Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies

Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies

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Travelling at such breakneck speed, horror
cinema can sometimes feel like a dime a dozen when it comes to movies that are actually
worth watching. When we really get down to brass tacks though,
there are a staggering amount of horror flicks released each year – and since the 1970’s,
an average of 250 feature films per year were released into the visual slipstream of horror. Now though, that number has skyrocketed – and
an average of 900 films per year are released worldwide, including independent cinema. And although we wish we could, there are only
so many hours in a day, and it’s difficult to find the time to fully digest some of the
greatest flicks vastly forgotten by horror cinema. But – that’s why we’re here, right? So let’s take a look. Hello horror fans, and welcome back to the
scariest channel on YouTube – Top 5 Scary Videos – as per usual, I’ll be your horror
host Jack Finch – as today, we rummage through the vinyl collection of the long, lost greats
– and take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was
from Wes Craven’s 1996 slasher masterpiece, Scream – and on that note – I’ll be right
back. — Oh, not again Lucy. Kicking off at Number 5 – Roadgames, 1981 And the fact that this film is widely forgotten
by the mainstream is a feat in and off itself – because stylistically, Roadgames is a visual
treat that was way ahead of its time. It’s also widely considered by none other
than Quentin Tarantino to be his favourite film ever made. If that’s not an accolade, I don’t know
what is. Released in 1981, Roadgames is an Australian
horror-thriller set in the outback, produced and directed by Richard Franklin, and written
by Everett De Roche – and starring, you just wait for it – the one, the only – Jamie Lee
Curtis – during a time when her career as the greatest Final Girl of horror history
had already been cemented in John Carpenter’s Halloween. She figured she’d head over to Australia,
shoot this film – and everyone kind of forgot about it. But they shouldn’t have – because it’s
really, really good. What plays out is an incredibly straightforward
storyline – a truck driver named Patrick Quid, played by the formidable Stacy Keach – travels
across the outback, picks up a hitchhiker, Jamie Lee Curtis – all the while, a killer
is on the loose. And because of that simple storyline, what
plays out is an almost Hitchcockian runaway train – with direct nods to the tight dialogue
and characterization of Rear Window and North by Northwest. If you’re into equal parts sweeping vistas
and equal parts close quarters violence – you’ll love this film. Coming in at Number 4 – Parents, 1989 Alright – you’ll either love this film or
you’ll hate it – because the very DNA of this film is divisive in nature, and it’s
a questionable subjective approach to confront what is, essentially psychological child abuse
– with what is also essentially a throwback horror comedy. But for me, it works – and 1989’s Parents
is a gem of over-amplified yet endearing horror. Directed by Bob Balaban and written by Christopher
Hawthorne, Parents tells the story of a ten year old kid named Michael, and his parents
Nick and Lily – who’ve just moved from Massachusetts to a new neighborhood in 1954 suburbia. Also – turns out that his parents are cannibals,
and they’re in the habit of killing people – chopping them up, and serving it to the
poor kid, unbeknownst to him – in his Spaghetti Bolognese. Not cool, parents – not cool at all. Yeah, listen – this film was an absolute flop
at the box office – and Balaban’s foray into feature filmmaking never truly recovered
– but if you scratch away the surface, Parents is just an incredibly entertaining and straight-up
grotesque display of mom and pop suburban horror. While the tone may be off in some parts, the
fact that we see this whole thing through the eyes of a child is horrifying enough. Next up at Number 3 – The Gate, 1987 And for many people throughout the 90s – this
was the film that would randomly pop up late at night on a rerun horror channel, unsuspectingly
to scare the living daylights out of us. For a kid, 1987’s The Gate is actually a
terrifying movie – but watching it later in life, it’s such an entertaining horror flick
that it’s hard to pass it by. And also, given that this film was given a
meager 2.5 million budget for what was essentially intended to be a blockbuster feature, it’s
incredible what was stylistically achieved. Written by Michael Nankin and directed by
Tibor Takacs – The Gate is essentially The Goonies for lovers of Lovecraftian fiction. The plot follows a kid called Glen, who alongside
his buddies, discover a portal to a nightmarish domain of evil gods, right in his backyard
– and what plays out is a classic tale of a bunch of ramshackled suburban kids trying
to battle the forces of evil. But this film shines in its small nuanced
scenes where the true horror begins to reveal itself. I don’t really want to ruin anything – but
there’s a scene where Glenn dreams that he’s dancing with what he thinks is his
dead mother — but it turns out to be something much, much more horrifying. Give this one a watch – you’ll have fun
either way. Swinging in at Number 2 – Opera, 1987 Uhhhhh – man. This film is insane. We briefly spoke about Italian giallo horror
a week or so ago, and 1987’s Opera is perhaps one of the best modern demonstrations of this
strange and alluring style of horror cinema. Also known as Terror at the Opera, this film
was written and directed by Italian cinematic legend, Dario Argento – the man also responsible
for the fantastic 1977 supernatural thriller, Suspiria – and Opera follows the story of
a woman named Betty, the unwitting star of an avant-garde production of Verdi’s Macbeth,
who is stalked by a mysterious and exceedingly violent killer. It’s a fantastic, horrific mystery – and
stylistically is a frantic joy to watch. The thing is though, director Dario Argento
refused to budge when the studio tried to cut the last eleven minutes of this film – and
because of that, Opera was never released theatrically – only being made available in
the US as a VHS release. I think perhaps, if it was released fully
to theatres, then this film would have cemented its place amongst the greats of horror cinema
– 1987 was a year of hits and misses for horror cinema, but Opera would have probably taken
the box office top spot. And finally, at our Number 1 spot – Cronos,
1993 And dammit – I just love this film. And for those of you that don’t know, Cronos
is the first-feature film ever made by the main man himself, Guillermo del Toro – although
widely, it never truly received the recognition that it deserved. Released in 1993, and written and directed
by Guillermo del Toro – Cronos tells the story of Jesus Gris – a religious antiques dealer
who miraculously comes into possession of an ancient mechanical, scarab like device
– that inadvertently dishes out the power of eternal life. But, by eternal life – what we really mean,
is vampirism. It’s interesting though, because like with
most of del Toros’ work – this isn’t exactly a film about vampires, yet relies on his painfully
original blend of mythology and religious iconography to deliver an authentic tale of
fantasy and suspense, rooted in atmospheric horror. Again, like with most of his work – Cronos
could easily be lifted straight from the folklore of South America and Europe – none of which
is based in oversaturated gore – but instead, delivered as the dark horror and violence
of humanity’s brush with the magical and the mystic. As del Toro painfully continues to remind
us – there is a price to pay for the curious. Cronos is great. Just give it a watch. Well – unfortunately, that’s all we’ve
got time for in today’s video – why don’t you let us know your thoughts in the comment
section down below, and speak your mind on the forgotten movies of horror cinema. Before we depart though, let’s read out
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  1. 3:11 parents was a film I remember seeing when I was young, but forgot about. Years later I got to see it again, and I was happy revisiting this gem of a film.

