Best horror films you’ve probably never seen

Best horror films you’ve probably never seen

Note: If you don’t have Sky, Amazon, DVD or Netflix try alternatives like Shudder.

April Fool’s Day
I can understand why no one has watched this film. A group of teens go to a remote place and are killed by a psycho. Everyone would rather watch Ft13th. At first, I was disappointed – all the kills were offscreen. However, with good characters and one of the best twist endings, the film turned into a fresh, satirical and genuinely (intentionally) funny film.
Way to watch it: Netflix

Peeping Tom (1960)
Not even some of the most hard-core horror fans have seen Michael Powell’s masterpiece that unfortunately killed his career. The film is often overshadowed by Psycho, but honestly, Peeping Tom is a much better psychological thriller and holds up better.
Way to watch it: Amazon

Dead of Night
Dead of Night is a truly fantastic anthology. Don’t confuse this with the 70’s flick Dead of Night, which is also know as The Night Andy Came Home and Deathdream. Dead of Night is a creepy 40’s chiller which raises goose-bumps while keeping blood to a minimum.
Way to watch it: Amazon

Happy Birthday to Me
Happy Birthday to Me is by no means a good film. It is campy, cheesy, forgettable and often ludicrous. It’s pure trash. However, it’s fun trash with inventive kills (someone gets a shish kebab stick shoved down their throat) as well as a creepy ending.
Way to watch it: Netflix

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
This is one of my favourite ‘camp’ films, yet it can still be scarily serious at times. Boasting unforgettable performances, this film inspired books and films like Misery and even Friday the 13th (more Misery, but any horror with a femme fatal was influenced by this ‘hag horror’.
Way to watch: Amazon

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
If you are a regular reader, you know how much I urge that this beautiful Vincent Price masterpiece should get more attention. This is one of the more memorable satanic horrors from the 60’s/70’s.
Way to watch: I managed to record a showing on Sky but you might have to get it on DVD.

The Haunting (1963)
You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror. This is relatively tame by today’s standards, but’s it hard to not be able to appreciate this influential masterpiece. The grand design of the is just the icing on the cake.
Way to watch: DVD

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
The film came out when the slasher sub-genre was overtaken by remakes, Scream imitators, torture films and sequels. Like Scream, it is a meta-horror that is surprisingly fresh, clever and entertaining flick.
Way to watch: Amazon

Creep
By far the best found-footage film, (sorry Paranormal Activity) Creep is an over-looked little horror flick that gets under one’s skin. That wolf-mask is truly the stuff nightmares are made of. It follows a camera-man who is hired by a dying man to follow him about but he begins to believe the man has a sinister agenda.
Way to watch: Netflix

Creep 2
I am so glad Creep got a sequel, and while it isn’t as great as the original it still contains the wolf-mask. This time, the man from the first film enlists the help of a YouTube presenter to make a documentary about his life of a serial killer.
Way to watch: Netflix

The Endless
At times, The Endless can be slightly incoherent and it doesn’t reach it is full potential, but the film holds something most modern horror films lack – ambition. The film is an experimental film – it is a weird horror/sci-fi hybrid that is actually intriguing to watch.
Way to watch: Sky

Tales from the Crypt
This anthology may not be the best (Dead of Night is superior in every way) but for the amazing segment And All Through the House, it earned a place in horror history. Admittedly though, all the other segments may range from good to entirely forgettable but is redeemed by the already mentioned first segment and the fantastic twist.
Way to watch: Amazon

Black Christmas (1974)
I’ve saved the best for last! Before Bob Clark made the beloved The Christmas Story, he directed this terrifying little slasher film predating the ‘first’ slasher film Halloween by 4 years. Slasher films are far from scary but after this film I sat in utter silence once the credits had rolled. I went into this film expecting an easy watch but I was breathless. From the creepy taunts on the phone (the stuff the antagonist says is shocking – even by today’s standards) to the first kill, this film is one scary thrill-ride. Two bits stand out to me the most though – the first is when the killer suffocates someone with a plastic bag and places her in a rocking chair, where he continues to rock the victim back and forth as he psychotically sings to her. The 2nd is where the main character goes upstairs to get her friends but finds the killer’s eye peering through the crack of the door.
Way to watch: Amazon

So that’s my list. I am struggling to find a good horror film to watch on Sky, Amazon or Netflix and I’m going to HMV soon. Are there any recommendations. So far, I want to watch Les Dioboliques, When a Stranger Calls, Basket Case, Slumber Party Massacre, Repulsion, Ring (I can’t find the original anywhere), The Burning and a couple more I can’t remember off the top of my head. Hopefully I’ll be able to watch one of these soon (I’m already aware HMV have Slumber Party Massacre.)

2 thoughts on “Best horror films you’ve probably never seen

  1. Quite a few classics here. Happy Birthday to Me is a favorite of mine. I love the music and the pointless twist ending tacked on to the end. The whole movie has a weird vibe that I can’t put into words.

    I enjoyed Creep a lot. My wife lied to me and told me it was a comedy. I believed her until the end. The best way to watch Creep is not knowing that people will die. Of course, you can only do that once. Great acting and improv, and some really hilarious quotes. Creep 2 is an example of a sequel done right. Expand on the story, flesh out the characters, go a different direction, don’t just remake the first film.

    Tales from the Crypt is one of my favorite Amicus films. “Blind Alleys” was the segment that stayed with me as a kid. I prefer the film version of “And All Through the House” to the one from the TV series.

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  2. After Happy Birthday to Me I wasn’t sure what I had watched. It may be the weirdest slasher film I’ve seen but that’s actually positive. I prefer the first Creep but I think the sequel took the series in another interesting direction. I hope they make more Creep films. I heard the episode “And All Through the House” is a lot scarier than the segment though I’ve never seen it. I also love the segment “Poetic Justice” it’s very eerie towards the end. Also check out Vault of Horror and Dr Terror’s House of Horror’s – they’re in the same franchise (I watched them after I made this list though.) They aren’t as good but they are still delightfully macabre and enjoyable. 🙂

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