(HORROR) Movies You May Have Missed

Vamp (1986)
More of a comedy that runs a bit long. Come for the insane cinematography, stay for Billy Drago and Dedee Pfeiffer.

Bloody Moon (1981)
Jess Franco's journey into the mainstream Slasher genre - a predictable amount of boobs and a surprising amount of buzzsaw.

Evil Toons (1992)
Live-action sorority babes are terrorized by a demonic cartoon wolf. Not as perfect as it sounds, but the effort is charming.

Little Witches (1996)
A fan of The Craft but you wish it had an excessive amount of nudity? Boy, have we got a movie for you!

Needful Things (1993)
People typically seem to be satisfied with the campier King adaptations. But if you're ever in the mood for one of the very few better-made ones, here ya go.

Shock 'em Dead (1991)
A nerd sells his soul to Satan to become a Heavy Metal guitar god. You don't see that premise much anymore.

The Initiation (1984)
Kinda run-of-the-mill "guess who the killer is." But the entire third act takes place in an empty mall - and that's important Cinema.

Cheerleader Camp (1988)
A killer runs amok in a camp full of "teens." Yeah yeah, we know - but it's got cheerleaders. And Leif Garrett!
aka Bloody Pom Poms

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987)
Parts 1 & 2 move about as fast as molasses, whereas this one speeds right along with the help of sharp dialogue and questionable (but fascinating) FX.

Beyond the Door (1974)
The strength of The Exorcist is that it's grounded in realism. Take that off, and you're in for some weird-scary fun.

Cutting Class (1989)
You can approach this as a novelty for the young Brad Pitt performance, but you'll still leave pleasantly surprised with the semi-serious/semi-hilarious mystery that unfolds before you. And Jill Schoelen.

Castle Freak (1995)
Stuart Gordon, Barbara Crampton, and Jeffrey Combs take us to a castle that is secretly inhabited by a freak. For whatever you're thinking, it gets darker and grosser than that.

Slugs (1988)
Director Juan Piquer Simón (Pod People) commands a race of mutant slugs for our viewing pleasure. For whatever you're thinking, it gets darker and grosser than that.

The Mangler (1995)
Most folks thought that a Hooper/King/Englund collab woulda resulted in a "different movie." Frankly, we got exactly what we wanted & needed.

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)
Zombie films are very rarely cohesive (or even coherent) enough to get involved in a "plot." Not the case with this one, which manages to be gross and engrossing.
aka The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue

The Brain (1988)
A SciFi/Action/Horror/Comedy with a big enough script to actually give weight to all these attributes. Save this one for Christmas, though.

There's Nothing Out There (1991)
Competent "self-aware" exercise that predates Scream by several years, and is magnificently more effective and less irritating.

The Outing (1987)
There are big chunks of this movie that are pretty dry and silly - which only end up punctuating the surprisingly nasty gore FX that feel as though they're in another movie.
aka The Lamp

Breeders (1986)
This is easily the sleaziest and most barebones entry on this list; a 50s Drive-In Creature Feature updated for the 80s Home Video market, complete with nude aerobics, rubber monsters, and an alien hot tub filled with an indeterminate goo. You're welcome.

Party Line (1988)
More of a decent Police Procedural than Horror, it's an earlier exploration of the perils of "don't meet up with strangers." Still though, plenty of throat slashing, New Wave dancing, and incest. And Leif Garrett!

1 comment:

Luke said...

re: There's Nothing Out There- the opening scene in the video store and the swinging boom mic scene alone make this worth watching

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