It's a Scary World Out There

by cherrymorello1-402-37927 | created - 12 Jun 2013 | updated - 22 Oct 2014 | Public

Non mainstream horror movies well worth watching for either scares or laughs, or both!

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1. The Magician (1898)

1 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

In a traditional "magician" attire, the wizard of illusion and jump cuts, Georges Méliès, says the magic words and conjures up wonders from a plain wooden box.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 542

Película muda, muy entretenida, acerca de un siniestro mago que utiliza sus poderes para hipnotizar y asesinar.

2. Help! (1924)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Max accepts a wager that he cannot remain in a haunted castle for one hour (11 PM to midnight) without crying for help. As soon as he arrives he encounters strange and nightmarish visions, ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Max Linder, Jean Toulout, Gina Palerme, Gaston Modot

Votes: 286

Divertida historia de fantasmas: el protagonista debe pasar la noche en un castillo embrujado para ganar una apuesta... ¿lo logrará?

3. A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A dim-witted busboy finds acclaim as an artist for a plaster-covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. The desire for more praise soon leads to an increasingly deadly series of works.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone, Julian Burton

Votes: 4,593

Cargada de humor negro, esta película, el debut de Roger Corman, esconde una crítica al esnobismo bastante acertada.

4. Scream of Fear (1961)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Thriller

A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis, Christopher Lee

Votes: 2,858

Quizás este thriller no haya alcanzado la fama que merece a causa de las similitudes que tiene la historia con alguna otra del maestro Alfred Hitchcock. Sin embargo, sea o no un plagio, está maravillosamente realizada. Merece la pena verla: es muy entretenida, está bien actuada y aguanta el clima de tensión desde un primer momento. Ojalá todos los plagios fueran así.

5. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Votes: 15,984

La gran inspiración para La noche de los muertos vivientes, cargada de imágenes fantasmales y pesadillescas, con un final impresionante.

6. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 12,561

7. Viy (1967)

77 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

Directors: Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov | Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin, Nikolay Kutuzov

Votes: 4,189

8. Hasta el viento tiene miedo (1968)

88 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Girls that were punished to sat at a boarding school during Spring Break have no idea the school is haunted by the restless spirit of a former student seeking revenge.

Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada | Stars: Marga López, Maricruz Olivier, Alicia Bonet, Norma Lazareno

Votes: 1,008

9. Valerie a týden divu (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 6,076

10. Don't Deliver Us from Evil (1971)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Horror

During summer break, two bored Catholic schoolgirls vow to become Satanists and play a series of increasingly dangerous and morbid games.

Director: Joël Séria | Stars: Jeanne Goupil, Catherine Wagener, Bernard Dhéran, Gérard Darrieu

Votes: 1,709

Para todo fan del satanismo y las historias desagradables. La escena final es de las que no se olvidan fácilmente.

11. The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

R | 82 min | Horror

Newlywed Susan is haunted by visions of Mircalla Karnstein, a centuries-old bride who murdered her husband on their wedding night.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Simón Andreu, Maribel Martín, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier

Votes: 1,187

12. Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

R | 95 min | Horror

Baron Frankenstein creates two "zombies" - one male, one female - planning to mate them in order to create a master race.

Directors: Paul Morrissey, Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Monique van Vooren

Votes: 4,733

13. La cabina (1973)

14 min | Short, Comedy

An amateur photographer watches a beautiful woman emerge from a beach hut and disappear into the sea.

Director: Bruno Bozzetto | Star: Maurizio Nichetti

Votes: 50

Obra maestra del cine español, que necesita revalorizarse y verse mucho más a menudo. Cuenta con el grandísimo José Luis López Vázquez y narra una fábula de pesadilla de la sociedad, dicen que española, pero yo creo que de la sociedad, a secas.

14. Blood for Dracula (1974)

R | 106 min | Horror

An ailing vampire count travels to Italy with his servant to find a bride.

Director: Paul Morrissey | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry

Votes: 4,525

No tan buena como su predecesora, pero no tan mala como la pintan.

15. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 13,154

Musical de terror glam. Hay que verlo para creerlo.

16. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror, War

In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Laura Betti, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle

Votes: 44,764

Durísima película de Pasolini, carente de humor. Terror puro.

17. The House of the Laughing Windows (1976)

110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Stefano, a young restorer, is commissioned to save a controversial mural located in the church of a small, isolated village.

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Lino Capolicchio, Francesca Marciano, Gianni Cavina, Giulio Pizzirani

Votes: 3,849

Uno de los más logrados giallos que he visto. Perfectamente ambientado en el amenazante marco natural del sur de Italia (sinónimo del mundo incivilizado, los bajos instintos, la brutalidad y el secretismo), el giro final es como para que las ventanas rían, desde luego.

18. Martin (1978)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror

68 Metascore

A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau

Votes: 8,360 | Gross: $0.10M

Magnífico giro de tuerca a la leyenda del vampiro. Trata de un muchacho que asegura ser vampiro, aunque todo el mundo le toma por loco, a excepción de su primo, un fanático religioso que tomará cartas en el asunto.

19. Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

R | 112 min | Horror

A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults.

Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador | Stars: Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros

Votes: 5,214

20. Alucarda (1977)

R | 78 min | Horror, Thriller

After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work?

