If you’ve read my first post, you’ll know that I love horror movies. From slashers to zombie movies to the spine-tingling psychological flicks, I love them all. I try to steer clear from movies with pointless gore though, but I do have seen a good amount of those too. Nowadays, like most horror fans, I find it hard to find a good horror film to watch. Either I find it boring, stupid or too predictable. But sometimes, you find a diamond in the rough. Since it’s the best time of the year to scare the crap out of ourselves, I’ve compiled a list of ten of my favorite horror films that you probably haven’t watched yet.
- Pontypool (2008)
Starring Stephen McHattie and his wife Lisa Houle, this movie gives a new spin on films with virus outbreak plots. This is one of those horror movies that does not rely on blood and gore for it to be scary. It’s slow-paced, but it’s thrilling and super creepy.
2-3. The Collector (2009) and The Collection (2012)
The Collector is about a guy named Arkin (played by Josh Stewart) who, due to his wife’s debts from a loan shark, attempts to rob a house but ends up being the latest victim of a demented serial killer. This is one of those gory horror films that I’ve truly enjoyed. If you love gore, you won’t be disappointed with this film. It does have some plot holes though, but it’s all good.
Its sequel, The Collection, follows Arkin as he helps a group of mercenaries rescue the latest victim of this serial killer. The scene at the club is my favorite. This sequel, answers all the questions you probably have in the first movie. You also learn a bit of the serial killer’s history on the radio near the end of the movie. I love this film because the ending was so satisfying. Okay, I’m tempted to share too much now. Moving on…
- Catacombs (2007)
Starring Shannyn Sossamon and Pink, this movie is about a woman who gets invited to Paris by her sister to de-stress. Things turn for the worse when they go to a rave in the catacombs of Paris where it is said that a killer who was raised by a satanic cult, lives there and kills people who gets lost inside the catacombs. This movie has a claustrophobic feel to it so it gave me the heebie-jeebies.
- The Sacrament (2013)
I know a lot of horror fans are sick with the found footage genre but this film is surprisingly good. It’s about a news team and a man named Patrick who travel to Eden Parish, a religious community located in the middle of nowhere to get in touch his sister who have joined the commune. This film is inspired by the Jonestown Massacre of 1978. I’m intrigued by cult stories and experiences so I enjoyed this one.
- Come Back To Me (2014)
To me, this is one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in years. It’s about a married woman named Sarah who, after a car accident, experiences blackout and night terrors. She also ends up getting pregnant, even though her husband Josh is sterile. When you watch this film, you’ll probably have a lot of predictions just like I had. I was wrong.This movie has one of the best endings that I’ve watched.
- Eat (2014)
This is another movie for those gore fans out there. This low-budget film has a very simple plot: Novella McClure is a struggling actress in her early thirties who hasn’t booked a gig in over three years. As her problems pile up, she develops a very strange coping method. I’ll admit I had to look away from the screen several times when I saw this movie.
- Dead Snow (2009)
Dead Snow is a Norwegian zombie splatter film directed by Tommy Wirkola. It’s about a group of medical students going on a ski trip where they encounter a group of Nazi zombies. I know this sounds ridiculous and it probably is, but hey, it’s really entertaining you won’t mind. This movie is really gory but fun. I remember watching this movie because a friend told me it scared the hell out of her but I laughed my butt off the entire time. It also has a sequel, released last year which is also good.
9. Eden Lake (2008)
This film stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective) as a couple who decides to go on a romantic camping in the woods for the weekend. Now this isn’t your typical camping horror story where a masked killer comes in and terrorizes the protagonists in the middle of the night. I won’t say much so I don’t spoil it, but do watch this as it has a fresh take on these kinds of horror films. There’s good amount of gore here too. The ending really got to me. It was really disturbing.
10. Suicide Club (2001)
Suicide Club (2001) is a horror film by director Sion Sono. Japanese horror films are known to be very gory and this movie is definitely one of them. It’s about a string of unrelated suicides happening around the Japan and the detectives who try to solve the mystery behind it. I watched the unrated version and it gave me nightmares for days.
Halloween’s tomorrow, so this watchlist is perfect for a horror movie marathon. Of course, we all have different tastes, so you may find some of these films entertaining, and some, crappy. Let me know in the comments which ones you liked or hated. Enjoy!
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