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Horror Movies for Halloween

Name your favorite, under-the-radar lesser-known horror gem...

I'll start with Frankenstein's Army (2013). Looked like it would be a cheesefest but was surprisingly good.

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by Anonymousreply 95October 15, 2021 2:04 AM

Dead Snow (2009)

Dead Snow 2 (2014)

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by Anonymousreply 1October 2, 2021 6:53 PM

LAKE MUNGO (2008) - Probably the saddest horror movie you'll ever see. I'd put it up there with HEREDITARY in that aspect. While it has a creepy and unsettling feel throughout, it isn't until the very end that you grasp the horror and tragedy of it.

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by Anonymousreply 2October 3, 2021 2:24 PM


Blurb: A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.

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by Anonymousreply 3October 4, 2021 10:29 PM

"Frailty" (2001). Directed by and starring Bill Paxton. Also starring Matthew Matthew McConaughey. The plot focuses on the strange relationship between two young boys and their fanatically religious father, who believes that he has been commanded by God to kill demons disguised as people.

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by Anonymousreply 4October 4, 2021 10:49 PM

[quote] "Matthew Matthew McConaughey"

Oh, dear. That's just ONE Matthew, thanks.

But seriously. See the film.

by Anonymousreply 5October 4, 2021 10:51 PM

You can never have too many Matthew McConaugheys

by Anonymousreply 6October 4, 2021 10:54 PM

So I love the movie “Dream Home”, that’s a Chinese horror movie about a woman who will do anything to live in her dream apartment complex.

Also, “ Bedevilled” which is a South Korean horror movie about a woman who takes time off from work to visit an island she spent summers on as a child and it’s a shit show.

There’s also “Cannibal Holocaust” which is just fascinating.

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by Anonymousreply 8October 4, 2021 11:00 PM

R8 - LOL

by Anonymousreply 9October 4, 2021 11:01 PM

May, flawless acting by Ana Faris.

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by Anonymousreply 10October 4, 2021 11:06 PM

Loved that movie R2. Really underrated, under the radar Australian production. Thanks for reminding me, I'll re watch it tonight since I can't find any good horror movies on television to watch.

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by Anonymousreply 12October 5, 2021 12:35 AM


It's a zombie movie for people who don't like zombie movies, or you can view it as what The Happening should have been. Never thought I'd see Glenn Close make a horror movie, but I could see why after watching it. Tense, sad, smart, and horrific all at once.

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by Anonymousreply 13October 5, 2021 11:48 AM


Effective, surprisingly gory (especially unedited version) creeper that is more of a cult favorite. Stars James Farentino (DYNASTY, S2) and Melody Anderson (AMC). Gets under your skin. Despite the description, it's not a zombie movie. Currently streaming on Prime, Tubi, and AMC+

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by Anonymousreply 14October 6, 2021 11:49 AM

I'll add another Bill Paxton movie to the list - Near Dark. It's a late 80's vampire movie equal parts cheese and menace, complete with a solid synth horror soundtrack.

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by Anonymousreply 15October 6, 2021 12:35 PM

Urban Legend (1998) campy with plot holes. But, to rewatch for late 90s nostalgia.

by Anonymousreply 16October 6, 2021 7:33 PM

The Lords of Salem

People say Rob Zombie can only make one kind of horror movie; gratuitous sex, violence, foul language, and white trash characters. This movie proves them wrong. It is a lot more subtle than his previous films and brings a genuinely creepy, Satanic atmosphere and marvelous visuals.

by Anonymousreply 17October 6, 2021 8:02 PM

Salem's Lot mini series (1979) which was the best Stephen King adaption for TV

by Anonymousreply 18October 6, 2021 8:23 PM

Tales of Halloween, currently on IMDB TV

The Taking of Deborah Logan, currently on Tubi

Dark Night of the Scarecrow, which I think I saw on Pluto TV

Don't Go to Sleep from 1982, which I last saw on Youtube

by Anonymousreply 19October 6, 2021 8:46 PM

The Innocents, with Deborah Kerr

The Spiral Staircase

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

by Anonymousreply 20October 6, 2021 8:48 PM

[quote] Salem's Lot mini series (1979)

Scared the shit out of me as a 10 year old. Loved it. Plus I enjoyed the eye candy of David Soul and Lance Kerwin.

by Anonymousreply 21October 6, 2021 11:18 PM

Grace (2009), an interesting horror film about a devoted mother and her, uh, strange baby. This is from a film blog:

