SUNSHINE's Top 20 Horror Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not because you can finally get your pumpkin spiced everything that you’ve been waiting for. Not because the leaves are starting to change to beautiful colors. Tis the season of Halloween, bringing with it the annual bingeing of horror flicks, but great horror movies can be hard to find. So I took it upon myself to find some solid horror flicks that you probably haven’t seen (less than 50,000 ratings on IMDB). So let’s get to it.

20. The Void (2016)

This movie teeters between too over the top and perfectly insane. Sometimes it spends too much time in the former category, but overall it's a ridiculous journey worth watching, especially if you enjoy old school 80’s horror.   

19. The Invitation (2015)

This slow burn has a well crafted tone that will leave you feeling uneasy from beginning to end.

18. Stake Land (2010)

The tone is eerie, the horror elements are strong, the score is top notch and blends under this story perfectly, but what really elevates this movie is the strength of the performances and the writer's ability to create strong and interesting characters.

17. Feast (2005)

A solid dose of comedy mixed with buckets of blood gives us a modern monster movie that you should not miss.

16. Pontypool (2008)

This is a nice little pressure cooker. It gives off a claustrophobic feeling and though it’s mostly talk and little action, it delivers more than you might think.

15. Spring (2014)

This international love story takes it’s time with the set up but when you finally get to the desired destination, it totally pays off.

14. The Devil’s Candy (2015)

After making it’s way around some festivals, the latest outing from Sean Byrne finally got released earlier this year. It’s a short and stylish homage to occult films and adds another strong film to Byrne’s resume.

13. Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Filled with wit and charm, Behind the Mask perfectly deconstructs the slasher genre which the creators clearly love. It is incredibly intelligent and has plenty of horror elements that will make genre fans pleased.

12. It Comes at Night (2017)

Movie-goers were somewhat disappointed with the direction of this movie. Though I understand why people had that opinion, I completely disagree. Edgerton and Abbott give masterful performances and Shults proves that the fear of the unknown can be debilitating, horrific, and tragic.

11. A Horrible Way To Die (2010)

Here is a stripped-down thriller that relies on storytelling rather than effects and it flat out delivers. Adam Wingard knows what he is doing behind the camera and when he pairs up with writer, Simon Barrett, it tends to go well.

10. Eyes Without A Face (1960)

This chilling fairy tale of guilt and obsession, that made audiences faint when it was first released, still holds up almost 60 years later and is poetically horrific.

9. Lake Mungo (2008)

Another strong story that uses the framing of a documentary to help shape a creepy movie-going experience that is guaranteed to satisfy those who are patient.

8. Black Christmas (1974)

When you think of incredible slasher movies, very rarely does this movie get mentioned along with the other greats. That is a travesty as this could very well be the best the genre has to offer. The imagery is downright terrifying and it set the stage for all those that came after.

7. The Loved Ones (2009)

Sean Byrne has made two movies and they are both on this list. The Loved Ones is horrifically mesmerizing and filled with so many WTF moments that you will wonder why you are still watching but won’t want to turn away.

6. Honeymoon (2014)

This incredibly uncomfortable film will have your skin tingling by the end of it and its stars (Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway) give two all-out performances that make the horror feel so real because of its roots in real life fears and anxieties.

5. Thirst (2009)

This unique story adds a refreshing breath of life into the Vampire film that has been poorly done so many times before. Add Chan-Wook Park’s insane ability to make every frame breathtakingly beautiful and you have a movie that shouldn’t be missed.

4. Murder Party (2007)

The Horror/Comedy sub-genre is one filled with incredible films but Murder Party may very well be the best!  The first outing from Jeremy Saulnier is top notch, filled with incredible banter, and sports a gnarly finale that is unlike any other.

3. Diabolique (1955)

A noir mystery thriller that is exceedingly good at keeping you guessing throughout. It's dangerously cruel and with no “jump” scares, it's the suspense and chilling tone that leaves you frightened at the end.

2. Raw (2016)

This film is slathered with terrifying imagery that might be best viewed on an empty stomach. It is deliciously unsettling with strong performances that will stick with you long after the movie is over.

1. The House of the Devil (2009)

A nostalgic homage to 70’s horror that is downright perfect! In a cinematic age that relies on jump scares and gore with very little story, The House of The Devil is a beacon of everything that horror movies can, and should be!

The House of the Devil [Blu-ray]
Starring Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, AJ Bowen

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