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Tom Savini Accepting His 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award



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Traci Lords with her 2012 Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actress


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50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See: #'s10-1

I conclude the list of Fright Meter's 50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan should see by revealing numbers 10 through 1!

I hope you've enjoyed the countdown of these wonderful, yet sadly overlooked films, and I do hope you discover a few films to add to your viewing list!



10.  The Sleeper


A group of sorority girls and their boyfriends are stalked and murdered by a madman in this love letter to the 80's slasher era.  It is great to see a slasher film handled by someone who is an obvious fan of the genre, and director Justin Russell goes to meticulous lengths to ensure this film looks and feels like it came from the golden era of the slasher film.  He exceeds brilliantly, and the result is a suspenseful, gory little film that will have slasher films giddy with excitement, nostalgia and appreciation that someone finally got it right!



9.  Gutterballs


Another love letter to the 80's slasher era, but be warned, Gutterballs is seriously not for the squeamish or easily offended.  Director Ryan Nicholson is an obvious gorehound and fan of exploitation flicks and Gutterballs holds nothing back.  After a very brutal rape at a bowling alley, those responsible are stalked and murdered in the most brutal ways imaginable during an all night bowling marathon.  Heavily inspired by 80's slasher films, Gutterballs is a ballsy, blood drenched film that will have fans of even the most extreme horror looking away in disgust.  (Read our full review here).



8.  Bloodstalkers


Predating Friday the 13th and many other backwoods slasher films by several years, Bloodstalkers in an extremely obscure film that tells the tale of two couples who head deep into the Florida Everglades for a relaxing weekend in a remote cabin.  Their getaway turns into less than the relaxing frolic they were hoping when, in addition to be hassled by hillbilly backwoods locals, something or someone begins stalking them at their cabin.  Replete with an almost gothic atmosphere rarely seen anymore and some chilling imagery, Bloodstalkers is a great example of where the genre got its start.



7.  Calvaire


This little gem from Belgium is truly disturbing and bizarre. Viewing it is like watching a nightmare and there are scenes that are so unique, yet highly creepy, that it just may have you rewinding to watch again, just to make sure you saw what you think you did.  The plot deals with a musician who is traveling alone to perform a Christmas concert.  Along the way, he crashes his van and is rescued by the seemingly nicest old man in the world.  Well, that facade soon fades and the musician finds himself subjected to some the weirdest, most disturbing psychological torture ever captured on film as the old man attempts to use the magician to replace his recently lost wife.  Highly stylized and unique, Calviare is the perfect example of the type of quirky horror film that would not be made in America.



6.  Rooms for Tourists



Filmed in crisp black and white, which greatly impacts the tone and atmosphere of the film, Rooms For Tourists possesses the typical plot that Americans expect a slasher film to have.  A group of girls who happen to be traveling to the same location miss their train and a forced to stay overnight at an isolated bed and breakfast.  Room For Tourists does something most American slasher films do not: it makes a deep, thought-provoking statement on religion and another controversial social issue (to mention it would spoil the plot).  Definitely one of the creepiest slasher films of the decade that will leave you wanting to take a few showers.




5.  Rituals


Following in the footsteps of backwoods films such as Deliverance, Rituals focuses on five friends who take to the wilderness for a weekend getaway.  Unfortunately, they choose the wrong location, as they are methodically stalked by a mysterious hulking figure.  Survival instincts kick in as the men are put to the ultimate test.  Beautiful, yet chilling cinematography, great acting, excellent pacing, interesting characters, a sinister tone, and unpleasant scenes of violence make this one of the better backwoods survivalist horror films; how or why it is not better known is truly a mystery.



