Top 10 Horror Movies You’ve (Probably) Never Seen

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 13th, 2014 at 8:52 pm, This is a list post.

top 10 obscure horror movies Good horror movies are such a rarity these days, they’re almost like a mythical creature—a cinematic unicorn, if you will. Aged fans speak of them as if through a great and terrible fog: "Remember, long ago, when horror movies used to be awesome?" Bad horror movies, on the other hand, are a dime a dozen, stomping recklessly on our horror movie-loving hearts with little to no sympathy. Indeed, the past ten years have been plagued by PG-13 slasher flicks, torture porn, and most heinous of all, remakes. Every horror movie you’ve ever loved has likely been neutered or worse by filmmakers too unimaginative to come up with their own material. Psycho, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Omen, A Nightmare Before Elm Street - and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, people. In a few years’ time, they’re bound to remake The Evil Dead Trilogy (hell, they're already in the process of remaking the first one). In five years, they’ll remake The Lost Boys. In ten years, they’ll remake Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and The Blair Witch Project as a single stupid movie. And then, fifteen years from now, they’ll finally start remaking the remakes, and that’s when the universe as we know it will implode and disappear forever. Good riddance? Thankfully, there are some classic horror movies so obscure, so bizarre, and so incredibly amazing that, with any luck, they'll never be remade. It’s called "safety in obscurity" - which is why we’ve carefully crafted the following top ten list detailing the best horror movies you’ve (probably) never seen. Each entry should be a refreshing horror movie experience for you, the quintessential horror movie fan, in this, the era of horrible horror movie remakes, torture porn, and decaffeinated slasher flicks for the overly-caffeinated tweenager.

Phenomena

Phenomena Poster There are many so-called "masters of horror" (they even made a television series by that name employing said masters to direct episodes), but on almost everybody’s list, you’re bound to find Dario Argento. Phenomena isn’t his best movie - that honor goes to another entry on this list - but it’s easily my second favorite. This also happens to be Jennifer Connelly’s second movie ever - the first being Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time In America, where she played the young Deborah Gelley. It was in that movie that Leone’s friend, Argento, became aware of her presence and decided to cast her in this little ditty. (Because when I see Jennifer Connelly, I, too, think of legions of insects adorning her body.) The gist of the movie is: Jennifer Corvino (played by Connelly) is being forced to attend a boarding school for girls where the students are being killed off one by one. (Typical boarding school business. No big deal.) Eventually, a forensic entomologist named John McGregor (played by Donald Pleasence) who’s on the case, teams up with Corvino, who just so happens to have the uncanny ability to communicate telepathically with - and on occasion control - insects. McGregor and Corvino utilize this semi-super-power to find the murderer, who happens to be—well, let’s just say that fans of man-murdering troll-babies should be especially pleased. I know I was!

Audition

Audition Takashi Miike Some of you might describe Audition as torture porn. And, as I plainly stated in my opening paragraphs, I’m no fan of the sub-genre. But while Audition does share some cinematic traits with torture porn - namely, scenes depicting ample amounts of brutal torture - it also has complexity, emotional depth, and an unrepentant sadness at its core. In movies like, for example, Hostel, I felt as though I was simply watching director Eli Roth kill a bunch of people in various ways for the hell of it and nothing more. The characters, the story, and the filmmaking were all beside the point. Indeed, they seemed only to get in the way of the torture itself, which was, I guess, supposed to be…enjoyable? Or something? Audition, on the other hand, is really just the sad, sad story of a girl who was terribly abused as a child and thusly turned into a monster. It’s also the sad, sad story of a widower who wants to fall in love again, who wants to move beyond the death of his beloved wife, seven years on. Unfortunately, the girl he chooses to move on with is that monster, and that monster doesn’t like the idea of her beloved loving anyone but herself. Say goodbye to your feet, buddy. Director Takashi Miike creates some gruesome, hard-to-watch scenes, but he does it, as always, with style. What makes this so much more horrifying to watch than some of his other works - Dead or AliveIchi the Killer, et cetera - is how subtle it is with regard to the horrors it presents to us. With Itchi, everything is over-the-top and hard to take too seriously. With Audition, everything feels so real that it’s impossible not to take seriously. I dare you to try.

