Hello, fellow horror movie lovers. I just wanted to do a quick article about a few horror films that I feel are underrated. These are movies I hardly ever hear anyone talk about and I'm not sure if it's because everyone has seen them and didn't enjoy them or if maybe not enough people have had the opportunity to see them. Here are 3 such films and there may be more in a later article.
Bill Paxton directed and starred in this 2001 horror thriller about two generations of serial killers. The movie jumps back and forth between the present and the past, telling the story of Fenton Meeks, a young man whose life is turned upside down one night when his father awakens and tells his young sons that God came to him in a dream and told him that he was chosen to kill demons hiding in the world. Soon, Dad has a list of names, claiming that these people are demons and have to be destroyed. This is a suspenseful movie that will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Is Dad crazy? Or is all of this somehow true? You'll have to watch it to find out.
2. The Caller
The Caller is a 2011 film that follows a young woman named Mary Kee who, after hooking up an old phone in her new home, begins to receive phone calls from an old woman who claims to be living in a completely different period of time. After Mary repeatedly upsets the caller, strange things start to happen. A woman begins to appear in Mary's childhood photos, a woman who wasn't there before. It becomes clear that this woman truly is calling from the past and uses this to torment Mary in a creepy and unique way. I love this movie and if you haven't seen it, you should seek it out.
3. The Mist
This is the most well known movie on the list, but I don't understand why it isn't talked about more. It's a great film with real characters in a horrific situation. A large group of people find themselves trapped in a supermarket, besieged by an otherworldly mist and the monstrous creatures that dwell within it. Based on a story by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead), this movie is not just horror, but a very strong drama, from families in crisis to the idea that some of the people in the store may be just as dangerous as the monsters outside. And then there's the ending. People are often split on this, but I happen to love it and I truly respect Darabont for making this movie on a lower budget in order to keep his ending intact.
It's likely you've seen the Mist (if you haven't, watch it), but perhaps not the other two films on this list. If you haven't seen them, you should definitely give them a shot. And in the comments, be sure and tell me which horror films you feel are underrated and deserve more attention.