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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wading through the mud to find the diamond.

My favorite genre is horror. I don't exactly know why but there you go. I like horror films. I know all of the good horror out there. I've seen a lot of it. Most of it though, is the famously good stuff. Psycho, Halloween, Scream etc. I went on a quest from September 2010-present day. It slowed down a lot in December. But it was my goal, to find obscure horror gems so that I could pass them on to other horror fans who did not know of them. Here are my findings. I'll take out the obvious ones. in the 'Gem' section

Let's start with what we have in the 'mud' section. These are the films that I absolutely despised and would suggest that no one should see. This list will probably grow.

Lets start with the series films. These are sequels to films that are big. There are a lot of these alone so bear with me.

Halloween II

Halloween III Season of the Witch

Halloween IV: The return of Michael Meyers

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master

A Nightmare on Elm Street part 5: The Dream Child

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Child's Play 3

Friday the 13th Part 2-although, on thing I have to say for this film, the final girl in this is probably the smartest final girl in slasher history. Maybe Sidney Prescott and her tie.

Friday the 13th Part 3

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Hannibal Rising

Saw II


Saw IV

Saw V

Saw VI

Saw 3D

The Grudge

The Grudge 2

The Ring 2

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Alien Resurrection

Alien Vs Predator

Alien vs Predator Requiem

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers


Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland

Return to Sleepaway Camp

Now on to the non-big franchise ones (Yes I know that a few of these got a bunch of sequels too).

April Fools Day

My Bloody Valentine

Prom Night

Slaughter High

Slumber Party Massacre


Urban Legend

Sorority Row

The Omen

Troll 2. I know that this one isn't even remotely good but it does say that it's horror.

When a Stranger Calls

Cutting Class

Night of the Demons

Puppet Master


Alone in the Dark

House of the Dead

Ferocious Planet

Now we're at the 'Rhinestone' section. These films aren't the worst and they aren't the best. It's not the worst thing if you want to see one of these.

 Once again, we're going to do the major films first.

Friday the 13th

 Child's Play

Child's Play 2
 Seed of Chucky

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Red Dragon

The Ring


Alien 3

Scream 3

Freddy Vs. Jason



Now on to the smaller films

I Walked with a Zombie

Sleepaway Camp-The ending is so good I might buy it. The rest is so bad I might burn it when I do....

The Burning

Terror Train

Cherry Falls

Silent Night, Deadly Night

Club Dread

Piranha 3D




Now, this one is by every single definition bad. But, it's supposed to be bad. I mean, look at it, it looks horrible and it is but that's what it tries to be.


Chopping Mall. If you want to get technical it's a horror film but in reality, it's closer to a sci-fi film. It's a horror film in the same way The Terminator is a horror film really. it has the setup of horror, but it isn't really one.

Swimming Pool/The Pool/Water Demon/Der Tod Feiert Mit

Alice, Sweet Alice

Now we get to the 'gem' section. these films are the more obscure films that are really good horror that I would suggest to any horror fan.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Night of the Hunter

The Innocents


Near Dark

Peeping Tom



The Dead Zone

A Tale of Two Sisters


Black Christmas

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Student Bodies

Dead Snow


Trick R Treat

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

Fright Night

Hard Candy

These are a few franchise sequels that I thought were excellent

Wes Craven's New Nightmare

The Bride of Chucky

Scream 2

Scream 4

So, by my count, these are the statistics

There is still more to see

There are some good Horror Documentaries out there as well.

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th

Halloween: 25 Years of Terror

Best Worst Movie


  1. Fantastic work, I have only seen Peeping Tom, The Night Of The Hunter, and The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari. I loved all three of them!
    I'm not much of a Horror fan really...

  2. Well, I'm glad you've seen The Night of the Hunter, too few have.

  3. Yep, it's a shame really...
    But it's their loss I suppose!

  4. Crazy, I'm not a fan of horror. But you really should check out Open Water. You'll be surprised.

  5. Yeah I may sometime. I've heard that it's good.