In the Mouth of Madness

In the Mouth of Madness John Carpenter John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness owes a hell of a lot to H.P. Lovecraft, though it doesn’t explicitly reference any single work of his. (That said, the title certainly brings to mind Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, which was going to be adapted into a feature film by director Guillermo del Toro.) In the movie, the popular horror novelist Sutter Cane - sort of an amalgamation of H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King - has gone missing, and P.I. John Trent, played by Sam Neill, has been hired to find him (or, at the very least, find his most recent manuscript so his employers can publish it). The search brings Trent to Hobb’s End, a fictional setting used in many of Cane’s works, where he encounters people, places, and real-life nightmares lifted directly from Cane’s books. Eventually, it becomes apparent that John Trent isn’t merely searching for the manuscript known as In the Mouth of Madness - he’s also living it. In the Mouth of Madness is one of John Carpenter’s lesser-known horror movies after HalloweenThe ThingChristine, and The Fog, but it’s also one of his best - which is strange, considering it was made the same year as one of his worst, the dreadfully boring remake of The Village of the Damned starring Superman (Christopher Reeve). In Mouth of Madness, from the first reel to the last, there’s this constant sense of something being wrong beneath the surface of what’s going on. As viewers, we only see glimpses of that wrongness, that underlying abomination, but that’s what makes this movie so damn good. Whereas famed filmmaker Stuart Gordon made some fantastic movies based on Lovecraft’s library -films you'll find on this list - those movies weren’t exactly accurate adaptations. After all, in addition to being incredible horror movies, they were also hilarious half-comedies. My point is, despite not being a direct adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s work, John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness is the best, most accurate cinematic representation of it as a whole. Time will tell if another filmmaker can usurp John Carpenter - maybe it'll be del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness, if it ever gets off the ground again - but for now, Carpenter reigns supreme.

Braindead/Dead Alive

Braindead Peter Jackson Before Peter Jackson made his zillions upon zillions of dollars with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he was known primarily for his quirky horror films - particularly Braindead/Dead Alive(FYI: In Australia and New Zealand, the film is known as Braindead, whereas stateside it’s known as Dead Alive. I prefer the former.) Braindead is a horror-comedy about zombies in the vein of Re-Animator (which is also on this list) and Evil Dead 2. In fact, much like Evil Dead 2, the once-pathetic hero of the film utilizes a power tool of sorts - in this case, a lawnmower instead of a chainsaw - to lay waste to the zombie hordes. This movie has every kind of zombie you can think of: regular zombies, old lady zombies, ninja priest zombies, and, of course, the oft-popular baby zombie. Only, unlike most baby zombies, this one wasn’t ever a living baby - rather, it was created because two adult zombies loved each other very much. Yeah, this movie is strange, no doubt about it, but it’s also incredibly fun. The effects have a particularly nauseating quality, especially when the protagonist’s (viciously mean) mother’s face starts falling off and into her soup, ear first. For fans of Peter Jackson who’ve been disappointed with his work since he left Middlearth - King Kong and The Lovely Bones were not my favorite film experiences - this was back when Jackson was doing naught but extremely original material; when his creativity was obvious in every single frame. Maybe he can do that once more with The Hobbit Parts I and II, but, then again, those are adaptations, too.

Re-Animator

Re-Animator Stuart Gordon Re-Animator, based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story of the same name, is the tale of Herbert West, an ambitious - if insane - medical student who creates a glow-in-the-dark green formula to revive the dead. West, played by esteemed horror actor, Jeffrey Combs (The Frighteners), is awesome in his inability to see the immoral nature of his scientific breakthroughs. Who cares if you’re turning the dead into monsters when, in point of fact, you’re bringing them back from the dead? The movie is a zombie film of the highest order, but one where the zombies rarely, if ever, feed on the living. Rather, they turn into mindless, violent beasts that wreak havoc on anyone they come into contact with. They’re not slow, lumbering, and cannibalistic, they’re just dumb and extremely freaking angry. What made Re-Animator so unique at the time of its release was its wicked sense of humor, which no doubt many moviegoers neglected to notice. On top of that, the gore is constant and top-notch, the effects are fantastic for the time, and the movie itself entertaining as all get out. Everyone loves Evil Dead 2. Heck, I love Evil Dead 2 - it’s probably in my top thirty favorite films. But anyone who has ever seen Re-Animator knows the influence it had on Sam Raimi’s sequel. Watch the scene where they reanimate the cat and just try not to be reminded of Ash’s demon-possessed hand chasing him around the cabin trying to kill him. (To be fair, Re-Animator was, by director Stuart Gordon’s own admission, influenced by the first Evil Dead.)

Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom Michael Powell The one bad thing about Psycho was that it was so good it overshadowed Peeping Tom - that other 1960 horror movie about a serial killer voyeur with psychologically abusive parents who murders the women he's attracted to. Cinema Studies classes all over the planet are screening this film because it deals, in large part, with the voyeuristic nature of the cinema. One of the film's biggest proponents, Martin Scorcese, has said that it contains just about all a director needs to know on the subject of filmmaking. Fledgling directors, take note. Peeping Tom, directed by Michael Powell, follows Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm), a man who, in his childhood, was subjected to psychological tests by his father on the subject of fear, which his father also filmed. Now an adult, Mark connects sex, life, fear, and death with the camera apparatus itself, and he kills women he's attracted to with the knife-edged tripod attached to his camera as he films them. Oh, he also attaches a mirror to his camera so the women he's killing - with, again, the bladed tripod attached to his camera - can see the fear on their own faces as they die. This guy has thought of everything. To some, the movie might seem tame by today's standards, but at the time it was practically banned from theaters and pretty much ruined Powell's career as a film director. It's a shame, too. Who knows what the man could've done had he been rewarded in the same way Alfred Hitchcock was for Psycho?

House/Hausu (1977, Japan)

House - not to be confused with the less awesome American House (1986) or the House TV show (which I hear is good) - is easily one of the trippiest horror movies of all time. Before its limited release in American theaters last year, the movie, also known as Hausu, had never been released stateside. In fact, it was only released on DVD and Blu-ray as of October 26th, 2010, via the Criterion Collection. The best summation of the film that I’ve read called it “An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Dario Argento.” Yeah, that about sums it up. The plot is fairly simple - a Japanese schoolgirl named Oshare and her six classmates take a trip to her mysterious aunt’s country home to get away from the city. This turns out to be a massive mistake, as the aunt is, in actuality, a kind of evil vampire witch who wants to steal her niece’s delicious youth. One by one, Oshare's classmates are picked off in the most peculiar ways, most of them eaten by various pieces of household furniture (couches, a mirror, a lamp, a piano, and so on). Plus, there’s a demonic cat and a flying, severed head intent on biting young girls square in the ass - all of which is presented using traditional animation, matte paintings, and collage imagery. I can’t help but imagine what this movie would've looked like were it filmed today. It no doubt would've been doused in too much CGI and would therefore be completely uninteresting, or at the very least…not nearly as interesting. Thankfully, it was made 33 years ago in the safety of the 1970s. Director Nobuhiko Obayashi based the story and its out-of-this-world imagery on the random musings of his eleven-year-old daughter, which brings to mind the epic webcomic known as Axe-Cop. Perhaps if Hollywood and company are all out of ideas, they should start letting the children of the world come up with some new ones.

Psycho II

Psycho II Richard Franklin According to Quentin Tarantino, this is the Psycho sequel that’s better than Psycho. Now, I don’t quite agree with that sentiment, but I am of the opinion that Psycho II is one of the best horror movies  -if not the best horror movie sequel - ever made. (Not that there’s a whole lot of competition in this category.Halloween: H20 is okay, I guess. A Nightmare On Elm Street III: Dream Warriors is solid. Evil Dead 2 is awesome, of course, and Phantasm 2 ain’t so bad, either. Am I missing anything?) Set twenty-two years after the first film, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) has just been released from the mental institution and appears to be, for all intents and purposes, reasonably mentally healthy. Enter the sister and niece of the dearly departed Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh in the first film, who absolutely won’t believe that Norman has been rehabilitated and are hellbent on proving it. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock enthusiast Richard Franklin, who previously made the best Rear Window/Hitchcock-homage ever, Road GamesPsycho II is original, creative, thrilling, terrifying, well-written, well-acted, and most of all, shocking to the extremeI’m not going to give away the ending, but rest assured, it took me by total surprise when I saw it about ten years ago. It’s one of the most bittersweet, but awesome, film endings I’ve ever seen. Nobody messes with the granddaddy of slasher horror, Norman Bates.

