The 40 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen

This is a list of mostly moratorium horror classics from the last 4 decades that stand out for me and hopefully for you the most. I made this list as a way to contribute to those who may be fatigued by the same recycled horror we've been plagued with for so long. This is for those who look for something different. A great portion of these movies are so rare that if they're not siezed by an aware consumer soon, all chances of viewing it may soon be lost.
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1.
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
“ In my opinion the best horror movie in history. When I first viewed it I had to watch it twice just to absorb how good it was. It was worth every penny. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
2.
Shock Waves (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers. (85 mins.)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
“ Peter Cushing film. A true classic. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
3.
Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him. (97 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ Many have probably seen this but I felt the list must have this film to ever be complete. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
4.
After... (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
Urban Explorers are extreme sports' answer to computer hackers: a growing breed of thrill-seekers who thrive on infiltrating the planet's most dangerous man-made structures... Just because they can. (80 mins.)
“ The story in this is downright different. I don't watch it every day but I never get tired of seeing it. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
5.
Dagon (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring. (95 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ A Lovecraft adaptation. A must for his fans. Commonly viewed I think but a future classic nonetheless. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
6.
Body Bags (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Three short stories in the horror genre. The first about a serial killer. The second about a hair transplant gone wrong... (91 mins.)
“ The price is very steep unless you buy VHS. It's a John Carpenter movie but not well known. I wouldn't pay any price for it but $25 or less is worth it. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
7.
Shatterbrain (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Charles Dexter Ward's wife enlists the help of a private detective to find out what her husband is up to in a remote cabin owned by his family for centuries. (108 mins.)
Director: Dan O'Bannon
“ This is a Lovecraft adaptation. I would pay any price for it. VHS is the only affordable way of buying it unless you really shop around. Either way is saddens me this movie is being abandoned. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
8.
Session 9 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ This one may be more well known but scares me every time. Still cheap though and a common find. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
9.
The Runestone (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A Norse runestone is discovered in Western Pennsylvania. The prophecy upon it tells of the Norse great wolf Fenrir (Fenris)... (105 mins.)
Director: Willard Carroll
“ This movie gets more rare and expensive every year. It's based on Viking lore. This is another that breaks my heart that future gen's won't be able to view it. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
10.
Mister Frost (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Frost is arrested and committed for murder after he is apprehended burying his victims in the garden... (104 mins.)
Director: Philip Setbon
“ This movie is flat out off the shelves. Never had a U.S. DVD release and there are no more laser disks for sale that I can find. The VHS is expensive but worth any price. I did find out there was a DVD release in Belgium so if you're commited you can look there. It's an unknown classic. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
11.
Nomads (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A French anthropologist moves to Los Angeles and is followed by the evil spirits of an extinct tribe he once uncovered. (91 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ I'm a big fan of Pierce Brosnan. My opinion of this movie may be biased. Still available but gets more expensive every year. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
12.
I Zombie: The Chronicles of Pain (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A young man gets infected and gradually starts turning into a zombie. (79 mins.)
“ Not for the squeamish but a truly original zombie classic. Won't be around for much longer I think. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
13.
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
“ The book was brilliant, the movie great but disappointing how it was made. Could have been better but with it's cast and story it's worth any price. There was no disk release and the tape is pricey and nearly not available. There could be a remake one day but I wouldn't let this one get away. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
14.
Doctor Faustus (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves. (93 mins.)
“ Saw this as a small child and it haunted me for decades. This movie isn't for everyone but then again, what is? ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
15.
Sole Survivor (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her. (85 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
“ Creepy. It's still available but don't bet it being around forever. Not worth any price but definitely worth alot unless you have no patience for low budget 80's cinema. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
16.
Necromentia (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Explores the use of a tattooed Ouija Board through the lives and perspectives of 4 people. (82 mins.)
Director: Pearry Teo
“ Some like it. Some don't. I love it though. Still widely available and cheap. I'd suggest a rental first just to be sure it's for you though. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
17.
Southern Gothic (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A man who must atone for a tragic mistake by saving a little girl from a ruthless, undead preacher. (104 mins.)
Director: Mark Young
“ An odd little piece. I'm not obsessed with it but it's great for at least a rental. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
18.
Zombie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Recently had a BD release which I'm grateful for. This movie introduced me to Italian cinema. One of my eternal favorites. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
19.
