40 BEST HORROR FILMS YOU MAY NOT HAVE SEEN............

by suspiria56 | created - 26 Jun 2017 | updated - 26 Jun 2017 | Public

A bunch of possibly overlooked horror films to possibly bend your mind.....possibly.

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1. Baxter (1989)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A white Bull Terrier named Baxter is given to an elderly woman by her daughter. As time passes, the dog develops aggressive and murderous behavior in order to be adopted by another family.

Director: Jérôme Boivin | Stars: Lise Delamare, Jean Mercure, Jacques Spiesser, Catherine Ferran

Votes: 1,711

Weird, funny, hints of Ozon, and more weird.

2. Kichiku dai enkai (1997)

100 min | Drama, Horror

While the leader is in jail, his leftist group is controlled by his girlfriend, but her leadership lacks conviction and perspective. When the leader commits suicide in prison, despair and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri | Stars: Shigeru Bokuda, Sumiko Mikami, Shunsuke Sawada, Toshiyuki Sugihara

Votes: 577

A *beep* of a film if ever I've saw one. Imagine having a late night argument with LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT only to discover that said LAST HOUSE was actually the brick sh*thouse you've always feared. Unique and highly disturbing with a social commentary that floors.

3. Wilczyca (1983)

98 min | Horror

Kacper, an ex-guerrilla soldier is chased by a female werewolf, realizes that he is possessed by the spirit of his deceased wife Maryna. He also recognizes the same werewolf symptoms in ... See full summary »

Director: Marek Piestrak | Stars: Krzysztof Jasinski, Iwona Bielska, Stanislaw Brejdygant, Olgierd Lukaszewicz

Votes: 247

Hard to find Polish flick that plays like an old BBC horror adaptation with unique narratives thrown in to make it something else.

4. Baby Blood (1990)

R | 82 min | Horror

When a strange creature crawls into a woman's uterus she becomes a killer in order to feed the tiny terror growing within her.

Director: Alain Robak | Stars: Emmanuelle Escourrou, Christian Sinniger, Jean-François Gallotte, Roselyne Geslot

Votes: 1,306

Okay its flawed for sure, but any film that comes across as a bad-drug-cocktail of Jodorowsky's SANTA SANGRE and most of Lynch's output is well worth a watch. Interesting move to have the female lead naked for most of the film, something that slowly begins to unnerve.

5. Splatter: Naked Blood (1996)

Unrated | 76 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist taints his mother's scientific experiment with his own drug that transforms pain into a pleasurable experience. Unfortunately for the three women involved in the experiment, the drug works a little bit too well.

Director: Hisayasu Satô | Stars: Misa Aika, Yumika Hayashi, Mika Kirihara, Sadao Abe

Votes: 1,747

Most of Sato's stuff could go on here, but NAKED BLOOD might be his most accessible......might be. Incredible make-up effects and a trippy narrative make for a fantastic horror experience.

6. Litan (1982)

88 min | Horror

Nora and Jock arrive in the strange village of Litan during the Festival of the Dead.

Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Marie-José Nat, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Nino Ferrer, Marisa Muxen

Votes: 279

A film that channels Rollin's best work. Unique and dreamlike. It also recalled that out-of-place village bit in HOWLING 2 which was an odd experience to say the least. Just saying.

7. Ebola Syndrome (1996)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Horror

A restaurant employee wanted for murder contracts Ebola by raping a woman in South Africa and starts an outbreak there and in Hong Kong when he returns home.

Director: Herman Yau | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Yeung-Ming Wan, Fui-On Shing, Tsui-Ling Wong

Votes: 3,369

It took me an age to finally getting round to watching this, expecting something completely different. My oh my, what a film. Wong is everything good I'd always heard about. Essential viewing with surprisingly tons of depth considering the much grindhouse elements at play.

8. Home Movie (II) (2008)

R | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

In the remote woods of Upstate New York, David and Clare Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, their twin children's bizarre behavior might just tear the family apart.

Director: Christopher Denham | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Cady McClain, Amber Joy Williams, Austin Williams

Votes: 4,014

I'm a sucker for a found footage, but this one is one of the best. Sinister and not afraid to be taboo. This just pushes out NOROI:THE CURSE as me fave FF flick.

9. Strange Circus (2005)

108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 4,681

Sion Sono can't do much wrong, even when the odd film is poor, there's usually a ton of stuff that is original. STRANGE CIRCUS though is an absolute stunner. Original, unnerving, and deeply affecting, his best film by far.

10. The Manson Family (1997)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, History

56 Metascore

A dramatization of the horrific and notorious Manson Family Murders, in the form of super 8 home movies.

Director: Jim Van Bebber | Stars: Marcelo Games, Marc Pitman, Leslie Orr, Maureen Allisse

Votes: 2,957 | Gross: $0.02M

The short by Van Bebber did the rounds on 3rd/4th generation tapes decades ago, but the resurrection of this into full feature blew me away. One of my favourite underground films ever, that its even released still amazes me to this day. Its arguably also one of the best takes on the family you can found, authentically any road.

