Criminally Underrated Horror Films – Part 3

For Day 9, I’m back with part 3 of the most criminally underrated horror films! This seems to be one of my most popular series, so if you’d like more, I can definitely provide more! Also, if you want more, please check out part 1 and part 2 of this series. 

Valentine

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Five women are stalked by an unknown assailant while preparing for Valentine’s Day. 

This is a very cool mystery film with a lot of ‘80s horror nostalgia. It perfectly took the typical ‘80s slasher formula and put it into a modern setting. It has bullies, revenge, terror, taunting, a body count, and iconic mask to top it all off! It’s very similar to films like Terror Train, Prom Night, and Slaughter High. If you like those films, Valentine is definitely one you have to add to your watchlist! 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the US. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. 

HEAR ME OUT BEFORE YOU SCROLL PAST THIS ONE!! I know the title alone can be very off-putting. It makes it seem like a lame B-movie, but it’s not! A lot of effort was put into this film, and I believe it really paid off. The graphics were stunning, the cinematography is immaculate, and the actors did such a fantastic job. Benjamin Walker deserves a lot more recognition for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. The story itself is so interesting, and I think it provides a very realistic visual of vampires existing at the time of slavery. I’ll defend this movie until the day I die. 

Ilsa: She Wolf of The SS

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Ilsa is an evil nazi warden at a death camp that conducts “medical experiments.” Ilsa’s goal is to prove that woman can withstand more pain and suffering than men and therefore should be allowed to fight on the front lines. 

I try to recommend a film for any type of horror fan when I make these lists. Ilsa: She Wolf of The SS is a great film for those who love gore flicks or “extreme horror.” Ilsa (Dyanne Thorne) is not only a sadist, she’s a sadist with a purpose – which can be a lot more terrifying. Dyanne Thorne makes being a combination of ruthless and seductive an art form. This one is NOT for the faint of heart, though! If you crave demented, f***ed up horror films, this one comes highly recommended! 

The Monster

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A mother and daughter must confront a terrifying monster when they break down on a deserted road. 

This one is a very tragic story. We see the disfunction of Kathy (Zoe Kazan) and her daughter, Lizzy’s (Ella Ballentine) relationship. They have to overcome their problems while being stuck in the middle of nowhere with a horrifying creature. This film is both frightening and devastating. It has a lot of heart and a lot of dread.


Urban Legend

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends. 

I absolutely LOVE urban legends! The stories always fascinated me, and they give the killer of this film a very unique MO. It’s a great slasher with classic ‘90s humor and some of the best kill scenes. Not to mention we get a cast that includes Rebecca Gayheart, Jared Leto, Joshua Jackson, Danielle Harris, Brad Dourif, AND Robert Englund! I’m telling you, you can’t lose with this one! 

Tales of Terror

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife’s black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man’s death. 

I recently saw this film, and I have to say it’s one of my favorite Vincent Price movies! Price is truly at his best in all three segments, especially the second one. I’ve seen many adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, and these are definitely some of my favorites. They’re easy to follow, they’ve got a touch of humor, and they’re very creepy. This film is definitely a must-watch for Poe and Price fans! 

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