4.  Megan is Missing


Megan is Missing is a film that simply put will leave you deflated and depressed for days.  It should be required viewing for every parent of a teenager.  Told through webcams and found footage, this cautionary tale tells the story of two teenage best friends, Megan and Amy.  They are typical teenage girls who enjoy talking about boys, going to parties, and just hanging out.  When Megan begins chatting with who she believes is a teenage boy from a neighboring town on an online social network, Amy becomes suspicious.  Turns out, her suspicions were warranted when Megan goes missing after a planned meeting with this mysterious online boy.  Amy acts on her skepticism regarding this kid and reaches out to him.  This proves to be a devastating mistake.  Some hokey acting and minor pacing issues aside, Megan is Missing is an important, frightening film.  Things like this truly happen and the last twenty minutes of the film are easily some of the most brutal, difficult to watch scenes ever filmed.  This one may even have you reconsidering your social network habits. (Read our full review here).



3.  Evil Dead Trap


Perhaps the paramount example of extreme Japanese horror, 1988's Evil Dead Trap was so far ahead of its time and American counterparts in terms of violence, imagery, and artistry that it even rivals the genre films released today.  A news anchor takes her crew to an abandoned factory to investigate reports that a snuff film was made there.  It turns out something more sinister is lurking in this factory and begins murdering the crew in very elaborate and very bloody ways.  The imagery in this film is the highlight, as the gore and elaborate set pieces take front seat.  However, the Cronenbergesque turn the film takes in its final act perfectly illustrates how Japanese filmmakers do not abide by any genre rules or constraints.



2.  Tesis


Before he brought us the highly acclaimed The Others, director Alejandro Amenebar took a darker look at human nature with 1996's Tesis.  When college student Angela comes across a film that shows a young girl being tortured to death, she becomes focused on discovering the source of the video.  She enlists the help of a fellow student who is extreme movie fan and the two embark on an journey that takes them far beyond what they could have ever imagined.  With its sinister tone, unexpected twists and turns, respect for its characters, and suspenseful build up, Tesis is compelling and thought provoking.



1.  Hell's Ground


Here it is.  My number one pick for the most obscure horror film that every horror fan should see.  The brilliantly unique and ambitious Hell's Ground.

Hell's Ground has balls and is easily one of the best horror films of the last fifteen years.  It is such a unique, highly ambitious film that it is completely safe to say that you have seen and will see nothing like it.  A group of Pakistani teenagers on their way to a rock concert get more than they bargained for when they encounter first a group of infected flesh eaters, and then easily the creepiest and most kick-ass killer of the last twenty years; a hulking monster dressed from head to toe in a burka and swinging a spike ball on a chain.  The film will have horror fans grinning with glee at the very successful blend and reference to virtually every popular and successful American horror film ever made.  The film has buckets of atmosphere and the last fifteen minutes will have you glued to the edge of your seat.   Who knew that Pakistan could produce one of the most stylish, effective horror films of the last couple of decades?  It is just a shame more people do not know about it.   (Read our full review here).



50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See: #'s 19-11

I continue the list of Fright Meter's 50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan should see with numbers 19 through 11.

Enjoy, and I do hope you discover a few films to add to your viewing list!



19.  Edge of the Axe


This Spanish film from 1988 is a mix of American slasher film and classic whodunit and focuses on a masked killer stalking a small town.  Full of interesting characters and suspect and some unforgettable violent scenes (the opening car wash scene is great!), Edge of the Axe easily eclipses some of the better known slasher films from the 80's.



18.  Don't Go to Sleep


Another made for television movie worthy enough to make this list.  With a cast that includes Valerie Harper, Dennis Weaver, and Oscar Winner Ruth Gordon, Don't Go to Sleep easily establishes itself as a serious film.  It tells the tale of a young girl who begins seeing the ghost of her sister, who died in an accident the year before.  Some truly haunting and frightening scenes, including one involving a pizza cutter and the nightmarish final frame, make this one worth seeking.  




17.  Rabies


Israel isn't a country you'd associate with horror films, but they came out swinging in 2010 with Rabies.  A runaway brother and sister, a tennis team, a park ranger and a psychotic killer all collide paths with unexpected consequences.  Smart as a whip, with plenty of twists and turns, Rabies can best be described as Tucker & Dale vs. Evil with a much more sinister tone.



