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It’s the GOTH giveaway contest!

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Have you seen that Goth is coming back? We plucked the old translation from the wreckage, dusted it off, made it fresh again with a brand-new, previously untranslated novelette! And now you can win a copy, for free!

By now you are likely familiar with our giveaway contests: we ask a question, you write a little essay or poem answering it in the comments of this point, and on Friday afternoon we pick for winners. We ship anywhere. The question this time: You can find the latest product and review of copy Buffett & my first online payday

What is your favorite obscure horror film and why? Yes, feel free to creatively misinterpret the word “obscure”, but if you name Nightmare on Elm Street or something, we are going to look at you funny.

To get you revved up, here’s a trailer for the 2008 Japanese film adaptation of Goth:

So, let us know what spooked you, cinematically (and obscurely) and you may win a copy of Goth!

PS: yes, the secret motivation for this contest is to get a good personal recommendation list of obscure horror films.

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27 Responses to “It’s the GOTH giveaway contest!”

  1. Angel says:

    I am not sure about obscure, but it must be getting obscure because I ask around and no one knows the film or recalls it. For me, the film to answer the question is “Event Horizon.” It is scifi and horror all blended into one. It has Laurence Fishburne as the captain of the rescue ship. It has Sam Neill being seriously scary, and it is a film with some pretty good special effects. Part of the charm for me also is that it reminds me in some ways of parts of “Hellraiser.” So I say, go dust it off, and watch it. Oh, and keep the lights on.

  2. chris w says:

    The abysmally named Frightmare is a fantastic UK film about the trials of Jackie, a young woman tasked with looking after her parents after they are released from an insane asylum. It’s great fun, with an obvious conclusion lurking at the end of Jackie’s tense, paranoid investigation. The film features a thrilling performance from Sheila Keith, who often work with director Pete Walker in portraying deranged and sinister women, and Frightmare is perhaps her best role.

  3. Misty Warner says:

    May, by Lucky McGee. It’s a heartbreaking look inside the female mind, the insecurity of physical imperfection, the awkwardness of trying to connect w/ other girls, & the first taste of being wanted, only to find out the physical affection was a casual, fleeting moment. And stitches. Because you have to have lots of stitches.

  4. Robert says:

    For me, my favorite obscure horror film is the Japanese film Osama Game. Adapted from the cell phone novel of the same name, it tells the tale of a class of high schoolers who one day receive a mysterious message, saying they are to play the king’s game. All must play. Each order must be followed in 24 hours. Failure means punishment. Withdrawing is not allowed.

    Of course, the students quickly learn that punishment is more than something to shrug at. Those who are punished are erased from existence, only their fellow classmates remembering them.

    I first hunted down the fansub because one of my favorite idols had a supporting part in it. However, after watching it, I was severely crept out. I couldn’t get the thought of the punishment out of head.

    To me, the punishment is shown best when one boy is hiding from another because he had sex with the other’s girlfriend, as per the king’s order. The boyfriend was then given the order to issue his own command. In a fit of rage, the boyfriend orders the boy to die, his classmates’ pleads falling on deaf ears. The victim, hiding in an alleyway, soon starts to have a heart attack. Falling onto the sidewalk, people rush to help him. As it zooms on the crowds panic faces, they soon relax and continue on their way, revealing the boy gone.

    We humans fear being forgotten. The idea of being hurt/in need of aid/ in danger and then dying, the people around going from panic to “Why am I here? Oh well. Wonder what’s for diner.” in a second is truly terrifying thing to think. That their is such a force out there that can override human memories, and make them…indifferent to finding themselves bending over a empty spot in confusion. In fact, two days after watching Osama Game I woke up having a panic attack from a nightmare involving the movie. That is the only time I’ve ever had a panic attack from a nightmare. All the other times I could easily go back to sleep. Not this time.

    Funny enough, the written out existence part was not from the original novel. In the novel and manga adaptation, the punished were punished by hanging or some other gruesome death. The movie, however, didn’t. Probably as a way to avoid an adult rating. Ironically (that is correct use of irony, right?), they only made it more terrifying, in my honest opinion.

  5. Sarah Hayes says:

    I swear, I’m not picking this one because it and GOTH shares an author, but the first film that came to mind when reading this is the 2005 Japanese horror film ZOO. And yes, it is based on the collection of short stories of the same name by Otsuichi. So yes, it’s rather apt that the prize is another Otsuichi novel! (And please, PLEASE remember to Google search this title as “Zoo Otsuichi movie” or else you will receive an unpleasant surprise from a film of the same name but not of the same course material).

