Criminally Underrated Horror Films – Part 4

Welcome to Day 20 of Spooky Season!! It wouldn’t be Spooky Season without another batch of criminally underrated horror films! These are films in the horror genre that just haven’t gotten the recognition and love they deserve! For more horror movie recommendations, be sure to check out my Criminally Underrated Horror Films collection! Also, let me know in the comments what horror films you feel need more recognition!

So I Married An Axe Murderer

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A San Francisco poet who fears commitment suspects that his girlfriend may have a knack for killing off her significant others.

Mike Myers (Charlie) has been known for releasing classic films that can be watched over and over again. I think that this is a film that needs a second chance. Not only is it funny, it has a perfect combination of mystery, paranoia, and love. Mike Myers and Nancy Travis (Harriet) have wonderful chemistry and I absolutely love Tony’s (Anthony LaPaglia) B-plot. Everything just works so well together, and there isn’t a single dull moment. I’d probably go far as to say this is my favorite Mike Myers film!

Terrified

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): When strange events occur in a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, a doctor specializing in the paranormal, her colleague, and an ex police officer decide to investigate further.

When you’re a die-hard horror fan, finding a horror film that can truly scare you might become more and more difficult. I watched this film in the daytime and it still haunted me for days. It may seem like a typical ghost story, but the visuals are so well done, they’re what make Terrified stand out from the others. The suspense and scares are so well done here, and if you don’t mind subtitles, you absolutely HAVE to add this to your watchlist!

Night Of The Demons (1988)

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell.

When it comes to the best horror movies set on Halloween, this film doesn’t get mentioned nearly enough. One of the best things about this film are the special effects. The demons are absolutely terrifying. Plus the setting and atmosphere really put you in the film and make you fear for the characters. There’s also a hilarious but messed up B-plot you just have to see for yourself! This one should be on every horror fan’s Halloween list!

The ‘Burbs

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): An overstressed suburbanite and his neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

I think that The ‘Burbs has one of the best examples of group paranoia, and one of the most realistic attributions of an everyday neighborhood. The characters are what really sold the film for me. Like a small group of people, they gossip about each other while also helping them whenever they need it. Also, there’s a hell of a cast behind those characters, including: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, and Corey Feldman. It’s a quirky horror comedy that leaves you guessing and laughing until the very end!

Ouija: Origin Of Evil

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her daughters add a new stunt to boost their seance scam business by inviting an evil presence into their home, not realizing how dangerous it is.

With this film, Mike Flanagan took a horror franchise that was dead on arrival and breathed new life into it. Origin Of Evil has a lot of heart and a lot of scares. It kept true to the original film while simultaneously giving us some originality. If you like what Mike Flanagan has been providing us, like The Haunting Of Hill House or Midnight Mass, I urge you to check out this film!

The Belko Experiment

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): In a twisted social experiment, eighty Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

This film fell off the radar so hard, I can’t remember the last time someone even mentioned it – so I’m mentioning it now! Sure, the concept itself isn’t really new, but the execution of it was superb! We get a nice pace where we see all the characters enough and know their personalities so we REALLY see everyone decline as the chaos ensues. It has a wonderful cast and enough brutality to last a horror fan for days!

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