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20 of the Best Unknown Horror Movies

Updated on November 1, 2016
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Anna is a writer, mom, crafter, movie buff. Her favorites are horror movies and horror stories, thanks to some inspiring parents.

The best horror movies you've never heard of
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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.

1: Amusement (2008)

Amusement—featuring another scary clown.
Amusement—featuring another scary clown.

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.

2: The Bad Seed (1956)

She looks so sweet and innocent.
She looks so sweet and innocent.

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.

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

Is that really a mask, though?
Is that really a mask, though?

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.

4: Breathing Room (2008)

Breathing Room
Breathing Room

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.

5: Bug (2006)

Bug
Bug

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.

6: The Cellar Door (2007)

The Cellar Door
The Cellar Door

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.

7: Cube (1997)

Trapped in the Cube
Trapped in the Cube

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.

8: Death of a Ghost Hunter (2007)

Death of a Ghost Hunter
Death of a Ghost Hunter

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.

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!

10: Funny Games (2007)

Naomi Watts in Funny Games
Naomi Watts in Funny Games

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.

11: The Girl Next Door (2007)

The Girl Next Door
The Girl Next Door

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.

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.

13: The Hamiltons (2006)

The Hamiltons
The Hamiltons

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.

14: Hard Candy (2005)

Ellen Page in Hard Candy
Ellen Page in Hard Candy

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.

15: House (2008)

The guilty cannot hide
The guilty cannot hide

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.

16: Let the Right One in (2008)

Let the Right One in
Let the Right One in

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.

17: The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

The Midnight Meat Train
The Midnight Meat Train

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 of my sister's, and once again, she was right. My fiancé even liked it, despite not being a fan of horror movies.

18: Pandorum (2009)

Pandorum
Pandorum

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.

19: Pathology (2008)

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

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.

20: Tideland (2005)

Such a fantastic young actress
Such a fantastic young actress

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.

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      Leonard 2 weeks ago

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

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      Terra 3 months ago

      Starry eyes 2014

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      Black lodge 4 months ago

      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)

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      fucker 5 months ago

      lame list!!

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      RAFAEL ROSA PASTOR 6 months ago

      I GOT A LIST FOR YA:

      1.Martyrs

      2.Chained

      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

      12.Splinter

      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

      23.Husk

      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)

      29.Split

      30.The Conjuring 2

      31.Viral (2016)

      32.The Babadook (2014)

      33.It Follows

      34.Insidious

      35. And their is a whole lot otherssssss

      ENJOY

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      Shade Chylde 7 months ago

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

      I was REALLY hoping to see more horror here.

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      Brian 7 months ago

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 months ago from Florida

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 months ago from Florida

      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.

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      Justin 8 months ago

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

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      Mario Paulo 8 months ago

      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"?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 9 months ago from Florida

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

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      manowce 9 months ago

      "Cube" is unknown? seriously?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 10 months ago from Florida

      Oops! I will correct it!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 10 months ago from Florida

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 10 months ago from Florida

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 10 months ago from Florida

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 10 months ago from Florida

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 10 months ago from Florida

      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!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 10 months ago from Florida

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 10 months ago from Florida

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

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      Solve_Coagula 11 months ago

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

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      Ali L 12 months ago

      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!

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      Vidgo 12 months ago from Menomonee Falls, WI

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

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      Gina Welds-Hulse 12 months ago

      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?

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      Philip 13 months ago

      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?

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      Cory 14 months ago

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

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      Vittorio 15 months ago

      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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 18 months ago from Florida

      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!!

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      Suzana Mustra 18 months ago from Quartu Sant'Elena

      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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 19 months ago from Florida

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

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      Bryan 19 months ago

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

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      kotobukijake 24 months ago

      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.

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      Sara Krentz 24 months ago from USA

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

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      Nicole 24 months ago

      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.

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      Patrick bateman 24 months ago

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      Sid Matheson 3 years ago

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      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!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      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...

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      Katie Lineback 3 years ago

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Avinesh--I hope you enjoy watching them!!