16.  I Didn't Come Here to Die


Six young people venture into the woods for a weekend of volunteer work.  When a freak accident occurs, it sets into a motion of series of severe events, each worse than the next.  With definite comedic tones, I Didn't Come Here to Die is a blast and illustrates what can be done with a low budget.  The graphic death sequences are very well done, and the whole "backwoods slasher without an actual killer" is a novel idea that is executed brilliantly.



15.  End of the Line


Plenty of films deal with the subject of Armageddon, but perhaps none deal with it with such a claustrophobic and restrained scope as this unsettling and truly creepy film.  When a subway train suddenly stops in the middle of the tunnel, the passengers on board must battle a homicidal religious cult and their own fears regarding end times.  Truly frightening and fast paced, how this film went largely unnoticed is mind boggling.



14.  Hellbent


Touted as one of the first gay themed slasher films, Hellbent is sure to turn some off before they even give it a chance.  But those open minded enough to give it a view will discover a very competent throwback 80's style slasher flick with likable characters and a very ominous, yet cool killer.  A group of friends out in West Hollywood for Halloween are stalked by a masked killer with a penchant for collecting heads.



13.  Long Pigs


This gruesome mockumentary follows two young filmmakers as they document a cannibalistic serial killer.  It turns out, he is extremely charismatic guy and a quick bond is formed between filmmakers and subject.  This leads to feelings of unease in the viewer, as we realize that many of the killer's justifications for his actions make sense.  This one is equally thought provoking and disturbing.  (Read our full review here).



12.  Frayed


Obviously inspired heavily by classics like Halloween, it would be easy to dismiss Frayed as another bland rip off.   However, with an extremely clever script, genuine tension and suspense, and one of the most horrifically brutal, gruesome death scenes ever filmed, Frayed will please and stick with even the most jaded of slasher fans.



11.  Body Melt


Those who like their horror flicks messy will enjoy this sadly overlooked Australian gross out from 1993.  No body part is safe as residents of a small town become victims of am experimental drug that unfortunately causes rapid body decomposition.  Over the top, with just enough black humor thrown it, Body Melt is a hoot, a film that will have you squirming and looking away in disgust all the way through, only to want to immediately watch it again.


50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See: #'s 29-20



I continue the list of Fright Meter's 50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan should see with numbers 29 through 20.

Enjoy, and I do hope you discover a few films to add to your viewing list!



29.  The Pool



There have been some creative settings for slasher films over the years---grocery stores, furniture stores, malls, schools, golf courses, bowling alleys--but perhaps the most ambitious and creative setting was the giant indoor waterpark from the 2001 slasher flick The Pool.  A group of friends (including a young Isla Fisher and James McAvoy) break into the indoor pool facility for a party.  It doesn't take long before an unknown killer begins picking them off.   Fast paced, likable character, and bloody deaths make this a fun watch.  The film also proves that machetes and waterslides definitely do not mix!




28.  Pin


Pin is a life size ventriloquist dummy that has been part of brother and sister Ursula and Leon's lives for quite a long time.  To say he is creepy is an understatement.  And when Ursula starts dating, Pin and Leon do not take too kindly to losing her attention.  More of a psychological thriller than anything, Pin explores some dark and deep themes.  It's eerie and refreshing considering what was being released at this point in the 80's.   Additionally, great performances and effective direction make this a definite hidden horror gem.



27.  Silent Madness


Released during the peak of the golden age of slasher films, Silent Madness, was quickly overlooked, buried among the countless other slashers being released.  Despite having the 3-D gimmick to make it stand apart, it still never gained the popularity or recognition is deserves.  While the plot, it a nutshell, is about a psychopath who escapes a mental institution and terrorizes a sorority house, it actually is a little bit more complex than one would expect.  Replete with interesting and memorable characters, elaborate and mean spirited kill scenes, and an extremely ominous tone, this one if definitely worth checking out for slasher fans.