Paul Solet's horror film Grace was premiered at The Egyptian Theatre, Park City, Utah. During the question and answer session after the film, one of the festival volunteers declared "Must have been a good movie because we had two people faint during the screening"; sometime later, the film's producer, Adam Green, sent an e-mail to ShockTillYouDrop, thus: "Two faints. One outside and one in the lobby. Egyptian owner confirmed that in 10 years it's the first time it's happened. Amazing screening."

by Anonymousreply 22October 6, 2021 11:31 PM

Thank you for this topic OP!! Couple of recs for bizarre Japanese horror films, both are streaming: House from 1977 and Uzumaki (Spiral) from 2000.

by Anonymousreply 23October 6, 2021 11:33 PM

Not under the radar, but "Vacancy", "When A Stranger Calls"(2006), "The Conjuring", "Fright Night"(2011), "Drag Me To Hell", "Disturbia", "Housebound", "Mom and Dad", "30 Day Of Night", "Dracula"(1991), "Burnt Offerings", "The Fearless Vampire Killers", "Sleepy Hollow"(1999).

by Anonymousreply 24October 7, 2021 4:07 AM


Starts off like a typical 80s slasher, but it has a terrific creepy vibe. Plus Vicki Gioberti pops in from Falcon Crest. The final scene/kill gets a little goofy but overall a good old scary time.

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by Anonymousreply 25October 7, 2021 10:24 PM


Really fun, creepy 80s slasher with a crazy cast of vets: Jack Palance, Donald Pleasance, and Martin Landau. Plus Cunningham stole the whole hockey mask gimmick from this movie. Speaking of which, actor Phillip Clark was a hottie. Looks like an even humpier Art Hindle.

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by Anonymousreply 26October 7, 2021 10:28 PM

MADMAN (1981)

Saw this many years ago and remember really enjoying it. The only image that lingers in my mind is one super creepy shot of Madman Marz yelling on a tree branch. Usual gaggle of hot 80s himbos cast as feckless red shirts.

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by Anonymousreply 27October 7, 2021 10:31 PM

Enough with the slasher films. I want to hear about other types of horror movies. The slasher genre is so boring.

by Anonymousreply 28October 7, 2021 11:28 PM


I was expecting a total cheesefest based on the concept: found footage of the last days at a Jonestown-type mass suicide ritual. Yet, it was much better than it sounds with realistic horror, unexpected gore, human tragedy and sexy Joe Swanberg and Kentucker Audley.

Elements of Midsommar (absorption into a cult) reminded me of this movie too.

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by Anonymousreply 29October 8, 2021 11:49 AM

Three hard to find and seldom played gems from the 1960s:

Horror Hotel

Burn Witch Burn (British)

Curse of the Demon (also British and based on the story "The Runes")

All three are in black and white and disturbingly creepy and well written and played.

But. let's face it, for true connoisseurs, the original "The Haunting" owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 30October 8, 2021 11:58 AM

I hate the frauish habit of drawing out a holiday for weeks or even mnths before it starts.

In particular it seems millennial fraulettes seem obsessed with Halloween. By the time the holiday (such as it is) arrives, everyone’s bored to death with it.

Millennials: thing ruiners par excellence.

by Anonymousreply 31October 8, 2021 12:08 PM

Burn Witch Burn is available on Shudder, I think.

by Anonymousreply 32October 8, 2021 12:10 PM

R31 - Thank you for participating.

by Anonymousreply 33October 8, 2021 12:11 PM

Factoid about "Horror Hotel" and "The Haunting":

Russ Tamblyn, who was part of the cast of "The Haunting" was married to Venetia Stevenson, a promising ingenue at the time, who is part of the cast of "Horror Hotel".

Although both ended up with less than stellar careers in adulthood (despite Tamblyn's high point in "West Side Story"), both managed spots in two of the horror genre's greatest cult films.


by Anonymousreply 34October 8, 2021 12:23 PM

I watched Possessor and it was SOOO bad! Like, not even good bad.

by Anonymousreply 35October 8, 2021 12:36 PM

Another factoif - "Curse of the Demon" was actually 1957, not early 1960s, and was released in Britain under the title, "Night of the Demon".

Its leading man, Dana Andrews, was suffering from the effects of years of alcoholism, which was rather evident in his puffy appearance in this, one of his last outings as a leading man.

But Andrews was highly intelligent, and when the ending of the film got changed so as to blunt the point of the story (I won't give it away here), he was so angry at the betrayal of what he rightly saw as the whole thrust of the original story, that he completely distanced himself from the film afterward.

