The Horror Honeys: Slasher Honey's Five Underrated Horror Movies

Slasher Honey's Five Underrated Horror Movies

A Slasher Honey List by Chassity

Top Five Underrated Horror Movies or Movies You Didn’t Know Were Horror

5. Dead Silence: “Beware the stare of Mary Shaw, she has no children, only dolls...” Dead Silence is basically a ghost movie, only instead of marauding spirits, it is ventriloquist dummies that are the objects that haunt and terrorize. Based on an old legend, this movie is the tale of a deceased lonely evil old lady (Mary Shaw) who was known as the weirdo with the ventriloquist dolls when she was alive. After her death, she goes on to haunt the people of her town that shunned her. She uses her ventriloquist dummies to frighten them, and when they scream she rips their tongue out and murders them. Written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan (the creators of the original Saw), Dead Silence is a haunting tale that is just as chilling as any ghost story. It's full of suspense, and extremely disturbing. The use of ventriloquist dolls in this film is very artistic, and also very clever, taking into account that these dolls are eerie enough on their own without adding the elements in this movie to one’s psyche. If you’ve ever watched the movie Saw, you know that Wan and Whannell are capable of not only creating an excellent story, but telling a tale with a very shocking, unexpected ending. All I’ll say, you won’t see the ending of this movie coming. At all.

4. Northanger Abbey: Yes, based on the Jane Austen book. The book itself is a satire of gothic novels, and after reading it once or twice, I was amazed at how well the clichés of gothic novels that Austen makes fun of can translate to the horror movie genre. It pokes fun at, while admiring and adding to, the world of mystery, violence, and deception, and the movie does a great job of this as well. I’d recommend Northanger Abbey if you want a little break from the gore while still wanting to indulge in something that is basically a nod to the gothic, horror, and mystery lovers everywhere.

3. The Collector: Considering how little-known this film appears to be, it is one of the best horror movies I’ve ever seen, if not THE best. This movie enticed me to see it based on the premise alone: A down-on-his-luck father, who risks losing his daughter if he can’t get a certain amount of cash to the child’s mother by midnight, decides to break into the house of rich people he’s been working for. There’s just one problem: Someone else beats him to the house. And they’re not there to rob the family, they’re there to murder them, one by one. The Collector is written by the second pair of Saw writers, who wrote Saw IV-VII, and they definitely prove, with this film, how talented they are aside from their association with the franchise they were chosen to continue. Once the main character, Arkin, returns to the house for the robbery, there is very little dialogue from that point on in the movie. It’s driven on pure cinematography, action, and suspense. This is perhaps the most suspenseful movie I have ever seen. I remember my heart literally racing when I saw it, and cringing at the death scenes, and as someone who has an admitted obsession with horror movies, almost nothing makes me cringe anymore. The scariest element is that the villain in this movie is a faceless killer who has rigged the house with lethal traps, and has absolutely no motive for the killings or for why he has targeted this particular family. The Collector does an excellent job of making you root for the protagonist, even though you know he was there to take advantage of the family. He ends up becoming a force to try to save them. And just when you think Arkin is safe out of the house, he finds himself in more trouble than he even thought. I’m still not convinced that I know for sure who the killer is, and what’s more - I don’t even care. The movie was just that good. So good, that I recommend you see it immediately, if not sooner.

2. The Last Supper: A film about five liberal graduate students/friends who live together and invite an outsider over for dinner every Sunday for political conversation. On the evening the movie opens the dinner goes horribly wrong, as the dinner guest turns out, among other things, to be a violent racist. The five friends end up murdering their guest, and it leads them to thinking: what if they did the world a favor by ridding it of this violent man? What if this guy was a Hitler in the making? This thought pattern leads them to a vigilante-style decision: from then on, they invite a person with wildly different (and extreme) political views to every Sunday dinner, and if they can’t change the person’s mind by the end of the meal, they murder them. Most would categorize this movie as a (very) “dark comedy,” and it is, but it’s also very eerie subject matter, and the students’ attitudes towards the murders is very disillusioned. The premise of a bunch of arrogant, educated individuals determining a person’s worth and value over the course of a meal is truly disturbing. As is the movie’s ending. See it. It will give you chills.

1. Infestation: A true horror comedy, Infestation is more comedy than horror, but still truly frightening. Partially, of course, because of the ugliness and pure grossness of the idea. Being attacked and taken over by giant insects? Yeah, that’s truly the stuff of nightmares. At least, for me. But there’s also a dynamic in there about how awful life can be sometimes, and about the nature of family ties and relations. As I’ve said in the past, family stuff on it's own can be enough to freak me out. Ray Wise is in it as the estranged father, and he is always creepy in everything, and I mean that in the best of ways.