Falls, WI on September 12, 2016:

Great list! There are some deep-cuts (pun intended) here.

Gina Welds-Hulse on September 11, 2016:

I've seen several of these. The slice-and-dice scene from Cube reminds me of a similar scene from 13 Ghosts. Am I thinking o the right movie? Are you familiar with that film?

Philip on August 23, 2016:

I haven't seen either of these two movies but are you not getting number 11 on this list mixed up with the film An American Crime?

Cory on July 13, 2016:

This list seems legit. Several I haven't seen, yet several I have seen and love!

Vittorio on June 24, 2016:

As a child i remember watching a horror film that was on TV where a bunch of teenagers caused the dead to rise (80's) cannot remember the name

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on April 02, 2016:

Suzana--If you have any recommendations, I am always looking for new movies to watch, and I am working on a new list right now!!

Suzana Mustra from Quartu Sant'Elena on April 02, 2016:

I love watching horrors and your hub is great. Some of the movies I've already seen but some are missing. Thanks for the liat

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on February 15, 2016:

I have seen that. I wouldn't call it a sequel so much, but it is in the same theme.

Bryan on February 10, 2016:

There's a sequel to The Hamiltons called The Thompsons that was really good too. Definitely worth checking out.

kotobukijake on October 03, 2015:

This is an interesting hub, and a very intriguing list. I cannot say I fully agree that The Bad Seed is "unknown," but I'll readily concede it is underrated. I actually had a friend in college who introduced it to me as her favorite film. It is excellent, and more my speed than many films in the horror genre. I'd also make a similar case for Let the Right One In being less unknown and more overlooked. For my part, I wanted to see the film in theatres, and sought it out shortly after its DVD/ Blu-ray release--it is an awesome movie, and easily one of the better horror films I've seen. I'm afraid I've only seen three of your other pics: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is an intriguing and creative film that I rather enjoyed; Tideland (as you say, more fantasy than horror) is a deeply disturbing but criminally underrated film by the CRIMINALLY underrated former Python Terry Gilliam; and Hard Candy was a DEEPLY unsettling (at one point physically painful) film that was a phenomenal showcase for the talents of Patrick Wilson and an as-yet-unknown Ellen Page. All five are films I'd recommend to fans of obscure horror films, though when I actually did recommend Hard Candy to my horror-movie-loving best friend he was upset with me for having done so. Anyway, I am no expert on horror, but I have seen a few good ones; I'll check out your follow-up article to see if some of my other favorites were chosen.

Sara Krentz from USA on September 29, 2015:

I've seen several of these. Now I want to watch a few more that have piqued my interest. Thanks!

Nicole on September 28, 2015:

If u think just the movie girl next door was sad and disturbing, the events that inspired it are beyond complete belief! Treating another human being that way is unfathomable.

Patrick bateman on September 27, 2015:

What about Pitt in Seven? What's in the box?

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on February 06, 2014:

Sid-- I'm not sure if I have seen Blindness. I don't think so. I am pretty sure it's on my list of movies to watch. I try to watch at least two or three movies that I haven't seen each week. I am working on a new list of great unknown horror movies, and once I get enough of a list, I will post it. Thanks for the suggestion.

Sid Matheson on February 05, 2014:

Still haven't seen Blindness, huh? That was still scarier than most of these. While I am not a fan of slasher pictures, Staunton Hill was UN-Be-Lievable. I think it tops The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I've probably said it before somewhere here -- totally agree Bug is wild! And on that note, so was Mimic 2.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on February 04, 2014:

billybuc--Five isn't bad. Most of these I had never heard of until I stumbled across them, or someone recommended them to me. I hope you enjoy the rest!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 04, 2014:

I've only seen five of these. Thanks for a great list; I'm always willing to test the waters in the horror genre.....I'll be downloading these others soon.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on December 12, 2013:

Katie--I hate clowns, as well. I blame Stephen King, and the fact that I read IT when I was a kid. Isn't that the point of scary movies? To watch something that scares us...

Katie Lineback on December 11, 2013:

Grace is a truly strange movie! I love it. The first one on your list, I want to watch it, but I'm terrified of clowns, decisions decisions. Great hub. I have new movies to find and watch.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on November 16, 2013:

Avinesh--I hope you enjoy watching them!!

Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on November 15, 2013:

I really like watching horror movies. I was not aware of these movies, thanks for the effort. I will make sure that I watch these movies.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on October 06, 2013:

jeffrey-- Thanks a lot!! Hard Candy is a favorite of mine, as well!!

Jeffrey Maskel from Boulder, CO on October 04, 2013:

Great list! Especially Cube and Hard Candy. Hard Candy is extremely creepy movie. I highly recommend people see it. I need to bookmark this list and try to see a few of these. Thanks!

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on January 23, 2013:

Syd-- Thanks for the recommendation!! I will check it out!!!