This has happened in other films, interestingly - "On the Beach" comes to mind, in which the author of the book, Nevil Shute, unsuccessfully sued the studio that produced the film for changing the story to make it look as if Gregory Peck still believed his beloved wife was alive when he began the affair with Ava Gardner, making the character an adulterer instead of the stellar character Shute portrayed in his book. In the book, Peck has finally accepted that his wife and children are dead when he begins the affair with Gardner.

Shute lost the case, but it is interesting when these divergences occur, especially when the authors are still alive. How much do they mean, really? Depends on your point of view, I suppose. IB Singer was furious with how Streisand changed his story about a girl who believes she is a boy, to a feminist morality play about a thoroughly hetero woman who really is totally femme but just wants access to male privileges like Yeshiva study.

In this case, it was the actor who was angry, I'd be curious as to that the original author, M.R. James, would have felt about the ending of "Casting the Runes". He died in 1936, so the question is moot.

James had quite an impact on the modern ghost story, and was deeply admired by H.P. Lovecraft, for any of you interested in the man behind "Curse of the Demon".

by Anonymousreply 36October 8, 2021 12:37 PM

Not really unknown but I love The Neon Demon themes, very contemporary, I wish more horror movies were made around the Model/Influencer lifestyle, their lives are basically psychological horror to begin with lol

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by Anonymousreply 37October 8, 2021 1:16 PM

R37 - That's a brilliant observation. Give it some time, and I'm sure more will be made around this meme.

by Anonymousreply 38October 8, 2021 1:20 PM

R31, old people like you ruined the country by voting for Trump

by Anonymousreply 39October 8, 2021 6:00 PM

R30 Curse of the Demon is on Dailymotion for free. The producer apparently added scenes to Jacques Tourneur's cut in order to spice it up.

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by Anonymousreply 40October 8, 2021 6:21 PM

The one with the killer doll (not Chucky). I keep forgetting the name though, but it was some sort of freaky little doll with a mask.

by Anonymousreply 41October 8, 2021 6:24 PM

[quote]The one with the killer doll (not Chucky). I keep forgetting the name though, but it was some sort of freaky little doll with a mask.

Dead Silence (2007)?

by Anonymousreply 42October 8, 2021 6:35 PM

No, it's really old, R42. I remember watching it as a kid and it scared the life out of me. My guess it's from the late 70s or early 80s??

by Anonymousreply 43October 8, 2021 7:12 PM

I hope this will serve in the meantime R43.

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by Anonymousreply 44October 8, 2021 8:30 PM

R43, was it Trilogy of Terror with Karen Black? Did the masked doll have a spear?

by Anonymousreply 45October 8, 2021 8:32 PM

Trilogy of Terror (well, the third segment anyway) was my first thought too, R45. But the Zuni Fetish Doll wasn't masked. You might be thinking of the protective necklace thingy he wore that kept the evil spirit contained.

Other doll horror movies from the late 70s would include MAGIC (1978) with Anthony Hopkins and Ann-Margret, and TOURIST TRAP (1979), a personal favorite and cult classic with Chuck Connors and a pre-Angel Tanya Roberts.

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by Anonymousreply 46October 8, 2021 9:36 PM

I think that's it, R46, R45.

by Anonymousreply 47October 9, 2021 12:43 AM

R40 Thanks for posting that!

by Anonymousreply 48October 9, 2021 12:49 AM

OP: Thanks for mentioning “Frankenstein’s Army.” Caught bits of this on some cable channel years ago. One of the creepiest horrors I can remember. A true phantasmagoria! But I never knew the title until now. Just ordered it on Blu-Ray.

by Anonymousreply 49October 9, 2021 1:15 AM


Very effective creeper that seems like vignettes until...

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by Anonymousreply 50October 11, 2021 12:48 AM


Somber zombie apocalypse movie that focuses more on the mental strain of being one of the few left alive. French film with subtitles.

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by Anonymousreply 51October 11, 2021 12:50 AM

THE VOID (2018)

Creature feature that is part THE THING and part THE WICKER MAN. It's also very Lovecraftian and effective.

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by Anonymousreply 52October 11, 2021 12:54 AM

The Signal (not the Brenton Thwaites sci-fi film)

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by Anonymousreply 53October 11, 2021 12:57 AM

I love John Carpenter's 'Prince Of Darkness' for Halloween watching even more than his version of Halloween. It's creepy and atmospheric. Probably the best example of Lovecraftian terror ever made.

by Anonymousreply 54October 11, 2021 1:04 AM

R31, real celebrators of the Samhain/Gaelic New Year/Halloween/All Hallows/Dia de los Muertos/All Souls' Day complex are not affected by the blow-up dinosaurs, "I'm A Bad Little Whore" child costumes or "Put the Christ in Halloween" Xtian nuts.

