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Monday, October 18, 2010

Guest List: Death Rattle's Favorite Underrated Horror

Aaron over at The Death Rattle Blog & The Gentlemen's Blog to Midnite Cinema is the proprietor of today's list. Good stuff!

#1 CEMETERY MAN (1994; Michele Soavi) - Anyone who's seen this and acknowledges it as being more of a twisted love story than a zombie movie would probably agree that it's pretty good, but I honestly think it's one of the best Euro-horror movies ever made. In the big scheme of things, pretty underrated.

#2 LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH (1971; John D. Hancock) - When you have a lead character with mental problems being supposedly haunted by a ghost, the question is raised as to whether what you're seeing is the real deal or all a part of her imagination, and this is what makes the film so effective. It's a generally well-done and genuinely creepy movie that doesn't nearly get as much attention as it deserves.

#3 MARTIN (1977; George A. Romero) - This early George Romero film is understandably overshadowed by his zombie movies, but there's no denying that MARTIN is one of the better unconventional vampire movies out there. A strange film with somewhat of a cult following, but still underrated, in my opinion.

#4 SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS (1988; Michael A. Simpson) - Not as iconic or shocking as the original SLEEPAWAY CAMP, but quite possibly more satisfying in terms of being a fun and gory slasher movie. Gotta love the kick-ass 80s Metal soundtrack.

#5 ROGUE (2007; Greg McLean) - A gory and nicely-shot killer crocodile movie from down under, courtesy of WOLF CREEK director Greg McLean. Great cast, scary croc, and a nightmare-come-true for people who have a fear of dark water (*raises hand*).

#6 SIMON, KING OF THE WITCHES (1971; Bruce Kessler) - I wouldn't exactly call this a "horror movie", but it does deal with the supernatural and black magic, so I guess it kinda counts. This is a pretty interesting character study and an underrated film in general. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out.

#7 TOURIST TRAP (1979; David Schmoeller) - Not so much underrated as it is a bizarre little film that everyone needs to see at some point in their lives. A creepy villain who dresses up like an oversized ventriloquist puppet and has telekinetic powers. Tanya Roberts in a tube top and short shorts. Need I say more?

#8 JEEPERS CREEPERS (2001; Victor Salva) - Yes, Victor Salva likes little boys. I'm sure he'll burn in Hell when he dies, but for now can we please get beyond the man's personal life and accept JEEPERS CREEPERS as being one of the best original horror movies of the last decade?

#9 DEMONS 2 (1986; Lamberto Bava) - Better than the first one. Yeah, I said it!

#10 BELL FROM HELL (1973; Claudio Guerin) - This is a psychological horror movie from Spain that really takes liberties with its viewers and their expectations, and that's all I can really say about it. You can find it lurking amongst the public domain horror movie box sets of the world.


Zombie Mom said...

Love me some "Tourist Trap"...great list!!

Sleepycris said...

Awesome list! Jeepers Creepers never fails to do exactly that, give me the creeps! The scene when they see him dumping the body down that shaft is total chills. Very underrated film.

The Back of Forest Whitakers Neck said...

Never heard of Simon, it looks interesting, think i'm gonna have to track that down. Props with Tourist Trap, I love those weird PG horror films. Bad ass list.

Aaron said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I just watched TOURIST TRAP for the first time earlier this year and fell in love with it. What a bizarre movie. Neck, you should definitely track down SIMON.

Hal said...

I forgot all about A BELL FROM HELL, which I have on DVD. Very interesting and we can only imagine how much better the film might have turned out if not for Claudio Guerin Hill's tragic and fatal accident before the film was finished. Certainly not for the squeamish.