Ten Great Horror Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen
Any fan of Horror has probably seen the mainstream classics. They are staples of the genre, and it’s tough to call yourself a fan of Horror without checking them off your list. However if you long to go a bit deeper, down the Horror road a little less traveled, let us recommend some deep tracks. When you have some time to kill, why not dial up these ten more obscure favorites?
Blue Sunshine (1978)
Horror? Yep. Cult Classic? Indeed. Wacky like you read about? Oh yeah. So what is this Blue Sunshine? Well it’s a form of LSD that makes the recipient not only lose their hair after a time, but also become homicidal maniacs! Let that be a lesson to you kids: Drugs are bad… especially when they have really cute names.
Oh sure, America has been farming Japan for years for fresh horror titles to exploit and remake (poorly), but as it turns out, Australia has a pretty sadistic sense of humor, too. In the film Snowtown, the harsh tale of abuse, pedophilia, and homophobia stand graphically among the backdrop of murder and brutality. It also happens to be based on a true story called The Snowtown Murders. It’s a hard watch, and twisted tale, but well worth it in the end.
Attack the Block (2011)
The story is pretty simple, but that does nothing to take away from this masterpiece. Take a bunch of neighborhood kids from South London on Guy Fawkes Night, throw in Nick Frost for good measure, and then dollop in a heavy dose of some of the creepiest critters this side of Gremlins -spike-furred black monsters with glowing fangs and no eyes- and you’ve got a well written horror flick for the ages. It’s funny, furious, and best of all, fun.
The Nanny (1965)
So here we have a little bit of a quandary: when is a Hammer Horror not really a Hammer Horror? When it’s a movie starring Betty Davis as a sadistic housekeeper beset upon by a mentally unstable child who might just be far wiser than we imagine. Joey Fane returns home to fin his Nanny more than intolerable, and he does all he can to fight her at every turn. And it might just be for the best when he finds out just how terrifying the Nanny really is.
Stake Land (2010)
Stake Land has a sizable smattering of The Walking Dead meets Zombie Land meets The Stand with a bunch of vampires tossed in just for fun. But don’t let the comparisons fool you, this is dark, nihilistic, and pretty gruesome. The main antagonist, Mister, rescues a boy named Martin from creatures who just slaughtered his parents. Along the way in a post-Apocalyptic horror show, they meet the only two recognizable faces in this treat: Kelly McGillis and the ever-present Scream Queen, Danielle Harris. Good stuff.
Rare Exports (2010)
Oh this gem is a bizarre little animal, indeed. First of all, it’s the only Holiday-themed offering on this list. And even that is a slightly off-base descriptor, since though it may be about Santa Claus, it’s really got nothing to do with Christmas as we know it. Deep in the frozen wilds of the Korvatunturi Mountains in Finland, a small village discovers a buried grave of what might be the original mythical beast known as Santa Claus. He is not a jolly old elf by any stretch, and in fact punishes the naughty children and kills reindeer. What? Trust me, it is well worth the watch.
The Loved Ones (2009)
The second on this list from Down Under is the incredibly tasteless The Loved Ones. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely fair, but there is a lot to cringe at in this horror romp up to an including a teen girl who, rather than go to prom has a nasty murder-fest in her own house where the boy who snubbed her is ritualistically tortured while her love, daddy, watches. And it just gets more bizarre as it agonizingly paces forward. As it happens, the end purely justifies the means, and the means are graphically fantastic.
And the level of distaste and grue just keeps rocketing toward the red. And by red, I mean as much blood as you can stand all soaking a story of torture so horrifying that it really does have to be seen to be believed. This French flick attempts to make the audience believe that the more someone is brutalized, the closer they can ascend to a transcendent state. Well, who knows if that’s true, but you’re gonna be a party to it here because the main antagonist reaches a level of agony so extreme, she’s actually flayed alive. Trust me, this one might take a while to get through, but it is a damn good thriller.
Let’s go to France again, what do ya say? Or, if you don’t like your horror absolutely brutal and unrelenting, maybe you shouldn’t. If you’re still here, you obviously want a quick synopsis of Inside, a movie that might be the most gory, horrifying film I have personally ever seen. Basically, a pregnant woman is in a car accident and loses her husband. A few months later, as she prepares for her delivery, another woman begins to stalk her and even goes so far as to ask to come in and use the phone. Sadly, it doesn’t end there, and the stalker manages to find herself inside the home and begins to wreak all manor of havoc in an attempt to steal the other woman’s baby. Why? Watch it, and you’ll see. It’s a tough one to get through, I’ll tell you that. Oh, and don’t expect a happy ending. Why would you?
Lake Mungo (2008)
As I first tucked into Lake Mungo, I knew right away that this was going to be a ghost story like none other. Oh, and guess what? It’s Australian! And it might be, for my money, one of the best things to come from that continent since Crocodile Dundee. Now I don’t scare easy, in fact, just about everything billing itself as ‘horror’ lately is just wasted nonsense when it comes to the psychological thrill Lake Mungo dishes out. Though it’s a tale of loss at heart -done in the vein of a documentary you’d swear up and down was as real as they come- it’s a ghost story at its core. Not bloody, not disgusting, but a full-on horror tale done so superbly you want to watch it again as soon as it’s done despite the fact you know the secret. Give this one a chance and see if you don’t get the tingles. A very good movie.