Some truly great films go under the radar and remain hidden that way, and it's a shame, as people are missing out on some whoppers! In no order, here are some highly recommended films that you should check out, let me know in the comments if you've got any films that you feel need to be seen and heard of more!
One of my favorite films, Triangle is a mind-bender with a terrific central performance from the amazing Melissa George. Well shot, intelligent, and atmospheric, this psychological horror has gone by relatively quietly, but deserves more recognition for its thrills and smart story.
2. 'The Disappearance Of Alice Creed'
A simple premise, a tight and claustrophobic setting and three excellent performances, this highly underrated British thriller comes highly recommended by me. The pace is riveting and the twists keep coming, Gemma Arterton delivers a gripping performance alongside Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan.
3. '100 Feet'
Famke Janssen stars in this violent horror that sees her character Marnie Watson under house arrest, only to be haunted by the vengeful spirit of her ex-husband. Featuring one of the most gruesome death scenes with Ed Westwick getting taken out with brutality, 100 Feet provides solid drama with an uneasy atmosphere and a spectacular finale.
Check out my full review for this epic, jaw dropping adventure that blew my expectations. Tilda Swinton steals the show with a crazy and unique performance, and with other stellar performances bolstering down this action packed dystopian film. It's a solid piece of filmmaking with style, twists and smart ideas. I ask people if they've seen heard of Snowpiercer and I usually get a no, so I always recommend this one.
Rhona Mitra is an absolute badass and awesome lead in this virus action movie. Directed by Neil Marshall who helmed The Descent and Dog Soldiers, the blending of genres can at times be a bit of an uneasy mix, but thanks to spectacular action, tension, sparkling production designs, and brutal gore, Doomsday is a must-see for action junkies and those looking for something different.
This is how vampire movies should be! Dark, brooding, bloody, and compelling, Ethan Hawke leads a talented cast in this grim thriller where the blood supplies are short and the vampire population is growing ever more desperate. Directed with style by the Spierig brothers who masterfully stir an unnerving atmosphere throughout, do not miss this 2009 movie.
7. 'The Guest'
It's time Dan Stevens took on the role as 007. This British star takes on a wonderful transformation as a cool and capable American soldier who arouses suspicion when he turns up at the doorstep of a family whose recently killed son was supposedly friends with the guest himself. Stevens is effortlessly cool, as is the film that boasts insanely creative lighting and cinematography, with a pulsating soundtrack that sticks.
8. 'The Tunnel'
This Australian found footage horror is a slow burner but once the story gets going, claustrophobia, panic, and tension set in and the payoff is terrifying. The real reason that this film stays scary is because you never get a full on glimpse of what lurks down in the tunnels, and the cast perform superbly as they succumb to the unknown.
9. 'Shoot 'Em Up'
Clive Owen is kicks-ass in the role of the mysterious loner Mr. Smith, a highly skilled gunslinger who must battle Paul Giamatti and his army of goons. The rocking soundtrack superbly compliments the over the top cartoony violence, and mix that in with a surprisingly well thought out narrative and the lovely Monica Bellucci, and you're in for a good time in this underrated actioner!
10. 'They Came Together'
Check out my full review, this spoof of the romantic comedy genre hits all the right notes. The slapstick, schmaltziness, visual gags and puns all work and Paul Rudd matched with Amy Poehler is the perfect concoction for laughter. This comedy went fairly unknown, those that did see it weren't too keen as some viewers genuinely thought this was a romantic comedy through and through, and not a deconstruction and parody of the genre.