Blessed Be. Boo.

by Anonymousreply 55October 11, 2021 1:28 AM

Any of the Leprechaun movies with Warwick Davis! He is badass!

by Anonymousreply 56October 11, 2021 1:43 AM

I've been watching the Elvira collection on Peacock.

It's the old Movie Macabre stuff from the early 80s.

by Anonymousreply 57October 11, 2021 2:07 AM

R4 good call on Frailty. That was one hell of a twist ending too!

by Anonymousreply 58October 11, 2021 2:45 AM

1977's Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-In-Law on Tubi

by Anonymousreply 59October 11, 2021 4:28 AM

For comedy-horror, try, “Thirst” (not the Korean one, although I do highly recommend that). Icelandic gay vampire stuck in 80’s attire:

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by Anonymousreply 60October 11, 2021 8:50 AM

"Salem's Lot", the original made for television one. An excellent distillation of one of Stephen King's best, and creepy as hell.

"Dead of Night", a little shown trilogy of short British stories in black and white, the first of which is the most famous of the Deadly Ventriloquist's Dummy and Ventriloquist merging of personalities meme, with a sterling performance by a young Michael Redgrave as the ventriloquist. They're interesting, only about 45 minutes, max, each, and well written and played.

by Anonymousreply 61October 12, 2021 1:48 PM

When channels run Stephen King movies this time of year, no one shows Salem's Lot - any version, which is a shame because even though it (and David Soul's tight jeans) have not exactly aged well, it's better than most of his other movies.

Another vote for "Let's Scare Jessica to Death"

by Anonymousreply 62October 12, 2021 2:10 PM

R52 good pick with The Void, I definitely think this is an underrated gem.

I am a total horror hound and have watched/watch so many horrors that I actually forget which ones I've seen that really blow me away. I think it's been a while since I've seen one I would recommend as a Must See though.

Saint Maude would not be for everyone but I found it quite unsettling and there was a vicious kick at the end of the film that haunted me for days.

by Anonymousreply 63October 12, 2021 3:13 PM



*Both are from the same French director.

by Anonymousreply 64October 12, 2021 4:02 PM



Charming zombie musical. Watched it with a friend of mine who HATES horror and especially zombie horror, but he loved this. I found it very entertaining and while not especially scary it did have tense moments. About as scary as any given episode of Fear the Walking Dead.

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by Anonymousreply 65October 12, 2021 10:29 PM


Down and dirty low budget slasher with a killer clown. Effective, and even though the last scene shock was expected it was still a good scare. The first film (ALL HALLOWS EVE) is not as good, although decent. This one really ramps it up.

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by Anonymousreply 66October 12, 2021 10:33 PM

[quote]OP: Horror Movies for Halloween

I have a fun mashup of "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" and "A Serbian Film" with just a soupçon of "Cannibal Holocaust" sprinkled through, OP, if you are planning to be hosting youngsters.

Guaranteed memorable night.

by Anonymousreply 67October 12, 2021 11:09 PM

One that I really enjoy is Night of The Demons, the original not the remake, although the remake wasn't too bad.

by Anonymousreply 68October 12, 2021 11:14 PM

There's a very good low budget vampire film called "Lemora." It's also been called "Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural" or "The Legendary Curse of Lemora", or "Lemora: Lady Dracula." Starring Cheryl Smith it told the tale of a young church going girl who gets a letter from her dissolute father asking her to come to see him. She goes to see him and all kind of very unpleasant things happen, including the poor girl being lusted after by a very formidable female vampire. It definitely worth a look.

by Anonymousreply 69October 13, 2021 1:06 AM

Solid little film, « The Taking of Deborah Logan ». Jill Larson, a soap actress, really goes all out:

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by Anonymousreply 70October 13, 2021 9:15 AM

R70, that movie made me terrified of Jill Larson, who had always just been the other Opal on AMC in my brain.

Deidre Hall, eat your heart out.

by Anonymousreply 71October 13, 2021 10:24 AM

Humanoids from the deep (1980) - Mutated fish creatures want to mate with women (yes you'll see boobies!). Includes an over the top finale where they wreak havoc at the annual salmon festival.

by Anonymousreply 72October 13, 2021 11:53 AM

R70 - As if being a Karen frau wasn't terrifying enough! This one has been on my queue forever. I've heard often how good it is and what a great job the actress does, but just haven't gotten around to it.

by Anonymousreply 73October 13, 2021 11:54 AM


Funny thing is I generally dislike found footage horror and I don't find ghosts/haunted houses scary -- yet this actually did scare me. Mostly jump scares, but it also has a strong creepiness to the whole film. There have been two sequels since. I only watched part 2 which was kind of a let down and never bothered with 3.