Director: Juan López Moctezuma | Stars: Claudio Brook, David Silva, Tina Romero, Susana Kamini

Votes: 2,241

21. The Shout (1978)

86 min | Horror, Drama

A traveler by the name of Crossley forces himself upon a musician and his wife in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt, Robert Stephens

Votes: 2,873

22. The Driller Killer (1979)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Harry Schultz

Votes: 5,443

23. Tourist Trap (1979)

PG | 90 min | Horror

A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood

Votes: 5,740

24. The Burning (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua

Votes: 12,474

25. Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker

Votes: 6,617

26. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, Marcia Lewis

Votes: 1,306

27. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

58 Metascore

Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 19,539 | Gross: $11.00M

28. Poison for the Fairies (1984)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror

A 10 year old girl convinces a lonely classmate that she is a witch, forcing the child to become her assistant. Though their games are initially rather naive, they gradually take a nasty and violent turn.

Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada | Stars: Ana Patricia Rojo, Elsa María Gutiérrez, Leonor Llausás, Carmen Stein

Votes: 1,129

Película muy interesante y para nada convencional dentro del género de terror. La historia está relatada siempre desde el punto de vista de dos niñas dispares: una manipuladora y audaz, la otra tímida y sensible. Siempre vale la pena echar un vistazo a las películas del director mexicano Taboada. En mi opinión, esta es una de las mejores.

29. Street of Crocodiles (1986)

Not Rated | 20 min | Animation, Short

Inside a box full of curio, a puppet who is recently freed from his strings explores a dusty and forlorn commercial area. The explorer becomes ensnared into miniature tailor shop by baby-faced dolls.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Star: Feliks Stawinski

Votes: 2,084

30. Tras el cristal (1986)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Horror

In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However, he survives with the entire body paralyzed and dependable of an iron lung with ... See full summary »

Director: Agustí Villaronga | Stars: Günter Meisner, David Sust, Marisa Paredes, Gisèle Echevarría

Votes: 3,431

31. Anguish (1987)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul, Àngel Jové

Votes: 2,745 | Gross: $0.23M

32. StageFright (1987)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of stage actors lock themselves in the theater for a rehearsal of their upcoming musical production, unaware that an escaped psychopath has sneaked into the theater with them.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, Domenico Fiore, Robert Gligorov

Votes: 5,301

33. Waxwork (1988)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror

A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, Jennifer Bassey, Joe Baker

Votes: 8,994 | Gross: $0.81M

34. Paperhouse (1988)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Charlotte Burke, Jane Bertish, Samantha Cahill, Glenne Headly

Votes: 4,666 | Gross: $0.24M

35. Puppetmaster (1989 Video)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Psychics find themselves plotted against by a former colleague, who committed suicide after discovering animated, murderous puppets.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Paul Le Mat, William Hickey, Irene Miracle, Jimmie F. Skaggs

Votes: 7,786

36. Society (1989)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson

Votes: 9,447

37. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 20,234 | Gross: $26.10M

38. Frankenhooker (1990)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen, J.J. Clark

Votes: 7,239 | Gross: $0.21M

39. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 181,360 | Gross: $0.50M

40. Pi (1998)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart

Votes: 155,608 | Gross: $3.22M

41. The Nameless (1999)

R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The mutilated body of a six year old girl is found in a water hole. The girl is identified as the missing daughter of Claudia. However, only two pieces of evidence could be used to identify... See full summary »

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Emma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde, Tristán Ulloa, Toni Sevilla

Votes: 6,478

43. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

Votes: 36,533 | Gross: $8.29M

44. El arte de morir (2000)

R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

In Spain a young artist has gone missing, and a hardened detective takes on the case. Six friends become the focus of the investigation, being pressured for their knowledge of the artist's ... See full summary »

Director: Álvaro Fernández Armero | Stars: Fele Martínez, María Esteve, Gustavo Salmerón, Adrià Collado

Votes: 855

45. The Cat with Hands (2001)

4 min | Animation, Horror, Short

The dark, surreal story of a cat who wants to be human.

Director: Robert Morgan | Stars: Livy Armstrong, Daniel Hogwood-Kane, Victoria Hayes

Votes: 1,427

46. Pon (2002)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number. Her close friend Ho-jung and her husband ... See full summary »

Director: Byeong-ki Ahn | Stars: Ji-won Ha, Yu-mi Kim, Woo-jae Choi, Ji-yeon Choi

Votes: 4,508

47. May (2002)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror

58 Metascore

A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin.

Director: Lucky McKee | Stars: Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, James Duval

Votes: 29,403 | Gross: $0.15M

48. Yogen (2004)

R | 95 min | Horror

While stopped at a roadside phone booth for transmitting his work through the Internet to the university, Professor Hideki Satomi finds a scrap of newspaper with the picture of his ... See full summary »

Director: Norio Tsuruta | Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Noriko Sakai, Maki Horikita, Mayumi Ono

Votes: 3,720

49. Hellbent (2004)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

Halloween in West Hollywood, two guys making out in a park are interrupted by a serial killer. Later that night, a group of gay kids decide to visit to the site of the murders.

Director: Paul Etheredge | Stars: Dylan Fergus, Bryan Kirkwood, Hank Harris, Andrew Levitas

Votes: 2,100 | Gross: $0.19M