What are some of your favorite horror movies that no one seems to talk about?
We've all heard of Freddy, Jason, etc. But what about those underdogs of horror? Whether the characters from these movies would fit in this game or not, which are some of your favorites that always seem to go forgotten and unmentioned?
- The Descent. DAMN good horror movie, one of the best of the last couple of decades in my opinion. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and get a copy. Just make sure that it's the uncensored international version. The ending of the American version literally just cuts off the final scene, and the movie is much worse for it.
- Puppet Master. Yes, they made 907 films in this classic direct to video Full Moon series, but the first few were actually creative and pretty fun. Number 3, in particular, was a highlight. If only we could somehow get Blade, Torch, Pinhead and Tunneler in this game!
- The Gate. An awesome, crazy movie about two kids who accidentally open a portal to Hell in their backyard by playing a metal album backwards. Ah, the 80s. Notable for its creature design, spooky set pieces and remarkable (for the time) Harryhausen-esque stop-motion effects, The Gate is a really fun, satisfyingly creepy horror film.
- Frankenstein. Yes, everyone knows who Frankenstein is (well actually they apparently don't, since most people still erroneously think that that's the name of the monster, NOT the man who created it), but I wonder how many people are actually really familiar with the story. It's an excellent piece of work, about an ambitious man studying human anatomy who cobbles together a living being so grotesque that he rejects it out of horror and regret, leaving the creature to try to survive and understand the morality of his "father" as well as that of his own existence.
- The Brood. A woman telepathically controls a horde of creepy little dwarf-children things who run around in snowsuits and kill people with mallets. Disturbing early Cronenberg.
- The Thing (1982). One of the greatest sci-fi horror films ever made. Just watch it.
- Pumpkinhead. Why does everyone forget Pumpkinhead? LOOK at that thing!!!
- One Dark Knight: Just a mausoleum full of rotting, floating cadavers flying around. That's all.
- Willard (2003). Not the original, but the better version all the same. Crispin Glover totally owns the role of a disturbed loner who has no one but an army of rats as his friends. I would love to see this guy in DBD.
- Phantasm. The Tall Man needs more representation. Who's with me?
- The Witch (2016). Tragically underrated. It's not so much a traditional horror movie as a serious, increasingly dark depiction of an early English family of Christians unraveling in the apparent absence of their god. Profoundly well acted and beautifully filmed, this is a movie (like Hereditary) which was amazing, but developed a poor reputation because of misleading marketing.
- Bone Tomahawk. Kurt Russell (always great) and a posse from an old Western town embark on a quest to save some citizens kidnapped by a group of mute cannibals living in the mountains. A weird hybrid between drama and horror and also a very slow burn, this movie is nonetheless strangely hypnotic.
- Session 9. An asbestos-clearing crew pushes themselves to exhaustion trying to clear out Danvers State Hospital (a real abandoned mental asylum, which was the actual filming location). Bad things ensue.
- The Ritual. A group of friends take a hike in beautiful, picturesque woods. Bad things ensue there, too. Nice to see a movie with something in the woods that's not just a witch.
- Basket Case. Similar to the Twins, yes, this is nonetheless a must-see B movie for the ages. It's a wonderfully sleazy movie about a man who was forcibly separated from the deformed mutant half-twin that was born growing out of his side, and their mission to get revenge on the doctors who separated them.
- Jacob's Ladder. More thriller than horror, but there are moments that are guaranteed to creep you the hell out AND make you jump. Do you wish that there were more horror movies where the scares weren't telegraphed and could come out of absolutely nowhere when you least expect it? This is the movie for you.
- The Deadly Spawn (AKA Return of the Alien's Deadly Spawn). A gloriously cheesy 80s movie cashing in on the "gnarly monsters from space" trope, this one's about a hideous, massively-fanged Venus flytrap-like thing hiding in a basement and growing exponentially larger with each kill.
- Critters (and Critters 2, the superior sequel). A cross between E.T. and the alien invasion story that inspired it (The Kelley / Hopkinsville incident). Good fun.
- Hereditary. Accept that it's not a traditional jumpscare / monster horror film and more of a careful, deliberately paced study of a woman slowly, apparently(?) losing her mind and allow yourself to stand in awe of Toni Colette's performance, among the greatest ever committed to film. There are, however, some moments that will definitely make your skin crawl.
- Don't Look Now. A stark film about grief. With a moment that....well, you'll know it when you see it.
- House / House II, The Second Story (80s): Slightly in the vein of Evil Dead II, this is a pair of movies that are as corny and fun as they are spooky. They're about the freaky things that happen inside...yes, a house.
- Krampus: The ultimate complement to Gremlins.
- 28 Days Later: A typically intense, in your-face Danny Boyle film, the one that basically put him on the map. It's about a horrific worldwide pandemic and the desperation of a tiny group of survivors to find hope. Has NOTHING to do with zombies, despite even the back of the video case saying that it does.
- Eraserhead. Ehhhhh.....You'd just have to see it.
- Re-Animator. A deft blend of horror and comedy. Thoroughly entertaining on both fronts.
- Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Delivers exactly what it says on the tin.
- Things. I'm just kidding. This is one of the most hilariously inept films ever made. See it and laugh. Hard.