Nightmares (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ Lance Henrikson and Emilio Estevez play a bit in this. If you want the DVD I hope you have deep pockets. The VHS isn't cheap either. Be careful the version though. It's a semi-common movie title. The cover will be your clue. Worth any price. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
20.
The Vault of Horror (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An anthology of five horror stories shared by five men trapped in the basement of an office building. (87 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ British horror. It won't keep you up at night but it's a treasure for the shelves nonetheless. Still common for now. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
21.
From Beyond the Grave (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner. (97 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ Peter Cushing. Moratorium but as of 2011 still cheap. This movie introduced me to Cushing and his utter screen dominance. Worth any price. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
22.
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die. (92 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ This was my 2nd British horror film viewed. Great story. I've lost count how many times I've watched it. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
23.
The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride. (81 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Creepy. In my opinion one of Vincent Price's best. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
24.
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land. (89 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Never get tired of this one. For this I hope you have deep pockets. Everywhere I look the price is astronomical and getting higher by the year. Get this one while you can. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
25.
Pontypool (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town. (93 mins.)
Director: Bruce McDonald
“ A future classic. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
26.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ 2nd favorite horror movie of all time. John Carpenter directs and a stellar cast. The story is lovecraftian but priceless. Moratorium and I'm angry because of it. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
27.
Trucks (1997 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Based on the short story by Stephen King, this tells the tale of trucks suddenly coming to life and attacking their owners. (95 mins.)
Director: Chris Thomson
“ Stephen King adaptation. Still cheap but I'm not sure how mainstream it is. Great movie. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
28.
Rawhead Rex (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. The film follows Rex's cross country rampage, while a man struggles to stop it. (89 mins.)
Director: George Pavlou
“ Only affordable way to buy it is on tape. Clive Barker adaptation. It's been criticized but the critics are the minority. Fantastic settings and original story but not cheap though. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
29.
Midnight Movie (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A midnight showing of an early 1970's horror movie turns to chaos when the Killer from the movie comes out of the film to attack those in the theater. (82 mins.)
Director: Jack Messitt
“ An independent horror movie that broke some rules and got noticed. A future classic. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
30.
Believers (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Two paramedics responding to an emergency call find themselves kidnapped by a religious sect whose great obsession is to stop the end of the world by committing suicide and killing people. (102 mins.)
Director: Daniel Myrick
“ The ending is worth the ride. Costs much less than it's worth. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
31.
Deadgirl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die. (101 mins.)
“ This movie bothers me on many levels which is why I included it. I'd suggest a rental first. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
32.
Long Weekend (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A vacationing couple in the wilderness learns what happens when they disrespect nature. (88 mins.)
Director: Jamie Blanks
“ Stunning acting. Highly original story. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
33.
The Bunker (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Seven German soldiers are enclosed in one bunker during the Second World War. They soon feel surrounded by enemies... (95 mins.)
Director: Rob Green
“ Military horror. Worth any price. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
34.
Spiral (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals. (90 mins.)
Director: Higuchinsky
“ First Japanese horror I ever saw and definitely not the last. This movie sits with you for a long while. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
35.
Marebito (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ Japanese horror. Anyone who loves horror should see this one without any doubt. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
36.
Infection (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient. (98 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
“ I see this one about once a year. Never tire of it. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
37.
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In a fantastical 40's where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome. (96 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ Lovecraftian and gone. Need deep pockets but worth any price. The fact this is moratorium bothers me. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
38.
Witch Hunt (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In a twisted 1950's where everyone does magic, a private detective investigates a murder case without it. (100 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
“ Sequel to #37. The late Dennis Hopper. #37 comments apply. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
39.
The Bone Snatcher (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
After miners disappear in the Namib Desert, scientists find their remains and seek to find what killed them. (90 mins.)
Director: Jason Wulfsohn
“ This one is surprisingly good. Terrific locations. Great story. ” - blackskies-160-128512
 
40.
11:11 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
A troubled young woman, haunted by her mother's ghost, is suddenly confronted by paranormal events which are wreaking havoc on her small college town. She struggles to understand the meaning of these supernatural events... (95 mins.)
Director: Micheal Bafaro
“ Not the greatest movie out there but definitely worth at least a look. ” - blackskies-160-128512