    Honestly, I think most Japanese horror films are considered obscure if they haven’t received an American remake, like Ringu or Ju-Oh. But ZOO is particularly unique; it contains a set of five short stories, interconnected by nothing except a familiar feeling of existential dread and horror as the stories advance in their own respective spheres. They run the course from strangers locked in secret rooms to await a gruesome death to abused children who live in the shadow of their more loved sibling to the burying of a body and a series of mysterious photographs to mark the passing of time.

    What ZOO does best is that it is grounded in reality, even when the respective plot seems too fantastical to believe. The horrors that are happening are believable because the film has taken the time to develop the cast of characters, even if we don’t spend the entire film with any particular set. Because of that, every action carries even more weight, making the inevitable dark plot twists that much disturbing. ZOO addresses human issues – like child abuse in “Kazari and Yoko” and divorce in “So Far” – and uses suggestions of the supernatural to drive home how horrible they are or can become.

    Also, ZOO just looks really good. Like, the cinematography is amazing to look at. The “Seven Rooms” segment is particularly well executed, considering 90% of the story takes place in the same room, but turns a series of drab bunker-like rooms into a set of terrifying murder rooms. It’s all ace.

    I don’t usually watch horror movies, and when I do, I am often under impressed. But ZOO is one I would gladly rewatch. It left a big impression on me. I just wouldn’t watch it by myself, or in a dark room, or at night. It’s that spooky. (And someone might argue that ZOO isn’t horror, but they are wrong so there.)

  6. Jace says:

    I always really liked the remake of Meatball Machine directed by Yūdai Yamaguchi and original director Jun’ichi Yamamoto. It’s pretty goofy as a result of the nature of the premise – phallic aliens that go inside people’s bodies and turn them into Super Drill Bio Robots – however, the directing is solid regardless and the makeup and moldmaking effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura are super good despite the film’s low budget. There are several grotesque scenes that take place inside the body that, even upon rewatching, make me want to avert my eyes from the aforementioned phallic alien that is piloting bodily unmentionables as if they were cockpit controls. As well as the goofiness, the film has sexual undertones that serve to question the protagonist’s sexuality and masculinity in a surprisingly innocuous way, even if it isn’t the most subtle (i.e. phallic aliens). Through-and-through Meatball Machine is just a super fun watch for anyone that enjoys obscure-sci-fi-gore-Japanese-body horror.

  7. Jason Ridler says:

    For me, the Spookiest flick remains THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS. Disney’s only horror film of that era, about kids and psychic phenomena, of secret places people vanish, and Betty Davis as a hero! There’s something powerful about stories featuring kids who don’t know shit about shit having the capacity to do great harm or good. That it’s within your power to do incredible things, and that the price tag is growing up to be a lame adult if you don’t do it well!

  8. Carola says:

    First, a confession: I am absolutely terrible at watching horror movies. I used to love them as a kid, watched one after another, but the older I get the more nightmares I have (I do love a good horror read, though). As such, I hope my recommendation is obscure enough because I avoid horror movies and haven’t got a clue.

    Anyway. I have one favourite horror movie from back when I was a child. The Dutch movie “De Lift” (aka Goin’ Up). I have fond memories of it because the first time I watched it I was just six years old. My parents were watching it and I obviously wasn’t supposed to see it, but I had come downstairs because I couldn’t sleep and ended up watching the movie through the slit in the door (miraculously without my parents ever noticing I was there). I didn’t sleep for a week.

    When I rewatched it a few years later as a teenager, it was mostly just hilarious (alcohol may or may not have been involved).

    When I watched it again about two years ago, I avoided elevators for a while. I am weak.

  9. Paula Dodds says:

    Horror movies make me jump
    Make my heart race and my blood pump
    Most horror movies never fail
    To make me tense and bite my nails
    (I’m very nervous you see)
    But one movie stuck with me
    Urban Legend is the one
    I can watch until it’s done
    I’m a fan of all the lore
    Spooky stories blood galore
    But I’m not sure
    If it counts as obscure
    The thing I like most really
    Is that it’s not too scary
    I’m going to finish now
    My rhymes are running out.
    Wow?

