Sometimes, I find myself indulging in a good horror B-movie flick. Sometimes, I enjoy B-movies more than most recent Hollywood movies. Maybe it’s because of the low budget that pushes directors to be more creative and original or it could be the opposite, the low budget gives them the freedom to “fail” without repercussions. Whatever the case may be, I think more people should give B-rated movies a shot. You might be pleasantly horrified.
If you’re into a good werewolf monster movie, you might just give this a shot. “Wolves” is an edgier take on the familiar story of a man that turns into a wolf. The movie is entertaining and has decent special effects given its budget.
9. It Came From Beneath The Sea
For its time (1955), the effects were quite decent, though most likely you won’t be shocked by this film. It features a huge radioactive octopus that is terrorizing the North American Pacific Coast.
8. Piranha 3D
After a sudden underwater tremor sets free a group of prehistoric carnivorous fish, Lake Victoria in Arizona explodes with casualties. Now, unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents.
This film is a blast. The movie succeeds admirably because it never tries to offer anything else than B-movie thrills, namely nudity and gore. The scant running time is absolutely packed to the brim with naked women and people being destroyed by piranha in increasingly gory ways. This is one of the most hands-down entertaining creature features I’ve seen in a while and the kind of film you think they don’t make anymore.
7. The Human Centipede
“The Human Centipede” is described as the most horrific film ever made. It follows a mad scientist who kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others’ rectums. Above all very scary and intelligent! I wouldn’t recommend eating before viewing this movie.
6. The Evil Dead
The story is about five students who go to a cabin in the woods (why not). They find a tape with the voice of a professor trying to translate the “Necronomicon”, the Book of the Dead. By playing the tape the students unleash the evil power that lives within the woods. Gradually they are turned into blood-thirsty zombies until there’s only one of them left. Ash (Bruce Campbell) now has to fight not only his former friends but also the evil that is trying to get him too. it is considered to be one of the best and most original horror films of all time.
5. The Blair Witch Project
The movie is about three film students who vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. I can still remember the initial shock it had on me. This gem is a must see.
4. Paranormal Activity
The title gives it away. A couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence after moving into a suburban home, With a budget of 15.000$, this movie is surprisingly good. The effects, while minimal and cheap (banging, invisible feet and hands), are very effective. But the real scare is the ending. This offers one of the most terrifying endings of all time.
3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” follows Matthew Bennell as he is confronted with the realization that several people, including his friends, are acting abnormally only to realize that aliens have been replacing humans by living inside them. This is one of the most underrated films of its genre. It will scare the daylights out of you, not just because of the story but because of the characters.
The movie follows Carrie White – a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother. She unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. “Carrie” is a modern classic, and many recent horror films could take a few lessons from the story,
The story is about Henry Spencer. He tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. This masterpiece will forever haunt me.
Let me know if you know any other good horror B-movie flick I should have included in the list.