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Top 5 Horror Movies that You Probably Have Not Seen but Should

Updated on September 21, 2014

The Best in Horror and Why?

Horror films can be a real hit or miss. It is actually quite rare to find a horror film that is done tastefully, is original and unpredictable. However, when you find one, it is a real treat and something that should be shared.

In most cases, horror films are very low budget and typically do not spend a lot in advertising. Because of this, horror films can fly under the radar and be missed, unless you are a horror junky like myself. While horror films get a bad wrap, there are some seriously good underground movies that have outdone their big budget counterparts and excelled to become cult classics.

So, to help those looking for a good scare, I have put together a list of the top 5 horror films that you probably haven't seen but should. My list is based off of originality, well thought stories, consistency, and of course, unpredictability. So check out these movies, get some popcorn and be prepared to keep the lights on.

#5. The Host

One of two exceptional foreign films in this list

When it comes to horror, despair and revenge, korean filming does it best. Unlike most giant monster movies, this one does not hold back and delivers and well developed performance. Nothing says terror better than a giant monster, that in the light of day, runs through downtown Seoul eating women, children or anyone in its sight.

It's not exactly bloody, but throughout the whole film, you get a sense that no one is safe and just because it is a cute little girl, does not mean she will survive the next couple of minutes. Everyone is prey and Seoul has now become a battle ground for survival.

Warning: Do not rent or view the dubbed version unless you want to ruin it a turn it into a comedy. Just read the subtitles. Korean films usually take anguish and pain to a new level and dubbing never captures this very well. I found myself laughing at the mass funeral instead of feeling the pain that the families of the victims felt. So don't watch the dubbed version.

The Host (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Host (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

My Ratings based of a 10 point scale:Originality: 6Gore: 4Speed: 7Scare Factor: 6Price: $4.99


#4. The Descent

Now, this movie may not exactly qualify for the "movies you haven't seen" part of the list. I did very well amongst the masses and was so well received, that they made a part two (although not as good as the first).

But the reason why I feel as though this movie needs to be added to the list is because of its originality and cinematography. The movie starts off and a group of women go cave diving and quickly find themselves stuck with no way out but forward. Now where it separates itself from other cave movies with monsters is that the camera angles, shadows and visuals literally make you scared with the characters and feel a little claustrophobic. They do such a great job with this that it isn't until the later half of the movie that you finally see the monsters and for once this is okay.

But when they finally show you the first monster, it is epic. For those of you who have seen the movie, I am sure you would agree when I say that it is one of the most chilling scenes and will not be forgotten.

Also, most people don't know, but the movie leaves lots of easter eggs in it. Most believe that you don't see the monsters until the second half but this isn't true. If you watch closely enough, you might see a hand in the shadows of a figure in the far background. As it turns out, the creatures were hunting the women from the beginning....but you don't know that and neither do they. Sort of makes it even more chilling and worth watching a second time.

Finally the ending is well strung together and delivers well enough to conclude a great movie. I am also a fan of when the prey turns into a self-preservations type predator. Strong characters, sickening situation, and spine tingling camera shots make this a must see horror film.

The Descent (Original Unrated Cut) [Blu-ray]
The Descent (Original Unrated Cut) [Blu-ray]

My Ratings based of a 10 point scale:Originality: 7Gore: 6Speed: 5Scare Factor: 8Price: $2.99


#3 Sinister

From the Producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious (our #1 Choice)

Of the five in this list, this movie holds the #1 for creepiest shots and haunting images. Staring Ethan Hawke, as a writer who moves his family into a house that had a gruesome death, he quickly realizes the the remnants of the spirit or diety is still among them. Finding a stash of old family movies, he discovers that they are a collection of movies showcasing the grizzly deaths of an entire family and that a ghoulish figure is hidden in them all. With strange things starting to happen, Hawke turns to desperation.

The movie features an excellent actors that is surrounded by a talented group (usually a rare in this genre of film) and has a script that keeps pace throughout the whole movie. The scare tactics use a combination of real creep, and some jump tactics but generally shies away from cheap tricks and gore.

Right from the first couple of minutes in this movie, you will realize that you will have a 1.5 hours creep fest.

Sinister [Blu-ray]
Sinister [Blu-ray]

My Ratings based of a 10 point scale:Originality: 9Gore: 4Speed: 8Scare Factor: 8Price: $9.09


#2 Rec

The original Spanish version, not the U.S. remake or the sequels

If you call yourself a zombie fan and you haven't seen this movie, then you are in for one of the best treats. Of all the zombie movies ever made, this is the best. Yes it is a "found footage" movie, however of all the personal camera movies out there, this one is truly well done.