11. Amsterdamned (1988)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Horror

A hard-boiled police detective sets out to capture a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the canals of Amsterdam.

Director: Dick Maas | Stars: Huub Stapel, Monique van de Ven, Serge-Henri Valcke, Hidde Maas

Votes: 6,590

A unique little giallo by a skilled director. Tight and highly entertaining.

12. God Told Me To (1976)

R | 91 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney

Votes: 4,045

Cohen's early film is a WTF-is-this sort of film. Amazing and breathtakingly original.

13. Dark Woods (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

5 Norwegians head for a cabin in the wilderness for a few days of team building. But strange things start happening - especially down by the water where they find an abandoned tent. Is there someone else?

Director: Pål Øie | Stars: Bjørn Floberg, Kristoffer Joner, Eva Röse, Sampda Sharma

Votes: 5,093

I watched this under its original title, VILLMARK. Dropped through me letterbox one day and unnerved me throughout.

14. Blackest Heart (1990)

Not Rated | 63 min | Comedy, Horror

In "German Chainsaw Massacre" people meet up with a household of butchers. They detect low cost meat in the East Germans moving over the old boundary into the West and start turning them ... See full summary »

Director: Christoph Schlingensief | Stars: Karina Fallenstein, Susanne Bredehöft, Artur Albrecht, Volker Spengler

Votes: 643

Wow, wow, wow......and Udo Kier. There is not much like THE GERMAN CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

15. Satan's Slave (1976)

R | 86 min | Horror

A young girl is caught up in a devil cult run by her evil uncle and cousin. She can trust no one and even people she thought were dead comes back to haunt her.

Director: Norman J. Warren | Stars: Michael Gough, Martin Potter, Candace Glendenning, Barbara Kellerman

Votes: 1,333

Amazing British chiller from Norman J Warren. As much as I love the horror of Pete Walker, its this Warren gem of similar production and atmospherics that wins out.

16. 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: 3,062 | Gross: $0.23M

Bigas Luna's *beep* horror flick is an absolute mind-bender. Wonderful!

17. Parents (1989)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky

Votes: 5,859 | Gross: $0.87M

Little discussed gem that came out on Vestron here in the UK. It still remains an odd experience, unsettling too.

18. Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

Not Rated | 99 min | Horror

After escaping from an insane asylum, a medical student assumes the identity of a mysterious dead man, who appeared to be his doppelganger, and gets lured to a sinister island ruled by a mad scientist and his malformed men.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Yukie Kagawa, Teruko Yumi, Mitsuko Aoi

Votes: 1,132

What can be said about THE HORROR OF MALFORMED MEN? Just experience it. Its incredible.

19. Sexandroide (1987 Video)

51 min | Horror

A monstrous madman slowly mutilates poor young girls.

Director: Michel Ricaud | Star: Daniel Dubois

Votes: 105

Had to include this. Its probably one of the worst on the list, but by far the most bizarre, Tina Turner and all.

20. Giallo a Venezia (1979)

91 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

In Venice a detective is on the trail of a killer who commits a double murder (a married couple) then more grisly killings occur. Sex, drugs, gore and perversions are ingredients of this sadistic and sleazy giallo.

Director: Mario Landi | Stars: Leonora Fani, Jeff Blynn, Gianni Dei, Michele Renzullo

Votes: 686

Nasty piece of giallo bonkers. See this on the big screen with the sound turned up and it might just send you insane.

21. Awakening of the Beast (1970)

93 min | Drama, Horror

Psychiatrist experiments LSD on 4 volunteers, to investigate Coffin Joe's influence over them. Each patient presents a different reaction, involving sex, perversion and sadism.

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: José Mojica Marins, Ângelo Assunção, Ronaldo Beibe, Andreia Bryan

Votes: 994

My favourite Coffin Joe. Granted I was altered at the time in tandem with the films narrative, but it is an odd experience regardless.

22. Squirm (1976)

PG | 92 min | Horror

A storm causes some power lines to break and touch the ground, drawing millions of man-eating worms out of the earth, and into town where they quickly start munching on the locals.

Director: Jeff Lieberman | Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan

Votes: 4,930

Just pips BLUE SUNSHINE as me fave Lieberman film. At first glance, all comes across as a conventional nature runs amok flick, but theres tons at play, and some very odd dialogue to boot.

23. The Living and the Dead (2006)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A descent into Hell is triggered when "Ex-Lord" Donald Brocklebank finds that he must leave Longleigh House for London to find a way to pay for the medical treatments for his wife Nancy. ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Rumley | Stars: Leo Bill, Roger Lloyd Pack, Kate Fahy, Sarah Ball

Votes: 2,182

Simon Rumley's debut is a belter

24. Jack the Ripper (1976)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A serial killer whose mother was a prostitute starts killing streetwalkers as a way of paying back his mother for her abuse.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Josephine Chaplin, Andreas Mannkopff, Herbert Fux

Votes: 1,389

Uncle Jess gives is a classy take on the Ripper mythos. Its a brilliant film with Kinski in fine form.

