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8 of the Most Underrated Horror Movies You Have Probably Never Seen

27 October 2012 | Features, Film Lists, Guest Posts | by David Zou

The likes of Hannibal, Scream, Night of the Living Dead and Psycho are some of the most popular horror movies to have reached our cinema screens, but there are also plenty of underrated scary movies that often go under the radar amongst DVD collections across the world.

Let us shine a light onto some of the other iconic horror films that don’t perhaps get the recognition they truly deserve.

1.Noroi (2005)


A much better watch than The Blair Witch Project, this unknown Asian horror movie is so realistic you feel like the drama is unfolding around you. The story is centred on a journalist obsessed with the paranormal who investigates strange phenomenons. These are eventually related to the demon Kagutaba with the reporter leaving no stone unturned in his search for an answer to these mysteries.


2.[Rec] (2007)


If video camera perspective films are your bag then you will also be mesmerised by [Rec]. Set in the heart of Spain, a television reporter and cameraman follow emergency service workers into a dark, uncertain apartment block and soon become trapped inside with something or someone terrifying…

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  • michaelgsmith

    Good list. The only ones I’ve seen here are Rec, The Changeling and Candyman (the last of which was shot in my fair city). I will have to add the others to my netflix queue for Halloween next year.

  • Chris

    I’m going to take a look at the trailer for Noroi (2005), thanks for the heads up!

    Underrated? hmm, I seldom see anyone in blogosphere writing about Dead of Night (1945), an excellent horror anthology, more people should track down.

    • David Zou

      Interesting,Chris,I have heard many people talking about Dead of Night actually,they all asked me if I have seen it,my answer was YES,it’s one heck of a good film!

  • Steven Flores

    The only one I’ve seen in that list is The Candyman. That’s one fucked up film.

    • David Zou

      Yeah,some of the screen caps look real fucked up to me.

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  • Fantástico Chandler

    Insidious is underrated because it’s just really bad. It’s practically impossible to tell if it’s meant to scary or comedic. From the campy demon who looks like he belongs in a low budget school play to the rather hammy acting. There’s nothing redeemable.

  • Dave Anderson

    What true horror fan hasn’t seen Suspiria?

  • Nick Krueger

    Insidious was horrendous. I was excited to see it in the theaters and supremely disappointed to find the movie was hardly anything like what its marketing campaign suggested. The male lead in the movie was one of the more frustrating characters I have ever seen in a film at all, and it was just overall a pretty lousy effort. Darth Maul makes an appearance though, so there’s that.

  • Rob Davis

    The Changeling is a great, underrated horror film, for sure. In my opinion, though, the #1 underrated horror movie (which I also consider to be one of the scariest movies of all time), is Angel Heart. Released in 1987 and starring Mickey Rourke, Robert DeNiro, Lisa Bonet, and the wonderful Charlotte Rampling, this movie is smart, well-made, tremendously atmospheric, and quite simply, terrifying. If you are a horror fan, seek this movie out, and watch it ASAP!

    • Mimi P Louiso

      Totally agree! Angel Heart has a terrific DVD with director’s commentary- totally fascinating! I LOVE this movie!

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