22 Surprisingly Good Horror Movies That Don't Get the Attention They Deserve

Bethany Quinn | Oct 10, 2018 Movies
22 Surprisingly Good Horror Movies That Don't Get the Attention They Deserve
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With Halloween fast approaching, the time has come to turn down the lights, grab the popcorn, snuggle up with a loved one, and indulge in a super scary movie. For most Halloween lovers, the spooky festivities last a whole month -- not just the night of October 31. Of course, any horror film lover will say that it doesn't have to be October to be able to enjoy a good scary film, but nothing puts one in the mood for a good scary movie like the feeling of fall in the air and Halloween decorations on every corner!

(Yup, we're getting the feels and chills!)

That's why we've rounded up some of the scariest films that do not get the props they deserve. Of course, picking an old favorite like --The Exorcist, Carrie, or even Scream -- is a no-brainer, but there are also dozens and dozens of horror films that have flown under the radar and are sure to scare the pants off of the most seasoned horror film buff.

The 22 movies listed might not have garnered tons of money at the box office, and might have been slammed by critics, but they are definitely fan favorites -- or undiscovered gems -- that pack some pretty horrifying punches (in a good way). While the plot lines might seem a little far-fetched, the scares in these films are real and intense!

While we know it's great to get the kids in on the Halloween action, these films are best enjoyed while they are asleep. (Just try not to wake them up with screams of terror!) From hauntings to scary clowns, to remakes of old classics, these 22 films are sure to satisfy any spooky craving.

Check it out, and Happy Halloween!

  • 'Darkness'


    Anna Paquin stars as a young girl whose family moves into their country house, only to find strange, supernatural-like things keep happening. She looks into the house's history, and discovers secrets about its dark past.

  • 'The Babadook'


    This one is a bone-chiller!

    A single mom is struggling with the death of her husband, all the while dealing with her son's terrors of a monster lurking in their house. The son's visions get so bad that he suffers a seizure. As it turns out, the demon is the real!

    The ending is definitely one for the books!

  • 'You're Next'


    This slasher flick follows the Davison family as they come together to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary. While they are repairing family ties, they are attacked by assailants who torment and kill throughout the film. Help eventually arrives but, for most, it's too late.

  • 'The Collector'


    Twists and turns show up in this movie right from the beginning. When a man tries to rob a wealthy family, he quickly realizes that he is not the only bad guy in the house. Villain becomes victim in this crazy film.

  • 'Hush'


    A deaf woman, Maddie, lives alone in the woods and is attacked by a man who killed her neighbor. An epic game of cat and mouse is played that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats. Maddie's deafness plays a key role in the film and just heightens the scares!

  • 'When a Stranger Calls'


    This remake stars Camilla Belle as a babysitter for a wealthy family who gets terrorized by a mysterious caller. She tries to save herself and the children she is babysitting, but has to put up a brutal fight along the way.

    (Seriously, turn the lights on for this one.)

  • 'REC'


    The lines of reality and fiction are definitely blurred in this "found footage" horror film. A journalist and her cameraman follow firefighters into a burning building, only to get trapped inside and terrorized by the occupants in this zombie-like film.

  • 'Dead Silence'


    People who loved Chucky will love this film. A man and his wife receive a ventriloquist doll that results in such a horrible tragedy. The man travels to his hometown to try to uncover the reasons behind what's going on and, in the process, uncovers more than he bargained for.

  • 'Bug'


    This movie will make anyone's skin crawl ... literally. In the film, Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon's characters think they are infested by bugs that are essentially eating them alive. While it sounds like a true nightmare, the bugs are invisible to everyone but them.

    So are the bugs real or not? That is the question.

  • 'The Orphanage'


    In this film, a mom buys the orphanage where she grew up in the hopes of turning it into a home for sick children ... only to have her own sick child disappear in the process. The film's heartbreaking scenes are only overshadowed by the frightening ones.

  • 'It Follows'


    This horror film follows a young woman at college who gets haunted by a mysterious creature after having sex with her boyfriend. She employs the help of her friends to get rid of the entity, and many people die along the way.

    Did we mention there's a lot of sex that goes on? Da*n college kids!

  • Wes Craven's 'New Nightmare'


    Wes Craven was the king of horror, and in this film, he put a twist on his classic character, Freddy Kruger. In New Nightmare, Freddy is a fictional movie character who comes to life and targets the cast and crew of his films -- in a movie-inside-of-a-movie type of way.

    Note: This is not the Freddy Kruger we are used to. This guy is a lot less funny, and a lot more scary!

  • 'Last Shift'


    This film follows a rookie cop, Jessica Loren, as she takes the "last shift" at a deserted police precinct that's about to close. Things go terribly wrong, and Jessica is met with a frightening cast of characters just before a twist at the end.

  • 'Stay Alive'


    Several friends play an online horror game, only to find themselves murdered in the same way that they died in the game. They race to solve the mystery of the game to ultimately "stay alive," and are met with many scary twists and turns.

  • 'The Slumber Party Massacre'


    The title pretty much says it all. In this flick from the '80s, an escaped mental patient crashes a high school girl's slumber party while her parents are away for the weekend. The killer uses a power drill as his weapon of choice, and we'll just say things get gory at some point. The Slumber Party Masacre was originally conceived as a parody before it was made into a serious film, so viewers might enjoy a few chuckles in between the horror.

  • 'The Descent'


    Six women go cave diving in this horror film that garnered two sequels. As they go underground, they are hunted by creatures that try to eat them. Friendships are tested, and it's a true survival of the fittest story that's peppered by the women's strained dynamics.

  • 'The Taking Of Deborah Logan'


    In this film, a documentary team sets out to follow an elderly woman, Deborah Logan, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease -- only to find out that something seriously supernatural is going on. The filmmakers got way more than they bargained for.

  • 'Pulse'


    Kristin Bell stars in this haunting thriller about a woman whose boyfriend killed himself. She and her group of friends then start receiving strange messages as many of the kids at their college go missing.

  • 'Dark Water'


    When Dahlia, played by Jennifer Connelly, moves into a new home with her daughter, they realize they are plagued by a mysterious dark water leaking from the walls. When a ghost is revealed, things get pretty scary to say the least.

  • 'Session 9'


    This film takes place in a mental hospital, so we already know it's going to be a scary one. The main character, Gordon, gets possessed and does unthinkable things to his friends and family. Mysteries are solved, and many people die along the way.

  • 'The Orphan'


    Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard star as heartbroken parents who adopt a little girl, only to be terrorized by her. There are a number of twists and turns that are absolutely shocking, and the acting is absolutely stellar!

  • 'Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knights'


    This film takes place in a church that doubles as a boarding house with a large cast of characters. Some are familiar faces -- like Jada Pinkett Smith and Billy Zane. It stays true to the essence of the franchise with The Collector terrorizing his prey until a new Collector is revealed.

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