26.  Kidnapped


If you think home invasion flicks are tired and overdone to the point of being cliched, think again.  You must--I repeat must see Kidnapped, which in my opinion is one of the--if not the--best home invasion horror films ever made.  This Spanish film is a complete and utter shock on the senses as we witness a family being terrorized by a group of home invaders hoping to steal some money.  To say it's brutal is a complete understatement; the ending packs a major punch and will leave you speechless.  See this.  Now.



25.  Malevolence


Every year it seems there are a plethora of low budget, independent horror films released that claim to be homages to some of the greats such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  As most horror fans know, a good majority of them are garbage.  Nothing more than cheap rip offs with no heart or effort put into them.  Malevolence is quite different--it's a homage done right.  The simple tale of a group of bank robbers who hold up in an abandoned farmhouse and are stalked by a madman successfully borrows from the films named above, but does so with just the right amount of originality.  So often, what we think we know is going to happen does not.  Add to that an unbearable sense of dread, a fair amount of suspense and scares, and this film truly exceeds all expectations and is one of the best slasher films released in the last decade.



24.  Stagefright


This film would absolutely be higher on my list if I weren't for my assumption that most die hard horror fans have seen it or heard of it.   It is simply one of the best slasher films of all time.  Yes, you heard me right.  A group of actors rehearsing a play about a psycho killer are locked in the theatre and stalked by a psycho killer.  Directed by Italian filmmaker Michele Soavi, the film blends the over the top violence and beautiful cinematography of Italian giallos with the suspense and claustrophobia of the American slasher film.   The giant owl costume is frightening and the film manages one of the most suspenseful and downright terrifying scenes ever filmed, as our heroine attempts to obtain the key from under the stage where right above her, the killer owl sits.  A brilliant film that does not get the credit it deserves.



23.  Rage


I am often time amazed at what directors can accomplish on minuscule budgets.  This was certainly the case after viewing Christopher Witherspoon's road rage tale, Rage.  The film deals with a man who has an encounter with a motorcyclist.  Little does he know that he provokes a dangerous and deadly game that ends much more brutally than can be imagined.  Despite its budget showing at times, Rage is a engaging film with a tight script that avoids cliches and keeps us guessing.  The final minutes of the film are disturbing and hard to watch.  The film is definitely a cautionary tale that will make you think the next time you honk at that person who cuts you off in traffic.  (Read our review here).



22.  Scarecrows


Besides may the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, scarecrows are quite freaky.  Imagine, being in a vast, isolated field in the middle of the night, surrounded by countless hideous looking scarecrows who seem to be....watching you.  That nightmare becomes of reality for a group of bank robbers in this film.  The atmosphere of this film is incredibly creepy and the scarecrows are some of the most horrific looking monsters ever created.   They are ruthless and blood thirsty.  Try to watch this at night with the lights off without getting at least a tad nervous.  Truly a frightening film.



21.  To All a Goodnight


While all the fuss and protests erupted over Silent Night Deadly Night in 1984, this film, directed by genre vet David Hess in 1980, sat gleefully on the shelves of video stores across the nation.  It features a killer Santa Claus stalking and murdering  a group of sorority girls and their boyfriends over Christmas break.  This film epitomizes the 80's slasher--it's sleazy at times, contains enough gory kills and cheesy moments, but is also full of the nostalgic charm that we just don't see anymore.  The killer reveal at the end was way ahead of its time as well, making this a contender for one of the most overlooked and underrated slasher film from the 80's.



20.  Next of Kin


If you like your films more on the creepy side, then Next of Kin is right up your alley.  A slow burn of the most effective kind.  It tells the story of a young woman who returns to her hometown after inheriting a large mansion, used as an old age home for years.  Strange events start to occur in the house almost immediately after she arrives.  Replete with gothic elements and a heavy sense of dread, the films moves deliberately toward its finale.  The last 20 minutes of the film are truly surprising and terrifying.  This is one to definitely watch alone with the lights off on a dark and stormy night.



