Obscure Horror Worth Checking Out

by Gymnopedies | created - 16 Apr 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

These are horror movies that I have seen that I would consider underrated an obscure, that I think are terrific, and would be considered to be great among by a many horror fan. There are many great hidden gems out there to be seen. These are worth checking out. Ranked in order.

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1. The Reincarnate (1971)

122 min | Horror

A wealthy lawyer with a short time to live hides a secret--he is the continuation of a line of "reincarnates", and his memory is an accumulation of their memories. He must find a successor ... See full summary »

Director: Don Haldane | Stars: Jack Creley, Jay Reynolds, Trudy Young, Hugh Webster

Votes: 93

2. They Have Changed Their Face (1971)

90 min | Drama, Horror

In this allegory on capitalism, director of a known car corporation invites one of his employees to his country villa to give him the good news. He just got promoted. However, the old man is not what he seems and promotion has a price.

Director: Corrado Farina | Stars: Adolfo Celi, Geraldine Hooper, Giuliano Esperati, Francesca Modigliani

Votes: 381

3. I Zombie: The Chronicles of Pain (1998)

79 min | Drama, Horror

A young man gets infected and gradually starts turning into a zombie.

Director: Andrew Parkinson | Stars: Giles Aspen, Ellen Softley, Dean Sipling, Claire Griffin

Votes: 680

4. Sole Survivor (1984)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her.

Director: Thom Eberhardt | Stars: Anita Skinner, Kurt Johnson, Robin Davidson, Caren L. Larkey

Votes: 1,313

5. Dead Leaves (1998)

80 min | Drama, Horror

Joey snaps when his girlfriend Laura dies. He takes her corpse from New York City to West Virginia. As she decomposes, he slips further into madness.

Director: Constantin Werner | Stars: Haim Abramsky, Beth Gondek, Ken Cypert, Christopher Medina

Votes: 95

6. The Territory (1981)

100 min | Drama, Horror

A small group of well-to-do vacationers go on a hiking trip into the woods. Foolishly unprepared to deal with Mother Nature and their situation, they wander around lost for days and weeks, ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Geoffrey Carey, John Paul Getty III, Jeffrey Kime, Camila Mora-Scheihing

Votes: 189

7. Don't Go to Sleep (1982 TV Movie)

93 min | Horror, Mystery

A young girl begins seeing the ghost of her sister who died in an accident a year earlier.

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Valerie Harper, Robin Ignico, Kristin Cumming

Votes: 1,080

8. The Demon Murder Case (1983 TV Movie)

97 min | Horror, Thriller

A young boy is taken over by demons who force him to commit murder.

Director: William Hale | Stars: Charles Fields, Liane Langland, Joyce Van Patten, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 170

9. Blood & Donuts (1995)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

A vampire falls for a woman working at a donut shop.

Director: Holly Dale | Stars: Gordon Currie, Louis Ferreira, Helene Clarkson, Fiona Reid

Votes: 1,116

10. The Carrier (1988)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

The main character is stricken with a horrible disease, but it doesn't affect him. It spreads to every inamimate object that he touches, and then if another person touches the object, they ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan J. White | Stars: Gregory Fortescue, Stevie Lee, Steve Dixon, Paul Silverman

Votes: 360

11. Escape from Hell (2000 Video)

Unrated | 76 min | Horror, Drama

This movie is about a man who is a doctor call Dr. Eric Robinson, who thinks heaven and hell is about ur imaginations that ones memory which refleshs, so when one gets into coma or die and ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Carrales | Stars: Daniel Kruse, Emilie Jo Tisdale, Terry Jernigan, Paul Stober

Votes: 205

12. No Place to Hide (1981 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Amy is the Mannings only daughter. After the death of her rich father, she lives together with her stepmother. Recently she sees a man in black following her, waiting for her in her car, ... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Mariette Hartley, Kathleen Beller, Arlen Dean Snyder, Gary Graham

Votes: 256

13. Till Death (1978)

80 min | Horror

A widower, visiting the crypt that holds the body of his wife, is accidentally trapped therein. That night, he finds that she seems to have been cataleptic, rather than dead, and frees her ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Stocker | Stars: Keith Atkinson, Belinda Balaski, Marshall Reed, Bert Freed

Votes: 83

14. The Appointment (1981)

90 min | Horror

Walking through some woods a girl is seized by an unseen malevolent force. The authorities erect an iron fence around the woods. Later, another girl and her family are affected by the same force. First in dreams and then in more real ways.

