More Great Horror Films You've Never Heard of

Everything here is either sublime excellence or unique camp, many are both; most all are only known in the deepest abysses of cult fandom or overlooked sequels.

This list follows matheusmarchetti's superb offerings on a list of the same title minus the 'more'. All the great forgotten galileos missing here can be found there. By all means, comment on more should you know another forgotten gem.
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1.
The Old Dark House (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate. (72 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ The main inspiration for the play which inspired the Rocky Horror Picture Show. ” - jackrchang
 
2.
I Bury the Living (1958)
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Cemetery director Robert Kraft discovers that by arbitrarily changing the status of plots from empty to occupied on the planogram causes the death of the plots' owners. (76 mins.)
Director: Albert Band
“ A bit padded, but like an excellent Twilight Zone episode. If the producers would have left the terrifying scripted ending, this film might hold the zombie crown, predating Night of the Living Dead by several years. As it stands, the ending is extremely nonsensical. ” - jackrchang
 
3.
Ursula (1961 Short Film)
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Young Ursula plays in a tree and ruins her fancy dress. Her elderly mother teaches her a cruel lesson about whether things can ever be mended; what Ursula learns about how to behave may not be what her mother intended. (11 mins.)
“ This psychedelic tale of a child ensnared in the care of a cruelly insane matriarch comes from the best writer of the Twilight Zone. This is available on the amazing collection Experiments in Terror, which is a feast of psychedelia. ” - jackrchang
 
4.
Tom Thumb and Little Red Riding Hood (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Follow up to Caperucita y sus tres amigos. Caperucita, the Wolf and the Ogre are captured by the Witch Queen... (82 mins.)
“ There's little to be said about this ultra campy twisting mad nightmare fantasy. It must be seen to be believed. ” - jackrchang
 
5.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
“ Steven King's primary inspiration for The Shining. This film is a haunted dream. ” - jackrchang
 
6.
Incubus (1966)
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On a strange island inhabited by demons and spirits, a man battles the forces of evil. (78 mins.)
Director: Leslie Stevens
“ Starring William Shatner and the only movie ever in Esperanto. This feels like Ingmar Bergman makes an episode of The Outer Limits. ” - jackrchang
 
7.
The Sorcerers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The great hypnotist Professor Montserrat has developed a technique for controlling the minds, and sharing the sensations... (86 mins.)
Director: Michael Reeves
“ Karloff is great, no surprise. Sorcerers squaring off tete-a-tete. What else could one ask for, really? ” - jackrchang
 
8.
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the countryside of England, the Duc de Richleau a.k.a Nicholas welcomes his old friend Rex Van Ryn that has flown to meet him and Simon Aron... (96 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ The most literary Hammer film, arguably a contender for being the best. This satanic tale has Christopher Lee, unusually, playing the good guy. ” - jackrchang
 
9.
The Dunwich Horror (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Wilbur Whateley pops over to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon and Sandra Dee. But little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human... (90 mins.)
Director: Daniel Haller
“ The Old Ones rendered in psychedelia and Sandra Dee's sort of nude scene. Nuff said. ” - jackrchang
 
10.
Scream and Scream Again (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A serial killer, who drains his victims' blood, is on the loose in London; the police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist. (95 mins.)
Director: Gordon Hessler
“ This flick is seemingly all over the place, but actually makes sense. The filmmaking here is quite impressive and requires attention and intelligence from its audience. This is one of the main inspirations for Dead & Buried. Side note: Price, Lee, and Cushing only have cameos for the most part. ” - jackrchang
 
11.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Dr. Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Fuest
“ One of the best pieces of 70's camp, and one of Price's finest. If Poe were a mod on LSD, he would have written this. ” - jackrchang
 
12.
The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan. (92 mins.)
“ Low budget, but takes itself seriously and does a fine job. Has some real scares and has one of the best Satanic cults ever. Fantastic ending to boot. ” - jackrchang
 
