I love a good little hidden gem - something no one has ever seen, a film that isn't mentioned a lot and so isn't done to death. I have a long list of them that I recommend whenever someone asks, and I will try and get them all in...try is the main word here. It might end up either very very long orrr I might forget some, or both - anything could happen...
My all time favourite underrated movie, ever, Stitches. 'A clown comes back from the dead to haunt those who took his life during a fatal party mishap.' I'll be honest, I did not have high hopes at all for this film, for one, it was pretty low budget, a pretty unknown cast, (Ross Noble being the most known, with Tommy Knight from The Sarah Jane Adventures following second, and it's British... I don't have anything against British films at all, some are amazing, but others can be bad - I am looking at you, Indie Films.. Sometimes they can just be a bit weird...
Stitches though - nope, this film is amazing. I get asked to recommend horror films quite a bit, as soon as someone finds out about this website normally, and this one is normally at the top of the list. It has it all, well, the main things, gore, and comedy, and for some people, a little bit of romance while also being scary. Well done, Stitches.
Another British one here, Boy Eats Girl - sounds like a bad porno right?! 'A boy declares his love for his girlfriend, only to die the same night. He is brought back to life by his mother as a flesh-craving zombie, who sires more teen undead while trying to control his, er, appetite for his beloved.' I have to be honest, it has been a while since I last saw this, but I have been meaning to watch it again - it's a right gem. Even the trailer is good, it looks like it was made on a budget, which it was, and please don't judge it because Samantha Mumba is in it.. remember, that singer?
It's good and it's an original storyline, boy dies and mum brings him back but he comes back like the boy from Pet Semetary - not the same being as when he died. It's a great film! What more would you want?!
Following on from a slight zombie film, I shall carry on with another unknown one, Wasting Away is next up, or, its other title, (which is incredible by the way!), Aaah! Zombies!!. 'Turning the zombie film on its head, this film is an oddball comedy from the perspective of the brain munching monsters themselves.' This is one smart movie - like so so smart. It takes the whole zombie thing, and turns it right on its head, throws it around and just flips it. This a zombie film that shows you it from the zombies point of view, because they do still have views... Can't leave out those zombies and their feelings.. The characters in this eat some ice cream that has some type of toxic waste in it, turning them into zombies, but without them knowing - it's as brilliant as it sounds. Low budget and brilliant.
Now, I have realised that all of the films I have written about so far have been comedies, and I actually did not mean to do that - so here is one that is a bit more serious - Hush. Nope, not that Hush about the mute lady, this is another one, one I would say is just as good, if not better. 'A young couple on a motorway journey are drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a truck driver following a near accident.' This movie is a little gem if there ever was one, it keeps you entertained the whole way through it, it keeps you on your toes - I lose count of how many times you would relax only to realise something else is wrong. It is also quite realistic, like we have all been on roadtrips, and stopped at petrol stations... the horror of this film takes place in one - never will you look at one in the same way again!!
The next one, I am not sure how unknown it techinally is, as I did see it on Netflix and also shown on the Horror Channel, but still... Grabbers is up next. 'When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.' What more can I say about this film than what the information bit said on it, it's insanely clever, I mean - DID YOU READ WHAT IT'S ABOUT?! To survive everyone has to get drunk, in Ireland, and I heard that the cast actually practised this by getting drunk and seeing how they reacted.. Brilliant.
It's a great story, and it's simple, if you didn't pay your full attention onto it, doesn't matter, you still get it. But, it is that good a film, you'll be watching it all, so no worries there..
The posters are also beautiful for this film - just look at that masterpiece!!
This last film - as I can't really think of anymore at the moment - is a film that when I watched it for the first time, I was shocked was not a classic. Student Bodies. Heard of it? Nope! No one ever has! 'A murderer known as "The Breather" kills off high schoolers.'
Students Bodies should hands down be a classic - it is the Scary Movie of the eighties and who does not like corny eighties films!? I would say it definitely influenced micky takes, like Scary Movie and Stan Helsing and all those. And Scream, Scream picks up on the horror cliches that every horror movie uses in someways, and so does this, even including a little body count at some points in the corner of the screen. It's just clever and thought out, and needs more to be known more - you heard about it here first! Go!
So, that's it, my top underrated horror films that you probably haven't even heard of or seen, which is a huge shame... As I said to my dad, bet there are lots of more I think of as soon as I publish this, by hey ho, here is a start! I was even super nice and included links so you could find the films easily too - aren't I nice?!