Low Expectation Horror Movies That Are Great!


Horror fans are definitely a different breed of movie lover than the average casual viewing public.  We all realize that our favorite genre isn’t publicized nearly as much as your weekly romcom starring two adorable leads in the same scenario you saw them in last summer.  Add that to the fact that horror movies are cheap to produce and essentially you get a number of weekly releases that all appear to come under the radar.  Of course, there are a number of terrible horror movies that come out, but every once in a while there are some gems that separate themselves from the garbage.  Sometimes however, even if we hear a movie is good, it still may involve a topic that you just aren’t interested in.  Maybe it involves and actor or actress that you can’t stand or possibly the synopsis just sounds absolutely ridiculous.  We are all guilty of ignoring a movie for our own reasons then finding it to be better than we thought it was going to be.  Well now I give you a list of five movies that I expected to be terrible, and then was pleasantly surprised by.

Donkey Punch (Dir: Oliver Blackburn) 2008: Why it sounds bad: I heard it was about a girl who got killed via a donkey punch.  I couldn’t possibly think of a way that could turn into a good film.

Why it wasn’t bad: What I liked about Donkey Punch was that it took itself extremely seriously.  It could have easily made a wrong turn into the waters of a terrible and became an over the top B film, but it never does.  It’s grounded in reality to the point where characters engage in believable actions as pertaining to the events unfolding.  It’s paced wonderfully and it comes to a fitting conclusion.  It’s a good movie and I would definitely recommend it to any fans of the genre.

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Three gorgeous ladies on holiday in a Mediterranean beach town are determined to let their hair down and leave their troubles behind. The festivities begin at a nightclub, where libations flow and libidos grow. As luck would have ...
70% Approval
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Alien Raiders (Dir: Ben Rock) 2008: Why it sounds bad: Title + Box Art = enough for me not to give it more than a glance.

Why it wasn’t bad:  After I heard about the movie, I saw the trailer and I had to admit at that point that the movie looked decent.  I gave it a spin and found it to be a decent piece of genre fair, but not necessarily what I would call a hidden gem.  It has a great concept with scientists holding everyone hostage in a supermarket in order to find who was infected by an alien, but I never really got the vibe that these actors were scientists at all.  They always seemed like invasive and intimidating people which don’t often mix with lab coats no matter what the cost.  They were just too comfortable playing domestic terrorist that you forget they have PhD’s.  Definitely a movie worth checking out, but it won’t go down as one of the greats.

Alien Raiders Alien Raiders
Fresh veggies on Aisle 1. Fresh kills throughout the store. Something terrible is happening at Hastings Market. Something bloody. Something deadly. Something inhuman. And caught up in the grisly horror inside the market are shoppe...
83.33% Approval
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Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (Dir: Jon Knautz) 2007 : Why it sounds bad: A low budget movie from Canada with all practical effects and containing Robert Englund usually ends in some kind of horrible disaster

Why it wasn’t bad:  Despite going against the odds by being an extremely low budget film with extremely high ambitions, the filmmakers really came through in this case.  I’m not talking “good for what it was”, I’m saying that the movie was really enjoyable and a great homage back to the B movie monster flicks of yore.  Of course it wasn’t as polished as a Hollywood horror flick, but that doesn’t matter once you get to fall in love with Jack and his odd anger management issues.  It’s a great ride and I recommend it to anyone.

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No one would ever believe what happened the night Jack Brooks witnessed the brutal murder of his family. His life destroyed, all he has left is an unquenchable fury he's now fighting to control. Now the local plumber, Jack continu...
90% Approval
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Shallow Ground (Dir: Sheldon Wilson)2004: Why it sounds bad: It is a low budget movie that I never heard a single thing about until it was sitting on the shelf at my local blockbuster.  For someone who is an avid fan of the genre reading every issue of Fangoria (at the time), to never hear of a horror film puts it right up there next to Transmorphers.

Why it wasn’t bad:  I kept getting told by people to see this film and ignoring their claims.  I finally relented and got it in the old Netflix queue and I was pleasantly surprised.  What I liked most about it was the fact that since it was so low budget, the way it was shot and the creepy premise reminded me of the old X-Files episodes.  I kept watching and although there were difficult plot points to follow, the gore was great, the plot was original and intriguing (with a dash of creepy), and the acting was pretty solid.  It came as a pleasant surprise to me and I definitely recommend this one to everyone.

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A naked teenage boy covered in blood appears at a remote sheriff's station one year after the brutal unsolved murder of a local girl.  Now sheriff Jack Shepherd, guilt ridden over the girl's murder must confront his own dem...
70% Approval
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Ginger Snaps (Dir: John Fawcett) 2000: Why it sounds bad:  In the year 2000, two types of horror movies didn’t appeal to me at all.  One of the types involved girls as main characters (because I thought the movie would be girly, like a chick flick) and the other type was werewolf films.  So this was a definite no go for me (I have wised up immensely).

Why it wasn’t bad:  At this point in my life, I wasn’t really looking for any kind of movie that didn’t immediately have my interests in mind.  A movie about two girls who became werewolves which was called Ginger Snaps just had me completely uninterested.  When I got to college, my horror film professor said that Ginger Snaps was one of the best horror movies he’s seen in years.  Finally I checked it out and was enlightened to the masterpiece that was Ginger Snaps.  It is a brutal, unrelenting, and extremely dark film that uses the transformation into a vampire and eloquently makes it a metaphor for entering puberty.  Unlike many horror films where the main character may kill or maim people and eventually get off scot free (you at least get that closure at the end of most horror films like Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer) Ginger Snaps ends with a terrifying conclusion in a world where you know that nothing is ever going to be the same.  If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I urge you to stop reading this article and go get it right now.  The editorial is over anyways.

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In the generic Canadian suburb of Bailey Downs live Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), 15-year-old sisters committed to introversion, menstruation anxiety, and terminal misanthropy. Three years late for thei...
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