13.
Private Parts (1972)
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Young Cheryl moves into her estranged aunt Martha's rundown King Edward Hotel. One of its offbeat residents, disturbed photographer George, takes special interest in her. Cheryl begins suspecting that a resident was murdered. (87 mins.)
Director: Paul Bartel
“ Weird and wonderful. A campy quasi-Psycho in the vein of Lemora or Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. ” - jackrchang
 
14.
The Stone Tape (1972 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium... (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sasdy
“ From the writer who brought you Quatermass and the Pit comes scientists vs ancient ghosts. If you dig this, The Woman in Black is from the same writer and of the same caliber. ” - jackrchang
 
15.
Messiah of Evil (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult. (90 mins.)
Director: Willard Huyck
“ Hauntingly beautiful Lovecraftian tale, well crafted despite its obvious low budget. Some really effective scares in this one. ” - jackrchang
 
16.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Richie Bridgestone (whose parents are divorced) goes to spend the weekend with his father at his secluded mountain cabin... (93 mins.)
Director: Nathan H. Juran
“ The hippy Christians make this movie. There's a sentence I'll never utter again. ” - jackrchang
 
17.
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer. (95 mins.)
Director: John Hough
“ The mount everest of psychics and scientists vs a possessed house films. Bless Roddy McDowall never phoning it in. Pamela Franklin is the cutest cutie that ever cuted. ” - jackrchang
 
18.
Dead of Night (1974)
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A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie. (88 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ From the director of a Christmas Story comes a terrifying tale of a beloved son transformed into a demented monster by the ravages of war. This does what horror is supposed to do, with disturbing metaphorical comment on both drug addiction and the Vietnam war. ” - jackrchang
 
19.
Black Christmas (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ Carpenter was "inspired" by this film to make Halloween. There is little in cinema as disturbing as Billy's demonic phone calls. This film is the source of the cliche: The call is coming from inside the house! ” - jackrchang
 
20.
Grave of the Vampire (1972)
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Kroft, a legendary vampire, returns from sleep. Kroft attacks a couple in a graveyard, raping the woman. The child born feeds only on blood from his mother's breast. (95 mins.)
Director: John Hayes
“ This movie feels like its being made my Ed Wood, only he has more interesting ideas and (some) more cinematic skill. ” - jackrchang
 
21.
Shivers (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact. (87 mins.)
“ Better than Rabid, this earlier work from Cronenberg is terrifying. Psychotic possessed zombies that gang-rape. This is a frenzied nightmare the likes of which will stay in your subconscious long after the final credits role. ” - jackrchang
 
22.
Alice Sweet Alice (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect. (98 mins.)
Director: Alfred Sole
“ Better known as Alice Sweet Alice, this is in essence an American galileo (Yes, that doesn't make sense. You're very smart. Shut up.) ” - jackrchang
 
23.
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life. (100 mins.)
“ Ultimately a sweet love story, if a bit twisted. Martin Sheen makes a fantastic slimeball. Jodie Foster was tearfully unhappy that one of her sisters doubled for a nude scene (she was upset the scene was in the movie at all), which is unnecessarily creepy given how young she is. ” - jackrchang
 
24.
Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A bed possessed by a demon spirit consumes its users alive. (77 mins.)
Director: George Barry
“ A demon falls in love with a girl, but she cannot survive the consummation of their love. In his grief, the demon's tears of blood fall upon the bed possessing it with an insatiable evil to fell all those that seek rest in the furrows of...yeah, this is real crazy but it's actually not bad. The word "unique" doesn't do this piece of literary camp service. ” - jackrchang
 
25.
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist. (118 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ This gets a bad rap. Not really a sequel to the first, this is its own demented beast. Director Boorman has made a thoroughly insane follow-up to the strait-forward first. Elements of African myth, science fiction and a stellar cast make this film interesting and compelling as long as you don't expect a rehashing on the first. ” - jackrchang
 
26.
The Sentinel (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably nice Brooklyn Heights apartment, where scary occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
“ Much more complex that The Exorcist and a better movie than Rosemary's Baby, The Sentinel has a lot of curve balls to throw. The climax is terrifying in its nightmare madness. ” - jackrchang
 
