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The 10 Best Horror Films You Haven't Heard Of Yet

By Kimberly Mooneyham
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Imagine it's late at night, and there you are, scrolling through your screen, searching for something—anything—different from the usual offerings. As your eyes begin to tire, a list catches your attention. Not just any list, but a collection of horror films wrapped in shadows, each promising an experience far from the mainstream. What might these films reveal? What nightmares might they invoke? As you hover over the first title, a mix of excitement and apprehension sets in. Tonight could be the night you unearth something truly transformative—or terrifying. Ready to take the plunge? Grab your remote, settle in, and let the darkness embrace you.

You're about to enter the obscure vault of bone-chilling, hair-raising movies you've never heard of--until now. These hidden gems are so riveting that we are giving you fair warning now--watch them at your own risk! Viewing them may cause nightmares, insomnia, and an obsession to discover even more underappreciated horror cinema. So, throw a bag of popcorn in the microwave, open a two-liter of your favorite soda, and prepare to enter realms of mind-bending, teeth-clenching terror that may have you leaving all the lights on at night for the rest of your life!

01

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

Do you like westerns? What about zombies? And crazy, all-night parties? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you'll love John Carpenter's horror classic The Ghost of Mars. It's wild, campy, has more cheese than a big pot of fondue, and stars Ice Cube as a savage wrecking ball named Desolation Williams.

Oh, did we mention the Martians? You can't miss them—they look like members of a Norwegian black metal band!

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02

Grave Encounters (2011)

Ask any found-footage horror fan what their favorite found-footage movie is, and nine out of 10 will joyously yell: GRAVE ENCOUNTERS! The film begins as a humorous take on ghost-hunting shows but quickly dissolves into horrific madness.

Join Lance Preston and his gang of amateur ghost hunters as they explore an abandoned insane asylum haunted by the demented Dr. Arthur Friedkin and his lobotomized (dead) patients. Be aware that once you enter Collingwood Hospital, well--we warned you!

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03

Terrified (2017)

Terrified is an Argentine horror film (with English subtitles) depicting supernatural, terrifying events occurring in a quiet, suburban neighborhood. A paranormal expert and an ex-police officer begin investigating the events following reports of a strange murder.

Terrified tells a chilling story with unrelenting pacing intensified by a creepy atmosphere and a sense of doom. If the scene in the grieving mother's kitchen doesn't scare the daylights out of you, then you might want to check your pulse.

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04

The Tunnel (2011)

If you weren't claustrophobic before watching The Tunnel, you may be after watching it. An Australian journalist learns of a government cover-up involving an extensive network of abandoned train tunnels and decides to investigate—which turns out to be the worst decision of the journalist's life.

There's more than just a giant underground lake lurking in the tunnels. And that's all we are saying... except poor Tangles!

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05

The Descent (2006)

If you've ever thought spelunking would be a fantastic experience, The Descent may change your mind permanently. Equipped with essential caving gear and ready to spend a day or so exploring an uncharted cave, a group of adventurous female pals must fight for their lives against bloodthirsty creatures they nickname "crawlers."

The Descent descends into horrific, nail-biting scenes made even more terrifying by the cave's confining, dark environment. This movie not only taps into your primal fears but will provide plenty of fodder for your subconscious to use in your next nightmare.

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06

Duel (1971)

Steven Spielberg made his auspicious directorial debut with Duel, an ABC Movie of the Week originally airing on November 13, 1971. While Boomers and Spielberg fans have undoubtedly heard of Duel, younger horror movie fans may not be familiar with this now cult classic.

The premise of this psychological horror film is simple: an ordinary man vs. a psychopath driving a monstrous, unstoppable semi-truck on miles of isolated highways. Spielberg allows the audience to listen to David Mann's stream-of-conscious thoughts throughout the movie, a technique that heightens your empathy for this unlucky man. Just because he passes this slow-moving truck on a deserted road doesn't give the truck driver a reason to try and kill him--right?

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07

The Witch (2015)

Ostracized by their village over religious disagreements, a 17th-century Puritan family learns that the woods are filled with more than just looming trees and wild animals. Everything about this movie is eerie and unnerving--the music, the murky forest, the talking goat, and the kidnapping of the youngest son by something skulking in the forest.

You'll be thinking about The Witch long after watching it--and may think twice before watching it a second time. Yep, it's that scary!

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08

Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Noroi is a mockumentary filmed by a fictional paranormal journalist who, according to the film, went missing soon after finishing it. Mockumentaries are simply "fake" documentaries presented as factual documentaries. Noroi is considered one of the top 10 mockumentaries ever made—fast-paced, brimming with horror tropes, and packed with fascinating story twists.

The infusion of Japanese mythology with possessions, rituals, demons, and sinister imagery may have you hiding your eyes with your hands and peeking between your fingers during its spookiest moments.

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09

The Taking of Deborah Logan

The Taking of Deborah Logan is another must-watch found-footage/mockumentary horror film that begins innocuously enough: a team of psychology students wants to document the effects of Alzheimer's disease on an older woman. With permission from the woman's daughter, the team and the daughter begin filming the daily life of someone with dementia.

But is it Alzheimer's that's making the woman behave so bizarrely? When the team records Deborah talking about snakes and sacrifices in French, one of them says he's had enough and quits the documentary. Wouldn't you leave if you heard the same thing?

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10

Freaks (1932)

Carnival Barker: And now, folks, if you will just step this way, you are about to witness the most amazing living monstrosity of all time.

The final line of dialogue in Freaks tells you all you need to know about this classic psychological horror film, which the League of Decency condemned in 1932. While the acting is a bit dramatic and outdated, the fact that this film was released over 90 years ago is remarkable. Stories of audiences running out of theaters in horror over scenes of actual circus "freaks" led to the film being banned in the United Kingdom until the 1960s. One of the most chilling scenes in horror film history occurs during the last 10 minutes of Freaks and must be seen to be believed.

Forget that this movie was made in the early 30s. It's 20 times better than most horror films today.

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