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It seems that each year we’re hit with a new onslaught of horror films. The straight-up slasher movies. The yet-another-freaking-attack of the zombies flicks. And the more sophisticated psychological thrillers. Among many others.

Yes, Hollywood comes at us with everything they’ve got hoping to make bank while scaring the crap out of us. Something we apparently love and can’t get enough of.

The only problem is that with so much available in the horror genre, we often miss films that didn’t exactly get their moment to shine before we were overwhelmed by the next wave of terror.

So if you’re a fan of horror movies or just like a good scare once in a while, here are 10 of the most underrated horror movies to watch the next time you feel like hiding under your blanket on the couch.

The Orphanage - (It’s a Disturbingly Hard Knock Life) 2007

Some of you may be scared by the very idea of subtitles, but this Spanish thriller produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy) is well worth watching.

It all starts out with good intentions. A woman opens an orphanage for disabled kids. But things start to get freaky when her own son makes a mysterious imaginary friend. 

The tension of this psychological thriller is masterfully built. The eery orphanage with its creaking shutters, disturbing whispers and slamming doors will definitely keep you on edge. 

Plus, the kids start acting really creepy. And what’s creepier than a creepy kid? 

Watch on Amazon Prime Video 

Terrifier - (Cirque du I’m Going To Hack You To Pieces) 2017

In answer to the question “What’s creepier than a creepy kid,” there is only one answer—a creepy clown, which is precisely why this film is so scary.

It’s Halloween night and three women are being terrorized by a mute, definitely-not-funny guy in face paint and big shoes. 

With plenty of scares and a villain you can’t purge from your memory, Terrifier will have you jumping out of your seat.  

Watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video

Suspiria - (Really Killer Dance Class) 1977

A ballet school is harboring a sinister secret. And no, it’s not bulimia. 

This beautifully shot classic horror movie comes at you with both physical violence and supernatural thrills. And it was mostly overlooked until its 2018 remake. Although the reboot is solid, you’ll definitely want to check out the original. 

Who knew that trying to perfect your plie could be fatal?

Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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Hush - (What You Can’t Hear Will Kill You) 2016

This is a home invasion thriller with a twist: the heroine is deaf. But the masked intruder is in for more than he bargained for. Sure, she can’t hear. But she’s definitely not a victim. 

You’ll be cheering for actress Kate Siegel as she uses her smarts to outwit a homicidal maniac. Suspenseful and frighteningly realistic, Hush is bound to make you scream out loud. 

Watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video

The Strangers - (Kill Thy Neighbor) 2008

And while we’re on the home invasion theme, Strangers is another tense thriller that will have you double-checking that you’ve locked your doors. 

After deciding to spend the weekend in a remote cabin in the woods, an estranged couple is terrorized by sadistic stalkers who like to play with their victims before they go in for the kill. And they thought they had problems before.

This movie is very loosely based on true events. Loosely or not, this is one of those it-could-happen-to-you stories that will creep you out even after the end credits roll.

Watch on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video 

As Above, So Below - (The Dark Side of the City of Lights) 2014

An alchemy student descends into the Parisian catacombs with a group of fellow explorers. Their mission: find the legendary philosophers’ stone.

What they find is a terrifying secret that’s been lurking in the city’s underground. This action flick meets horror film will have your heart leaping out of your chest as the crew descends further and further into the deadly labyrinth. 

And you thought the scariest thing about Paris was French people. 

Watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video 

The Invitation - (To a Hellish Night) 2016

Will decides to take his girlfriend to a dinner party at his ex-wife’s house. That would be mistake #1. Mistake #2: not leaving early enough.

As the night wears on, we’re not sure if Will is paranoid or if his ex actually belongs to a dangerous cult. The tension continues to mount until it boils over into a surprising conclusion.

You’ll want to RSVP for this one. Just don’t go alone.

Watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video

Oculus - (Facing Your Past Is Hell) 2013

Katie is preparing herself to face her haunted past. Literally. While her brother has been convinced that the eerie house they grew up in wasn’t real, she decides to go back with video cameras and a watchdog to see if she can get to the bottom of her messed up childhood.

But the best-laid plans can go horribly awry when you’re up against supernatural forces. This frightening thriller features a refreshingly badass heroine that will have you rooting for her right up to the suspenseful conclusion. 

Yep, dealing with your childhood can definitely be a nightmare.

Watch on Amazon Prime Video

The Shallows - (Blake Lively’s In Deep Trouble) 2016

Like many characters in a horror movie, Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) decides to do something stupid. In this case, she goes surfing on a deserted Mexican beach alone. Soon she finds herself trapped a mere 200 yards from shore by a great white shark with a taste for something blonde.

This may be Jaws on a budget, but this terrifying tale of survival has a convincingly real look and feel. In fact, Lively did many of her own stunts.

And just like its blockbuster predecessor, it may turn you into a landlubber. 

Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Frailty - (Madness Without The Cow Disease) 2001

Bill Paxton both directs and stars in this classic tale of horror down on the farm. Told through flashbacks, we hear the harrowing tale of Fenton Meik’s childhood (Mathew McConaughey).

When his father (Bill Paxton) gets a message from God to kill evil demons in human form, their once bucolic barn is turned into pop’s personal chop house.

While his younger brother is convinced his father is exacting divine justice, Fenton believes his dad has lost his mind. Torn between running away and protecting his younger sibling, Fenton is ultimately forced to make a decision with disastrous results.

So much for down-home hospitality. 

Watch on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video 

The Bloody End

Well, that’s our shortlist. My heart is racing just thinking about it. Think I’ll make that my cardio for the day.

Have some good scary fun!

Related: Movies You Grew Up With That You Need To Share With Your Kids

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Jan 27, 2020
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