Horror picks and sick must skipsby flyingsexsnakes | created - 08 Feb 2017 | updated - 08 Feb 2017 | Public
From B to A list films, horror or just plain unsettling flicks I've enjoyed and ones I advise you avoid. (list will be updated with various new watches)
This list isn't likely to avoid obvious must see films such as Alien or Predator (originals) due to their overwhelming popularity. I love them, but so does everyone else, so lets talk about some lesser known ones.
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1. Martyrs (2008)
R | 99 min | Horror
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Martyrs is hailed as a horror icon and a must see film. But if you notice, the only ones singing it's praises are men. The reason for this is that the movie is really nothing more than gratuitous torture porn on female victims.
Now, i'm a man who enjoys some body horror or blood in my movies, but this movie is just torturing women in the sake of some allegedly otherworldly experience.
*spoiler* Which it doesn't even give you in the film. The film ends with the female victim being skinned alive and apparently seeing what lies after death.
She tells what she's seen to the leader of the organization who have tortured her, and the leader kills themselves without ever revealing what they were told. Which is just another testament to this film's level of bulls*it *end spoiler*
Ladies, v*gina havers, and men of respectable notions, I suggest you skip.
2. The Tunnel (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.
The Tunnel is a B movie which plays on my two favorite horror movie aspects; monsters and enclosed/claustrophobic spaces.
Sneaking into a closed off underground tunnel, a camera crew finds themselves at the mercy of a mysterious creature in the darkness.
The movie has a pretty well balanced idea of real reactions from the characters, from diving into stupid decisions and appropriate breakdowns, lots of tension due to the dark surroundings, you find yourself looking for the creature several times, paranoid that it may be in the background staring back at you.
Only real complaints are:
There's some disrespect to the female character at some point but it's more of an average playful comment, and the woman calls the men on it so that's nice to see.
and the beginning. The movie starts off very slow, I almost gave up on watching it because the first 20 or 30 minutes are very boring (imo). To be honest you could skim the first bits and then jump into them sneaking into the tunnel and you wouldn't really miss too much.
overall, I recommend this movie, it's fun, spooky, and save for the first 20-30 minutes, it's fast paced and interesting.
3. Suspiria (1977)
R | 92 min | Horror
An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.
Now I'm a man who isn't very fond of older horror movies because i find them dated and as an artist while i appreciate the effects for the time, my ultimate goal in watching a horror movie is to be spooked.
That being said, while Suspiria isn't actually all that scary, it is fairly creepy. The movie has a wonderful setting, visually it's an artistically gorgeous and capturing experience.
The movie's soundtrack is probably it's greatest asset, the music (by Goblin) is both lovely and spooky, fitting for the den of a coven of witches.
4. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror, War
In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.
Salo is disgusting and honestly i dont recommend it to anyone. I'm not triggered or upset by a lot of things but i was physically ill during this movie. I was introduced to the film by simply "Salo" rather than the full title, so i had no idea what i was really getting myself into when I watched it.
The movie is artistically interesting to see, but literally every other aspect is horrible.
The movie centers around r*pe scenes and "story time" sessions are disgusting and uncomfortable as the victims are forced to listen to their captors FONDLY recall being r*ped as children. Many of the men become a*oused during these stories and force the victims to preform s*xual acts on them during the stories.
*spoiler*The movie ends with a torture sequence and a woman who works for the captors, throwing herself from a window because she cannot bare what they've been doing any longer.*end spoiler*
I dont recommend the movie, even if you are into shock factor films.
5. Fire in the Sky (1993)
PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.
Votes: 19,597 | Gross: $20.10M
As an alien fanatic, Fire in the Sky is one of my top alien films. The beginning of the film is fairly slow but the ending is chilling and helped me decide to avoid any possible logging job positions.
This film has one of the best (creepy) autopsy scenes after the abductee awakens on the alien ship. Many other lists also vote this to be one of the scariest alien abduction scenes on film. While it wont have you quaking in your boots, the actor depicts the horror of such a situation in a very realistic manner.
Definitely a must see for alien flick fans
6. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
Votes: 125,552 | Gross: $1.74M
skip, painful disrespect
Now here's a movie I thought I'd love... It's a shame really, now it could just be me, but I really didn't enjoy this movie.
The movie centers around Kevin and his mother, who sees him for the manipulative horrible little serial killer in waiting that he is. As for Kevin's father and the rest of the world, she's just a burnt out overbearing mom who expects too much of Kevin and reads too much into his actions.