  10. Carrie says:

    NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. Because nothing says scary like a VHS-only film where the monsters are giant rabbits played by actual rabbits who hop about – blissfully unaware they’re in a film – cut into scenes of actors reacting to the empty spaces where giant rabbits will be, a la Perry Mason reacting to a giant rubber monster in the first American GODZILLA.

  11. Yurei Yorkie says:

    “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon” is definitely my favorite of underrated and/or overlooked horror movies. It’s a 2006 mockumentary that has some seriously compelling ideas and creative discussion within it, and really deserves to be checked out for its creativity alone. Fortunately, the movie is a lot of fun too!

    Like a lot of contemporary horror, “Behind the Mask” treats itself as if it’s a real movie. 100% documentary style, but what’s really amazing with this movie is that it’s a fictional documentary within a fictional documentary. And not only that, but portions of the film, very specific and plotted portions, are shot in a typical horror film fashion. So there’s three realities that are occurring at the same time, all the time, within this movie.

    The idea is that Leslie Vernon is to be the next Mike Myers, Jason Voorhees, and whatever supernatural killer. In the film’s world, those stories are true rather than fiction, and this documentary crew has learned that the next scheduled “great killer” is this Leslie Vernon. After contacting him, Leslie agrees to let them film his final month of preparation before his killings. During this time “Behind the Mask” essentially deconstructs, and then reconstructs, the Slasher genre of horror movies, simultaneously minimizing the genre while also patiently detailing its every significance— and doing so all the while within a fun and horrifying movie about a killer sociopath!

    It’s a lot of fun. It’s an intelligent and extremely creative film, but it’s still a horror movie. It’s eerie as can be, almost uncomfortable with how recreational murder is treated here, and because of so all the more excellent of a movie. It’s extremely obscure not because of how formulaic and self-aware it is, but because it is still a determined and serious work despite this. It’s outrageous, genius, and downright fun!

  12. Michael Healy says:

    The coming of age horror movie Ginger Snaps which is about incestuous queer werewolves is a staple of Canadian horror cinema. I imagine it is at least known in American horror circles if nothing else it’s popular enough to get name dropped in Werewolf: The Forsaken.

    It’s sequel, oh so creatively titled Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed, is less popular. Probably because it vastly changes several things from the first movie. The first movie featured the titular Ginger and her sister Brigitte growing apart after Ginger in attacked by a “weird dog”. Ginger undergoes some major physical and personal transformations as she becomes more and more monstrous in a not very subtle metaphor for puberty. Of course the more reserved (and generally less sexual) Brigitte ends up killing her sister in the end.

    The second one takes place in a rehab center Brigitte has found herself in being treated for an addiction to wolfsbane. The metaphor changes from being about the messed up emotional wrecks teenagers can be and becomes a struggle to maintain control and not give in to your worse nature in the face of turmoil. It gets a little mangled by the fact that the “drugs” are what has kept her from turning into a monster thus far but I think that helps. It makes the movie more than just a blood splattered parable with a transparent message.

    It’s hard for me to choose between these two films but I think that the confined setting, the broader sense of hopelessness in the face of the supernatural and a pre-Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany in a very good supporting role push Unleashed just slightly more than it’s predecessor.

  13. Takehaniyasubiko says:

    I’m not a horror aficionado, but it doesn’t mean I pass on watching horror movies. I do watch horror movies from time to time, but it’s mostly because they tend to make me laugh, so I approach this genre in a rather idiosyncratic fashion. It’s impossible to take them seriously when I know it’s just a show. I simply can’t turn on my suspension of disbelief when I’m watching horror movies.

    I like Gothic settings, but only if they aren’t overdone, which happens quite often these days – this style became far too popular and it is quite boring by now with all the clichés.

    I found myself liking the old, black-and-white Japanese horror movies the most. Mostly because they are very unique to a Westerner like me. Flicks like The Military Policeman and the Dismembered Beauty are quite something, albeit problematic to get outside of Japan. It’s much easier to watch all of the modern crapolla, but I do not enjoy them at all. Somebody should make an effort at brining those Japanese classics to the European and American shores at a affordable price. It would be much better than brining second-rate anime shows over and over again.

    Western horrors are not to be ignored, of course. They used to be much more interesting, though. The works of Dario Argento are a great example of that. His modern babies, like The Mother of Tears, are a pain to bare with. However, his low-budget flicks from the (far) past have something special about them. I would never dare to call that special something “artistry”, but his style was quite unique and disturbing. Or maybe Argento’s movies like Phenomena are just batshit crazy? I’m not sure, but I know I enjoyed watching them (good laugh), whereas the modern movie productions from Europe and America just bore me.