50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See: #'s 39-30


I continue the list of Fright Meter's 50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan should see with numbers 39 through 30.

Enjoy, and I do hope you discover a few films to add to your viewing list!




39.  Horror House on Highway 5


It is not an exaggeration to describe this film as one of the most unique horror films to come out of the 80's.  Perhaps that is why it has remained so obscure; it follows none of the traditional slasher conventions and often times plays like a freakish acid trip with surreal, often random scenes.   But heck, the premise itself---a psycho wearing a Richard Nixon mask terrorizing a group of traveling college students--is enough to make it worthy of seeking out!




38.  Blood Hook



Fans of Troma films may be unaware of this film, as it was definitely overshadowed in popularity with some of their other releases, such as The Toxic Avenger.  However, despite being very tongue in cheek (like most Troma films), Blood Hook is actually quite an enjoyable little slasher film from the 80's.  The plot centers on a madman armed with a giant fisher lure stalking people in town for an annual fishing contest.  Not only does the killer hook his victims like fish, he also ties his catch up with stringers!




37.  Bodycount



Most horror fans are familiar with director Ruggero Deodato because of his highly controversial and disturbing Cannibal Holocaust.  However, Deodato continued his work in the genre and in 1986 presented the world with his take on the American backwoods slasher with Bodycount.   Starring genre veteran David Hess, the film follows a group of young campers who are stalked and murdered by an evil Shaman.  Though the plot is thin,  Deodato's stylized camera work and interesting chase make it a unique entry into the 80's slasher annals.






36.  Funeral Home



A slow burn in every sense of the word, Funeral Home is an unsettling film drenched in atmosphere and uneasiness.  A young girl goes to spend time at her grandmother's house, which served as a funeral home for many years.  Now, grandma wants to turn it into a bed and breakfast; the only problem is, the guests disappear.  And what is with the creepy noises that come from the basement?   Creepy, with hints of Psycho sprinkled throughout, this is definitely one to seek out simply for the chills!  (Read our full review here).



35.  Harpoon:  Whale Watching Massacre



If you like your horror films gritty and nasty--making you want to take a shower after watching, then this is should be right up your alley.  A group of whale watching tourists became stranded at sea when their tour ship breaks down.  However, they are rescued by a fishing vessel; the only problem is is that it is owned by a family of homicidal maniacs.   With a grimy, claustrophobic setting and violent kills, and a cameo by Gunnar Hansen, this film proves there are still ambitious slasher films being made.  (Read our full review here).




34.  Dead Dudes in the House


Another criminally overlooked Troma released, Dead Dudes in the House, despite its noticeable low budget and sketchy acting in spots, is full of an undeniable 80's charm and even manages to create some real scares and disturbing images.  A group of college friends help fix up an old house that one of them just purchased.  Little do they know, the house is not empty and contains the spirit of a murderous old woman.   One by one, they fall victim to her and, in turn, become possessed themselves.  Again, if you can get past the low budget, this one is a hoot deserving of repeated viewings with a gang of friends!






33.  The Pit



A lonely young boy makes a gruesome discover in the woods near his house: a ravenous monster is living in a large pit.  Instead of being scared, he befriends it and begins feeding it-----people who have harassed him.  Filmed with bright colors and a disturbingly cheerful tone, The Pit, is certainly a unique film.  The wheelchair scene alone is worth checking this one out!



32.  October Moon



It would be easy to describe this film simply as a gay Fatal Attraction, but it is certainly much more than that.  It's also an engaging, realistic character and relationship study.  Naive and fragile Elliot finds himself in a confusing and ultimately dangerous dilemma when, despite have a fiancee, he falls in love with his male boss.  This film is realistic, sensitive examination of obsession, rejection, and intolerance.  The slow, focused narration leads brilliantly to the inevitably depression climax.  (Read our full review here).






