5 Criminally Overlooked Horror Films

Listed below are five great horror movies that are hardly ever mentioned when talks of great horror movies arise.  Part of my reason for coming up with this list was to avoid a potentially horrific situation in the future. Say I find myself in a room full of movie geeks 20 years from and not one of them has heard of any of these movies.  Can you imagine what a sad day that would be?

It is my hope that this list will float throughout the blogosphere and land on others radars, thus spreading the word about these must-see and rarely mentioned horror films.  Hopefully with the publishing of this list I have taken one step further towards avoiding that horrific outcome mentioned above and have given people an alternative to the popular classics.

Who Can Kill A Child? (1976)

Forget about Children of The Corn, Village of The Damned, or just about any other movie featuring hordes of bloodthirsty children.  When it comes to scary youth attacking, those efforts and all others like them fail in comparison to Narciso Ibáñez Serrador‘s Who Can Kill A Child?

The premise is a simple one; English tourists set out to go sightseeing on a picturesque island only to find the sights are kids hellbent on murdering them along with every other adult on the island.  From the opening sequence of a most uncomfortable prologue right up to the disturbingly jovial and awesome conclusion this 1970s gem is a cut above all others of its kind and deserves more recognition than it has received thus far.

Dead End (2003)

There’s a good reason as to why this movie has gone under so many people’s radar, in fact there’s a number of reasons.  First of all, aside from the devoted horror junkie nobody is going to pick a scary movie to watch featuring a cast of relative unknowns (not including the fabulous character actor and scene stealing, Lin Shaye), especially one with a generic title such as Dead End.  Now, throw in the fact that the movie’s US release was a straight to DVD one, and that the trailer is equally as generic as the movie’s title.

With all that being said, I can’t urge you strongly enough to ignore these things and pick this movie up the next time you’re in the mood for an actual scary ghost story.  In its telling of one family’s road trip gone terribly wrong the entire road trip genre becomes reinvented.  Not bad for a miniscule budgeted straight-to-DVD movie.

Pontypool (2008)

Just when I was starting to lose faith in anything new and original ever coming out of the zombie genre along comes Bruce McDonald‘s Canadian production of Tony Burgess‘ novel, Pontypool.  Except for one short opening scene the entire movie takes place in a radio station during a zombie outbreak.  Not wanting to give too much away I will say that the film is presented in a way I have never seen zombie outbreaks presented before.  And it’s totally awesome.  The majority of the horror found in Pontypool transpires in the viewer’s imagination, and that’s what makes this movie stand way above most others in the same genre – that and the film’s leading manly man, the charismatic Grant Mazzy.

We Are What We Are (2010)

I share the same sentiments as my fellow Filmbalayan, Nick.  Here’s what he had to say about We Are What We Are last July:

This is the Let The Right One In of cannibal movies and one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in years.  The story follows a family of cannibals living in Mexico City that lose their father, who was the hunter, and now must adapt.  The dark atmosphere and matter of fact style of violence make this a truly stunning film and a must see for all horror fans, or just fans of Mexican cinema.

Dr. S Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie (2009)

Once again, my sentiments are practically identical to that of fellow Filmbalayan, Nick.  Here is what he had to say about this movie back in June of 2010:

News Flash: Weed actually turns people into zombies.  Or at least that’s the case in this clever B-movie spoof.  With a great mix of humor and semi-tension,  presented in grainy old school black and white, this film truly captures what a B-movie is all about.  Part Evil Dead, partNight of the Living Dead, and part Reefer Madness, Dr. S is a must see for Horror fans.  This is one of the funnest movies in recent memory and puts modern Hollywood horror films to shame.  If you are a fan of horror, zombies, or marijuana, go see this movie!

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3 Comments on “5 Criminally Overlooked Horror Films”

  1. May 15, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Reblogged this on The Cineaste's Lament. and commented:
    Because I’m always looking for some good film writing elsewhere in the WordPressosphere. Here’s a post that’s well worth your time.

    • Adam Cuttler
      May 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      Thanks for spreading the word, JImicek. Let me know if you think I missed any movies.

  2. bardamu72
    May 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    These are some great choices for overlooked horror films. There are a few others I would toss in as well (“Calvaire”, “Case Of The Bloody Iris”, “Kairo”), but that’s just personal tastes. A good list overall.

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