When it comes to horror, everyone knows about classics such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Halloween.” But there are thousands of horror movies worth watching out there! We encourage you to step outside your comfort zone this weekend and pursue some of our favorite underrated horror movies that pack plenty of good scares. Take a look at 10 of the most underrated horror movies of all time in the gallery below, then let us know your favorite horror movie from this list in the comments section on social media.
One of the best devices a director can use in horror is disrupting one of the five senses. In “Hush,” the protagonist is deaf and unable to speak, which leads to one of the most unique and suspenseful home invasion-style slashers created to date. Plus it’s available on Netflix, what’s not to love?
“You’re Next” (2011)
A strained family dynamic always adds to a horror script and “You’re Next” delivers plenty of shocking twists and turns. Although the masks used by the assailants aren’t the most menacing in all of horror, they’re still extremely effective and impactful. This is definitely a film we could see deserving a sequel in the coming future.
Found footage was all the rage during the early 2010s and one of our all-time favorites is 2014’s “Creep.” “Creep” follows a videographer who travels to a remote cabin to shoot video for a man dying of an inoperable brain tumor, however, the whole ordeal soon becomes incredibly insidious. Unlike many found footage films, instead of focusing on the paranormal, it highlights the horrors of mankind.
“Goodnight Mommy” (2014)
While foreign horror films have gained more recognition in recent years, many still haven’t gained the proper recognition. This film follows a mother who undergoes extreme cosmetic and returns home to her twin boys with her face covered in bandages. Upon her arrival, the twins soon suspect that this woman is an imposter and pure chaos ensues—with a twist ending that even seasoned horror fans won’t see coming.
“Tourist Trap” (1979)
If you’re a fan of classic horror, this is the film for you. “Tourist Trap” employs many traditional horror trophes but features a plot that’s entirely unique. It’s definitely a must-watch for fans of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “The Hills Have Eyes” and “House of Wax.”
“Drag Me to Hell” (2009)
Sam Raimi is best known for creating the “Evil Dead” series, which frequently eclipses his other horror works, including “Drag Me to Hell.” This film follows a loan officer, who in order to impress her boss, doesn’t extend an elderly women’s mortgage and is given a frightening curse. This curse terrorizes her with escalating torment until, as the title implies, is literally dragged to hell.
“It Follows” (2014)
Although “It Follows” is beloved, it is a one-off film when the plot could have easily sustained a franchise. The film follows a college student who’s plagued by a supernatural entity that’s passed on through a sexual encounter. This is a film that not only scares, but leaves audiences wanting more and deciphering the symbolism it provides.
“Would You Rather” (2012)
Everyone knows the game “would you rather” and it was only a matter of time before it made it’s way into a horror movie in some shape or form. The film features an impressive ensemble cast of characters, each with their own motivations that add to the complexity of the dinner game that promises an impressive cash prize. It’s definitely a worthy companion to other torture-survival films such as “Saw” and “Circle.”
“The Belko Experiment” (2017)
If you’re a fan of “The Purge” series, then you’ll absolutely love “The Belko Experiment.” This film follows a group of American office workers who’re employed abroad in Colombia and one day, upon coming to work, they’re locked inside and told that they must begin killing each other. The film was written by James Gunn, before he began focusing on superhero movies, and features one of the largest kill counts we’ve seen in horror.
“The Autopsy of Jane Doe” (2016)
An autopsy is spooky enough, now just add mysterious and supernatural elements. We definitely don’t recommend this film if you’re squeamish around gore, however, it’s a must see for those fascinated by human anatomy and death. Plus, this film certainly wins over horror films with it’s use of jump scares.