Unlike a lot of writers I will not reveal any spoilers to these or any film I post on this site. In my opinion, you, the reader can make your own decisions to watch what I recommend. And I don't want to give away anything. I'll tell you about the acting, the story, the effects and how many severed thumbs up I give it. This disclaimer will appear before any article I write. Now, read on, and enjoy.
I began watching horror movies when I was very young, 6, maybe 7 years old. My first glimpse into the genre was the great John Carpenter classic The Fog. Now I grew up about 7 miles from the lake shore, and we would catch the tail end of the fog when it would roll in off the shore. Some days it would be thick, and some days it would be light. But after watching that movie, I would never go outside for fear that something or someone would grab me from within it's density and drag me off to god knows where.
But from that point on, I was addicted to being scared. I loved the adrenaline rush that came along with becoming terrified at the sight of the angry goalie slicing and dicing. Or the dream demon invading my sub conscious while I slept snugly in my warm bed. And it still carries on to this day.
I like all horror, from classic Lovecraft tales like Re-Animator to modern day home invasion films like Adam Wingard's You're Next. But some of my favorite horror movies are the unknowns that I have never heard of. It's not on my list, because technically I don't think it's horror, but it has some gore in it. And that movie is John Dies at the End.
This movie had it all. A great script taken from an amazing book by David Wong. Some pretty good acting by a few unknown actors to myself, and it had Paul Giamatti. Who in my eyes can do no wrong. The movie grabs a hold of you from the start. And doesn't let go of you til the end. As cheap as it was made. It doesn't allow the viewer to stop looking at the screen. As you sit with baited breath and wait to see what hero's Dave and John will do next. It makes you laugh because the dialogue is brilliant. And in some scenes it makes you turn a way with disgust. I loved it for what it was, as I loved the book.
When I mention it to my friends, most of them look at me like I'm speaking a different language. A majority of them have never heard of it. And after I recommend it to them, they all come back to me praising it. Saying it was one of the best movies they've seen in a long time. So, I figured I'd make a list of the best unknown flicks I've seen in the past year or so. Shall we begin?3 - Creep A total unknown to me. Filmed in England and starring Franka Potente, Vas Blackwood, and Sean Harris. I know, most of you are saying "Who?". Franka was in the first two Bourne movies as Matt Damon's love interest. Vas was in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, playing pot selling gangster Rory Breaker and Sean Harris was recently seen in Prometheus. This movie was disgusting. Equipped with some decent acting, a pretty good story, and some awesome special effects. This flick was made back in 2004, so it's almost 10 years old. But after viewing it a few times, I could honestly say that it has stood the test of time. When you finally figure out what is going on in this movie, you're already engulfed in feeling sorry for the lead in it. The events leading up to the initial meeting of the "Creep" are sad and painful to watch. But it helps you establish pity for her in any situation. And once the antagonist enters the film, the pity for the protagonist comes in bucket loads. This girl goes through hell. Just before you dump all your pity on her. A flip in the story comes, and you begin to feel somewhat sorry for the Creep, who's name is Craig, by the way. Craig the Creep, has a certain ring to it doesn't it. I watched this on the recommendation of a website that listed something similar to what I'm writing now. I watched all the movies on the list, and this is the only one that made it onto mine. Without giving anything away, I hope this movie brings you pleasure in a dark and disturbing way. I give it 4 severed thumbs out of 5.
2 - American Mary
I saw this movie by accident, actually. But after seeing it, I was happy as ever that I'd made a mistake. Written and directed brilliantly by the Soska Sisters, Jen and Sylvia, who have been hired to helm the making of WWE Films See No Evil Sequel. And starring Ginger Snaps actress Katherine Isabelle, this film combined elements of revenge, body modification and comedy (now there's three things I never thought I'd put in the same sentence)Watch this and be thrilled at the great special effects, some pretty good acting, and a special appearance by the directors as a pair of twins who have a deep passion for body modification. The best part about this feature... It's Canadian... Just like me. But in all seriousness. This is definitely worth a look. The Soska Sisters deliver this film with the same passion and insanity that they put into "Dead Hooker In A Trunk". Which, by the way, I also watched by accident. These girls have an eye for the deranged. And they let their freak flags fly with this film. I say watch this movie by any means necessary.
1. Grave Encounters
For those of you who have never seen this film. Please, go out, find it. Beg, borrow, and steal to get your hands on this movie. Than go home, turn off all your lights, and prepare yourself for a few actual scares. As far as horror movies go. i can count 4 that have made me jump from the place I was in, and, truth be told. I've actually screamed during one of them. That movie was called The Slender Man, a found footage movie that had just the right scare at just the right moment. But that's another article altogether. Grave Encounters follows a "paranormal investigative" team into an abandoned asylum for one night in a "Ghost Adventures" style investigation. The lead investigator, Lance Preston, even kind of resembles GAC Lead Investigator, Zak Bagans. At first they mock paranormal investigating, uttering some derogatory remarks towards the supernatural. Paying off a gardener to say "He seen a ghost, over there, it was real scary," They go through the asylum, mark some camera spots, and get ready for filming for the night.Slowly things go badly, some stuff happens, and, well... I'm not going to give any of this away. It is a good flick for scares. Well made by a cast of unknowns, and done in the found footage style. But done well. No really long shaky cam moments, no motion sickness. Directed well by the Vicious Brothers. And acted out by a bunch of TV actors, that have had small, forgettable roles in some motion pictures, Grave Encounters has what it takes to put some fear into you. Watched in the dark by myself and my wife a year ago, it is responsible for making her jump four times, and me once. Since all we watch are horror films, that is quite an accomplishment. It is well worth whatever you have to do to see it. In closing, the movies I have recommended to you are, in my opinion, well worth the time to watch. Please, feel free to read this, pass it around to friends, or whatever. Comment below if you'd like. And enjoy some of the other great writers and articles on this site.