  2. Opera freaked me out! I also found Parents to be so well made…..but it was horrifying to come from a child’s point of view. America just cannot face it, although we’ll put some kids through it. Cronos = ❤️

  3. Cronos is fun, I've always liked that one, one of the few movies I watch every time it's on, saw The Gate a few times and have vague memories of Roadgames but never heard of Parent or Opera.

  4. I feel Horror Express(1972) was definitely a forgotten horror film because no one every talks about it in the horror community and it’s a GREAT movie.

  5. I really enjoy your videos but please please please stop pronouncing the "L" in folk!!! It's supposed to be silent and pronounced "foke". I know it's trivial but it's a common word in many of your videos and it makes my teeth itch every time I hear it! lol

  6. I watched Parents for a book that I've been planning for…entirely too long. Damn, it was WEIRD! But it was fun, so that counts for a lot.

  7. Never saw road games so I'd check that out but as for the other four I agree with The Gate and Opera but I think The parents was a miss and I found chronos to be more depressing then anything but then again I think deltorro is overrated as a horror director. He gets a lot of credit but his stories end predictably and he never fully nails the atmosphere. His visual choices are impressive but it takes more then that to make a good horror flick.

  8. If your main viewing habit is watching horror movies. Your list of horror movies have never been forgotten. Good show thanks.

  9. Don Dohlers ‘Nightbeast’ 1982 and Charles B Pierce’s ‘The Legend of Boggy Creek’ 1972.

  10. What about Tales From The Crypt, what about Tales From The Dark Side? One of them movies would take the cake

  11. Tarantino’s favourite film of all time is For A Few Dollars More, I think he changes favourite movie depending on who is interviewing him.

  12. First and foremost guys please keep up your awesome work but now could CRONOS be an inspiration for the strain

  13. 1:43 "It's also widely considered by none other than Quentin Tarantino to be his favorite movie of all time." Well it's good to know Quentin Tarantino widely considers his favorite movie of all time to be his favorite movie of all time.

  14. 1:44

    His opinion of his favorite movie changes so often I'm certain he's got a different favorite right now. And a different one right now…

  15. I remember the gate it was a pretty good horror movie i loved it as a kid since it was one of the tamer horror movies my parents were ok with it

  16. .Great to see some of my favourite forgotten horrors in your list. Parents now available on Blu-ray in the UK by Vestron. Meet the Applegates is due a reappraisal.

  17. The Gate brings back so many memories, 976 Evil was a great back then but probably is awful now but as a kid I loved it.

  18. I remember seeing parents when I was around 16 and by far one of the weirdest movies I had ever seen ? but still I loved it! I love you guys keep up the great work ??

  19. I always loved The Gate, that movie scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. Thirty-some years on, yeah it is dated and a bit on the goofy side, but definitely still entertaining.

  20. How about new York ripper..the prowler..night of the creeps prison..the dead hate the living…pieces..bring these into light…love the site

  21. Folks don't know about The Gate…really??!! It should be up there with The Goonies and those other cool coming of age flicks of the 80's! And Stephen Dorff? He's great and totally underrated today.

    Also, check out Full Circle (aka The Haunting of Julia) starring Mia Farrow…no one EVER talks about this one…probably because Rosemary's Baby overshadowed it in MF's filmography.

  22. where's Wake in Fright? This list is poorly researched and hardly credible when such a highly acclaimed movie as Wake in Fright which flew under the radar is omitted. Every director and producer mentions Wake in Fright as a staple of psychological horror. Your lists are fucked

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