Suspiria

Suspiria Dario Argento

Suspiria is possibly the most beautiful horror move you’ll ever watch in terms of cinematography. Employing Technicolor immediately prior to its discontinuation, every scene is bathed in the most beautiful and vivid primary colors as if reflected through ancient stain glass windows. When blood appears - and oh, boy, does it ever - it pops right out of the screen and practically splatters you in the face, it’s so red and gorgeous. Indeed, Dario Argento is at the top of his game here, crafting a horror movie mystery the likes of which you’ve never seen before, with a constant sense of dread, suspense, and, most importantly—what the hell is going on? Additionally, it cannot be stressed enough how awesome the music is, composed by frequent Argento collaborators, Goblin. This might seem a trivial point to make, but trust me, it’s not. The music enriches the cinematic experience so much, it has to be heard to be believed. Frankly, I wrestled with whether or not to include Suspiria on this list, because any true horror movie aficionado knows about Dario Argento and Suspiria in particular, but I came to the conclusion that mainstream fans are probably much less likely to be aware of the movie. Thus, there’s no better place for the movie to be than #2 on this list. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a huge favor and watch it as soon as physically possible. As for the plot? Three words should sum it up rather nicely: “Ballerina versus witches.”

From Beyond

From Beyond Stuart Gordon From Beyond, directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), is loosely based upon the short story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft, though it has little to nothing to do with his famed Cthulhu Mythos. Doctors Edward Pretorius and Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs) have built a massive, mad-scientist-looking machine in their country mansion called The Resonator. The Resonator, when turned on, stimulates the pineal glands of those persons within the electromagnetic field surrounding the machine, thereby granting them the ability to perceive a plane of existence that overlaps with our own and the many strange and ghastly creatures within. As awesome as that sounds, trust me when I say, it is not.The catch is, when a person’s pineal gland is stimulated, those aforementioned creatures gain the ability to perceive their presence as well, and they don’t take too kindly to human beings. From Beyond is hands down the craziest, most creatively messed up horror movie I’ve ever witnessed. From beginning to end, Stuart Gordon and company continually outdo themselves with flying fish monsters, sadomasochistic melting men, swollen pineal glands that pop out of your skull and have a mind of their own, brain eating, and on, and on, and on. Seriously, by the end of this movie, you’ll be both exhausted and exhilarated by every horrifying and, yes, hilarious scene. The creature effects are incredible—reminiscent of John Carpenter’s The Thing, only slimier  and more over-the-top (as impossible as that sounds).  The cinematography is beautiful with its abundance of bright pinks, reds, and greens. And don’t forget this incredible line of dialogue: “It—bit—off—his—head…like a GINGERBREAD MAN!” Trust me when I say, From Beyond is a movie that, once you’ve seen it, you’ll never be able to forget it. And that’s a good thing. Unless you hate awesome horror movies, in which case…I guess it’s a bad thing?

From Beyond Best Obscure Horror Movie So, how'd we do, folks? Do you agree with our list of the ten best obscure horror movies? Or maybe we weren't obscure enough? Make your own list and let us know where we got it wrong and where we got it right - if we did at all. - Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

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  1. I’ve seen Dead Alive, Re-Animater, Audition, From Beyond, Psycho 2, In The Mouth Of Madness. All great films

  2. Great ideas for the Halloween week-end!

  3. I’ve seen most of these. I especially love the Argento films and Re-Animator, though.

  4. I actually own five of these on disc. The other five, I just never got around to watching, but I do have a few on my Netflix list…

  5. I’ve been wondering for years what the name of “From Beyond” is… saw it as a teenager and have never been able to get the pinneal glands growing and poking out of the head, well, out of my head —- thank you.

  6. i havent seen any im so pissed >:(

    • Get on it!

      • Ill try im working on getting netflix :)

    • That’s kind of the point of the article. :-P

      I’ve seen 7 of them.

      Vic

  7. All I can say is Thank You Ben. I’ve written down every movie on this list and will be making a visit to a little video store called ‘Best Place Ever’ (yes that’s really what it’s called). The place to go for those hard to find movies.

    • Thanks back at you!

  8. Awesome list. Dead Alive has always been a zombie favorite and from beyond is exactly how it’s titled.

    • My top two of this list is Audition, and In The Mouth…..Probably Carpenters best since Halloween

      • Audition is like a bad car crash. I know I’m going to hate myself at the foot scene but I just can’t resist. You would think I would learn, but I’m sure I’ll be watching it again Sunday night.

  9. Cracked.com was making fun of Hausu as being one of the most batsh!t insane movies ever made.

  10. I so agree with you about the horrible and unoriginal slew of remakes.

  11. Dr. Herbert West is EPIC in The Re-animator! A must see! And Audition has a well deserved place in this list. I was mesmerized.

  12. As a horror fan, I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t seen half of these. Thanks! and I’ll be checking these out ASAP.