When I say it could just be a me thing, I mean that I really dont like to see women disrespected in films.. Which makes the horror genre a painful one to be so in love with. While the film accurately depicts how society would react to this situation, it's awful to watch the mom go through so much during the film, and then watch things be even worse in her flashbacks dealing with Kevin.
This movie is widely loved and enjoyed, but personally i found it a miserable experience and a waste of my time.
7. Signs (2002)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Votes: 320,170 | Gross: $227.97M
I dont plan to include too many popular movies on my list because, well they're popular and widely known. But i'm including Signs because it receives a lot of hate that I dont feel it really deserves.
We all know that M Night has made some, um... Interesting.. Career choices with his movies, and we all have issues with them. But Signs is one of his more successful films. M Night pulls off a great alien invasion horror flick with this film, it's full of tension and the alien footage is horrifying.
I remember being scared of certain scenes as a child and re-watching it as an adult, it's still fairly scary.
I recommend the film with no hesitation, it's a fun alien film, even if the aliens do have a sort of stupid weakness.
8. 47 Meters Down (2017)
PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
Votes: 41,621 | Gross: $44.31M
Also called In The Deep, this is a shark horror flick that's a must see in my opinion.
I'm not fond of shark horror films due to the horrible backlash on actual sharks because of the ignorance of film goers all over the world. But In The Deep is different in that regard. The film consistently makes it the humans' fault that the situation is happening. From diving illegally to chumming the waters, it's made apparent and obvious that the sharks aren't being blamed for the situation.
The movie centers around two sisters, one outgoing and the other timid and reserved. The out going sis manages to convince her sister to go cage diving with her after a warm up of sisterly affection in the film.
The movie is packed full of scares and tension as the two are trapped in the cage 47 meters below the surface, awaiting rescue. The movie makes the vast, open sea feel claustrophobic and tense as you can't see anything past a few feet beyond the cage walls.
there's no Jaws aspect of We must KILL the Shark! or The sharks are Evil. Simply a suspenseful survival movie that i find is a must see for horror movie and shark lovers both.
9. The Monster (2016)
R | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A mother and daughter must confront a terrifying monster when they break down on a deserted road.
Now the film is great but also fairly upsetting to watch. I dont recommend the film if you have serious parent issues or suffer from severe childhood abuse. That being said, as an abuse survivor, i can still appreciate the film for it's story and depiction of dysfunctional family life. The film is really a case by case situation, be wary going into the film because of this.
Centering around an extremely dysfunctional mother and daughter, the film begs to wonder what true monsters are and aren't. The film has lots of spooky tension and a lot of sad flashbacks. The atmosphere of the film is great and the monster effects are really nice as well.
The movie doesn't just kill a person off either, You're forced to sit there, much like the other victims, and watch that person die. As the viewer, you dont get any quick cut aways or scene transitions, you are as rooted in the moment as the film's characters themselves.
10. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
R | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home.
Votes: 44,810 | Gross: $24.04M
monster, pick, must see
What can i say? this movie is terrifying? Well, perhaps not terrifying. but it certainly had me spooked for almost the entire film.
As a child I was terrified of creatures living in the vents of my house, so this movie hit particularly close to home for me.
The little girl in the movie is sort of.... I dont see how she saw the faries as anything other than horrifying. But her ignorance lets them loose in the house and sets the main three characters down a trail of addressing what family is and isnt and who the little girl's true parent in the film really felt like.
The movie is full of nice scares and great design, it's artistically gorgeous with the architecture of the house and the illustrations made for the film. It's an overall fun film that i recommend highly
11. Honeymoon (2014)
R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night.
Votes: 23,166 | Gross: $0.01M
alien, pick, must see
No one can say for sure if this is really an alien film or not, but it's certainly implied. The plot is in the title, two honeymooners plan on a relaxing getaway for just the two of them, but things turn unsettling in this slow burn film.
I dont have a whole lot to say about the film given i think it's better to just watch it.
The ending is intense and pulls everything together in a single disturbing moment.
12. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.
Votes: 56,418 | Gross: $3.05M
This movie is fairly disturbing and full of homo-erotic overtones to the girls' "friendship". I personally feel it's more than homo-erotic and full on homosexual and erotic and not a friendship at all.
The two girls in the film fantasize about running away together but only one thing stands in the way of their dream. The mother of one of the girls. The girls devise a sick plan to worm their way into a secure future together.
