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10 lesser known yet scary horror films

Updated on August 17, 2013

Horror: One intriguing genre

Whenever you hear the word "horror" in your vicinity, you get excited, your adrenaline levels pump up and you might even get goosebumps. Horror movies: some enjoy it, some are easily scared and the weak-hearted avoid to discuss about them altogether. Over the last few decades we've had some truly spectacular horror entertainment by the finest directors and we've enjoyed them to the fullest. The antagonist can be a monster or a ghost or just a figment of our imagination but they're down right scary.

What this lens is about 10 rare gems among horror films which are not as popular as the best are but they do succeed to scare the sh*t out of you. Some of you might have heard about them, some of you might have seen a few but I recently came by them and watched them all in a single month.

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Lost Highway - Released in: 1997

Lost Highway 1997
Lost Highway 1997

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

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The devil's backbone - Released in: 2001

The devil's backbone 2001
The devil's backbone 2001

The story is about the after effects of the 1939 civil war and a bloody orphanage run by a nasty head mistress and an evil caretaker. An explosion and the soldiers find that they're not the only one there.

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The tale of two sisters - Released in: 2003

The tale of two sisters 2003
The tale of two sisters 2003

A Japanese occult which managed to scare the hell out of me. The sisters' acting is so powerful, they literally draw you in the movie. Nothing melodramatic, pure fear. A haunting in their family causes more deaths.

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The Jacket - Released in: 2005

The Jacket 2005
The Jacket 2005

A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them where Adrien Brody plays a wonderful role as the protagonist and Kiera Knightly was as charming as ever.

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Jacob's Ladder - Released in: 1990

Jacob's Ladder 1990
Jacob's Ladder 1990

I thought The Shawshank Redemption was Tim Robbins' only good movie before I watched Jacob's Ladder. He's a Vietnam war survivor soldier in distress when he's attacked by some foul looking creatures in the subway and also gets a glimpse of his dead son.

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The Shining - Released in: 1980

The Shining 1980
The Shining 1980

If it's a Jack Nicholson movie, you'll expect some epic acting from the veteran star and yes he delivered a superb piece of drama. It's the story about a family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

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I saw the devil - Released in: 2010

I saw the devil 2010
I saw the devil 2010

This time a South Korean beauty in which the actors perform hard hitting roles. When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge

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Vacancy - Released in: 2007

Vacancy 2007
Vacancy 2007

A young married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film

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Shutter - Released in: 2004

Shutter 2004
Shutter 2004

A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

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Grindhouse - Released in: 2007

Grindhouse 2007
Grindhouse 2007

Planet Terror and Death Proof, two superb feature films which are under rated gems of the horror genre.

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      blancaverome 4 years ago

      The Devil's Backbone is really scary! I watched it with my husband in Spanish and the eye scene is freaky. Now I want to watch Jacob's Ladder . . .

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I haven't seen any of these yet but I've been in the mood for a scary movie with Halloween fast approaching. I'll have to give one of these a try.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Only know of The Shinning. Thanks for the recommendations.

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      Except of The Shining I have never heard of any of these movies.

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Jacob's Ladder and The Devil's Backbone are both great movies. I wouldn't say The Shining is a little known movie but it is definitely scary.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Hadn't heard of some of these films and some I had totally forgotten about. Jacob's Ladder....was one of those. Gotta watch it again.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      It's funny that you included "The Shining" on this list. I wouldn't call it rare or little known. At it's release, it caused quite a stir. Grindhouse also is one with a cult following.

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      Oneshotvariety LM 5 years ago

      Very good lens! Awesome work! :]

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I think horror movies are a sad statement about our society. Why anyone would consider watching people suffer is beyond logic.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Great list of horror movies that are a little less well known than others.

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      I love your selections! The Devil's Backbone is a fantastic film. Thanks for sharing.

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      Scriber1 LM 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love the horror genre and I've seen many of the movies listed here. I probably liked Devil's Backbone best...I've seen if four times. I really enjoyed reading this!

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      @allenwebstarme: These were the 10 'rare' movies I came across lately. Just a matter of perception.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very nicely done and Squid Angel blessed!

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      @artbyrodriguez: Thanks. You too are a lover of horror :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Well done lens. That's a lot of horror!

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      I like horror movies lot but few movies I still didn't see yet from your list, definitely will see it soon now. For me this is great lens. Thanks man!

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      @tvyps: Thanks for the blessing, appreciate it.

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      @TenPoundTenor: Go ahead. All of them are highly recommended.

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      @navalava lm: Thank you. I'll appreciate if you get them from these Amazon links !

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      @Elric22: I'm happy that you enjoyed it !

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      @sweetstation: Yeah, it's a South Korean movie. My bad :)

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      Great lens. I haven't seen some of these, I'll have to chech them out.

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      navalava lm 5 years ago

      I am so glad I found list of new horror movies I haven't watched yet. Thank you. I will start with The tale of two sisters. I find japanese movies very scary. :)

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      Elric22 5 years ago

      Time to update my Netflix. Thanks for sharing a wonderful lens.

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      sweetstation 5 years ago

      Hey just want to let you know that Tale of Two Sisiters is A KOREAN Movie not from Japan. Anyways Shutter is a good movie. You can check out The Eye korean and also Insidious it's damn scary I cant sleep for more than a week

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for stopping by. Even I'm an ardent fan of this genre.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love horror movies, and The Shining is one of my all time favorites. I'll be sure to check out some of your recommendations. Great lens.