Syd on January 23, 2013:

Angst! (1983, Germany) You want an excellent unkown movie, track down Angst. Not only disturbing, but extremely well made. Kinda like Seven but from the perspective of the killer. Based on actual events and does a fantastic job of understanding where the killer is coming from.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on January 20, 2013:

lorddraven--I am glad you enjoyed it. I am working on a second list, so I hope you will check it out when it's done.

Sam Little from Wheelwright KY on January 12, 2013:

Great list! I love the majority of these films. I still have not watched the Leslie Vernon film but I am dying to see it.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on October 09, 2012:

Ghostrose-- Thank you so much!! Cube disturbed me, too. It is part of the reason I liked it so much.

Ghostrose from Houston, TX on October 02, 2012:

Excellent list. Cube, The Girl Next Door, Grace.....these are all great movies that really didn't get the recognition they deserved. Cube disturbed me, but I do appreciate your take on it and Breathing Room. Usually I prefer the originals to remakes, but Let Me In did Let the Right One In justice and for that, I'm grateful. Several of these I have not had the chance to watch, but I will definitely add them to the list. Thank you.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on August 01, 2012:

Richard-- The Bad Seed is a classic. It's a little different than movies that are being made today. It has a different pace which may seem a little slow for many.

Richard Perazzo from Shirley, NY on July 30, 2012:

Great List. Couldn't agree with you more. Only two on this list that I haven't seen are The Bad Seed and Tideland but I think I am now going to have to check them out.

DS Duby from United States, Illinois on May 16, 2012:

LOL I hear the same flack from my wife about my cheesy taste in movies.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

timmy t-- Thank you for the suggestions!! I love when readers recommend movies to me and the other readers!! I will check these out, as I have not heard of many of them! Thanks again!

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

DS-- My husband gives me a hard time for watching some really terrible movies. Thanks to netflix, though, it doesn't cost me a lot to indulge my guilty pleasure.

timmy t on May 11, 2012:

Pretty good list (I hated some, really enjoyed some others) and if I many, I'll add a few of my underrated gems that haven't been mentioned here and haven't received enough love and attention:

Stake Land

The Shrine

Dead Birds

Babysitter Wanted

Baby Blues - so underrated it doesn't even appear on most horror blogs for some reason.

Wasted on the Young - from Australia

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Dread - part of Clive Owen's Books of Blood, if you liked Midnight Meat Train and thought that IT was underrated than give Dread a shot. I liked it a lot more and it received even less attention.

Session 9


We are the night - German vampire film

Just some you might enjoy and may not have heard of...

DS Duby from United States, Illinois on May 10, 2012:

You and me both, for some odd reason I feel the need to buy every cheesy B horror movie that I run across, it's usually worth the cost but quite a few are just plai horrible.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on May 10, 2012:

DS Duby-- Sometimes they are. I have seen a lot of terrible movies in search of great movies.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on May 10, 2012:

Thanks for coming up with an answer. I had no idea...

DS Duby from United States, Illinois on May 04, 2012:

A great mix of A and B horror films and yes everyone of them have some awesome/creepy moment making them worth the watch. It seems to me the low budget films are usually scarier than the box office hits. Good job!

Guest 34 on May 04, 2012:

To response to Guest 33 question, I think the movie that you are talking about is called The Anniversary at Shallow Creek. Hope that helped.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on March 08, 2012:

guest 33--I am not really sure. It doesn't sound familiar. I wish I could help you!!

guest33 on March 06, 2012:

Is anyone aware of a movie about a group of 20-somethings that stay at one of their uncles houses for a weekend, and end up getting terrorized by a masked killer? SPOILER ALERT: It is actually a married couple wearing masks, and they use their young son to help set the kids up. They are out having a campfire, the child shows up and asks to hang out, and then one of them is shot, so they run into the house, with the kid, where they are now trapped.... I saw it on netflix and its driving me CRAZY tryin to find it. (I know this is long but there's sooo many "trapped" movies that I have to be specific). Also I remember one of the girls being a med student, and at the end, when the masks come off, the husband/wife killers make her choose between her boyfriend and best friend (or something along those lines). Anyone...please help, I am losing my mind over this!!!

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on March 06, 2012:

CarltheCritic-- There are a lot of reasons I liked the movies on this list. Not all of them are stellar movies, but there was something about all of them that I liked. I have seen both versions of Funny Games. They are both pretty good!

Carl on March 02, 2012:

Just saw "Amusement", plan to write my review on it. I basically found the story to be very slow, boring, repetitive, and not well structured, and the acting wasn't very good either, but there are definitely some creative moments, and the cinematography was pretty cool. It's definitely a movie to rent at the very least. I will again credit you in the Hub and will next look at "Funny Games" (2007). By the way did you see the original 1997 version? :)

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on February 27, 2012:

morozov-- Cube is a classic!! The Hamiltons was a strange movie, but I liked it. Midnight Meat Train definitely did not get the attention it deserved, and Bradley Cooper is an excellent actor! Funny Games I loved because it harkened back to all those classic urban myths that I grew up with.