Director: Lindsey C. Vickers | Stars: Edward Woodward, Jane Merrow, Samantha Weysom, John Judd

Votes: 274

15. Aswang (1994)

R | 82 min | Horror

A young, unwed, pregnant girl is made an offer she can't refuse. Marry a rich young man with a wealthy estate to please his dying mother, and she'll be well taken care of. What she doesn't ... See full summary »

Directors: Wrye Martin, Barry Poltermann | Stars: Norman Moses, Tina Ona Paukstelis, John Kishline, Flora Coker

Votes: 467

16. The Evil (1978)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A doctor buys a Civil War era dilapidated mansion, and hires a few friends to fix it up, but the mansion hides a deadly secret.

Director: Gus Trikonis | Stars: Richard Crenna, Joanna Pettet, Andrew Prine, Cassie Yates

Votes: 1,842

17. Count Dracula (1977 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 150 min | Horror

The vampire count leaves his Transylvanian home to wreak havoc across the world.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon, Judi Bowker

Votes: 1,180

18. Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975)

R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A female bisexual artist turns out to be a vampire.

Director: Juan López Moctezuma | Stars: Cristina Ferrare, David Young, John Carradine, Helena Rojo

Votes: 376

19. Thirst (1979)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: Chantal Contouri, Shirley Cameron, Max Phipps, Henry Silva

Votes: 1,138

20. Vampire in Venice (1988)

TV-MA | 97 min | Horror

Professor Paris Catalano visits Venice, to investigate the last known appearance of the famous vampire Nosferatu during the carnival of 1786.

Directors: Augusto Caminito, Klaus Kinski, Maurizio Lucidi, Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer, Donald Pleasence, Barbara De Rossi

Votes: 762

21. Demons 6: De Profundis (1989)

R | 89 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A horror movie in production resurrects a witch called Levana, who is the main evil character in the movie. Levana tries to take over our world so that evil can be spread everywhere, but ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Florence Guérin, Urbano Barberini, Caroline Munro, Brett Halsey

Votes: 360

22. The Spider Labyrinth (1988)

Unrated | 120 min | Horror, Thriller

Alan Whitmore, a young American researcher, goes to Budapest to visit Professor Roth, with whom he collaborated on a secret project called "Intextus". Arrived in the Hungarian capital, Alan... See full summary »

Director: Gianfranco Giagni | Stars: Roland Wybenga, Paola Rinaldi, Margareta von Krauss, Claudia Muzii

Votes: 488

23. Habit (1995)

Unrated | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

It's autumn in New York. Sam has broken up with his girlfriend and his father has recently died. World-weary and sloppy drunk, he finds temporary solace in the arms of Anna, a mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Fessenden | Stars: Larry Fessenden, Meredith Snaider, Aaron Beall, Patricia Coleman

Votes: 1,339

24. The Iron Rose (1973)

TV-MA | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror

A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Natalie Perrey, Mireille Dargent

Votes: 1,553

25. Bloodlust (1977)

90 min | Horror

A deaf and dumb accountant suffers from a psychic trauma in his childhood. He is collecting puppets and mutilates female bodies in the mortuary. After his secret love died by an accident he starts to kill.

Director: Marijan Vajda | Stars: Werner Pochath, Ellen Umlauf, Birgit Zamulo, Gerhard Ruhnke

Votes: 409

26. Shadows of the Dead (2004)

R | 92 min | Horror, Drama

A woodland holiday turns into a hellish trip for a couple who discover a dead body among the branches. However, it transpires that the body is far from dead, and the couple are suddenly infected by a body-ravaging disease.

Director: Carl Lindbergh | Stars: Jonathan Flanigan, Beverly Hynds, Fred Dekom, Jason Schwartz

Votes: 342

27. Il demonio (1963)

98 min | Drama, Horror

Purif, young peasant of the South Italy, is considered from the people a possessed one and a witch. All of the village is hostile to its activity magical and sorceress. The girl will be ... See full summary »

Director: Brunello Rondi | Stars: Daliah Lavi, Frank Wolff, Anna María Aveta, Tiziana Casetti

Votes: 409

28. The Possession of Michael D. (1995 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Michael and Jenny want to start to live together but the presence of a dark force begins to destroy their happiness forever. Everything seems to focus on Michael who has terrible nightmares... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kennedy | Stars: Phylicia Rashad, Stephen Lang, Sheila McCarthy, Michael Riley

Votes: 163

29. Grave Halloween (2013 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Horror

Suicide forest is just a name - isn't it? Miko intends to find out, even if it means uncovering the sad truth about her mothers suicide.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Graham Wardle, Dejan Loyola