It starts off with a news crew that is interviewing a fire station when all-of-a-sudden, they receive an alarm. Rushing to a building, they find out that there is a plague that is spreading though the inhabitants of this building. Realizing that the dead inhabitants are coming back alive and with a hunger for flesh, the news crew, firemen and police officers attempt to exit the building, only to find out that the CDC (or spanish equivalent) have sealed off the building and they must stay put and try to stay alive.

While most personal camera movies are too shaky or unoriginal, this movie breaks that trend with outstanding shots, and solid camera work. With the personal camera and the level of realism in its special effects, this movie feels real and places you and the characters in horrendous situations that will give you the goosebumps.

The film did so good, that one year after its release in Spain, the U.S. copied it, making their own version. While the U.S. version is good, it isn't quite as good as the Spanish version. Even still, the U.S. version did so well that there was a Rec 2 and Rec 3 that were made. Whatever you do, don't watch the sequels. They area real horror and a real travesty.

Brilliantly filmed and well executed, R.E.C has earned itself number 2 on this list and in my personal top 10 horror films of all time.


My Ratings based of a 10 point scale:Originality: 6Gore: 7Speed: 9Scare Factor: 8Price: $2.99


#1 Insidious

From the producer of Paranormal Activity and Sinister

Yep, my number one horror film and for good reason. Of the five, this movie has the best pace and most original scare tactics. Using great imagery, superior dialogue and an original story, the movie quickly leaves you with a sense of hopelessness. And to top it all off, the ending does well to represent the momentum of the movie, which many horror films fail to do.

The movie follows a family who recently moves into a new house and starts to find some problems that are unexplainable. However, after more research and the help of a specialist, they realize that the house is not haunted, but their son is. Fighting against a demon that wishes to steal the soul, the dad finds out that he and his son have more in common then he ever realized.

While there have been many films that attempt the whole "haunted house" theme, this one has its own original twist that separates it from the pack. It also does an incredible job of keeping pace and maintaining a continues eery feel.

What I love most about the film though is that at no point in the movie can you ever let your guard down. Whether it be happy music, or day light, the director/writer continues to ping at you and makes you tense throughout the whole movie. It does use some jump tactics but when they do, it will stick with you well into your nightmares.

I am also incredibly happy to announce that there is a sequel and all reports are that the sequel will not disappoint. Already making 10x the budget, Hollywood has already announced that there will be a 3rd. Come find out why this low key movie is picking up Hollywoods full attention.

Insidious [Blu-ray]
Insidious [Blu-ray]

My Ratings based of a 10 point scale:Originality: 9Gore: 3Speed: 8Scare Factor: 8Price: $10.49


Movies that I Would Like To Include

But Can't....unless I made it a top 10 list

So, here are the other notables that exist and I would also recommend for those looking for a good horror film. I will be upfront too though, some of these are comedies.

Troll Hunter- If only it didn't have such a terrible name, this would probably have been a big deal. Again its another "found footage" movie but what an INCREDIBLE and ORIGINAL screenplay. Good news is that this is a Netflix film so you can watch it for free, and if you do check it out on netflix, notice how high the ratings are. So I am not the only one who struck gold by watching this film.

Shiver- Has some pretty good acting and for a low budget film, it does really good. Fun and action packed.

Drag Me to Hell- Its directed by Sam Raimi so you know its got to be good. And like Sam Raimi films, it intentionally goes overboard to elicit a laugh or two and something very gruesome. Entertaining and pure fun, this isn't exactly a scary film but a great horror film.

Let the Right One In - If I were to say a romantic vampire movie, you might think Twilight right? Well this is a swedish romantic horror vampire movie that almost makes up for all the sparkly sin of Twilight and reminds us that Vampires are dangerous but still multidimensional without making me want to hurl. This and the U.S. remake, Let Me In, are both excellent films and should be mentioned.

Which Was Your Favorite Movie

Out of the Movies Discussed on this Page, Which One was Your Favorite?

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As a huge horror film lover, please let me know if there are other movies that you have seen that you think should be on this list. I love hearing from you and most importantly, love receiving suggestions on new films to check out.

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    • kindlepreneur profile image

      kindlepreneur 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks! There are so many good ones out there but I figured that a top 10 would be too long.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice review, I am not a film goer, so I cannot pick a movie, but you have pick and rated five that I think most people interested in horror movies would enjoy.