  14. Alyn Day says:

    Spiral. The premise sounds silly- a village haunted by spirals. But it’s good. Creepy, unique, and it gets under your skin. Plus, you’ll never look at a snail or a cinnamon roll the same way again.

  15. David Wiggin says:

    Last year I saw a movie called “Beyond the Black Rainbow.” It’s a weird movie by any standard, set on a New Age cult compound, it’s shot as though it were made in the 80’s, down to the picture quality (which is still sharp enough to show off the beautiful sets, costumes and cinematography.) The director says he conceived of the film as a tribute to the garish horror movie covers he would see on video covers as child when his parents took him to the video store. Too young to be allowed to see these movies he would invent stories for them in his head that were inevitably much more terrifying than the actual movie would turn out to be when he saw them years later. I used to do the exact same thing so I resonated with this impulse.

    The story is bare (maybe 10 pages of dialogue for a feature?) and incredibly slow-moving with little to nothing happening but there’s a surreal, claustrophobic quality to the whole thing. The movie essentially makes the 1980s themselves the horror, showing the cult starting out from with 60s ideals and becoming warped by Forces We Dare Not Face into the bland, soullessness of the Reagan era. The soundtrack is also killer. The ending is a bit weak but it’s one of my go to recommendations.

  16. Tracy says:

    I’d like to recommend the John Frankenheimer movie Seconds, which is like an extended and deeply creepy Twilight Zone episode. The whole thing is really unsettling, but the last scene especially gives me chills (and the title has more meanings than you’d expect).

    And as long as someone is recommending the first two Ginger Snaps…may I suggest the third? Ginger Snaps 3 isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s nice and atmospheric, and set in a Canadian fort in 1815. (Not your usual werewolf setting.)

    (And Michael, about the first…incestuous and queer? I’m not sure about that.)

  17. Seth Ellis says:

    I have two answers! First, I’m going to jump on the Dario Argento bandwagon, and thus impale myself on the dark spikes lurking within the caboose. Suspiria freaked me out so much I don’t really have a way to talk about it. I’ve seen psychological horror, and I’ve seen splatter films, but I’d never before seen such a graphically terrifying film that also seemed to occupy, and involve me in, a completely different psychological state that the normal world. It’s the kind of movie that genuinely alters the way you look around yourself after you emerge from the theater. Also, Argento scored the films himself, with his band Goblins; I have two friends, both named Chris, who both have complete sets of the Goblins oeuvre. If that’s not horrifying I don’t know what is.

    Second, I do feel the need to stick up for psychological horror, and so I’m going to invoke Val Lewton, the not-quite-obscure B-producer at Republic in the late 40’s. Lewton was given pre-tested titles, tiny budgets, and some leftover A-movie sets, and delivered a series of cut-rate creepers with weird, undeniable atmosphere, of which the first is the best and most famous, The Cat People. But for a little while my favorite was the sequel, Curse of the Cat People, a very strange movie in which Lewton’s pschological obsessions were even closer to the fore than usual. There are scenes of characters literally quoting out of psychology textbooks. It’s an odd fairy-tale mess, not a successful movie, but even here are details that somehow manage to poke right through into your unconscious. There’s a shot of a woman walking up the stairs, and turning to look directly at the camera, that’s stayed with me for twenty years. It’s a reminder that the turning from the mundane to the horrifying can be very short.

    Only now do I realize that I should have gone with Carnival of Souls. Oh well.

  18. Jessica says:

    One of my most loved (and possibly obscure) horror films is Lake Mungo. It’s an Australian picture made in the style of a mockumentary. It details, through interviews with family and friends the drowning of a young girl and some strange events that take place after.

    The movie is so well done I never had to stop believing it was all real. It’s easy in a traditional horror film to allow some ridiculous detail to take you out of it. With Lake Mungo that never happened to me. It was as if I was watching the 100% true accounts of these people as they detailed the aftermath of losing a beloved family member. It’s what you might call a “slow burn”, but the story is captivating. The actors are great. Overall the entire thing is unsettling. I also think it works well for repeat views because there are many tiny details you aren’t going to be looking for the first time through.