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      Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

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

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      Jeffrey Maskel 3 years ago from Boulder, CO

      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!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 4 years ago from Florida

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

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      Syd 4 years ago

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 4 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      Sam Little 4 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 4 years ago from Florida

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

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      Ghostrose 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      Richard Perazzo 5 years ago from Shirley, NY

      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.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      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!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      timmy t 5 years ago

      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

      Splinter

      We are the night - German vampire film

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

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      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!

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      Guest 34 5 years ago

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      guest33 5 years ago

      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!!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      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!

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      Carl 5 years ago

      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? :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      John Weaver 5 years ago from Grove City, PA

      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 mind...fail 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!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      Devons 5 years ago

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      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!!

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      Noel Tanti 5 years ago from Malta

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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      BethSeguchi 5 years ago

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      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!!

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      Carl 5 years ago

      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.)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      jeff 5 years ago

      Love your list!

      Seed (2007)

      Hatchet 1

      Neighbor

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

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      jeff 5 years ago

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

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      jeff 5 years ago

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

      Hatchet

      Neighbor

      Seed (2007)

      Castle Freak

      These are all worth renting. Let me know!

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      car-insurance-pro 5 years ago

      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.

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      car-insurance-pro 5 years ago

      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?

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      QualityContent 5 years ago

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      Shido 5 years ago from Richmond, BC

      Did you see Blindness, yet?

      Hear are a few more: Jeepers Creepers; Reeker.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      vectormovieman 5 years ago

      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

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Skeelo-- I hope you enjoy it!! Let me know what you thought of it!

      lunch3ox-- Glad you liked my list!! And, thank you so much for your suggestions!!! I have seen High Tension!! I love that movie! I already have it on my new list of unknown horror movies. I have heard of the other movies you suggested, but haven't seen them yet! I will check them out!

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      lunch3ox 5 years ago

      I've seen almost every movie on your list (haven't seen Grace, yet.) and have to agree with you in that they are worth checking out. Here's a few I think are worth seeing if you haven't yet.

      Severance - "A team-building weekend in the mountains of Eastern Europe goes horribly wrong..."

      Inside - "Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman..."

      High Tension (Haute Tension) - Two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and bl"ood) while on vacation at Alexa's parents' country home..."

      Them (Ils) - "Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone..."

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      Skeelo 5 years ago from Scotland

      I have Amusement now and I hope to watch it over the weekend at some point. I'll let you know :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Skeelo-- I loved The Hamiltons! My sister recommended it to me, and she is rarely wrong. Enjoy watching any of the movies you haven't seen, and stop by and let me know what you thought of them!!

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      Skeelo 5 years ago from Scotland

      The Hamiltons is such a cool movie. I'm also going to check out these recommendations I haven't seen. Amusement looks awesome.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      r0dpe2c-- I have not seen "The Changeling", but I will definitely have to check it out. Thank you for the suggestion!!!

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      r0dpe2c 5 years ago

      Great idea about naming horror films that went under the radar. My favorite one of the ones you mentioned and is always overlooked is "The Entity". This was a great movie from 1981 that scared the heck out of me when I was just starting Junior High. Another great horror film that was overlooked was the 1979 film "The Changeling" (Not to be confused with the 2008 Clint Eastwood film "Changeling"). This was a serious film with great acting. The main character is George C. Scott to give you an example of the quality of actors. Have you seen this film? For the rest of the posters, this will make a great flick to watch!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      satice-- Eye Candy is a great movie. I hope you do check out some of the other movies on this list, and let me know what you think of them.

      FilmRebel-- Thank you so much. I will definitely check out your hubs!! I look forward to it.

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      FilmRebel 5 years ago from Ohio

      Really good article! i have seen many of these movies and the ones that i havnt are going on my instant que haha. We seem to share a similar taste in horror film. I would like to see what you think of my posts.

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      satice_j 5 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      Wow, what a great list of horror movies and I don't like many in the genre but I have seen Eye Candy to point ~ where she is ready to de-man him. I was watchng it on Second Life and technology failed. I will certainly check out some of the others. Really great hub, as I like movie reviews. Voted up, awesome and very interesting!

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      Carl 5 years ago

      Yeah, I'm sure I will, thanks again :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      CarltheCritic-- Glad you found it interesting!! I hope you enjoy "Grace". It is a rough movie to watch, but enjoyable.