Trick or Flick: Overlooked horror films


This week’s Trick or Flick features a collaboration of writers. We have suffered through so many truly terrible movies and so many wasted hours (just kidding, we loved every second) to bring you this list of our top 10 underappreciated horror movies. These films are a must see this Halloween season, and not for the faint of heart.

Grave Encounters

This film follows the terrifying end of a phony paranormal investigation crew and it is guaranteed to scare the snot out of you. One of the best in the found-footage genre, it starts out funny but rapidly becomes twisted and awful. Highlights: “Is that a tongue?!”

The Silent House

Elizabeth Olsen (yes, that Olsen) stars in a—get this—movie entirely filmed in a single continuous shot, including a truly awful pitch-black scene lit only by the occasional burst of camera flash. Incredibly stressful, it also boasts one of the best twist endings in recent horror. Three cheers for sweet revenge.

House Hunting

Two families arrive at a secluded country-cabin for an open-house, and find themselves unable to leave the property. More psychologically spooky than paranormally, it nonetheless packs a punch, especially considering the audience knows what’s coming when the characters don’t.

Citadel

This movie plays with a lot of creepy stuff; agoraphobia, the deaths of loved ones, foul-mouthed priests, and half-feral/half-dead teenagers. Oh, and a Silent Hill-like nail-biter of a quest through an infested death-apartment.

Hellraiser

Filmed in 1987, Hellraiser is home of the iconic Pinhead. The special effects are hilarious, the acting is hilarious, and the Cenobites are hilarious in the cool-kids-in-school-gone-to-seed kind of way. Anyway, it does have its scary moments and it’s a good medium-ground for horror enthusiasts and those prone to squeamishness with the horror genre.

The Haunting (1963)

This movie was the first (and best) adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel, The Haunting of Hill House. A black and white film that is almost as creepy as the actual novel, The Haunting is a horror masterpiece that involves zero blood and gore, and heavily relies on quick camera tricks and sound effects. Its classic “who’s hand was I holding?” scene will probably force you to sleep with the light on.

Black Christmas (1974)

This film is an independent Canadian slasher film, which is the number one reason you should watch this. This movie was filmed in Toronto, mostly on the University of Toronto’s campus. Arguably one of the first real slasher films, Black Christmas was the first full-length film to use the classic “the call is coming from inside the house” convention.

V/H/S

This film is full of “WTF” moments, blurry VHS footage, and super random occurrences. There is seemingly no point to the film, which makes it all the better. By the end of the movie you will probably pine over utter confusion for the next few hours, asking yourself “what was that?” This film is definitely a must-watch.

Children of the Corn

Based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name, this film is about a cult of children that live in a small town in Nebraska. These children hate adults, so they murder every adult that both lives and passes through the town. They consider the murders to be sacrifices, hoping that they will have a good harvest. Of course an unlucky couple passes through, and the movie ensues.

Creep

This film was both written and starred in by Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass. For those of you who are fans of The Mindy Project, Duplass’ performance as the “creep” is awesome. This movie is kind of The Blair Witch Project minus Heather Donahue’s nostrils, and with an added twist of the “scary thing” being an actual human-being.