  19. Ben B. says:

    Favorite obscure horror film? “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” comes to mind. One by one, prestigious surgeons are murdered with methods fashioned off the nine curses Moses enacted upon the Pharaohs of yore. The culprit? Dr. Anton Phibes, a famed organist long thought to be dead! The truth? He’s very much alive, very fabulous and very, VERY pissed off. Years ago, while Mrs. Phibes was on the operating table, nine surgeons failed to save her life. Though by all accounts they did their damnedest to save her, Phibes ain’t the forgiving sort.

    Vincent Price is smoldering as Phibes and gives one of his best performances, despite the fact that Phibes speaks through a voice-box and thus, never even moves his mouth. Price’s piercing eyes does all the emoting. The film also features a robot lounge band, a killer frog mask, a unicorn-head catapult and a police inspector named Trout. Trout must not only endure stupid fish-related humor from his cohorts, but also bears the burden of being quite possibly one of the most useless cops in cinematic history. He only ever arrives when his presence is long moot.

    “Phibes” was an influence on Alan Moore, who used an image from it as a cover for an issue of “V for Vendetta”. I’ve also often wondered if it influenced the “Saw” franchise due to the intricate nature of some of the murders featured within. The director Robert Fuest (Who went on to adapt Michael Moorcock’s “The Final Programme” into another cult film) and Price envisioned the Phibe’s story as having several sequels. Sadly, the sequel “Dr. Phibes Rises Again”, while a good film in it’s own right, was plagued by studio interference and friction between Price and his costar Robert Quarry. Several outlines and proposed titles exist for later entries in the franchise, making for a tantalizing mythology that may never be realized, especially now that Price is long dead.

    Still, Phibes has always got a special place in my filmic heart. In the pantheon of facially disfigured peeps seeking revenge (Strange Impersonation, Phantom of the Paradise and of course, Phantom of the Opera) it’s pretty tops. I’d even go so far as to say it’s my fave…well, except for maybe “Phantom of the Paradise”. That movie’s the bees knees.

  20. Brandi says:

    A lot of my favorites are not particularly obscure, but one memorable obscurity that I enjoyed watching was “Shanks” (1974), which straddled the line between black comedy and outright horror.

    Starring Marcel Marceau, it’s about a mute puppeteer named Malcolm Shanks who lives a lonely life with his abusive sister and brother-in-law, until he is asked to work for a doctor (also played by Marcel) who is doing experiments in reanimating the dead. The puppeter’s skills are useful in controlling the bodies, and he has a great talent for it– so much so that when the doctor dies of a heart attack, he reanimates the doctor rather than have to face his horrible caretakers again. Eventually (though I don’t remember if Shanks kills them or if they die in an accident), his horrible sister and brother-in-law die and are reanimated. Life is peaceful, with no one suspecting anything (the process retards decay somehow), though occasionally Shanks’ puppeting skills have a little trouble. Then a young girl/woman (she looks teenage) who he befriended is gradually introduced into his strange little world…

    Oh, and did I mention that this is the final directorial effort of William “The Tingler” Castle?

  21. Adam Lipkin says:

    Dead Mary. It’s an obscure one from about ten years ago starring Dominique Swain, a combo of a cabin-in-the-woods-story and a (possible) apocalypse. It starts with the classic “kids jokingly summon a demon” plotline, but shifts things nicely more than a few times. It’s low-budget, but never feels cheesy. Not a true classic, but a lot of fun, and one that deserves to be much better known.

  22. Kenneth Hite says:

    Mike Flanagan’s no-budget ABSENTIA would have been the seventh best film I saw in 2011 if I had seen it when it came out instead of a couple years later on Netflix. It’s the closest film has gotten to the vibe of Arthur Machen’s “The Red Hand” or “Novel of the Black Seal,” and it features the mother of all creepy tunnels.

  23. Daniel Robichaud says:

    Goke:The Body Snatcher From Hell is a fine example of a production company known for art cinema (Shochiko) venturing into scary pictures and ending up with something truly gonzo and memorable. Birds committing seppuku on a plane window, aliens that inhabit a human body by invading the mind through a vaginal slit in the forehead, a company of stranded people finding out that they were only a couple of miles from safety, and one of the most ambitious end of the world scenarios on the lowest budget that comes to mind… Oh, and a token blonde American babbling about a brother killed in the Vietnam War in a language (English) no one else in the cast seems to understand. Quite a bit of satire, quite a bit of surrealism, some laughs, and a whoooole lot of wtf originality tucked into a lean and mean running time. A fun, freaky movie.

