7 Underrated Horror Movies You Need To See

by Jan 17, 2017

So many movies to choose to from. Below are 7 underrated horror movies I think you might like too. I started making a list and soon found that there are dozens of underrated horror movies. I narrowed it down to 7 for now. I say for now because I am sure I will make another list soon. With the Halloween season freshly upon us I thought it’s the perfect time to make some seasonal suggestions. Yes, I know there are more than 7 underrated horror movies but I don’t have all damn day to make this list for you. I’ve got a job, responsibilities and 7 isn’t enough for you? You get started on these and get back to me when you’re done. Hopefully, I’ll have new list by then. So here’s the first 7 to get ya started. The following list is in no particular order.

Don’t Blink 2014

Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge. – IMDb

I originally reviewed this movie back in December of 2014. I said that I was on the bubble with this one. So why am I recommending it now. Good question! The answer is that in the almost two years since I last saw this movie I have thought about it often. I found myself recommend it to friends. I would warn them about the ending. And, I will do the same here. This movie is so interesting. It’s not a gorefest, it’s not make you jump in fright kinds film. It’s just wonderfully, interesting in a scary a way. You can’t help but wonder what you would do if was happening to you.

I have said many times that a bad ending can ruin a good movie. This movie would have been great, if they didn’t fuck up the ending. But, I am hoping for a sequel maybe that will someday provide some a why to the whole thing. But, if you liked movies like The Birds, this, in my opinion is even better.

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Frailty 2001

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family’s story of how his religious fanatic father’s visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed “demons.” – IMDb

Director: Bill Paxton
Writer: Brent Hanley
Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe

Frailty came out way back in 2001 and I saw it on VHS shortly after it was released. I was late to the DVD game. In the early ’80’s I was a Beta guy. I was forced to make the sad jump to VHS. Then it was Laser Discs. When DVD’s came out, I was done. Not wasting my time and money on another fad. But, that’s a rant for another time.

The devout religious scare the hell out of me. And, this movie is about religious fanatic who’s thinks he’s killing demons. I’m not religious at all but I love a good religious story and this movie delivers. It’s creepy, it’s got supernatural stuff going on. And, it’s got some wonderful twists and turns along the way. Not to mention, a spectacular cast. And, something I just remembered, because I just typed it 5 minutes ago, Bill Paxton directed this bad boy. What more could you ask for?!

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Grave Encounters 2011

For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that’s supposedly haunted – and it might prove to be all too true. -IMDb

It’s been a number of years since I saw Grave Encounters. Here’s what comes to mind when I think about it. Scary. Creepy. Even better if you watch it alone, at night, in the dark. The other thing I think about often is, “There’s a sequel, why haven’t watched it yet?!” I can’t answer that. I want to see it. I guess, I’m just waiting for the right time. As for Grave Encounters, it’s been 4 or 5 years since I saw it and I recall specific moments that were pretty damn scary. So, I have to recommend it to you. If you see it, and don’t like it, let me know about it.

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The Other Side of the Door

After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death. -IMDb

I loved The Other Side of the Door for many reasons. The heartbreaking story, the acting, the ending. I put off watching this movie because one of the things I hate more than anything in horror movies is when a character we’re supposed to care about does stupid things. The preview for this movie starts with a premise. That is, no matter what you do, don’t open the door. We all know, she’s gonna open the fucking door. I hate that.

When I reluctantly sat down to watch this movie I pretty much knew within a few minutes that I was going to the characters lead no matter what. The tragedy she endures makes her breaking the rules, completely understandable. I wanted to be pissed off about it but I kept telling myself, if that was there’s a good chance I’d have done the same thing.

However, the story is so much more than that and the ending, is just one of those ending, that is reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. It’s the emotions that make this movie great. The scares certainly add to it but it’s the heartbreak and the ending that set it apart.

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The Hive 2015

A young man suffering from amnesia must dig deep into the far reaches of his mind to remember who he is and save the love of his life before a virus that has infected him takes over. -IMDb

The Hive has a lot of things going for it for me. It’s not the normal form of story telling. It’s a mystery, a love story and it’s got zombies or I guess “infected”. It turns into a race against time. The story takes some twists and turns along the way that I really enjoyed. I saw several reviews slamming this movie, all I can say, fuck them. This is a solid movie worth watching. I’m guessing the ones who didn’t like it, just didn’t get it. They probably made the mistake of trying to figure shit out instead of just letting the movie unfold.

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The Abandoned

The Abandoned is about a young woman trying to get her life back in order. She takes a job as a security guard during the graveyard shift. It’s her first night working in this beautiful old building. But, the more she learns to about the buildings dark past the further down the rabbit’s hole she goes.

I reviewed The Abandoned not too long ago and it’s still with me. I just wasn’t expecting that much from it. It sounds predictable, two nightwatchmen, watchpeople? Whatever. There’s Jason Patrick’s character who is the experienced, just there to collect a check guy and then the new girl, played by Louisa Krause. Their jobs are to sit and watch an old abandoned building in the middle of the night. One of them does the rounds, while the other sits and watches on the surveillance camera’s. Sounds ripe for some spooky stuff to happen. It does happen but there’s more to it than what we see. There’s a real story here and it comes out of nowhere. You think you’re watching a spooky movie and BAM! There’s a bit of mystery that begins to unfold and it’s just so well done. A good story that doesn’t sacrifice anything to be told. Scary, creepy, fun.

Here’s a link to the original review if interested http://www.badhorrormovies.com/abandoned/

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Near Dark 1987

A small town son of a farmer joins up with a group of vampires when he falls for a sexy and mysterious wanderer.

Two of the best things to happen in 1987, Near Dark came out and I graduated from high school. Near Dark is one of the best vampires movies ever. I have no doubt it would have been a big horror movie hit of the year and most would know the movie by name. However, Near Dark came out in October. Perfect timing for a horror movie. But, The Lost Boys had come out back in July and Near Dark just got overshadowed by it. Also, some other classics came out that year as well, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Evil Dead 2, The Monster Squad, Hellraiser and Predator.

What made Near Dark great was it’s simplicity. Boy meets girl. The dialogue was so good. On the verge of beeing campy, but not. One of the lines I still remember to this day, “I hate’em when they ain’t been shaved.” The vampires were gritty. They were grunge before there was grunge. These vampires, played with their food. It’s a must see and a must for any horror fans collection.

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Final Thoughts

I have tried to write this article several times. Something always comes up. I had the first 5 films added. In fact I had all seven, but the last two I had in there, I actually added before I saw the movies. I was sure that I was going to like them based on reviews I had heard. Then I sat down to watch them and was disappointed in them. So they I removed them and thought long and hard about what should replace them. I went I stood before my horror movie collection and thought to myself, what do I have that needs to be seen? I soon realized, dozens! So I picked two of them, one is recent, the other I dove into my horror past.


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