10 underrated horror films that leave a strong aftertaste (11 photos)

Category: Movie, PEGI 0+
2 April 2024

Viewers received these films without much enthusiasm and delight, although these works deserve more attention.

The horror genre is not as easy to implement as it seems. A standard set of screamers is not enough to shock a person. A high-quality horror film, while observing the basic laws of the genre, is distinguished by the fact that it still asks important questions: how far can a person go? What exactly is fear? What are the reasons why something terrible appears? This is why the films in this selection differ from the mainstream, and I want to talk about them.

Witch (2015)

IMDb: 7

The film goes beyond typical horror; the atmosphere itself, which was created largely thanks to the sound engineer, becomes frightening. Even Stephen King himself admitted that The Witch scared the hell out of him.

It (2014)

IMDb: 6.8

The film was nominated for one of the awards at the Cannes Film Festival and received many accolades from critics, who called the film almost a classic of modern horror. The plot raises problems of a sexual nature, and the horror is caused by “it”, in which everyone will see their side of this delicate issue.

Witchcraft (1996)

IMDb: 6.4

The horrors this movie portrays will touch anyone who watches it. The theme of witchcraft, so beloved in this genre, plays perfectly with the visualization of the black spots of the human soul.

No (2022)

IMDb: 6.8

Firstly, this is a beautifully shot horror film without the ill-fated basements (but with a UFO, which adds spice), and secondly, this is an ambitious project that could have become a hit in the hands of Hitchcock or Spielberg. But, as a rule, everything comes down to the budget, so we can only enjoy all the cool things that are in it, including the not fully realized potential.

Annihilation (2017)

IMDb: 6.8

From the very beginning, the viewer is immersed in a confusion of contradictory events: is what happened good or bad? Is this true or an illusion? Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac tensely rock this swing of fantastical and frightening mayhem.

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

IMDb: 6.9

A completely stupid plot about which you can say: “In a good way.” Poking fun at the complete illogicality of low-budget horror films, he makes you grin and wince. At the heart of such a recklessly brilliant thing, of course, is the cult of the pop king of rock and roll himself. The film seems to say: “We create fears out of the blue.”

Barbarian (2022)

IMDb: 7

The best horror film with Justin Long and one of the best with Bill Skarsgard. And if the plot and some of the techniques may seem banal, during the viewing process they are blurred against the backdrop of shocking events.

Evil Eye (2022)

IMDb: 5.8

Viewer ratings seem abysmally low for a folk horror film starring Eva Green. It may not reach ten points, but interesting ideas, a smooth narrative with insidious plot steps taken from life itself, touches the heartstrings, forcing you to stay with the film until the end.

Renfield (2023)

IMDb: 6.4

If you think Nicolas Cage has outlived his usefulness, then this horror film with a dash of comedy may soften you up. The film, not without irony, reveals all the nightmares of toxic relationships through the story of Dracula and his assistant.

Last Night in Soho (2021)

IMDb: 7

The film tells the viewer two parallel stories relating to today and the 1960s. And the only negative of this film is that the first storyline seems weaker compared to the masterfully executed second, because its main characters are Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith, who are crazy about getting into the role. Separately, it is worth noting the first-class work of the costume designer and production designer, immersing the viewer in a motley but terrifying past.

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