While Halloween brings a time to watch some of the best scary movies of all-time, there are also a lot of movies out there that may be unfamiliar with the mainstream audiences. More than any other genre, the horror film has a large amount of cult favorites, movies that remain beloved although they never really hit it big on the big screen. Here is a look at the best cult horror movies of all-time.
“Fido” – The Canadian zombie film “Fido” was released in 2006 and flew under the radar in the United States. The movie is set in an alternate world, where everything is colorful and pretty, like a “Donna Reed” styled comedy, but there is a lingering darkness as the movie takes place after a zombie apocalypse. The humans won the war and a company created collars that allow the humans to control the zombies as slaves. This is the story of a boy and his pet zombie.
“Return of the Living Dead” – One of the very first zombie horror comedies was “Return of the Living Dead.” The film pays a great homage to George Romero’s “Dead” films, as a chemical disaster creates zombies. These zombies can move quickly and talk, including one hungry zombie that actually uses the dead police officer’s radio to call for more backup.
“Evil Dead” – While the second Sam Raimi “Evil Dead” movie sits near the top of many people’s charts of the best horror movies of all-time, the first one remains a great cult horror movie classic. Shot on a very low budget, Raimi and Bruce Campbell used creative filming techniques to achieve a charming, scary and wonderful horror film.
“The Cabin in the Woods” – Released in 2012, Joss Whedon teamed with “Cloverfield” director Drew Goddard to make “The Cabin in the Woods,” a movie that owes a lot to many of the classic cult horror movies on this list. This movie shows a group of behind-the-scenes individuals who create a horror scenario and send a group of unsuspecting kids into their own real-life horror movie.
“Re-Animator” – Released in 1985, Stuart Gordon created his masterpiece with “Re-Animator,” a movie that turns the mad scientist story on its head. Jeffrey Combs stars as Herbert West, a college student who becomes obsessed with bringing creatures back from the dead. It includes a wonderful scene with a sarcastic severed head.
“Dead Alive” – Peter Jackson won an Oscar for his work on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but made his name with low-budget horror films. One of his early masterpieces was “Dead Alive,” a movie in which a rabid monkey bites a man’s mother and then she turns into a zombie, infecting others around her, while her son tries to hide all the evidence.
“Shaun of the Dead” – Edgar Wright created the greatest zombie comedy homage of them all with “Shaun of the Dead.” In this movie, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star as two guys who live a drab life until one day they realize everyone around them is turning into zombies. The movie compares living a lifeless life with actually being lifeless.
“Trick ‘R Treat” – AN anthology movie from 2007, “Trick ‘r Treat” tells interconnecting stories about a werewolf pack, a diminutive demonic killer and a all-too-human serial killer. The studio pushed the movie back, with no idea how to market it, and eventually dumped off onto DVD, where it became a wonderful addition to any cult movie library.
“Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon” – A mockumentary-styled slasher movie, “Leslie Vernon” has a documentary crew following a serial killer as he shows them how he goes about his business. The movie pays homage to many different slasher movies, as Vernon shows why certain staples of the genre happen in every movie.
“In the Mouth of Madness” – While not always spoken of when talking about John Carpenter movies, “In the Mouth of Madness” remains one of his finest efforts, albeit a cult movie to the core. Sam Neill stars as an insurance investigator looking to the disappearance of a horror writer, only to learn that much of his writing is far from fiction.