  24. Jamie says:

    The scariest movie I’ve watched by far has to go to the Korean film “White”. It doesn’t start the way a normal horror film would. White starts the way a movie about following your dreams and becoming a pop star would. Extremely lame and cheesy and with actual pop music involved. And that’s where it starts with unnerving you by distracting you with the pop competition. There’s an odd mix between the horror and the somewhat normal parts of the movie making you always unsure of what to expect and always staying on your toes. Next thing you know, the horror is done, and the main character gets to be in the spot light again as a star, and you’re expecting the credits to roll. Then the horror comes back creeping back and throws everything you were expecting right in your face like a really big bucket of freezing water while relaxing on your favorite couch and you sit there for a good ten minutes wondering what you did to deserve this. White messes with your expectations and your perceptions and that’s why it’s not just a good horror movie, but a great one.

  25. Katie the Sometimes Killer Clown says:

    An oddly obscure horror movie is “You’re Next.” The reason this is odd is because there’s nothing that really separates this movie from other stapled entries in the genre; it’s not a classic or essential, but it’s good. And yet, “You’re Next” is almost entirely overlooked, and there’s an unfortunate reason why for this as this same reason is why I recommend it so much.

    In particular, what separates “You’re Next” is because Erin, the “Survivor Girl” character, is not a 1) Virgin, 2) Involved in phallic/yogic imagery, and 3) Incompetent until the very end. Instead, she’s an absolutely capable, totally badass Australian girl a semester off from her Master’s Degree who was raised in a Survivalist Camp because her parents were apocalyptic nutjobs while she was growing up. In “You’re Next,” Erin is the hero, from the moment things get crazy until the very end.

    But I guess this is why the movie isn’t noticed more. While everyone says they’re tired of the rather blatant miscommunication between sexes in horror movies, with how disregarded “You’re Next” is this makes me doubt the authenticity of this statement, at least on a wider scale.

    I’m a girl, but while I’m not a feminist I do desire an at least different style of female character in horror that isn’t some ditzy fool who can’t run without tripping over cat hairs. It’s a bit lousy to love horror movies as a girl and yet always witness that same formula of “birthing” in regards to the sole remaining female character at the end. This was a fun staple back in the day, but it has definitely overstayed its welcome. And that’s why I love YN; Erin isn’t based on her sex, and she doesn’t conform to gender roles once bodies start to hit the floor; while the film opens with Erin, and all other men/women, acting the part of sex, what’s great is that the moment there is murder and survivor mode kicks in all of the characters come out to be true and thorough characters, and not stereotypes of either horror staples or gender.

    So Erin is tough, inspiring, and extremely intelligent. Sharni Vinson, the actress, is practiced and dedicated in her role, and creates a believably strong and capable female lead in a horror film without entering into any weird snobbery or forcedness because of so. Erin is just a smart and capable character that is beyond her gender, and even though there isn’t any fainting virgin leading the show “You’re Next” still proves to be an extremely excellent addition to the “Home Invasion” genre of Horror.

    Truly, the only reason this movie is obscure is because either critics or viewers just aren’t comfortable acknowledging that the female lead of a horror movie doesn’t have to conform to any establish roles or rules. I really can’t stress this movie enough, because it proved to be hugely influential for me in seeing Sharni Vinson’s character be so uniquely her own. It’s not a feminist thing, but rather a refreshing coat of creativity on this otherwise rigid genre. Check it out!

  26. Jacob Richards says:

    My favorite obscure horror film is Burnt Offerings, it has a really creepy atmosphere with a bone chilling ending with tons of psychological horror in the haunted house setting.

  27. Cyril says:

    My favourite obscure horror movie has to be Tentacles from 1977. It’s my favourite for all the wrong reasons. As one might expect with such a name, the movie is outright terrible, being a quick cashgrab made to ride the wave of succes the earlier released Jaws started. But it has all the qualities a bad horror film needs to be enjoyable. It doesn’t hold back and starts bearing it’s fangs really early, as already a few minutes after the opening credits it shows a scene of the octopus eating a baby. After rhat it reverts to keeping up the tension using Spielberg’s technique of keeping the monster hidden for the majority of the film.

    Despite the terrible plotting and production of the film, they actually managed to get three oscar-winnigactors to star ( including Henry Fonda ), which makes the acting in this film far less wooden and more bearable than in other horror films of it’s kind. A trippy soundtrack, terrible special effects and morlaughable moments than any Shyamalan film. Check it out!


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