13. Wer (2013)
R | 89 min | Action, Horror, Mystery
A defense attorney begins to suspect that there might be more to her client, who is charged with the murders of a vacationing family, than meets the eye.
Following the case of a grisly double murder, a tall, thickly haired man is taken into custody. It is clear from the beginning he is an implied werewolf but you never hate or fear him as a character. The man is entirely sympathetic (in my opinion) and you spend the majority of the film feeling sorry for him.
Sympathy begins to shift near the end of the movie as everything begins to become clear and the prisoner escapes police custody.
14. Hard Candy (2005)
R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller
A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a pedophile.
Votes: 147,963 | Gross: $1.01M
creeper, pick, must see
Hard Candy is an easy A list movie for me.
Ellen Page stars in this suspenseful thriller as a girl who is lured in by an online predator. Though once she gets to his house, things become clear that not everything is as it seems.
15. Friday the 13th (2009)
R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.
Votes: 90,452 | Gross: $65.00M
I've seen all of the Friday the 13th films over my lifetime, and i wasn't sure how i felt about a remake of the classic slasher franchise. However, this 2009 remake more than delivered on the original concept
Many people may have disliked it, but I feel their dislike is out of nostalgia glasses with the original storyline. The new take on Jason and camp crystal lake is interesting and sympathetic. The characters were the typical slasher flick type, but the brutal murders were as entertaining as ever.
As an added plus, Jason is HUGE and thick in the film, very terrifying. I feel that this is a must see for slasher fans.
16. The Girl Next Door (2007)
R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt...and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.
sick pick but an understandable skip
This movie is disturbing to the core, nothing about it is not disturbing. The worst thing about it is that the film is based on a true story. The case of a woman keeping a teenage girl trapped in her basement and tortured is real, which is why i qualify this for a pick. It is a sad case that I think people should be familiar with and know about. Child abuse is so often over looked because someone doesn't seem capable of such an act.
I'm an adult but this movie had me crying, it is horrific and sad and just plain upsetting, especially with the knowledge that this happened. But it's a good movie none the less.
warning: female torture and mutilation, horrific child abuse, sexism
If you can't handle this film, there are others about this same case which are less involved you could watch
17. Blair Witch (2016)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.
Votes: 37,777 | Gross: $20.78M
Now this film isn't the best of the lot by any means. Honestly i skipped out on it for a long while because I wasn't as interested as I'd hoped I would be. I loved the original Blair Witch Project (during it's original run), so I knew I had to see this one.
The movie is fairly decent during it's first half, then things get sort of uninteresting? But quickly a figure is seen in the woods which grabbed my attention, seeing as how we never saw anything in the original. The movies last half is intense and has some nice scares and great scenery.
I labeled this as a must see if youre familiar with the original film. Though if you didn't enjoy the blair witch project when it first came out, then you may as well skip this sequel
18. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.
This film was a great addition to my list of favorites. It's been a while since I saw a legitimately good horror film, and this movie really delivered in all the right places.
there is a bit where it feels somewhat silly, but the director and actors take that and sell it so well that you accept it and accept the terror of the situation along with it.
I highly recommend it to any horror fan, but especially paranormal horror fans
19. Bloodtide (1982)
R | 82 min | Adventure, Horror
An adventurer hunting for treasure in Greece accidentally frees a monster that forces local villagers to sacrifice virgins.
vintage, monster, pick
Another oldie on the list. This is one of my favorite monster movies. I saw this originally as a teenager and it always stuck with me. It's a classic monster + virgin sacrifice film but with a s*xual twist.
The plot revolves around a husband and wife gone on a trip to find the husband's missing sister. Their journey leads them to a church in a village of superstitious people.
If you enjoy vintage monster films then this is a movie for you.
20. World War Z (2013)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
Votes: 561,014 | Gross: $202.36M
Now I accept that I'm one of the odd ones out on this zombie flick. I quite enjoy the new breed of zombie movies full of fast paced adrenaline pumping chase scenes. Lots of people aren't into that and I accept and understand that.
The movie isn't your typical zombie movie for various reasons, it is a running zombie flick, the mvp character is taken out super early, but i think the main thing is that there's an odd absence of gore in the film.
