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

Published 3 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. FINALLY! someone droppin bones for the DREAM WARRIORS! i LOVE that movie!!!

  2. Two great movies from the late 80′s and early 90′s that I’d wholeheartedly
    recommend are: The remake of ‘The Blob’, and one of the best vampire movies ever made, ‘Near Dark’.

    • Agree with you on both. The Blob especially would hold up today but Near Dark is great too, not least of which for having basically half the cast of Aliens in it.

    • Near Dark was fabulous, as was Dusk till Dawn, but my favoutite vampire film has to be ‘Let the right one in.’

    • We think alike. I was trying to think of some films that might have also been on this list, and Near Dark is the first one that came to mind. I think Kathryn Bigelow’s work has been consistently good, and the last few years she’s really broken into the A-list category with the Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, but Near Dark put her on the map, and more people should check it out.

  3. I couldn’t believe From Beyond made your number one, it is definitely one that as you said you do not forget! First time I saw it I was 9 years old, used to have the typical girls birthday slumber parties, junk food, movies, but once the typical girls fell asleep my best friend, mom and I would pop in something “really scary.” We had NO idea what we’d gotten ourselves into with this rental! By the way, I agree with Willy’s comment, props for mentioning Dream Warriors, one of my childhood favorites. My addition to the list would be Hardware. Had the opportunity to see it in the theater the day it came out, it was pulled from the only theater showing it in my state (Midwest, what can I say) the following day. Still by far one of my favorite sci-fi horror films, and still I seldom meet anyone who’s seen it. Great list!

  4. From Beyond! Definitely one you do not forget! First time I saw it I was 9, used to have the typical girls slumber parties, junk food, movies, but once the typical girls fell asleep my best friend, mom and I would pop in something “really scary.” We had NO idea what we’d gotten ourselves into with this rental! My addition to the list would be Hardware. Had the opportunity to see it in the theater the day it came out, it was pulled from the only theater showing it in my state (Midwest, what can I say) the following day. Still by far one of my favorite sci-fi horror films, and still I seldom meet anyone who’s seen it. Great list!

  5. From Beyond! Definitely one you do not forget! First time I saw it I was 9, used to have the typical girls slumber parties, junk food, movies, but once the typical girls fell asleep my best friend, mom and I would pop in something “really scary.” We had NO idea what we’d gotten ourselves into with this rental! My addition to the list would be Hardware. Had the opportunity to see it in the theater the day it came out, it was pulled from the only theater showing it in my state the following day. Still by far one of my favorite sci-fi horror films, and still I seldom meet anyone who’s seen it. Great list!

  6. No idea why it kept reposting guys, sorry about that! Wouldn’t submit so I kept editing it thinking might work now just have repetitive comments all over the place. By the way, I highly recommend the criterion release of House. And as Trey mentioned, Videodrome, great seldom-seen Cronenberg film criterion picked up. If you enjoy fun, gory horror/comedy, I recommend Black Sheep. New Zealand film, WETA effects, reminds me of old Peter Jackson films. If you enjoy a good zombie comedy film check out Fido, it’s on Netflix, really funny take on the zombie genre.

  7. Last suggestion, another surprisingly fun zombie comedy/horror is Zombie Strippers. (Not Zombies verses Strippers I saw available in redbox the other day). My mom and I turned this one on thinking we’d found ourselves a really terrible horror film to watch, and like Fido, ended up surprised at how enjoyable it actually is. Zombies, strippers, and existential philosophy. Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund, quality effects, check it out if you can find it, fun film.

  8. Haunted-ween. Never heard of it? Look it up. Best low budget scary movie ever made.

  9. what fan of horror hasnt seen these?

  10. Thank you Tara, as I’m sure most of us true horror fans have seen most if not all of the films on this list. I have to say I too was pretty amazed to see From Beyond top the list, like most here I saw it at a very young age along with Phantasm and was very excited when I found a copy on DVD to add to my collection. The Lovecraft films of the late 80′s have always been among my favs and if you want to list some horror films that most people have never seen I think, The Resurrected(one of my all time fav Lovecraft stories), Popcorn, I, Madman and Vamp( with that awsome performance by Grace Jones)should all easily make atleast a top 20 list. Oh and Happy Birthday to me, simply because of that great twist ending. As for fun sequals, there’s always Fright Night 2, because who doesn’t get a kick out of Roddy Macdowall?

