Ok, I’m recycling. I’m having an outpatient procedure (every day for two weeks) and have very little time so I hope you don’t mind if I recycle a few of my older posts.
My The Top 10 Underrated horror films:
In no particular order, here are my top 10 underrated horror flicks. This list is subject to change…
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
A great ghost story starring Roddy McDowell, which provides scientific explanations of the existence of ghosts, creepy mood, dark atmosphere and quite a bit of carnage and death! This is one of the first ghost/horror movies that scared me as a young lad, so I may be partial to this film. Would love to know what other people think.
The Entity (1981)
I watched this recently and was terrified for the woman within the first ten minutes of the film. The movie never lets up. Barbara Hershey, plays a fantastic role as the struggling single mom tormented by an evil spirit. I was surprised that the film had an affect on me so many years after I had first seen it.
The Amityville Horror II (1982)
IMO this film is scarier than the original, with strong characters played brilliantly (albeit melodramatically) by their respective actors. Follow the Defeo’s lives’ up until the time of the true-life murders. There is a ten-minute sequence, from the demon’s POV, where the evil presence travels from the cellar through the house. Creepy as hell.
This quiet little film made for Showtime, from Stephen King’s story of the same name, became one of my favorite King adaptations. A successful yet jaded reporter, for a fringe tabloid newspaper, begins hunting a vampire, who has been landing his Cessna at small northern airports and leaving havoc in his wake. The reporter, played perfectly by, Miguel Ferrer, is a total A-hole, but you like him anyway.
This is one great horror-comedy. This film is funny and it contains plenty of hard hitting action, violence, original monsters and a strong R rating! Another lazy night in a Texas bar on the outskirts of Anytown, USA, turns into a war between humans and monsters as a horde of creatures move in from the desert, looking for some eats (humans) and to procreate – much like the usual barfly’s. These are some ugly looking creatures ! Did I mention, tons of gore?
Based on a true story, filmed in a gritty, reality style, we follow a young couple on a scuba-diving expedition during their Jamaica vacation. The party boat mistakenly leaves them stranded in the deep Atlantic, with no sign of land anywhere. We follow this couple as they try to stay afloat and fight for survival against the elements.
In the first scene, from the killers POV, we see the stalking and murder of a victim. It immediately reminded me of Halloween and I cursed the film as a blatant rip-off of Carpenter’s style – until I looked at the credits. The film was actually written by John Carpenter (but not directed by him). The Eyes of Laura Mars is a great white-knuckle thriller, worthy of mention in the same breath as Hitchcock and Brian DePalma films. Laura is plagued by visions of a serial killer’s murders as they happen in real-time.
A young lady is mistakenly locked in the London Underground – what we NY-ers would call the subway – and is stalked by a strange creature. As she desperately tries to find another way out, she discovers the humanoid’s lair, a long abandoned underground medical facility that had cruelly experimented on humans. It seems this Creep is going to do some surgical experiments of his own.
A strong unease gripped me after seeing this film. I wasn‘t even all-that scared when I was watching it, but the movie wouldn’t let go of me; I kept thinking about it for days. Was it a demon disguising itself as an alien so it would be relevant in this modern day and age? Or was it an ancient alien still wielding strange powers upon a small northern town because it could isolate it’s victims? The film never really gives you an answer – I think that is what makes it unnerving.
A cross between the very short-story, Dagon, and the infamous “Innsmouth” tale, this Lovecraft adaptation successfully captures the true fear, atmosphere and mood of Lovecraft terror. When a young couple’s yacht runs aground, they become stranded in a strange, backward town on the coast of Mediterranean Spain. The feeling of isolation and terror grow, as the strangely deformed townspeople close-in on the unwelcome intruders.
Nobody seemed to like this film as much as I did. To me, it relays a plausible scientific theory: the expansion and amplification of once unknown frequencies will eventually lead us to discover something we should not, or, in this case, they will discover us. A proficient programmer/hacker in college is contacted by entities from the great beyond, only to discover they are the denizens of hell. In the end, this brooding, quiet film turns into an apocalyptic disaster as the film looks outward from this college community to the bigger picture. Wi-Fi is everywhere.
Let me know what you think of my picks. Post some of your favorite underrated horror flicks in the comments, films you think should’ve gotten more attention.
Feast is a fantastic movie!
So many people seem to avoid it. I think it’s an excellent, comedy/monster movie!
I’m the guy that’s gonna save your ass!
I LOVE Creep and The Fourth Kind! Both really creepy! Great list! 🙂
Awesome movies – Creep is so underrated!
Amityville 2 is terrifying! Do you know if that Pulse is a remake of the Japanese one?
Yes, this Pulse is the Wes Craven (American) remake of the Japanese film. I saw this one first. I know a lot of peeps rave about the Japanese version but I like this re-write better; I think it’s more defined. Also, I sometimes hear voices through my desktop speakers, it freaks me out a bit 🙂
I like the Japanese one but it’s extremely grim. Didn’t even realise West Craven was still working!
Well, this was in 2006 – I don’t know what he’s doing now 😉
Feast is totally nuts 😀
It’s awesome! Just don’t see the sequel(s), they suck!
Too late and your right 😀
I like 2&3. Great quality dvd’s too. Look nice upscaled. Actually, maybe THEY are the most underrated ones…? Surely that’s the case if i choose to believe you two!
And i especially thought that you’d like the second one, considering all the issues you had with YOUR grandma! …involving certain pajamas…?
That’s a very nice list!
Hey JP, good to hear from you 🙂 Have you seen most of the films on the list?
The Eyes of Laura Mars is the only one on the list I haven’t seen. I will have to now. 🙂
Awesome list! Seems there are a few I need to catch still!
If you haven’t seen it, I would reccomend Creep. It’s a creepy flick that is very underrated. 🙂
All of these are fantastic. Night Flier and The Entity are my favorites. Feast was gory crazy. It had a feel of old horror movies, the big surprises that makes you jump up.
I agree with you about Pulse. Great ending. When ever I see the title Pulse it makes me think of an older movie about a prisoner who’s executed and comes back to kill the cops son and girlfriend. He travels ny electricity. I think it’s called Shocker , something like that. I loved it.I think C. Thomas Howe was in it?
I googled it. The title is Wes Craven’s Shocker, no C. Thomas in it though. Here’s the trailer
Oh yeah, I remember this one. Electric Man! Thought it was good but haven’t seen it in years.
Great list, Michael. Some good picks there, man!
Aside from the Amityville pic, love the list. Good to see Night Flier included. Movie is SUPER underrated. Feast is another AWESOME pick. LOVE the brief but bad ass “hero” scene. lol
Thanks Matt. I remember the blood in the urinal scene from reading the short story, The Night Flier and the film portrayed that perfectly. The whole finale in the terminal was an excellent portrayal, bloody and gory as hell 🙂
Yay! Pulse! 🙂 I love that movie a lot. I was (and maybe still am a little) freaked out by that one.
I’m still looking for Open Water. I really liked The Reef but I’ve heard that Open Water is better?
Great choices, good to see Open Water on this list.
The Entity was way ahead of its time with some of the special effects. Such as where Barbara Hershey’s breasts are touched by unseen hands had never been seen in even a big budget movie. This was a very well constructed and conceived movie very well executed.
I saw a trailer of Open Water the other day. Is this Gravity at sea…?
Yeah, that about sums it up 😀
Hmm… maybe Gravity isn’t as bad as i fear then, maybe just massively OVERrated? Actually it’s maybe my biggest fear: having to watch Gravity or Titanic. Oh! The Horror!! The Horror!!!
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