Horror Movies You May Have Missed
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These are some movies that you may have missed in the theaters or on the dvd shelf. Some may have missed them because they were too young at the time of release. Some may have missed them because of limited release. For whatever reason, these movies need to be seen by the horror movie fan.
Some movies on this list may not be considered part of the actual horror genre but should be of interest to the horror fan.
Here is my list, in no particular order.
This movie builds the suspense extremely well. Session 9 is set at the condemned Danvers State Insane Asylum, a building seemed built just for a horror movie (see pic below).
A haz-mat team contracted to clear the building of asbestos is the base premise of this little known thriller. A series of old reel to reel audio tapes found by one of the workers sets off the suspense. The tapes contain sessions with a patient suffering from multiple personalities. As the worker listens (over a period of days), it is revealed that there is a particular personality that the doctor wants to talk to. Finally, in the tape labeled "Session 9", this personality comes out to talk. Watch the movie and find out what is revealed.
This is a biography of Ed Gein, who is the inspiration for Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs) and Norman Bates (Psycho).
Gein was a disturbed individual who practiced graverobbing, not for monetary reasons but for body parts. One of his insane goals was to create a female suit made of actual skin! Due to the provoking of his dead mother, he eventually graduates to murder .
This movie is actually a very well made and accurate depiction of the disturbed murderer. Great acting, directing and writing.
Return of the Living Dead
This is such a funny and entertaining movie. I don't need to go into details. The dead coming to life hungering for brains is all you need to know. Watch for the great performance of James Karen. (pictured with head biting finger)
Return of the Living Dead
Crazy movie! Funny and gross. Think of it as a comedic and violent Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Watch it and you will laugh and then puke.
Road trip from hell! This is one of Brad Pitt's greatest roles. He plays an ultra white trash freak that doesn't mind a little murder.
David Duchovny plays an author on a road trip of morbid sights involving serial killers in the US. In order to save money, he posts a car/gas share ad. Unfortunately for him, Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis answer the ad.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Disturbing and a little too realistic, almost like a snuff film.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is loosely based on the life of serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole. This movie was originally shot in 1986 and given the X-rating due to the graphic depiction of the killings. It was finally released 1989 as unrated.
Just a little trivia: Ottis Toole confessed to the infamous kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh (John Walsh's son, made famous by the TV movie Adam). This confession is thought to be false; just sick bravado on Toole's part.
Update: On December 16 2008, Ottis Toole was confirmed as the killer of Adam Walsh.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Slightly based on Little Red Riding Hood with Reese Witherspoon the girl and Kiefer Sutherland as the wolf.
Witherspoon plays a hitchhiker trying to get to her grandmothers house and gets picked up by seemingly meek Sutherland. Unfortunately for her, he turns out to be the I-5 Killer.
This is an unpredictable dark comedy that is worth checking out.
Weird and trippy. The title character is a teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) who suffers from schizophrenia. When Donnie begins to see a giant demonic-like rabbit that tells him that the world will end in 28 days, he is not sure (as well as the viewer) whether it is a hallucination or genuine.
Very cool movie! Donnie Darko has risen to the rank of cult classic. Great soundtrack too.
Great premise: med students who experiment with the afterlife by stopping each other's hearts then bringing them back to life. They soon find out that the afterlife is nothing to play with. They each bring back personal ghosts that haunt them in their flesh and blood lives.
Flatliners stars some great young 80's actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon.
Another trippy movie. Jacob's Ladder is about a Vietnam vet that experiences very disturbing hallucinations years after the war. These visions, he believes, are due to an experimental drug that was tested on his platoon. This drug was supposed make the soldiers more aggressive in combat but had horrible results when tested in the field.
Jacob searches out his old platoon buddies to find out if they are having the same visions. He runs into many obstacles during his quest to find the cause and cure for his hallucinations. What he finds on his search is something unexpected to him and the viewer.
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