  11. I own 8 of these movies…where are the 10 movies i have never seen?

    • I guess you missed the pretty blatant “probably” in the title.

  12. Thank you SO much. I’ve been trying to discover the name of a film I watched and loved when I was about 11 years old. Being a huge movie fan (especially horror) I kept thinking I would surely come across mention of it again somewhere. I couldn’t even vaguely remember the title – just that there was a machine which allowed the characters to interact with another ‘dimension’ where there were weird flying-fish type creatures floating about (one of them snaps at a guy when he takes his hand off the device, I’m pretty sure). – It just HAS to be ‘From Beyond’. I’d say that you have no idea how happy this has made me but I have a feeling that you and others reading this comment will know ewhat it’s like being in that situation. Again – Thank you SO much!

    • Cool. Glad to be of service.

  13. Drat – Typo on forum comment…

  14. One of my faves was Superstition (1984?),there were witches , priests, scary little girls and unusual accidents

  15. nice to see reanimator on the list.

  16. I just saw “Hausu” on TMC a month or so ago. Not the most disturbing thing I’ve ever watched but pretty odd. I’ve never taken drugs, but it was what I imagine being high is a little like LOL

    • Yeah, it’s too fun to be disturbing.

  17. Hooray for the shout out to Masters of Horror at the beginning. In my humble opinion, Argentos best work is Jennifer, she ate that cute little asian girl… and Pelts, meat loaf tore off his own skin. god i love Dario Argento.

  18. Has anyone seen Peter Jackson’s first movie Bad Taste? Made with a bunch of his friends and less than $100,000 it’s an absolute riot. Alien invasion in small town New Zealand.

    • Yeah, it’s a good, fun movie.

  19. Suspiria is definitely one of the best foreign horror films ever made.

  20. dellamorte dellamore/cemetary man really should be in there.

    • It’s a mixed bag, in my opinion.

  21. This must be a list for people who are not horror movie fans. Ive seen all of them, and most in the theater.

    • You’re so cool, man.

  22. THE GREEN MARKER SCARE is kind of obscure, kind of magical

  23. One of the creepiest films I ever saw was “Eyes Without A Face”. Without showing gore or horror, I couldn’t tear my eyes away. And the creepiness wouldn’t leave for months.

    A 1959 French Production directed by Georges Franju. It was controversial at its release and the producers had to slide it through the censors. It was released in the US under the name “The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus.”

  24. Bravo! there were two or three movies that I didn’t know about on this list. Although I think Re-animator is pretty even with from beyond on my top 10 list. Also someone mention cemetery man. That definitely has to be in the list.

    • cemetary man is great too, Clownhouse should be up there.

  25. Cool list, I’ve seen most but there’s a couple I need to check out.
    One movie I would add is The Stuff from 1985. Sure I was like 8 when I watched it and in all likelyhood it doesn’t hold up at all…but there was something extremely disturbing to my young mind about the concept of a yogurt like substance so good that once you tasted it you couldn’t stop eating it.
    And Dream Warriors has always been my personal favorite of the Elm Street series so nice to see it get a little shout out.

  26. Sequels: Ginger Snaps II is in my opinion the greatest horror movie sequel ever made.

  27. This list is ridicules… you like braindead.. a film by one of the most popular directors in the world at the moment, and even non horror film fans that just love LoTrR watch, you like re-animator widely acknowledged as one of the best horror flicks of all time, undeniably best Lovecraft flick of all time, and the only real contender with evil dead 2 for shlock horror comedy legendary status… I could go on..

    This article is just lame… list some rare and .. you know.. UNKNOWN films. Do some research… why not just call the article.. “I was under dead line so at the coffee machine at work I asked the guys for some cool horror flicks titles”

    and FYI.. putting a disclaimer in the title.. “probably” dose not excuse yourself for taking no time and effort in this list.. You only put that there as you KNEW your list sucked.

    Absolutely disregardful, I expect more form screenran

    • Thanks for reading, buddy!