27.
The Manitou (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit. (104 mins.)
Director: William Girdler
“ Wonderful camp. This movie isn't good, but it is a lot of fun. It's got one the most jarringly insane endings in cinematic history. ” - jackrchang
 
28.
Thirst (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them. (93 mins.)
Director: Rod Hardy
“ Unique spin on the classic Elizabeth Bathory story using SciFi elements. ” - jackrchang
 
29.
The Funhouse (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask. (96 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ More solid than Texas Chainsaw, this slasher from Toby Hooper has sadly been almost completely forgotten. ” - jackrchang
 
30.
Dead & Buried (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life. (94 mins.)
Director: Gary A. Sherman
“ Amazing film. Mario Bava's influence on the writers of this (as well as on Alien, by the same authors) is clearly evident. Starts a little slow, but this New England nightmare builds steam and doesn't stop until the credits role. ” - jackrchang
 
31.
Ghost Story (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story. (110 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
“ The special effects are not good and frankly this movie is awkward. Its awkwardness, however, makes the film quite unsettling. The story is strong and this film has the most terrifying moment I have ever seen in a horror movie (why it's terrifying is completely inexplicable.) ” - jackrchang
 
32.
Fear No Evil (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
High school student turns out to be personification of Lucifer. Two arch angels in human form (as women) take him on. (99 mins.)
Director: Frank LaLoggia
“ This flick is loony with a capitol L. It's really hard to follow despite there being way too much exposition, but man-o-man this is really trying to be a powerful piece of film. It's not, but it's unforgettable in its attempt. ” - jackrchang
 
33.
One Dark Night (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
As part of an initiation into a club called the Sisters, a young girl must spend the night in a mausoleum. (89 mins.)
“ Charming and unique, this has some real terror in its final act. Adam West's cameo is a little unsatisfying and this takes a while to get to the action, but give it a chance and it won't disappoint. ” - jackrchang
 
34.
Psycho II (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him. (113 mins.)
“ Actually quite good if you can see past the low-budget production. Despite its clumsy campy gore near the end, the twisting multi-layered plot is impressive once you get a handle on it (I've watched it three times and I still have questions.) Incorporates an element of Bloch's book that was left out of Hitchcock's film to hit you with an effective surprise in the end. ” - jackrchang
 
35.
Mo (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While in Thailand to avenge his brother who was crippled in a fight with a corrupt Thai boxer, a man gets caught up in a web of fate, Buddhism and black magic. (105 mins.)
Director: Chih-Hung Kuei
“ The High Holy Mountain of Horror. This has got Buddhist surrealism, this has got a sorcerer whose magic is fueled by him eating swamp vomit, this has got a stop-animation bat demon...I could go on, but if you're not sold by now...well, then you're reading the wrong list. ” - jackrchang
 
36.
The Keep (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison. (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ A mess, but a literally fantastic mess if ever there was one. Director Michael Mann is embarrassed by this, and rightfully so. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just mention this bon mot: tantric sex with the Wandering Jew set to Tangerine Dream soundtrack. (And check out that cast.) ” - jackrchang
 
37.
The Bride (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
After years of research, the doctor finally succeeds in creating the perfect woman, who gets the name "Eva". (118 mins.)
Director: Franc Roddam
“ Almost solid Frankenstein retelling with one of the best and most sympathetic monsters ever. The film is split into two stories that don't quite gel, but both are compelling in their own rites. Sting makes an excellent Dr. Frankenstein. ” - jackrchang
 
38.
Night Train to Terror (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
God and Satan are on a train discussing the fate of three individuals. The stories of the people in... (98 mins.)
“ Cobbled together from two completed films and one that was left unfinished, this train-wreck (pun intended) alternates between being unsettlingly misogynistic and charmingly stupid (and I do mean Stupid). This has got some real scares and some terrible stop-animation. The very definition of guilty pleasure. ” - jackrchang
 