Votes: 1,166

30. Girly (1970)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A wealthy, fatherless British clan kidnaps bums and hippies and forces them to participate in an elaborate role-playing game in which they are the perfect family; those who refuse or attempt escape are ritualistically murdered.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Michael Bryant, Ursula Howells, Pat Heywood, Howard Trevor

Votes: 1,054

31. Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (1973)

Not Rated | 78 min | Horror

The Norris family get jobs working at a seedy old carnival as a cover for searching for their missing son who disappeared after visiting said carnival. Eccentric manager Mr. Blood turns out... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Speeth | Stars: Janine Carazo, Jerome Dempsey, Daniel Dietrich, Lenny Baker

Votes: 499

32. Dance of the Damned (1989)

R | 82 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A vampire follows his instincts to a strip joint where he focuses in on one of the performers. He picks her for his meal because she is contemplating suicide, but he wants to share her life... See full summary »

Director: Katt Shea | Stars: Starr Andreeff, Cyril O'Reilly, Debbie Nassar, Maria Ford

Votes: 312

33. House of Lost Souls (1989 TV Movie)

89 min | Horror

A group of people stay at a run down hotel, unknown to them the hotel has a dodgy past with the landlord.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Joseph Alan Johnson, Stefania Orsola Garello, Matteo Gazzolo, Laurentina Guidotti

Votes: 235

34. So Sweet, So Dead (1972)

X | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A serial killer is on the loose. His victims are unfaithful wives and he always leaves compromising photographs at the crime scene.

Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero | Stars: Farley Granger, Sylva Koscina, Silvano Tranquilli, Annabella Incontrera

Votes: 590

35. Night of the Devils (1972)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

The patriarch of a wealthy family fears that he will show up one day in vampire form. Should this happen, he warns his family not to let him back in his house, no matter how much he begs them.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Gianni Garko, Agostina Belli, Roberto Maldera, Cinzia De Carolis

Votes: 988

36. Dark Waters (1993)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

A girl travels to an island, after the death of her father, to find out why the father funded a monestary on the island.

Director: Mariano Baino | Stars: Louise Salter, Venera Simmons, Mariya Kapnist, Lubov Snegur

Votes: 1,742

37. 13 Gantry Row (1998 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

After buying a house, a woman's life is threatened by sinister events that occurred in the house a century previously.

Director: Catherine Millar | Stars: Rebecca Gibney, John Adam, Doris Younane, Nicholas Hammond

Votes: 207

38. Covenant (1985 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Thriller, Horror

A powerful family that controls the world's banks has made a deal with Satan to help the forces of evil take over the world. An underground group named The Judges bands together to try to stop them.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Jane Badler, Kevin Conroy, Charles Frank, Whitney Kershaw

Votes: 60

39. U.F.O. Abduction (1989 Video)

66 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

On a typical fall evening in 1983, a young man was videotaping his niece's 5th birthday party. As the night's strange occurrences took place, he kept his video camera running, recording the entire event.

Director: Dean Alioto | Stars: Tommy Giavocchini, Patrick Kelley, Shirly McCalla, Stacey Shulman

Votes: 484

40. I, Desire (1982 TV Movie)

120 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A Los Angeles student working as a coroner's assistant falls in love with a strange young woman.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: David Naughton, Dorian Harewood, Marilyn Jones, Barbara Stock

Votes: 185

41. Night of the Scarecrow (1995)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of drunk teenagers accidently set free the spirit of a warlock, which possesses a scarecrow. The scarecrow goes on a bloody rampage killing the descendents of the men who had killed... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Burr | Stars: Elizabeth Barondes, John Mese, Stephen Root, Bruce Glover

Votes: 1,004

42. Bewitched (1981)

101 min | Crime, Horror

While possessed by an evil spirit, a man murders his daughter. A police detective investigating the case also becomes possessed. A good monk helps fight the evil spirit.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Fei Ai, Melvin Wong, Fanny Fen-Ni, Lily Chan

Votes: 293

43. Fleisch (1979 TV Movie)

114 min | Horror, Thriller

A honeymooning couple stay at a hotel in New Mexico. It all seems normal until an ambulance pulls up and takes the husband away. The wife, with the help of a truck driver, finds the awful secret to the hotel and the ambulance service.

Director: Rainer Erler | Stars: Jutta Speidel, Wolf Roth, Herbert Herrmann, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 553

44. The Devil's Business (2011)

69 min | Horror

At the house of their target, two hit men bide their time waiting for the kill, only to find death already arrived in the shape of black magic, devilish spirits and the occult.

Director: Sean Hogan | Stars: Billy Clarke, Jack Gordon, Jonathan Hansler, Harry Miller

Votes: 562