31.  Night Warning



Also known as Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker, this engrossing films gives us a psychotic and obsessed female antagonist that makes Annie Wilkes and Alex Forrest look like Girl Scout Troop Leaders.  Indeed, Aunt Cheryl, portrayed in a powerhouse performance by Oscar nominated actress Susan Tyrell (seriously....her performance alone makes this film worth viewing), loves her nephew Billy so much that when he begins making plans involving moving away from her, she does whatever she can to prevent him from doing so.  Bloody, over the top, and deliciously disturbing, this film definitely deserves to be better known.





30.  Dark Night of the Scarecrow



This made for television film packs a spooky punch.  Beautifully shot, with a dark, foreboding atmosphere and unsettling score, Dark Night of the Scarecrow is everything a horror film should be.  When a group of townsfolk wrongly kill a mentally challenged man because they believe he attacked a young girl, he comes back, dressed in the same scarecrow disguise that he was murdered in, to seek his revenge.  Highly effective with an unbearable amount of tension.







50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See: #'s 50-40

Ask any die hard horror fan, and they will tell you that there is virtually no greater thrill than to seek out and finally land a copy of that rare, hard to find title to add to their collection.  I myself remember the days of scouring Ebay for obscure VHS copies of titles I came across in various horror forums and message boards.  The time and money spent paid off, as I was able to view many of the so-called "obscure" gems from the 70's and 80's.  However, nowadays, with the growth of the internet and video sharing sites, it doesn't take that much effort anymore to view most of these films.  Still, they are fun to seek out.

And certainly there are a plethora of lists out there by various blogs and horror sites counting down rare and "films you haven't seen."  While I occasionally come across something I have not seen, it is rare that a list truly contains lesser known gems.  Thus, I wanted to truly compile a list of films that truly have flown under the radar for one reason or another.  These films aren't perfect, nor are they the "best" horror has to offer, but each of them contain a quality that makes them special and stand out among the countless horror films out there.  There is a wide variety and something for every horror fan.  They will be revealed starting with numbers 50 through 40.

Please note that if you have seen the majority of the films on this list, I applaud you!  You are truly an awesome horror fan!  However, my hope is that there will some titles you haven't seen and certainly a variety of choices for younger and newer horror fans!

Enjoy!



50.  Sweatshop


Sweatshop came and went back in 2009 without garnering much attention in the horror community.  This is shame because, while it doesn't break any new ground, it's a quintessential 80's throwback slasher film replete with brutal, gritty kill scenes and a frightening ruthless killer.  True to slasher conventions, the film deals with a group of friends who break into an abandoned factory to throw a party, but instead encounter a bloodthirsty madman.




49.  Rovdyr


Fans of survivalist/backwoods horror such as Deliverance and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre should really dig this little gem from Norway.  Four friends traveling to a weekend getaway are ensnared into a sinister trap; they are left unconscious in the middle of the woods and when they awake, realize they are the quarry for a sadistic hunter.   Fast paced and violent, Rovdyr will definitely stick with you long after the credits roll.




48.  Easter Bunny Kill! Kill!


As horror fans know, no holiday is sacred.  From Black Christmas to Halloween to My Bloody Valentine, madmen have been slashing during the holidays since pretty much the inception of the slash genre.  So, it should come as no surprise that Easter gets its very own bloodbath in Chad Ferrin's Easter Bunny Kill! Kill!  The gritty, bloody film, which brazenly touches on several taboo topics, deals with a night of babysitting gone horribly wrong for a young mentally handicapped teen and his sadistic sitter, as a killer in a bunny mask shows up with a variety of sharp tools.  (Read our full review here).




