I mean… we all love horror movies. From cult classics like The Exorcist to the recent and terrifying A Quiet Place, the horror genre is, to me, one of the most difficult in the areas of cinema to work with. Why? Because we all fear different stuff… I am afraid of clowns, not spiders for example. While someone is more of a believer in the supernatural world, I myself love monster movies. However, there are some horror pics I simply can’t understand why people don’t love them. They have flaws, naturally, but they are effective in providing some super loud scares, others are just thrilling as they unfold, and others just leave you uncomfortable. All the right recipe for this quarentine. Here is my list of the most criminally underrated horror movies:
15. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
The Hills Have Eyes is very interesting as it acts as a remake from Wes Craven‘s 1977 film with the same name. The story is not particularly original, but the action and the creepiness are there just in the right amount to leave you scared for its characters.
14. Insidious (2010)
James Wan knows his place around horror and after The Conjuring, he came up with Insidious. Now, Insidious is not really that underrated, but its scary imagery and claustrophobic environment really bugs the shit out of me! It is as scary as it looks and the cast is top-notch!
13. Cujo (1983)
This Stephen King adaptation is as simple as you get. A ravenous St. Bernard dog that appears docile and friendly at first, terrorizes a mother and her son while they are trapped in a car. The dog is one hell of an actor! And the pace of the film helps creating unpredictable moments that leaves us concerned of how the leading characters will run away from that situation.
12. Haute Tension (2003)
This French gorefest is actually pretty insane! There is blood everywhere, the performances are great, the action non-stop! What’s not to love about this one?
11. Hush (2016)
Hush is quite a work of tension. The story itself is nowhere compared to Scream, but the fact that the leading lady of the movie is deaf and mute really helps us being afraid of what she can’t hear. The suspense is there in every minute of it and we can’t help it but screaming at the screen: “BEHIND YOU!!!” “C’MON!!! RUN, FORREST, RUUUUUN!”!
10. 30 Days of Night (2007)
I love vampires, I am a fan of Interview with the Vampire (Twilight not so much though), and this one has the creepiest bloodsucking vampires I ever saw on screen! I mean, they are relentless, quick, scary as hell and the story feels like exactly why we are in quarentine right now! Just watch it!
9. Martyrs (2008)
This French picture is as depraved as it is shocking. It has abuse pumping throughout the entire film and we can actually feel sick while watching it. It is raw, pure and hurtful to the eye. And that is just what matters for a horror fan.
8. Orphan (2009)
Orphan has one hell of a twist! I wasn’t expecting liking it so much. In fact, I thought I was gonna laugh my ass off. Instead, I was surprised by it… in a good way! Isabelle Fuhrman‘s performance is great and her character really makes us uncomfortable. The story unfolds itself while the horror begins to escalate.
7. American Mary (2012)
This one you may not know, but it centers around a young plastic surgeon that performs… well… quite bizarre surgeries… it is as crazy as it is awesome. With interesting and unusual characters, an amazing performance by Katharine Isabelle and the story just keeps being crazier as the film goes on.
6. Wrong Turn (2003)
I mean… I understand that the movie isn’t a masterpiece and it is not amazingly well written, but still, it delivers the goods. In fact, there are really scary sequences throughout the picture and people dying in most original ways is also a good thing. It might not be outstanding, but it is competent and it deserves more love than it got.
5. Gothika (2003)
I really don’t understand the hatred about this one. Gothika is highly entertaining, Halle Berry is perfect in the role. The story is absolute nuts and has quite a few tricks up its sleeve. It may not as well be a masterpiece, but I personally think this one is one my biggest guilty pleasures of all.
4. Eden Lake (2008)
I hate violent teenagers. They scare the shit out me. You know why? Because they are super unpredictable. Eden Lake focuses on that and the movie is filled with suspense and thrilling escapes. We almost can’t catch our breaths while watching it. Like Hush, we keep screaming at the screen and giving virtual support to the characters.
3. Goodnight Mommy (2014)
This one was a huge surprise! I wasn’t thinking AT ALL of that gorgeous twist at the end. The film itself has a hypnotic power so strong we are constantly biting our nails and trying to put together the pieces of its enigmatic storyline. It is quite artistic too… which creates just the right environment for us to be utterly scared.
2. Death Proof (2007)
TARANTINO GUYS! Death Proof is quite a ride! It has all the good ingredients of any Tarantino movie, even so being the simplest he directed so far. We can’t compare it to other Tarantino movies, but it sure as hell is fun and thrilling! It is quite violent too, but most of all, it has that fantastic build-up that only Tarantino knows how to do.
The Descent (2005)
It is absolutely my favorite horror movie of all-time. It has everything!!! AMAZING JUMP SCARES, claustrophobic scenario, great performances, blood spatter everywhere, unpredictable twists, creepy atmosphere and MONSTERS THAT MAKE YOU SHIT YOUR PANTS! To me nothing is as good as The Descent while dealing with different types of horror. Forget the sequel though… ugh… it’s terrible!