The first of many list-type articles you’ll be able to read here on Horror Movie Zone. With that being said! Listed below are the ten most recent* underrated horror movies we think you need to watch right now.
*PLEASE NOTE: 2018, 2019, and 2020 count as most recent in our perspective.
Director: Frank Sabatella
Writers: Jason Rice (story), Frank Sabatella
Stars: Jay Jay Warren, Cody Kostro, and Sofia Happonen
Storyline: Stan and his best friend Dommer have to put up with bullies their entire lives. All of that changes when Stan discovers he has a murderous vampire living in his shed. Seeing the bloodshed and destruction the monster is capable of, Stan knows he has to find a way to destroy it. However, Dommer has a much more sinister plan in mind.
Incident in a Ghostland
Director: Pascal Laugier
Writer: Pascal Laugier
Stars: Crystal Reed, Mylène Farmer, Anastasia Phillips, Emilia Jones
Storyline: On the first night in their new home, Collen and her daughters suffer a terrifying home invasion. Sixteen years later, eldest Beth reunites with her family at the dark house where Colleen and Vera Still live…Something strange is happening once again.
Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
Writers: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Sergio Casci
Stars: Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage
Storyline: The Lodge follows a family who retreat to their remote winter cabin over the holidays. When their father is forced to abruptly depart for work, he leaves his children, Aidan and Mia in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace. Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace’s dark past.
We Summon the Darkness
Director: Marc Meyers
Writer: Alan Trezza
Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth
Storyline: The killing spree of murderous Satanists has already led to 18 deaths throughout America’s heartland. Three best friends Alexis, Val, and Beverly embark on a road trip to a heavy metal music festival. Naïve, they bond with three seemingly fun-loving dudes and soon the group heads off to Alexis’ country home, a very secluded place, for an afterparty. What should be a night of fun and youthful debauchery may instead take a dark, deadly turn. With killers on the loose, can anyone be trusted.
Director: Tony D’Aquino
Stars: Airlie Dodds, Linda Ngo, Taylor Ferguson, Ebony Vagulans
Storyline: When Kayla wakes up in a coffin-like box in the middle of the woods, the first thing she sees is a terrifying masked man with an axe running straight for her. As she runs to try to get away, she realizes she is part of an insane and deadly game. There are six other women running scared in the woods, each with a masked assassin assigned to protect them and kill everyone else. Kayla races to save herself and as many women as she can, but when they start to turn on each other, her killer instinct is unleashed as she does whatever it takes to survive.
I Trapped the Devil
Director: Josh Lobo
Writer: Josh Lobo
Stars: Scott Poythress, AJ Bowen, Susan Burke, Rowan Russell
Storyline: Christmas is meant to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. However, when Matt and his wife Karen show up unannounced at the home of his estranged brother Steve to celebrate the holidays, they are instead greeted with a horrifying surprise: trapped in the basement is a man. But not just any man. Steve believes that this his hostage is none other than the devil himself. As shock and scepticism turn to fear and paranoia, Matt and Karen find themselves facing a terrifying quandary: is Steve dangerously unhinged? Or could the mysterious stranger really be evil incarnate? Either way, the stage is set for a true Christmas from hell.
Director: Chelsea Stardust
Writers: Grady Hendrix, Ted Geoghegan
Stars: Rebecca Romijn, Arden Myrin, Hayley Griffith, Ruby Modine
Storyline: Sam’s first day as a pizza delivery driver is not going according to plan. At the end of a long day and not enough tips, her last delivery turns out to be for a group of Satanists looking for someone to sacrifice. Now in a fight for her life, Sam must fend off witches, evil spells and demonic creatures, all while trying to keep her body – and soul – intact.
Tone Deaf aka Killer Instinct
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Writer: Richard Bates Jr.
Stars: Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton
Storyline: Tone Deaf (aka Killer Instinct) follows millennial Olive who, after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, leaves the city for a weekend of peace in the country, only to discover the shockingly dark underbelly of rural America. She rents an eccentric, ornate country house from Harvey, an old-fashioned widower, who’s struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Soon two generations collide with terrifying results in this home invasion horror film that is also a darkly comedic critique of the bizarre cultural and political climate that exists currently.
Color Out of Space
Director: Richard Stanley
Writers: Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris, and H.P. Lovecraft (based on short story)
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Elliot Knight
Storyline: After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare.
Director: Jeff Barnaby
Writer: Jeff Barnaby
Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordan
Storyline: The dead are coming back to life outside but in the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, the indigenous inhabitants are immune to the zombie plague. Traylor, the tribal sheriff, must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees and reserve from riffraff from the hordes of white walking corpses.
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