39.
From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In a small Tennessee town, an historian relates four horror stories to a reporter. (99 mins.)
Director: Jeff Burr
“ A late-in-the-game horror anthology. Vincent Price ruined the career of the director after seeing the completed film and being deeply upset at the sequence set in the civil war, which was not in his script as he's only in the wrap-around. I understand, that sequence is deeply disturbing. Overall this is pretty strong. ” - jackrchang
 
40.
Howling III (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
A strange race of human-like marsupials appear suddenly in Australia, and a sociologist who studies these creatures falls in love with a female one... (94 mins.)
Director: Philippe Mora
“ Epic in its scope, unique in its take, and crazy like only the Australians can be crazy this movie even outdoes its almost equally insane preprocessor The Howling II. In no way a reflection of the competent original, you will not see where this is going and let's not think about what's going on the subconscious of its writer/director. ” - jackrchang
 
41.
Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Charley Brewster and Peter Vincent must face more vampires which are out for revenge. (104 mins.)
“ Does exactly what you'd want a sequel to do. Builds on the first and adds many of its own twists arguably making it a better movie. Too bad Evil Ed doesn't make a reappearance, though. ” - jackrchang
 
42.
The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that he is excavating... (93 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ From Ken Russell, director of Tommy and Gothic, comes Bram Stoker's tale of terror told in over-the-top camp as only Russell can do. ” - jackrchang
 
43.
Beyond Dream's Door (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Ben's nightmares come back to haunt him and his friends in this psychological/supernatural horror film.
Director: Jay Woelfel
“ The cover is misleading. This is a quiet and thoughtful nightmare within a nightmare. This low-budget gem gets right what Nightmare on Elm Street frittered away in favor of gore for gore's sake. ” - jackrchang
 
44.
Nightmare Classics (1989 TV Series)
Episode: Carmilla (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Lonely young Marie and her father live on a plantation just before the Civil War. Their placid lives...
“ One of the best film adaptations of the classic Carmilla story, Roddy McDowall and Meg Tilly make this made-for-tv coming-of-age story a delight. ” - jackrchang
 
45.
Brain Dead (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a showdown of man vs. machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation. (85 mins.)
Director: Adam Simon
“ For anyone that realized that Inception isn't good, here is one of the best dream within a dream films. A screenplay by Charles Beaumont, the greatest writer of the Twilight Zone, makes this a somewhat campy and thoroughly enjoyable mind-twist. Note: the picture on the cover is misleading, just as Corman intended. ” - jackrchang
 
46.
Nightbreed (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity. (102 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
“ Clive Barker's BeetleJuice, sort of. This is probably the most fun of Barker's films. It's too bad it failed at the theatre as sequels were planned. David Cronenberg's cameo seems a little disappointing at first, but pays off in spades later in the movie. ” - jackrchang
 
47.
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell. (93 mins.)
Director: Anthony Hickox
“ A masterpiece of camp. If you take this seriously, you don't get jokes. I can't get over how lovable this movie is, and the special effects are delightful. ” - jackrchang
 
48.
The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A creature of demonic nature, too hideous to have a name, once again terrorizes the college kids that summoned it. (104 mins.)
“ Charm is what you get here. This Lovecraft bastardization is cute and lovable. ” - jackrchang
 
49.
Cemetery Man (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies. (105 mins.)
Director: Michele Soavi
“ This movie is awesome. From the graphic novel of the same name, this film gets all the jokes. Effective tragedy, comedy, and horror rolled perfectly into one. Why haven't more people seen this shining gem? ” - jackrchang
 
50.
Straight Into Darkness (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Western Europe, 1945. The gentle, thoughtful, and sensitive Losey and the mean, base, and vicious Deming... (95 mins.)
Director: Jeff Burr
“ Don't let the cover fool you, there's nothing expressly supernatural in this film. That being said, this is an amazing piece of cinema that is a metaphorical journey through hell by the dead. David Warner is outstanding in his limited role and the Eyes Without a Face inspired girl lends a haunting and tragically loving touch to this unheralded masterpiece. ” - jackrchang