So after seeing a movie a few days ago that I had no idea existed despite it coming out in 1988 and me being a crazed horror fan, I decided to put together a list of a few movies that I feel people don’t talk about enough and even the most dedicated horror fan might miss. None of these are underground indie style movies, just movies that people should give a chance if they love horror. Here we go.
Pin(1988)- The movie that inspired this list. Starring Terry O’Quinn(Lost) and David Hewlett(Stargate:Atlantis). This atmospheric horror movie is basically ted(the Seth MacFarlane movie, not the talks) meets Psycho. The story is about a pair of siblings(Leon and Ursula) growing up with a pair of less than stellar parents. The combination of a strict, harsh father and a germaphobe for a mother drive the daughter Ursula into promiscuity and Leon into a strange relationship with Pin, his father’s medical dummy.
There is not much gore or death here, but the “relationship” between Leon and Pin is genuinely creepy and the ending is very effective and depressing. It also includes one of the most weird and uncomfortable sex scenes I have ever seen. I can’t believe I had never heard of it before a few weeks ago.
Possession(1981)- I’m pretty sure this movie is fairly well known. But if even one person has not heard of this movie, they NEED to experience it! Sam Neill plays a spy coming home to his wife, who is acting strange and wants a divorce. Neill’s character tries to figure out what is going on. Things go off the rails from there. And by go off the rails I mean the rails get napalmed then nuked from orbit just to be sure. If you haven’t seen Possession you owe it to yourself to let the bizarre experience just wash over you. With the exception of maybe Lifeforce, I can’t think of a more gleefully insane movie out there.
Evidence (2011)- Not to be confused with a movie released around the same time with the same title starring Vampire Bill, this Evidence is a fairly low budget, by the numbers found footage film. At least for the first half. The fairly unremarkable first half makes what goes on in the second half all the sweeter. You should go into it blind like I did and spend the second half of the movie wandering what the hell is going on as nonsense fills your screen. It’s totally worth it.
Night of the Creeps(1986)- Another movie that is fairly well known, but for some reason gets overshadowed by Slither. Slither is great, but Night of the Creeps is the more sophisticated and clever of the two movies, Nathan Fillion notwithstanding. Frats, space slugs, zombie cats, and a drunken cop who speaks entirely in cheesy one liners. It’s one of my all time favorites and one of the 80s best “B” horror movies.
Tunnel (2011)- This mockumentary horror movie works so well because it gets the little details right. Everyone involved does a great job of creating the feel of a real documentary. The underground tunnels of Sydney used to shoot the film do a great job of creating a haunting and tense atmosphere. We see a lot of found footage movies, but it would be nice to see more mockumentary style movies like this and The Taking of Deborah Logan.
Honorable Mention: Killer Party(1986)- As far as slashers go, this one is really only for true lovers of the genre. It does not do much to set it apart from other 80s slashers, but it is one of the few 80s slashers that has multiple female leads that don’t fit in the mold of good girl/bad girl. At least not totally. Also the climax is legit scary even if the final resolution is a bit cheap. Like I said, it’s only for hardcore slasher fans like me who missed it somehow. Everyone else probably will be less than impressed.
Most of these movies are available on Netflix or Amazon, though I caught Possession on Turner Classic Movies a year or two ago, so I’m not sure about that one. Hunting them down is worth it if you have the time.