47.  The Clown at Midnight



Scream revitalized the slasher genre in the mid-90's, causing a slew of slashers to be released both theatrically and direct to video.  Most of them were good, but the majority of them were simply copycats trying to cash in on Scream's success.  Released in 1999, The Clown at Midnight was sadly overlooked due to genre fatigue.  A group of teens fixing up an old opera house for a school project are locked in and killed one by one by a creepy clown.   With a competent cast including Margot Kidder, Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, and James Duval, the film competently captured the spark and charm of many of those memorable 80's slasher films.  (Read our full review here).




46.  Dolls



A family caught in a rainstorm take refuge in an isolated mansion run by a seemingly kind old couple.  As it turns out, the old couple makes dolls.  Lots of dolls.  Lots of creepy dolls.  Dolls is truly a little gem of a film that deserves to be much better known that what it is.  Full of atmosphere, disturbing death sequences, and interesting and unforgettable characters,  it is worthy of multiple viewings and will definitely have you saying "they sure don't make 'em like that anymore!"




45.  Murder Loves Killers Too



Contrary to what some horror fans will tell you, the slasher genre is NOT dead and there HAVE been some great slasher released in the last fifteen years.  While not perfect by an means, Murder Loves Killers Too is satisfying wink to the golden age of the slasher genre that doesn't let its obvious budgetary constraints hinder it in the least.  The film, which looks like it could have been made in the 80's, deals with a group of vacationing college kids who choose the wrong house to party.  Violent, bloody, and often times suspenseful, this slasher homage does things just different enough to make it stand out from the countless other direct to video slashers.




44.  American Nightmare



Fans of 70's Italian gaillo films will wonder why they have never heard of this little Canadian gem from 1983.  Combining the best elements from both the gaillo and the American slasher genre, American Nightmare tells the story of a brother who begins an investigation into his sister's disappearance to discover that someone is stalking and murdering local prostitutes and strippers.  Suspenseful, interesting, and often times sleazy, it is a shame this one is not better known, if just for the fact that it contains some of the best stalk and slash sequences of the 80's, as evidenced below.




43.  American Gothic



Horror fans who grew up in the 80's may be familiar with this one, or at the very least remember the VHS cover from their days of browsing the horror section at the local video store.  Starring Yvonne DeCarlo and Oscar winner Rod Steiger, American Gothic is truly an unforgettable film that stands head and shoulders above most of what was released in the 80's.  A group of friends get stranded on an island inhabited by a truly bizarre family comprised of the strictly religious parents and their grown children who act like they are still little kids.  They, however, are not as innocent as they appear and any infraction on their strict family rules is met with dire consequences.  Full of both memorable scenes and characters, this is must see for any horror fan.  (Read our full review here).




42.  The Poughkeepsie Tapes



Despite a lot of positive buzz back in 2007, this one failed to obtain a proper United States release---that is until this year.  Told "found footage" style, the film chronicles the crimes of a serial killer who stalked Poughkeepsie, NY for years before his videos where discovered by police.  Very few films can be truly classified as scary anymore, but this is one of them.  Authentic looking enough to be unsettling, the film contains some of the most disturbing sequences put to film in the last decade.  Truly thought provoking and disturbing.  (Read our full review here).




41.  The Collingswood Story



This film proves that budget in the right hands, a lot can be accomplished with virtually not budget.  Told strictly through webcam conversations, the film tells the story of a girl who reaches out to a psychic with the help of her boyfriend after experiencing some strange things in her new house.  As the evening goes in, it is apparent something sinister is at play, but is it what we think?   Chilling, highly effective with an ending that will knock your socks off, The Collingswood Story begs to be watched at night, alone, with all the lights off.




40.  Devil Times Five



One of the earliest killer kid flicks, 1974's Devil Times Five gives us five little murderous heathens (including 70's teen heartthrob Lief Garrett) who escape together from their psychiatric hospital and terrorize a group of vacationers staying at a winter cabin.  Disturbing sequences, including a man being beaten and stabbed to death for what seems like an eternity and a piranha in a bathtub sequence and the obvious glee the children get from their killing spree make this a deliciously demented, memorable film very worth of our list.