It’s the most wonderful time of the year for freaks and ghouls: the month of October. While we all anxiously await the day we can get big buckets of candy from our neighbors, the time-honored tradition of watching bone-chilling horror movies is alive and well. If you’re looking for something new to watch to scare the pants off of you, look no further. Today, we’re taking a look at some underrated horror movies you’ve got to watch before All Hallows Eve.
When a long-lost experimental spaceship arrives back from its attempt at teleportation, a crew is sent to investigate what happened. Since no one within the ship seems capable of answering hails from Earth, the rescue team supposes something bad might have happened to the original crew. They never expected to find that the ship had, in reality, passed through a portal to Hell.
Every bit the cosmic horror of Lovecraft and the isolated, space-themed scares of Alien, Event Horizon takes you on a journey to a dimension of madness that will chill you to your core. Full of classic scares and sequences that might make you double-take, Event Horizon is one of the most underrated horror movies of all time.
A certifiably weird genre blend, Bone Tomahawk stars Kurt Russel as a sheriff in an Old Western town called Bright Hope. When a cannibalistic tribe of troglodytes (explicitly not Native Americans, we’re told) kidnap a local woman, the sheriff puts together a posse to go after them. While this setup would be normal in any Western flick, Bone Tomahawk prefers a grittier, more horrifying take on violence and death in the lawless West.
Equal parts Blood Meridian and True Grit, the movie takes some winding detours into caverns that some of the posse won’t come back from. This film is not for the faint of heart, but it’s well worth a watch.
While the 1958 film “The Blob” captured a place in B-movie history, its 1988 remake is a bit more modern. It holds a cult following, but remains a criminally underrated piece of horror movie history. If you’re a fan of the anti-authoritarian bent of John Carpenter or of generally gooey 1980s-era special effects, then you’ll find something to love in this one.
Notably, the deaths in the movie have been described by audiences as “ironic” and “mean,” capturing the horror movie tropes of killing the cynical and the hopeful alike. In all, this is a classic you need to watch.