If you love horror, these gems of the genre are supposed to be on your watch list but sadly aren’t as you might have never heard of them. Here are 10 cult Horror movies you didn’t know about.
Most of you have sampled all of the Big Boy horror movies like The Shining, Halloween, The Exorcist and The Nightmare On Elm Street as your horror binge. And why not as those memorable monsters have become a part of our pop culture and we’ve showered our love for them through box office numbers. But there are movies for which box office is just that, a number. These are the films whose success is based on a loyal fan base instead of the number of tickets sold.
Happy Birthday To Me (1981)
Surely it’s junior to the big shots like Friday The 13th and Halloween but this film is a pioneer of everything we associate with a slasher film. Members of an elite club of a High School are getting murdered one by one and poor Ginny is under suspicion.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
A tale of a vengeful cop in a dystopian future where self-mutilation is trendy, the film requires a strong stomach to watch it. From a girl who’s an alligator from the waist down to a woman having swords in place of severed limbs, the characters in the film are unique and shocking.
Bill lives with his aristocratic parents who he doubts might not be normal. He’s also suspicious of their high society friends and peers. A social commentary on the rich feeding off the poor? Maybe. But this gorefest is a sure shot to make your weekend just right.
The Burning (1981)
Made at the height of low budget slasher craze, the film tells a story of a caretaker getting accidentally burnt by some “naughty” campers. The man returns to the camp after recovery to execute that sweet, sweet revenge. Be sure to look for an uncut version though. It’s got all the good stuff!
The Beyond (1981)
A lady buys a hotel where, half a century ago, a man was brutally crucified by an angry mob. Strange things begin to happen as it is revealed that the man was trying to guard a portal to hell situated in the basement of the hotel.
Prince Of Darkness (1987)
John Carpenter is a legend when it comes to horror films. Prince Of Darkness is the second installment in his Apocalypse Trilogy which started with The Thing and ended with In The Mouth Of Madness. The film narrates the story of a group of individuals studying a large container full of dark liquid which is the essence of the Devil himself.
Ten Suo: The Iron Man (1989)
A scrap collector (yeah! That’s a thing) slices his leg and inserts a metal pipe beside his thigh bone. On finding out that his wound is rotting, he runs down the street for help and gets run over by a salaryman. The curse is now upon the salaryman as he slowly transofrms into a living metal scrap. It’s an ingenious combination of body horror and industiral sensibility.
Originally considered an exploitation film, Maniac has since attained a cult following despite receiving polarized reviews and being released in limited theaters. The film is about an Italian-American serial killer residing in New York who scalps his victims. Now that’s a fun watch!
Black Christmas (1974)
It seems the horror genre has a fetish to ruin the festival seasons for us. The story concerns a group of sorority sisters who receive threatening phone calls and are eventually stalked and murdered during the Christmas season. Gruesome killings, blood, dead bodies, the film has it all.
This cult classic is about a manhunt for a killer who strangles his victims using a red and black Ascot tie. One of Italy’s best scare-flick, the film is often underappreciated. But that shouldn’t stop you from watching it.