25. The Girl Next Door (2007)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

29 Metascore

Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt...and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Director: Gregory Wilson | Stars: William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, Kevin Chamberlin

Votes: 21,878

Not read the Ketchum novel but this is disturbing to say the least.

26. H (1990)

94 min | Drama

Two junkies lock themselves in an underground apartment in a desperate attempt to wean themselves off heroin.

Director: Darrell Wasyk | Stars: Martin Neufeld, Pascale Montpetit, Ingrid Veninger, Bruce Beaton

Votes: 132

Incredible experience. Intense and claustrophobic. Heroin is deffo not per se

27. Next Door (2005)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

John has just been left by his girlfriend Ingrid. That day he allows himself to be seduced into a mystical and scary world, where it is impossible to separate truth from the lies

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Julia Schacht, Anna Bache-Wiig

Votes: 8,300

Surreal and manipulative. Like a modern take on Polanski's THE TENANT

28. Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bach

Votes: 2,378

Me fave giallo. Just sublime in every way. From its convoluted narrative to the music to the often surreal turns by the actors involved.

29. Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

R | 110 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

49 Metascore

Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Eva Bourne, Michael J Rogers, Scott Hylands, Rondel Reynoldson

Votes: 11,315 | Gross: $0.06M

Absolutely incredible cinematic journey across many sub-genres of horror and sci-fi. A unique experience that manages to be highly original with one of the finest soundtracks you can find. Reminds me of Cronenberg's early work. A must see.

30. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura

Votes: 46,268 | Gross: $0.78M

Forget Studio Ghibli, Satoshi Kon is exactly where its at. Aronofsky, bow your head in shame.

31. The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith

Votes: 8,253

Amazing oldie that creeps the hell out of me.

32. 301/302 (1995)

Unrated | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two obsessive-compulsives, a chef and an anorexic writer, are neighbors in an apartment building. The chef (301) tries to entice her neighbor to eat with fabulous meals. The writer (302) ... See full summary »

Director: Cheol-su Park | Stars: Eun-jin Pang, Sin-hye Hwang, Chu-Ryun Kim

Votes: 940

Barely even known on these shores never mind seen. Find it and have a highly entertaining experience. The least known the better, mind.

33. El ciclo (2003)

9 min | Short, Horror

A naked, blood-soaked man throws a corpse into a dimly lit basement. The cadaver lands against another body.

Director: Víctor García | Star: Jacob Torres

Votes: 166

My favourite horror short. Achieves much.Probably more than the rest of Garcia's output once he sold out.

34. Lake of the Dead (1958)

76 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

A group of friends travel to a cabin in the Norwegian forest. It's a rumor that at night a crazy man can be heard screaming at a lake nearby the cabin.

Director: Kåre Bergstrøm | Stars: André Bjerke, Bjørg Engh, Henki Kolstad, Per Lillo-Stenberg

Votes: 1,589

Slow burning horror that is top of its game.

35. Aftermath (1994)

Not Rated | 30 min | Short, Horror

A short film wherein a man working in a morgue mutilates and defiles one of the corpses.

Director: Nacho Cerdà | Stars: Pep Tosar, Jordi Tarrida, Ángel Tarris, Xevi Collellmir

Votes: 4,940

Amazing and taboo pushing.

36. Evil Dead Trap (1988)

102 min | Horror

A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life when a small, fetus-like creature murders her crew.

Director: Toshiharu Ikeda | Stars: Miyuki Ono, Aya Katsuragi, Hitomi Kobayashi, Eriko Nakagawa

Votes: 2,046

A Japanese giallo? A meta-slasher film? Commentary on gender repression? Whatever. EDT (and its odd sequel) is a must horror watch.

37. Combat Shock (1984)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A dangerously disturbed Vietnam veteran struggles with life 15 years after his return home, and slowly falls into insanity from his gritty urban lifestyle.

Director: Buddy Giovinazzo | Stars: Rick Giovinazzo, Veronica Stork, Mitch Maglio, Asaph Livni

Votes: 2,431

Wow. Just *beep* wow. Underground horror film-making at its best.

38. Cure (1997)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa

Votes: 9,005 | Gross: $0.09M

My favourite horror director. KAIRO is a phenomenal experience, as dark as they come. But you've heard of the remake, no doubt. So this. Words don't do it justice

39. Kidnapped (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards.

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas | Stars: Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener, Guillermo Barrientos

Votes: 6,835

SECUESTRADOS - an incredible horror experience that is relentless. Amazing direction too.

40. Alléluia (2014)

Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Horror, Romance

72 Metascore

Fervidly dark lovesick horror inspired by the real-life criminal duo, the Lonely Hearts Killers.

Director: Fabrice du Welz | Stars: Lola Dueñas, Laurent Lucas, Héléna Noguerra, Édith Le Merdy

Votes: 2,376 | Gross: $0.01M

CALVAIRE, one of my fave horrors. But this seemingly came and went without notice. Watch it now. Its amazing.



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