John Weaver from Grove City, PA on February 25, 2012:

Cube was like a "Pre-Saw" movie. I loved the hell out of it. The ending was brilliant.

The Hamiltons realllly disappointed me, and so did Hard Candy, although Ellen Paige played that part to a T.

Midnight Meat Train...probably the best adaption of a Clive Barker film since Hellraiser. Some of the other ones...Book of Blood comes to completely.

Funny Games is so rediculous I can't even describe how I feel about it. My head hurt afterwards.

The rest...sounds like I have some serious movie-devoting time to get to.

Excellent summaries!

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on February 16, 2012:

Devons-- No, I have not. I will have to add it to my list of movies to watch! Thank you for the suggestion!

Devons on February 16, 2012:

Have you ever seen "Someone's Knocking On The Door"? You might like that.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on February 14, 2012:

Noel-- Glad you liked the list!! I am always on the lookout for new great movies, so if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!!

Noel Tanti from Malta on February 14, 2012:

it's great that you included gems like bug, grace and let the right one in... a very interesting list indeed...

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on February 05, 2012:

Beth-- Yeah, that pretty much sums up The Hamiltons.

BethSeguchi on February 04, 2012:

I have seen both Grace and The Hamiltons. Think of the latter as a... "family with a dark secret but tries to keep it on the DL" type of movie.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on January 13, 2012:

CarltheCritic-- As I said, it isn't a movie for everyone. It was hard to watch, but I appreciate the movie for crossing a line that most film makers would never do. I do not mind the link at all. Thank you!!

Carl on January 12, 2012:

I finally saw that film "Grace", and I didn't really like it that much. But I am looking forward to checking out more movies on your list :) (I also linked this article to my review of "Grace", if that's okay with you.)

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on December 14, 2011:

QualityContent-- People like horror movies for a variety of reasons. Some like the gore, some like the suspense, but I think it all comes down to facing our fears. Horror movies allow us to face our fears, put them out in the open, and deal with basic human fears in a way we can understand.

car-insurance-pro-- Glad you liked the list, and thank you for answering the reader's question. I had no idea.

jeff-- Thank you for the suggestions!! I look forward to checking them out. I haven't seen Insidious, but I did see The Last Exorcism and was a little disappointed. Might still check out Insidious, because it looked interesting.

jeff on December 14, 2011:

Love your list!

Seed (2007)

Hatchet 1


All great unknown horror flicks. BTW, besides Insidious and The Last Exorcism, PG-13 Sucks!

jeff on December 14, 2011:

The Cottage is the best UK horror/comedy since Shaun of the dead!

jeff on December 13, 2011:

Cool list, here's a few that i'd add:



Seed (2007)

Castle Freak

These are all worth renting. Let me know!

car-insurance-pro on November 01, 2011:

oh, I forgot to say-- Anna, great list! I try to keep up on all the horror flicks, but you mentioned a few I have missed. I was glad to see "Leslie Vernon" made your list.

car-insurance-pro on November 01, 2011:

Vectormovieman -- I think the movie you are talking about is called "Evil Aliens." As unappealing as it may seem from your description, it's a great movie, if you have a tolerance for gore.

QualityContent -- I'll explain my love of horror, if you can explain the popularity of Adam Sandler, Lady Gaga, & Adam Sandler movies.

One of the most important indicators for the success of a relationship is if the couple agree on whether they like or dislike horror films. I guess QualityContent & I won't be dating anytime soon -- particularly if he is dude. Speaking of which, can anyone explain to me the appeal of being gay?

QualityContent on October 31, 2011:

Well I won't be popular around here lol. I utterly, completely, hate these useless excuses for entertainment. But this is a good hub for those who like to waste time with this mindless drivel. I don't consider seeing someones guts displayed before me to be "fun" sorry.

If someone could explain to me why these movies are so popular I would love to hear it. I have never, ever found one of them to be worth two minutes of my time.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on October 21, 2011:

Shido-- I haven't seen Blindness yet. I will check it out. I didn't really like Jeepers Creepers, but have not seen Reeker.

Shido from Richmond, BC on October 20, 2011:

Did you see Blindness, yet?

Hear are a few more: Jeepers Creepers; Reeker.

Anna Marie Bowman (author) from Florida on October 20, 2011:

vectormovieman-- I can honestly say I have no idea...that sounds like a strange movie, though.

vectormovieman on October 18, 2011:

do u know the horor movie where a group of people go to a cottage, or some vacation house ( last time i saw this movie was like 10 years ago).. anyway aliens capture them one by one .. a couple scenes are ; and alien ripped a womans intestines from her vagina.. also an alien tried to eat a silicone breast implant .. its killing me that i dont know the movie and i can find it on google . thanks