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by Anonymousreply 74October 13, 2021 11:57 AM

^ Also, Juan Reidinger is delicious eye candy.

by Anonymousreply 75October 13, 2021 11:58 AM

Black Mountain Side - updated remake of The Thing. Very effective and creepy.

Grave Encounters, the first one. Ignore the sequels

Session 9 is always a fave of mine

Hell House LLC

Scare Campaign

by Anonymousreply 76October 13, 2021 1:00 PM

Drag Me to Hell, The Babadook, Motel Hell, The Sentinel

by Anonymousreply 77October 13, 2021 1:12 PM

In the Mouth of Madness

by Anonymousreply 78October 13, 2021 1:21 PM

I was disturbed by "The Blackcoat's Daughter". Images still haunt me. Adolescence is scary enough without Satan!

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by Anonymousreply 79October 13, 2021 1:27 PM

Totally agree about Blackcoats daughter R79 Also The Empty Man on HBO is a definite creepfest

by Anonymousreply 80October 13, 2021 1:43 PM

“The Loved Ones” on Amazon Prime.

“Cub” and “The Collector” on Tubi.

“Crawl” on Hulu.

“Hush” on Netflix (not the Jessica Lange film)

“The Hunt” and “The Collection” (sequel to “The Collector”, as mentioned above) on HBO Max.

by Anonymousreply 81October 13, 2021 1:59 PM

[quote]House from 1977

Love that movie.

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by Anonymousreply 83October 13, 2021 7:33 PM

House (1985) Horror/Comedy

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by Anonymousreply 84October 13, 2021 7:39 PM

R84 WTF was that? That is one of the ugliest things I have ever seen in my life. It scared the shit outta me. I will never watch that film.

by Anonymousreply 85October 13, 2021 10:04 PM

Original Last House on the Left. (Remake feels too sterile) I'm a sucker for the original Halloween too, The Last House on Sorority Row, again the original (amazing camp factor) vs. Sorority Row which wasn't as horrible as I was expecting bc the girls are all Eileen level bitchy. Also original Village of the Damned, love George Sanders. For a real classic, Haxan: Witchcraft through the ages (1922) which is actually now available for streaming on HBO Max

by Anonymousreply 86October 13, 2021 10:39 PM

Ugh, someone mentioned Horror Hotel (City of the Dead is the UK title — it’s a UK film). We couldn’t wait to see it - me, my sister, my cousins. The ads for it looked so spooky. It came on late at night, a midnight movie on tv, and we stayed up to see it — it was so boring we all fell asleep.

by Anonymousreply 87October 13, 2021 11:07 PM

Messiah of Evil

Visiting Hours

Let's Scare Jessica To Death

Carnival of Souls

The Sentinel

After Midnight (the one from the 80's)

Alice, Sweet Alice

The Innocents

by Anonymousreply 88October 13, 2021 11:09 PM

The original Spanish [rec]

The original Mexican, “We Are What We Are”

For a total WTF was that: “Testuo: The Iron Man”

Sci Fi horror : The Hidden

Also, “Splinter”

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by Anonymousreply 89October 14, 2021 12:17 AM

Black Sunday w/ Barbara Steele Lifeforce (1985, directed by Tobe Hooper)

by Anonymousreply 90October 14, 2021 12:27 AM

SPLINTER was a trip. Good creature feature.

by Anonymousreply 91October 14, 2021 11:45 AM


Maybe more drama than horror, it tells the story of a mom alone for the night with her wee ones while suffering a Post Partum Depression-induced psychotic episode. Very unsettling and sad, and a little shocking.

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by Anonymousreply 92October 14, 2021 11:49 AM

The Criterion Channel has a “home invasion” collection this month that includes two very scary French titles from the late aughts:

INSIDE, in which a Lamia-type figure will do anything to get her hands on a pregnant woman’s baby.

THEM, about a young couple who finds out something disturbing about their new house.

by Anonymousreply 93October 14, 2021 12:26 PM

INSIDE is absolutely brutal. On par with MARTYRS. The French horror cinema from the 00s was insane. CALVAIRE and FRONTIERS are also in that league, as well as HIGH TENSION.

by Anonymousreply 94October 14, 2021 11:08 PM

Would You Rather (2012) -- based on the game.

by Anonymousreply 95October 15, 2021 2:04 AM
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