I know the feeling. You feel like you’ve seen every horror film out there, and maybe you have come close. But perhaps you overlooked a spooky gem or two somewhere. Here are five very obscure horror films that scared the bejeezus out of me. Fair warning, some of these are a tad hard to find, but for dedicated horror fans, these are “must see” films that will chill you to the bone.
I was passed a 10th generation bootleg VHS of this movie a long, long time ago, and I have since been on a hunt to find it again. It’s very obscure, but boasts a fascinating plot and some genuinely terrifying moments. A couple arrives in a small town during a bizarre seasonal festival. What at first seems just weird and almost silly quickly turns frightening.
COMING SOON (2008)(COVER PHOTO)
I love my region-free Blu-Ray player because it lets me see amazing films from other countries that never make the journey across the ocean. Case in point: The Thai film COMING SOON is awesome, but has never been distributed stateside. So you will need a region-free player for this one. A movie theater receives a new horror film that is set to open everywhere in just a few days. But every time someone tries to watch the movie, something horrible happens. This gets scary!
THE BABY’S ROOM (2006)
This was a bulk release in the US as part of the “6 Films To Keep You Awake Collection” that came out in 2006. This movie seriously scared that heck out of me the first time I saw it, and I’ve always felt it deserved something more than a short-lived bulk release. A man begins seeing ghostly images on his baby monitor of an apparition following his newborn son.
SOUNDS OF SILENCE (1989)
I stumbled on the VHS tape of this one a few years back and have since been pushing others to discover it as well. Sadly, it is still only available on the VHS format. A family inherits a mansion in Europe. Upon arrival, they learn that the grounds used to be home to a children’s orphanage where all the kids mysteriously died. Then ghost children begin contacting the family’s deaf son.
This terrifying Spanish film is only now starting to get some attention in the United States. Starring Zelda Rubinstein (from POLTERGEIST), the movie functions as a film within a film, often blurring the lines of reality. An audience watches a movie about a slasher stalking victims in a movie theater while a “real” slasher is on the hunt in the crowd.