The one thing horror fans have in common is that they all have underappreciated horror films they champion. For some reason these films don't get enough love and rarely appear on "best of" lists.
Recently, Movies, FIlms and Flix asked horror fans to vote for their favorite 21 st century horror films that don't appear on "best of" lists. The list is comprised of ten eclectic films that feature the Catacombs of Paris, evil mirrors, angry vampires and an incredibly jerky red faced demon.
What do you think about the list? What would you add?
10. Dog Soldiers (2002)
Dog Soldiers is an action packed spectacle that doesn’t reinvent the wheel. However, it makes the wheel look amazing. Neil Marshall is one of my favorite directors and I love how he blends urgency, humor and blood. Dog Soldiers is a low-budget marvel that proves that there is still life in the werewolf genre.
9. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
Behind the Mask asks several truly important horror questions.
1. How much cardio do you need to be an expert speed walker (think Jason)?
2. Do Jason, Michael Myers and Freddy live in the same world?
3. How important is a good backstory?
Behind the Mask is a wonderful horror mockumentary that looks into the grey area that fits in between the black and white horror world.
8. Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Zach Beckler, the director of the horror film Interior sums up the The Mothman Prophecies perfectly with this quote:
One of the most underrated films of the 21st Century,The Mothman Prophecies is first and foremost a film about mood. This is not a film about answers or truths, because it has neither. This is not about the search for the Mothman, but the inherent fear and unease we have of what is beyond our control and comprehension, and it expresses that beautifully.
7. As Above, So Below (2014)
As Above, So Below proves there are still creative ideas left in the found footage world. I love the Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider style plot and the ending is incredibly refreshing. I want more of this world and that is the ultimate compliment.
6. Slither (2006)
Slither is a beautifully gross mess that is well-acted and written to perfection (I can't get drunk. I have too much muscle mass). I will watch Nathan Fillion in anything and it makes me really happy that director James Gunn hit it big with Guardians of the Galaxy. Slither is like The Thing told by Troma and I love that people are starting to appreciate it more and more.
5. Orphan (2009)
I love what Mick Lasalle of the San Francisco Chronicle had to say about this incredibly weird film:
Orphan is so sloppy, so lowdown, so shameless and so entertaining, Orphan provides everything you might expect in a psycho-child thriller, but with such excess and exuberance that it still has the power to surprise.
4. Oculus (2013)
Oculus is hands down the best WWE produced evil mirror movie ever. It is a bleak machine that punches you in the gut and actually makes you think. Oculus defied expectations and proved to be a fantastic ride full of good performances and memorable moments.
3. 30 Days of Night (2007)
Tristan Sinns of Dread Central wrote an amazing review (Ebert quoted it) for 30 Days of Night. I love the way Sinns discussed the vampires and their love of blood.
The vampires of 30 Days of Night bring new energy to the mythos and they do this in practice by simply being more primitive. This type of monster is so out of the mold of the modern take on vampires that it is fair to call them more of a werewolf archetype than a vampire. Vampires, on the whole, are creatures with the power of seduction; while werewolves are monsters of rage. These particular vampires have rage aplenty and are so good at killing that they’ve no need, at all, to seduce anything. They are filthy, ugly things, and they don’t care if you like them; they only care if you’re dead.
2. Jeepers Creepers (2001)
I love that a movie about a creeper who steals peepers while listening to Jeepers Creepers was actually good. Jeepers Creepers starts off fantastically creepy (had to do it) and ends on an extremely depressing moment. The film dared to create a new monster and proved that teenagers can actually be likable in horror movies.
I love Insidious. It is like a roller coaster ride that was built on top of a fun house that was built over a volcano. It features smart people putting themselves in unselfish peril to save family members from incredibly evil Further demons. This one million dollar wonder sparked off a new wave of cheap and effective horror and proves people can be smart in horror films. Also, that jerky red demon haunts my dreams.
What would you add to the list?
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