    • I DON’T GET IT does no one read the title of this article??? it does not claim to be a list for die hard horror movie fans! he wanted to tell people about movies that he truly thought were some of the best of all time! his sole purpose in writing this article was not to try and come up with the most obscure films ever made, just to prove something. he is talking to the average movie fan who has only seen the most popular horror flicks like Halloween, IT, and The Exorcist. I am personally a die hard classic movie fan, who has seen thousands of classic films, but has never been as interested in horror. there are about eight or nine films on.here that I have never seen…and I’ve seen more classic films than anyone I . know, including my grandmother. so good job, Ben Moore, don’t listen to these idiots who just want to feel like they are better than you because they have seen a few films…I don’t see THEM publishing any helpful articles to average Joes!

      • Much appreciated, man.

        • Agree 100%. Yes I’ve seen almost all these films, but there are a few I’ve not seen. Lists like these serve several purposes — first off, there are new generations all the time who are coming of age and looking for advice on quality films in this genre. It also allows for some fun and interesting conversation. I know a lot about this genre, and I agree wholeheartedly that for the most part these are films that very few people have seen, and tend towards the obscure, no matter what some blowhard has to say.

          For example, the Evil Dead movies, 1-3 were seen by almost noone theatrically. They only became popular on home video. Now of course, you have some knucklehead with no perspective going: hey dude, EVERYONE knows those movies… lame. Well, the reality is that most people DO NOT know those movies. They probably don’t know who Sam Raimi is, nor do they know about Ghost house pics, or Bruce Campbell. Just because you’re a horror fan, doesn’t mean that what you’re familiar with is mainstream. When Reservoir Dogs came out in 1992 it only ever played in about 60 theaters. Everyone claims to have seen the film now, and revisionists will claim that it was a huge blockbuster, but that’s just not the case. It’s total theatrical gross is 2.8 million.

          Yes these are obscure films to a large segment of the audience, just about across the board.

          When you make a list like this you have to make choices, and I respect the ones you made. Just in the interest of sharing I’d add some others, most of which have been brought up already or suggested by others you’ve added.

          A couple of Horror gems, that may not actually be available right now:

          2 Obscure works based on books by former actor Tom Tryon:

          -The Dark secret of Harvest Home (Was made for TV)
          -The Other

          A couple extreme asian works (along the lines of Audition)
          -The Host
          -Cure (1977) which in my opinion is a flat out masterpiece
          And speaking of Audition (Takashi Miike) Ichi the Killer is another must see, as is his 2010 13 Assassins. He’s easily one of the most interesting and prolific directors around, and has lots of older films worth checking out.

          Cronenberg’s Scanners, Rabid, The Brood and Videodrome are all worth seeing as is his version of Steven King’s “The Dead Zone”, which is easily one of the best adaptations of a King book, and yet one of the least seen.

          Ditto Mary Lambert’s Pet Semetery.

          While I consider myself a Clive Barker fan, most of his movies don’t work very well after Hellraiser, other than Lord of Illusions, which is another underappreciated film, and the original Candyman — another of the best early 90′s horror films. I’ve also posted about my shared appreciation of Near Dark, another film that easily could have been on your list.

          In summary, thanks for highlighting the work of Stuart Gordon and drawing attention to Argento, Miike and Carpenter, all of whom deserve more respect and attention than they will probably ever receive.

  28. I own 9 out of 10 of these on blu ray/DVD….i am a big horror fan though, and i can see why some of these movies wouldn’t have been seen or even heard of. Certain movies like Audtion and In the Mouth of Madness i’m sure have a pretty large following though…In the Mouth of Madness is probably the greatest 90s horror movie next to Silence of the Lambs and Army of Darkness.

  29. I didn’t plan to write anything, but once I read that comment, I just HAD to ask
    King Kong, albeit sad, was a magnificently directed movie with tremendouus cinematography and loads of important messages (about human brutality to say the least), byt besides that…
    HOW could you possibly NOT love “lovely Bones”????
    HOW??
    Just tell me HOW!

    • I could ask you the same question, but in reverse. So it would go something like this: How could you possibly love “Lovely Bones”? HOW??

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