    I will say that Re-Animator was great but Braindead/Dead Alive (uncut version) is one of my favorite films. Absolutely disgusting, touching and brilliant (great soundtrack too).

  13. Great list! Re-Animator and From Beyond never seem to get the props they deserve.

    Glad to see The Host wasn’t on here. Streamed it on Netflix last night and couldn’t get past the first 20 minutes. Over-rated.

    • Agreed.

      • Jeffery Combs..what a creepy dude. the guy didnt get enough credit in Hollywood

  14. Re: Horror sequels you might’ve missed.

    Dawn of the Dead.

    • Yes! Thanks for that.

  15. aww audition Ive not seen that in ages Ive actually seen quite a few of these film- Decent Tomorrow at my local cinema there showing an all night horror fest It’s gonna be kewl

  16. I’m a great fan of giallos and especially Argento (I’ve even seen several of those spaghetti western he wrote scripts for), but I must shamefaceddly admit I still haven’t seen Susperia.

  17. ive seen a few of these, phycho 2, dead alive, and mouth of maddness… never seen re-animator, but i can never find it at the video store or walmart etc… my favorite of the 3 ive seen is mouths of madness… it deffinitly has the undertone of something being very wrong… and dead alive was a little to silly for me, but it was very fun to watch… norman bates? who doesnt love that SOB?

  18. You forgot about “Society”. Ever seen a person turned inside out? Not pretty.

  19. In The Mouth Of Madness is my second favourite film of all time!!!!! I love that film sooooooooo much!!!!!

    • What’s your first, Doctor?

      • Lost In Translation.

  20. Awesome descriptions. Makes me want to go movie searchin.

  21. Personally, i found In the mouth of madness to easily be one of the most stupid and retarded films i have ever seen… and i watch a LOT of movies. It was terrible… Poor John Carpenter. I love Halloween, as well as The Thing, but he definitely failed with Madness. Ugh. I also really hated Suspiria…haha geeze i guess this just isn’t a list for me. I did admire the cinematography, and yes, the colors are beautiful. Greens, blues, that red hallway…but all those pretty colors can’t fix the uber lame and ridiculously unscary story. I haven’t seen any of the others on this list- I’ll be watching Audition sometime this week,I’ve checked out that Peter Jackson one- but seriously guys, avoid movies like Madness and Suspiria, and stick with awesome ACTUALLY SCARY movies like El Orfanato (www.imdb.com/title/tt0464141/)

    • I wonder how I might react to the fact that you just called my second favourite movie of all time retarded?…. I suspect I may be very angry.

      • Sam, some movies are just smarter than the viewers..as is Madness was in his case…

      • Sam I have to agree with you from the first time I watched this movie I thought it was amazing……….from the kid on the bike to the blue bus trip to the final scene there are some very freaky parts in this movie. I have seen this movie countless times and it never loses that eerie atmosphere!!

    • Stupid AND retarded. Wow. Yeah, that does sound like a bad movie.

      Of course, I’d be more likely to hear your opinion out if you’d go into detail explaining WHY you think it’s stupid and retarded.

      • Ben, some people just aren’t worth the time :)

    • “Do you read Sutter Kane”?
      “…Because I wrote you that way”
      “This is reality”
      “Do you want some too buddy”?

      • ” Never, never throw chips at a driver!”

        ” did I ever tell you my favourite colour was blue?”

        Here’s a piece of trivia, the newspaper boy at the end of the film, when Trent leaves Hobbs End, is none other than Anakin Skywalker himself, Hayden Christiansen!

        • Hahaha! That “Blue” line was terrific. Like you I’ve always loved this movie. As a kid it was one of my favourite “stoner” movies.
          Sam Neil is a delight to watch in this flick. The way his cocky insurance investigator delivers the line “You’ll forgive me if this smells a little bit like bullxxit” to Charlton Heston is terrific.
          Yeah, I watched this a few weeks ago and noticed Hayden’s name in the credits. Was suitably surprised.

          • Sam Neill is my favourite actor, I’ve got all of his films! And some of them are obscure, one of them is banned. You want to see a horror film that you won’t ever forget?
            Try and find “Possession” with Sam Neill, it’s truly horrifying. It’s very difficult to find as it was banned in a few countries.

            • Thanks for that Doc, haven’t seen it so i’m excited to find it being a huge horror nerd. It has Isabell Adjani in it too…marvellous!!

              • Have got it!! Will be watching either tonight or Wednesday night…will let you know what I think Doc. ;-)

            • You can buy it on amazon!!!!

