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24 Terrifying Horror Movies Most People Don't Know About, But Absolutely Should

It's SCARY how few people know about these! (Listen, I tried...)

We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "What's your favorite horror movie that it feels like no one else has seen?" and they DID NOT hold back. So, here are just a few of the horror films you should add to your watch list immediately:

Also, WARNING: Light spoilers ahead for some of these films!

1. Train to Busan (2016)

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Next Entertainment World

“A lot of people might be turned off by watching a horror movie with subtitles, especially considering it seems like just another zombie apocalypse movie, but trust me, it is SO much better than it sounds. One of my favorite movies of ALL TIME!"

camik

2. Suspiria (2018)

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Amazon Studios

"The 1977 original is classic, necessary viewing for any horror fan (you can’t beat Dario Argento’s use of primary color, and the soundtrack by Italian rock group Goblin is iconic), but let's focus on the 2018 reimagining. It's incredible and totally different from the original. Plus — it goes without saying — Tilda Swinton is amazing in THREE SEPARATE ROLES. It's an absolute must for fans of creepy, beautiful horror."

smcafee522

3. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

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Sony Pictures Classics

"It's the most underrated Guillermo del Toro movie but, in my opinion, also his scariest!"

hobbits2isengard

4. Jacob's Ladder (1990)

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TriStar Pictures

"It’s about a guy who comes back from war after the government did tests on his squad. It really makes you think, and the ending is open for interpretation. It's definitely my favorite horror movie, and I wish more people watched it."

roeozzy

5. The Invitation (2015)

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Drafthouse Films

"It's genuinely a great paranoia-type horror film. You can't tell if the main character is just reeling from grief, or if something more sinister is going on, which makes the last 15 minutes or so a wild ride!"

caitlinm18

6. The Mouth of Madness (1994)

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New Line Cinema

"I just read through all of the comments and didn't see my favorite on the list! It's a little bit of Stephen King, a little bit Lovecraft, and a whole LOT of disturbing imagery. It still scares me to this day, and I have seen it dozens of times!"

mukta101

7. The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)

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A24

"It's a slow burn, but the ending is absolutely bonkers! It's about two girls stranded in their boarding school over the winter holiday while another mysterious woman desperately tries to get to the school for an unknown reason. The ending left me shook!"

caitlinm18

8. Basket Case (1982)

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Analysis Film Releasing Corporation

"It's weird, gritty, disgusting, dark, and — often times — hilarious. The effects are low-budget, but amazingly effective. It's the perfect midnight movie."

zooter

9. Trick 'r Treat (2009)

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Warner Bros.

"It's an anthology-style movie where everything eventually ties together. Each of the stories are creepy in their own unique way, and it's the perfect movie to get you in a Halloween mood!"

monikap6

10. You're Next (2011)

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Lionsgate

"It takes the home invasion/slasher genre and turns it on its head. An unsettling opening shifts to a slow, quiet first act — then it suddenly jumps into high gear. Family dysfunction at its finest, as well. Enough creepy moments, bloody events, and a seriously unique final girl to satisfy any horror fan. I love this film and have watched it multiple times, and I hope more people will seek it out!"

jmbovan

11. High Tension (2003)

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EuropaCorp

"In my opinion, it truly lives up to its name. I don't understand why more people don't talk about this movie!"

itswisa

12. House of the Devil (2009)

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MPI Media Group

"It's a movie from 2009, but it's filmed to look like a classic '80s horror film. Plus, it has a solid story!"

hobbits2isengard

13. The Neon Demon (2016)

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Amazon Studios

"What a wonderful mood piece...also, TRULY UNCOMFORTABLE TO WATCH."

rockygilmond

14. Event Horizon (1997)

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Paramount Pictures

"This movie ruined me. I loved horror before I saw that film, now I can’t get through one without holding the remote control in my hand, ready to turn it off at a moment's notice. It may be fairly well known by its title, but I've rarely met anyone who's ACTUALLY seen it."

silentword

15. Grave Encounters (2011)

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Tribeca Film

"Found footage is my favorite type of horror movies, and this is one of my favorites. I feel like, for most horror movies, it’s easy for the viewer to say, 'Don’t do that, you idiot! You’re just asking to get murdered!' but in this movie, there’s literally nothing they can do to escape. It’s so helpless for the characters."

shannontb

16. Hell House LLC (2015)

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Terror Films

"I actually read about this one in an old BuzzFeed article, and it was so good! I got my friends hooked on it, and we all love it. It’s found footage style, but feels fairly real. It involves a haunted house attraction and the aftermath with a police investigation. For sure a must-see!"

lilbusybuzz

17. The Ritual (2017)

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Netflix

"It's a pretty classic storyline, but the cinematography, special effects, and great acting put it over the top! There are definitely a few scenes and shots that have popped up in my nightmares..."

camik

18. Circle (2015)

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FilmBuff

"Honestly, it’s definitely not the BEST horror movie in the world and it definitely has its problems — HOWEVER, it tackles many social issues such as racism, ageism, sexism, homophobia, prejudices against people with disabilities, and those of lower socio-economic status. It is thought-provoking and suspenseful, not to mention the MAJOR, mind-blowing plot twist toward the end!"

camik

19. The Orphanage (2007)

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Warner Bros.

"Foreign movies tend to be some of the best horror I’ve ever seen, but some people can’t be bothered to watch anything with subtitles...trust me, this one is worth it."

lindseym47ffb1b11

20. The Cell (2000)

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New Line Cinema

"The one with Jennifer Lopez! It has great cinematography and Vincent D'Onofrio is chilling in this movie. Whoever thought of the concept of how he kills his victims should be arrested!"

elenas419570a3a

21. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

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Buena Vista Distribution

"Remember that time in the '80s when Disney tried their hand at a horror with this one? Yeah, a lot of people don’t. I grew up watching it, and it’s still one of my favorite movies. My friends thought I was either making it up or it was a fever dream for the longest time until I tracked down a DVD version and practically forced them to watch it with me!"

freckledmenace

22. Funny Games (1997)

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Concorde-Castle Rock/Turner

"It's one of the most interesting and unnerving films I've ever seen. Two young killers terrorize a family and at times they even break the fourth wall, implicating you, the viewer, in their crimes. It's meta and satirical, but somehow that makes it even more terrifying. It's hard to watch at times, but worth it."

zooter

23. Hush (2016)

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Netflix

"It’s about a deaf writer who lives in a house, in the woods, by herself. One night, a killer shows up and she has to figure out how to defend herself without using sound. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire movie, and the lead actor is phenomenal!"

reaganfellers

24. And finally — Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (2011)

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Magnet Releasing

"I know it's more of a comedy, but it's SO good. It basically spoofs the horror movie standard of kids being stuck in the woods and getting killed off one by one. I really love it! Not a lot of people talk about it, but it's worth a watch!"

michaeldavid

Now it's your turn! What's your favorite horror movie that it feels like no one else has seen? Share yours in the comments below!

Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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