Underrated Halloween Movies

By: Marck Parra


Halloween is here and TVs are filled with spooky staples from classic franchises such as Halloween, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. Cult classics such as Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town, will make appearances, too, but if you are on look out for something new, check out these underrated spooky horror gems that are sure to fill your living room with an abundance of suspense this Halloween season. Spoiler free, of course.

Trick ‘R Treat

 Trick or Treat movie poster  Photo Credit: IMDB

Trick or Treat movie poster

Photo Credit: IMDB



Trick ‘R Treat is a hidden halloween gem that you may or may not have heard of. It’s nothing revolutionary, but the movie sticks to its influences and executes its source material exceptionally well. Trick ‘R Treat revolves around four horror stories that are loosely connected with one another through a common them. It’s also a dark comedy that offers comedic relief during its most suspenseful scenes -- and there are plenty of them. This one is a can’t-miss that is surely on its way to cult-favorite stardom.

Scare-o-meter: three jack o'lanterns out of five.




The Orphanage (El Orfanato)



 The Orphanage   Photo Credit: IMDB

The Orphanage

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Underrated Halloween films are not just reserved for American filmmakers; international filmmaker make great horror movies, too. The Orphanage is a Spanish horror movie produced by Academy Award-winning director Guillermo Del Toro, that borrows heavy influence from old Spanish cinema and has a horror vibe like no American film has to offer. The movie takes place in Spain where a young couple plan to reopen an abandoned an old orphanage, only to find that things do not turn old the way they would like. Their son eventually befriends an old haunted spirit and the scares do not slow down from there.  

Scare-o-meter: four jack o'lanterns out of five.






Housebound

 Housebound  Photo Credit: IMDB

Housebound

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Another horror-comedy that cannot be missed; Housebound is scary, funny and downright disgusting at times, but this movie has a little bit of something for every horror fan. Another international film (from New Zealand filmmakers), Housebound is about a young woman who ends up serving a house-arrest sentence for attempted robbery under the supervision of her mother and step-father and is convinced that the house she is staying at is haunted. This leads to multiple occurrences that cannot be explained and a weird, funny and creative ending. A must-watch.

Warming: this movie is very bloody.

Scare-o-meter: four jack o'lanterns out of five.







Rosemary’s Baby.

 Rosemary’s Baby  Photo Credit: IMDB

Rosemary’s Baby

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You know this underrated classic had to be on the list. Rosemary’s Baby is arguably one of the finest horror films ever made, and yet, not a lot of people these days have even heard of the movie, let alone watch a moment of it. This movie has it all; suspense, creepy occult tendencies and plenty of scares that’ll haunt your dreams for days. Rosemary’s Baby sees a young woman inadvertently participate in a satanic ritual where she inadvertently ends up carrying the antichrist in her womb. The film is rooted in satanic lore, but every horror fan should see this movie at least once.

Scare-o-meter: four jack o'lanterns out of five.







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