Different things scare different people. As a result, the horror genre has evolved into one of the most diverse and segmented genre of movies. But with so many sub-genre horror movies cranked out to appeal to particular tastes, it can be hard for the casual horror fan to keep up with the turnout. For this reason, some movies quietly fall off the radar.
Though it’s tough to call any movie “obscure” today with the Internet, here are a few that you may have missed.
Psychological Horror: Silent House
Both Silent House and La Casa Muda, the original Uruguayan film, went unnoticed by many a few short years ago, primarily due to critical bashing and a very limited release.
Though the film’s ending is arguably dissatisfying, the technical achievement of the film and the general eeriness created by it alone make the film worthy of a look—not to mention a solid performance by the protagonist, played by Elizabeth Olsen (the other Olsen girl).
An unnerving experience that doesn’t rely on gore or cheap thrills to create tension, Silent House is one of the better indie horror films out there.
Body Horror: Naked Blood
Naked Blood actually falls under the sub-sub-genre of Japanese body horror. And boy does it deliver. In fact, before all the new Japanese gore movies, Naked Blood was considered one of the most disturbing and goriest Japanese movies out there. Needless to say, it is not for the squeamish.
The premise is simple. A young scientist develops a chemical that turns pain into pleasure. When given to his victims, they can’t resist the urge to hurt themselves to feel the effects. The result is some pretty horrific self-inflicted mutilation scenes that just don’t want to end.
Not many people have seen Naked Blood for a reason. Watch at your own risk.
Bizarre Horror: House
Where to begin with House? The severed, flying legs? The hungry piano of death? Banana man?
Horror is notorious for bending the rules of reality, but House completely disregards them. Drawn from the mind of a child (no joke), this twisted foreign film is a surreal trip that, once started, is so bizarre it’s hard to look the other way.
So strange, in fact, it has transcended its madness, receiving critical praise and claiming its very own spot in the Criterion Collection.
B-Grade/Monster Horror: Mosquito
Before SyFy started cranking out Saturday Monster silliness week after week with the likes of Sharknado and Piranhaconda, there was the 1995 gem Mosquito.
Playing on everyone’s general distaste for nature’s most pestering winged insect, Mosquito tells the tale of what happens when one drinks the blood of a dead, crash-landed alien. If you guessed giant mutated mosquitos, you’d be correct.
Chalk full of stuff that’s so bad it’s almost good—like terrible dialogue and campy special effects—Mosquito is a cult classic you’ll definitely feel safe leaving the lights off for.
Stranded Horror: Frozen
Technically a sub-genre of psychological horror, stranded horror has been made popular with successful films like Alive and Open Water. But few know about the stranded horror film Frozen (not to be confused with the Disney movie of the same name).
Where are the characters stranded, you ask? A ski lift. While this situation is not intrinsically terrifying alone, Frozen does a decent job showing the breakdown of the characters’ psyches as they make life-or-death decisions to combat the unrelenting cold, perilous heights, and hungry animals.
Full of familiar faces you probably can’t attribute names to, Frozen is one of those films you might wander across while cycling through your On Demand library looking for something to watch. That’s not to say it isn’t worth a look.
AUTHOR: Adrian Rawlings; @adrianrawlings2
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