  22. I’ve gotta add “Basketcase”. And I keep getting these two mixed up, for some reason: David Cronenberg’s early “The Brood” and “Nightbreed”, Clive Barker’s oft-maligned masterpiece (featuring Cronenberg in an acting role!)

    • i Prefer Cronenbergs Scanners..or Videodrome.

      • Well, sure, but those are far more well known than The Brood.

      • Yay! Someone who remembers Videodrome! You seen the criterion yet? Just got it the other day, fantastic, great extras as well. Cronenberg is definitely one of my favorite directors, keep hoping one day we’ll get a reissue of Nightbreed, with the rest of the movie added back into it.

    • Basket Case: classic! Enjoyed 2 as well – haven’t seen the third one. A couple of other early Cronenberg films I’d throw in would be Shivers and Rabid.

      • I think I saw Scanners first, and after that i went into a “who is this Director and what else has he done?” phase and started renting all of his older stuff. That included “The Brood” but I would have to add that the infamous “Rabid” starring 70′s porn icon Marilyn Chambers who convincingly portrays a sweet young girl with a very disturbing secret that only reveals itself when men are around. Like most of his films of the period, they all have subtext and concepts that elevate them beyond the genre.

  23. Friday the thirteenth 2 was good. It at least introduced us to Jason. Audition was absolutely cringe inducing.

    • I agree. The atmosphere in part 2 was totally creepy.

  24. Ok one question…..

    Why isn’t the 1979 classic Zombie a part of this list?

  25. Peeping Tom absolutely freaked me out. When I was a kid I would spend weekends with my mother and I would always pressure her to let me watch movies that my father would not. Every once in a while she would cave but she refused to let me watch this. So of course being a snotty 11 year old that made me want to see it even more. So one night mom is sleeping and I decide to sneak downstairs and watch it. I still don’t know where she got a VHS of this back then (1986) but anyway. Till this day I consider it the 2nd biggest regret in my life. I didn’t sleep for a week and didn’t watch a horror film again literaly until I was 21. Because of the fact that there wasn’t any monsters or ghosts and boogy men and it was a real person scared the s@!t out of me. I didn’t really even understand it but it did not matter, I was mesmirized and so frightened that I didn’t get out of my chair until the sun came up.I am curious to see it again but I won’t. Because even though I was scared for life I don’t want to alter my thoughts of that movie.

  26. Props for putting Dead Alive on here! What a great movie.

  27. Some great picks! Carpenter’s “Madness, like the film,”I Bury the Living,” are both great little gems until the last third of the film and last ten minutes. “Madness” falls apart in the last act and “Living” has a “Scooby-Do” ending instead of the original horrifying one which the censors at the time found to be too “disturbing” for audiences in the fifties. I’d like to add a few movies myself; Val Guest’s two “Quatermass” films, “The Creeping Unknown” and “Enemy From Space” are two sci-fi/horror classics to take a look at as well as the original, “The Haunting(How the powers that be thought that they could improve on Robert Wise’s film is beyond me.),” “The Changeling(Proof that George C. Scott is one of the Gods of acting.),” “The Other(Now, that’s a movie I saw as a kid at the theater that I didn’t see until 20 years later as an adult and it still holds up! Are Hols and Nels twins or is one a malicious ghost? The missing baby scene is quite disturbing.),”Mutango” or “Attack of the Mushroom People;” is exceptionally eerie, “Horror Hotel,” “Caltiki-the Immortal Monster,” “Curse of the Crying Woman” and “Curse of the Doll People(Those DP’s at Azteca Films really knew their lighting!)” along with one of my all-time favorites; “Invasion of the Body Snatchers(The 1956 version.).”

    • Quatermass is a fine choice, Uncapie. The third one Quatermass And The Pit aka Five Million Years To Earth is well up to the standard of the first two; possibly even better in some ways, as Brian Donlevy never really convinced as a professor in those, and creator Nigel Kneale was always unhappy about him being cast in the title role.

  28. Hey guys, Ive been a long time reader, but with kids, school, and work,i dont get to comment much…but after reading this list ive rented Re-animator and looking foward to watching it tonight. My question is, I heard awhile back that the scene in Audition at the end w/the foot was done on a real cadaver, just curious if yall know if there’s any truth, or if thats not even that uncommon?

    • Shiver,

      I never heard that, but remembering the scene, I wouldn’t be surprised. That was HARD to watch.

      Vic

  29. Midnight Meat Train.

    Pass the ketchup!
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