Horror has always had one of the most passionate and devoted fandoms in pop culture. Although there are many infamous franchises and horror movies, like Friday 13 and Nightmare on Elm Street, many excellent horror movies fly under the radar of mainstream audiences. With so many franchises on the way, fans often want to see forgotten or hidden gems.
Because so many horror movies are made each year, it can be easy for critics and fans to overlook some fun entries. Over the years, there’s been a hidden treasure trove of great but unknown horror movies that fans would love to watch. Fans are always on the lookout for new movies to chew on.
Directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper (Chainsaw Massacre), 2004 The Toolbox Murders brought the director’s signature claustrophobic style of horror. The film follows a stranger who commits a series of murders in a small apartment complex in Los Angeles.
The story centers on a young woman called Nell as she tries to solve the disappearances and sudden deaths of her neighbors. However, her search for answers brings her face to face with a terrifying killer who lives in the shadows of the building. The Toolbox Murders, although it has gone largely unnoticed, is a strange and captivating film.
9 Hush is a great survival story
silence centers on a deaf woman who lives in an isolated house in a forest. As she works hard, a masked man appears from the woods, seeking to taunt her and chase her away with his bow and arrow. However, after discovering his hearing loss, he makes it a grim game of cat and mouse.
After discovering she was being stalked, Maddie is forced to overcome her fear of the masked man. While the odds seem to be stacked against her, the young woman proves herself strong against her attacker and fights an incredible fight for her survival.
8 The Watermen is an entertaining classic slasher
The water men inspired by horror movies like wrong turn by featuring several killers stalking a group of friends. It begins with a fun summer trip on a boat, but the group of friends are picked up by a crew of mysterious men on the water. After they meet, the story takes a dark turn.
Finding themselves alone on a small island, the young friends take a stand for their lives against their murderous captors. With few means of escape to an unknown location, the friends are forced to confront the kidnappers, who, in turn, hunt them down like prey.
seven Them is French horror at its finest
Theiralso known as They in French, has a lot in common with The foreigners. The film centers on a young couple who live in a large country house as they are terrorized by strange, hidden attackers. The couple are forced to hide in their house from their unseen attackers.
With an unknown number of attackers in their home, the couple use their wits to try to survive. Their is one of the most intense survival slashers in the genre and is a must-have for true fans. The fierce battle means life and death for the protagonists.
6 Daybreakers shakes up the vampire genre
With Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill, The day breakers brings a new twist to vampire horror movies. The story is set in a world where human civilization has been almost entirely transformed into a vampire-ruled society, with only a few humans living as cattle or rebels.
However, the vampiric society faces a threat. Not only are they on the verge of running out of blood, starvation is also turning them into monstrous beings. Because the vampire Edward Dalton (Hawke) is friendly to humans, he sets out to try to find a cure to restore the human race.
5 Splinter is a zombie movie with a nail-biting creature
Glow sees an unlikely and forced team between a young couple and a pair of criminals on the run. However, the film takes a dark turn. The fugitive couple take the young bystanders and their car at gunpoint, forcing them away from the authorities.
When the group has to stop at a gas station, they are almost immediately attacked by animals and humans, all under the control of a strange parasite. The infected are marked by the presence of splinter-like spikes in their bodies that act like a parasite. Glow is a must watch for horror fans.
4 Jackals pits a family against a ruthless cult
Jackals begins with a family hoping to “deprogram” one of their sons from the clutches of a cult. With an expert by their side, they begin to attempt to save their son. However, the cult arrives in the surrounding woods, which quickly turns the story into one of survival.
Largely outnumbered and given an ultimatum by the cult, the family must confront the masked group from their home. Jackals centers on family survival against the backdrop of their desperate battle to recover their son from the clutches of the terrifying cult.
3 Monster Man is a great horror comedy
Monster Man is a great light comedy horror film that follows two friends on a road trip as one of the protagonists hopes to rekindle a relationship with an old girlfriend. The movie, while comedic, has a great horror plot that would remind fans of movies like wrong turn Where Jeepers Creepers.
After picking up a handsome hitchhiker, the three travelers find themselves on the run from a hidden monster man who is driving a monster truck. As they attempt to escape the man and his truck, the Travelers are relentlessly terrorized by the unseen stalker.
2 Dog Soldiers shows British troops fighting werewolves
A cult classic horror film set in the Scottish Highlands, dog soldiers follows a squad of British Army soldiers taking part in a training exercise. Moving through the hills, the unit soon realizes they are being chased by a pack of wild and mysterious beasts.
When the soldiers take refuge in a house, they try to survive the night against the relentless onslaught of mythical monsters. With limited ammo, injured friends and a potential threat from within, the soldiers find they are fighting for survival.
1 The Void is the Peak of Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror
The void takes place, like many great horror films, in a small town. The story begins with a man fleeing an apparent murder, only to be arrested by the police. When the officer takes the suspect to the local hospital, terror ensues and those inside must fight for their lives.
With a cult surrounding the hospital and a cosmic threat within, the handful of Defenders slowly uncover a horrific turn of events inside the walls. Cosmic entities, a strange doctor, a nefarious cult, and an otherworldly menace make this an underrated horror movie.
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