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Horror Movies You May Have Missed

Updated on August 21, 2009

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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.

Session 9

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.

The Danvers State Insane Asylum
The Danvers State Insane Asylum

Session 9

Ed Gein

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.

Ed Gein

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

Slither

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.

Slither

Kalifornia

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.

Kalifornia

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

Freeway

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.

Freeway

Donnie Darko

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.

Donnie Darko

Flatliners

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.

Flatliners

Jacob's Ladder

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.

Jacob's Ladder

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    • meteetse profile image

      meteetse 

      6 years ago from Foxboro ma.

      I like (The hills got eyes)

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Yes I have Carl. It is actually on another hub of mine called Horror Movies That Don't Suck. Great movie!

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/goodhorrormovie

    • CarltheCritic1291 profile image

      Carl 

      7 years ago

      I see you have an interesting taste in horror films. I have seen at least half of the movies on your list but I am curious, have you ever seen "Dead Alive"(1992) Directed by Peter Jackson? I think that would be right up your ally. Great lists, keep posting them.

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Have not seen that one but have heard of it. I'll check it out. Thanks.

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      stingy7 

      7 years ago

      some good films there imadork session 9 is one of my all time faves......one you may not of seen is midnight meat train

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      I have seen and like both Bug and Gingersnaps. Have not had the pleasure on Frankenhooker though.

      Thanks for the comment PT.

    • Peppermint Thrift profile image

      Peppermint Thrift 

      9 years ago

      I love Freeway and Slither! Good list! Another one under the radar is Bug (it's sort of a thriller based on a play). GingerSnaps and Frankenhooker - good ones too!

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Scott W: Thanks for the comment and suggestion.  I will check Creep out. Just to be sure, what year did Creep come out? There are a few movies named Creep.

      BTW...my name is Scott and my middle initial is W.  Kinda freaked me out when I saw that Scott W commented on one of my hubs.  I thought I had a freaky stalker!

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      Scott W 

      9 years ago

      Good list man, there not all horror, but they are good movies nonetheless. If you get a chance you might want to check out a little movie called Creep. It's atmospheric as hell and definitely overlooked.

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      Shannon 

      9 years ago from New York

      Flatliners is one of my favorites!

      Great list! (I even wrote some down to see if they'll scare me! I'll letcha know!)

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Definitely check those out!

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile image

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      9 years ago from Florida

      I have never heard of Session 9, Ed Gein, or Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. I am curious to check the movies out.

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Cool Anna. Which ones are you not familiar with?

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile image

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      9 years ago from Florida

      You have some of my favorite movies on this list!! Kalifornia, Freeway and Donnie Darko! Great list!!! I think I will check out the ones I am not familiar with!!

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      You're welcome Alberto. Glad to help.

    • Alberto Trevino profile image

      Alberto Trevino 

      9 years ago from Modesto, California

      Thanks! I'm a hard-core horror movie fan. I don't know how I've missed most of the movies you shown. I will sure watch them now. Thanks again!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      Yes! That's the one, Alejandro Amenábar did and excellent job... chilling :-0

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Princessa: I assume Los Otros is translated into The Others. That is a great movie! The ending gives you a different perspective on the whole haunted house thing.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      I somehow missed all of these except for flatliners...

      My favourite one is "Los Otros" with Nicole Kidman, I still shiver everytime I see it again!

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      Robin 

      9 years ago from USA

      I love horror movies! I haven't seen all of these yet but am now looking forward to checking them out. thanks!

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Another great list of suggestions, imadork! I have not seen Freeway but love both Kiefer and Reese. Reminds me of one that I saw years ago called The Vanishing. I think it was Dutch. They remade it -- and I wanna say that one starred Kiefer Sutherland, too, but not as the bad guy.

      Have you seen The Hitcher? You'll never pick up a hitchhiker again:-).

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Thank you LaShonda.  Is there a reason why you can't just go directly to www.watchmovies.net by typing it in the address bar?

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      Lady LaShonda 

      9 years ago from Atlantic City, New Jersey

      I thought i've seen just about every horror movie out there. There are quite a few here that I had the privilage to watch. I got a link for you to get the latest horror movies. When they hit the theaters, about 2 days later they are on this site. This is what you have to do. Go to google and type OVGUIDE.com. This will take you to a search engine. Click the Top line. Another window will follow. Go to watchmovies.net and you'll see all the new releases. I enjoy this site and I'm sure you would too.

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      Adam B 

      9 years ago

      I don't know about Freeway and Donnie Darko being Horror films but they are good. Here are a few you may have missed that I highly recommend:

      Stuck, The Signal, Clownhouse, Save the Green Planet, Inside, Funny Games & Frontier(s)

      I also just recently saw Poultrygeist; Return of the Chicken Dead...you get what you pay for on that one...it was amusing.

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Kpfingaz...Do you have something against Michael Rooker or is it just a coincidence that the two you did not see both star him? ;-)

    • kpfingaz profile image

      kpfingaz 

      9 years ago from ~~~

      Ok, I see. They're all great movies. I haven't seen Henry or Slither though.

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR

      imadork 

      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Yeah, I expanded a little with the horror genre. I included movies that would be interesting to people that like horror.

    • kpfingaz profile image

      kpfingaz 

      9 years ago from ~~~

      Some of these aren't horror movies but they're exciting to watch. Freeway is a great movie. Try Black Christmas (1974).

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