There's actually not any gore if i remember correctly. Just quick cut aways with no blood and guts. Which is disappointing for most zombie fans but for those who are squeamish or just not a fan of gore, then this movie is worth a watch
21. Banshee Chapter (2013)
R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Journalist Anne Roland explores the disturbing links behind her friend's sudden disappearance, an ominous government research chemical, and a disturbing radio broadcast of unknown origin.
government experiment, pick
I loved this movie much more than I had originally thought I would. I watched it expecting a 3 or 4 rating but it surprised me. I'm a huge fan of government experiment films and this movie really delivered on that front. It has monster and alien aspects to the film as well as a woman goes on a quest to discover what happened to her friend who has mysteriously disappeared.
22. Home Movie (II) (2008)
R | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
In the remote woods of Upstate New York, David and Clare Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, their twin children's bizarre behavior might just tear the family apart.
Watching this movie I was vaguely reminded of Heavenly Creatures due to the murder your parents aspect of the film.
The movie tries to be suspenseful and scary, framing the children as horrific murderers (which they are) but the film constantly fails in it's jumpscares or creepy scenes whatever it is that it's trying to do because it just can't stay away from animal death jump scares and some bizarre you've been injured in a video game reaction to them.
Literally every time the movie delivers a "shock" scene or jumpscare, it's some poor dead animal's corpse that's thrown in our faces as somewhat of a "OH SH*T!!! look what the kids did!" thing and then the screen hazes over? Literally it looks like you're playing a survival game and have taken damage or your "sanity" meter has been affected.
Really just a poorly made film, I suggest skipping it. If you're looking for a good parent murder flick then check out Heavenly Creatures which i have mentioned earlier on this list.
23. The Boy (2016)
PG-13 | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.
Votes: 70,451 | Gross: $35.82M
doll, pick, must see
The Boy is one of my new favorite horror films. After seeing it, I saw it twice more then bought it on DVD to add to my collection.
I typically dislike doll horror movies and that entire genre (aside from the child's play films) because they're just... not scary or well done. Ever. However, The Boy is well made, well acted, and all around a great film.
The doll is designed well and nice to look at and the movie is full of foreshadowing that you dont catch until the end of the film, in all of it's intense glory.
I consider this a must see film as it brings something different to the doll horror genre and really has the makings of something memorable.
24. Creep (I) (2004)
R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets.
Creep wasn't what I expected at all but kept me entertained even when I thought it wouldn't.
A woman is assaulted on the subway train late at night but is rescued by what would become her worst nightmare.
This isn't exactly a monster movie but has a lot of the same aspects as one. When it was revealed that it wasn't a monster film i was disappointed but as I stated above, the film did well to keep me interested despite that fact. Normally i would have just skipped out on the film but the story telling and characters were good enough to keep me watching.
25. Creep (I) (2014)
R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller
A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man's odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.
Might as well list this under the other Creep film.
This film was subtly disturbing and left me wondering what exactly i was watching several times during the film. The film's offbeat attitude and curious subject matter had me engrossed despite perhaps not being the best film.
I'm always on the fence about this one because it is interesting but I dont imagine i would watch it again or purchase a copy for myself. I do however believe that everyone should see it at least once for the novelty of watching such an odd film.
I also feel that the victim's reaction to the villain in the movie is very realistic which is always a nice thing to see in the horror genre.
26. The Good Neighbor (2016)
Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A pair of mischievous high school kids create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting elderly neighbor while keeping his every reaction under surveillance. A series of coincidences leads to tragedy.
mystery, thriller, pick
Two teenage boys invest a lot of time (and money) in an experiment to prove you can trick a person into believing their home is haunted using technology and practical effects tricks. The subject of their experiment is a crotchety old man who lives across from one of the boys.
The Good Neighbor keeps you guessing as to what the real motive of the experiment is the entire time. At first it seems just a harmless prank but it gradually devolves into something spiteful and cruel, leaving the viewer wondering if the grumpy old man across the street truly deserves such torment. And what's more, with rumors that he murdered his wife in cold blood, what could he be hiding in his basement?
27. Xtro (1982)
R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively.
This movie is much like Martyrs in that it is hailed as a great horror film. It is also like Martyrs in that it is as big of a s*xist pile of bulls*it as Martyrs.
The film revolves around a boy and his father and an alien called Xtro who has invaded earth.
I was pulled into the film by the interesting alien design, but was quickly repulsed by the gratuitous amount of female torture porn in the movie. Once again men sing the praises of this film while the women on screen are forcibly impregnated which leads to body horror style birthing sequences. In one part a woman is torn to bits by giving birth to a full grown man.
Ultimately the film is just female torture porn and makes little sense at the end other than some other woman being used as a "breeder" for laying alien eggs. I can't recommend this movie to anyone and if i could unwatch it, i would.