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13 of the Most Underrated Horror Movies of All Time

Arthur is an avid television and movie fan with horror being his favored genre. If you can name it, he has probably seen it. Twice.

Potential zombies in trees.

Potential zombies in trees.

Underrated Horror Films

There are two types of people in this world; those who are infatuated with horror films like the author of this piece and those who have seen one or two and hated them. Even the latter group have heard of some of your biggest baddies like Freddy, Jason, and Chucky, but for seasoned horror veterans these guys can get a little tiresome sometimes. If you are like me, and love a good horror movie - no matter how bad it is - look out for these underrated horror movies to watch this coming Friday the 13th.


"Triangle" (2009)

Triangle may be the most underrated horror movies of all time. The plot is nothing new, a group of people on a boat hit some bad weather and have to escape to another boat for safety. Of course things start getting weird and people start dying. It sounds pretty boring, but what happens next is absolutely gripping. Its the kind of movie that you may have to watch a few time to understand all the nuances of the film.


"Dead End" (2003)

I recently rediscovered this movie and want to watch it again and again. There is so much going on that you miss a lot of the minuscule hints that this movie peppers across every scene. It offers everything that a horror fanatic may want from an in depth story to a few jumps and, of course, the obligatory gore. I don't think this movie ever went to theaters, but the story in itself deserved its turn on the big screen. The movie also stars a cast of "that one guy/gal I saw in that one thing."


"V/H/S" (2012)

I watched this movie a week after it was released on the advice of a coworker. To be honest, I was ready for it to suck...but it didn't. This movie plays on the once refreshing but now rehashed found footage idea, but the vignettes in themselves are so great that they don't need to rely on the found footage aspects of the film. As a huge fan of short stories, especially ones which tie together, I give this movie an A. Unfortunately, Hollywood did what it does and rushed out two garbage sequels that are not worth your time.


"Into the Grizzly Maze" (2015)

When I rented this movie I was in a situation where I had an expiring free Redbox rental and nothing I REALLY wanted to watch. The premise seemed a little cheesy and, though it had some big-name actors, I didn't really see how this could be a legitimate horror flick. This is hard for me to say but...ahem...I was wrong. There are no blood and guts every three seconds, but there is plenty of terror and a few severed limbs.

"Troll 2"

There was actually a documentary about this move called, "The Best Worst Movie". This film was a train wreck from the start and the documentary does a great job of breaking down what went wrong, but this is the kind of movie that you should have to endure to call yourself a true horror fan. This movie gets to call itself underrated because it is so bad it is actually good in a few ways. There is a link to the documentary on the right and a clip underneath to show you just how awesomely bad this movie is.


"April Fools Day"

This is some 80s fare that is hard to pass up! It stars a handful of recognizable faces who head out to an island retreat only to be picked off one by one by a mystery killer. One outrageous sex scene and an ending too awesome to describe make this one of the most underrated horror movies of all time. Just make sure when you are watching this that you get the 1986 April Fools and not the 2008 version; a movie that we would all be better off without ever knowing about.



Hatchet breathed new life into the slasher film, the problem is that not very many people saw it. The creator Adam Green is one of us and has made a name for himself in the indie community. Hatchet has two sequels and Adam has done a number of other great works including Holliston and Digging up the Marrow - excluding Frozen which was a steaming pile of wolf poop in my opinion. Victor Crowley deserves to have his name among some of the greats, but he never will until the original Hatchet gets a proper theatrical release.


"Trick 'r Treat"

This is one of my own personal favorites - again sucker for intertwining short stories. It is based off of a comic book of the same name and delivers thrills and chills at every angle. You always feel like you know what is going on, but you never really know. I have been waiting with bated breath for a sequel to this film to be produced.


"The Reef"

The Reef is everything that Open Water wishes it could have been. It combines equal parts said film and Jaws 4 to make for one spectacular movie full of drama and suspense. Science would tell us that movies like this aren't possible, but movies like this are what keep us far away from the ocean. There are so many creature features out there that it is nearly impossible to create a top 5, but this movie may be in it.


"Tucker and Dale Versus Evil"

This movie is really filed under that unique genre of horror-comedy. Tucker and Dale head out to their fixer-upper in the woods when a bunch of college kids descend on them and start killing themselves on their property. You will be equal parts mortified and jolly when it comes to this underrated horror film.



Ratter is every parent's nightmare in the 21st century. You could file this film under found footage, but I'm sure that it will get its own unique tag in the next few years. The thing is, this film is more terrifying than most people who watch it may know which earns its role as an underrated film

"The Visit"

I think it is purposeful that no one mentions M. Night Shyamalan's name anymore when it comes to movies. Of course, if his name is attached we are waiting for the twist. In this scenario the twist is in front of you the whole time, but you are almost trying to convince yourself that is could not be as obvious as it is. Even if you see everything coming from a mile away this movie is still underrated because of the awesome dialog.



Feast changed the idea of the horror movie; the problem was no one was around to see it. This cripple limped its way out of Project Green Light as its only noteworthy submission, but has only been seen by a handful of devotees. Somehow this movie spawned two sequels, but they were nowhere close to the magic of the original. Feast does star a handful of recognizable faces, though that may be a con in this situation.

Closing Thoughts

Did I miss one? Did I miss 10? Lists like these are so opinionated; let me know in the comments and I will be happy to agree with or debate the best underrated horror film of all time.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Arthur Thares


Sam Shepards from Europe on August 05, 2019:

Interesting, I haven't seen most of them except for tucker and dale.

Killer Joe on October 11, 2018:

I agree with the Feast movies; the sequels are just as good, though not better than the first one.

Shannoodle on November 06, 2016:

Try Hunger(2009)