Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies – Part 5

Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies – Part 5


Forgotten is becoming a bit of a loose term
in this particular list series–because truth be told, we’re unearthing more tomes of
underappreciated and long forgotten horror cinema that it’s quickly becoming a sub
genre in and of itself. But hey, it’s fun–isn’t it? The fact of the matter remains, sometimes
it requires getting our hands a little bit dirty to dig down through the dusty piles
of horror to find stuff worthwhile. Now, we’ve scoured four parts of this list
already–so it’s about high time for a part 5. Let’s see what we’ve got. Hello horror fans, what’s going on, and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies–Part
5. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was
from 2002’s May–by Lucky McKee, a fantastically underrated film that also managed to take
the Number 1 spot on Part 4 of this list. Which leads us to an important reminder. We’ve already managed to traverse four parts
of this Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies List–and if you haven’t seen them already, it would
probably be high time for you to go and check them out–because believe me, there’s quite
a lot to get through. And you know, it’s pretty fun. Anyway, on with the show. Kicking off at Number 5 — The Ruins, 2008 Truth be told, I’ve been trying to find
a list to slot this particular movie in for quite a while–and I’ll admit, it’s been
difficult. You see, it’s not quite *cosmic* horror,
but also kind of is–and while it’s not quite survival horror, it also… kind of
is. It’s a little bit of everything, mixed up
and wrapped up and thrashed together like some killer vines on an ancient temple–but
the point is, it’s often overlooked, and I think that fact needs to be rectified–because
despite its many flaws, The Ruins is actually a downright entertaining piece of horror cinema. And I mean that from a few angles, but let’s
see what we’re dealing with first. Written and directed by Carter Smith, based
upon the novel of the same name by Scott Smith, The Ruins tells the tale of two young american
couples, Jeff and Amy, and Eric and Stacy–who head off together on a vacation to Mexico,
and unwittingly end up at the archaeological dig site of a set of remote Mayan ruins out
in the jungle. As you do, you know. As the group slowly unravel the strange secrets
behind the ruins, the film quickly takes a turn, and descends into a tour de force of
body horror and psychological trauma. I won’t say anything more, because although
the crux of this film is relatively straight forward–the way it plays out is where the
true horror of this film lies. In many ways, The Ruins is the definition
of body horror–and some of the psychological implications of this film are genuinely horrifying. Starring Jena Malone and Jonathan Tucker as
Jeff and Amy–the pair really take the reins in this film, and deliver some frantically
fantastic performances, propped up by the supporting cast. In fact, there are few poor scenes in this
film–which begs the question as to why it was so poorly reviewed, but eh–whatever,
each to their own. It’s important to note that this film has
two alternate endings, both of which are pretty bleak–but they pale in comparison to how
bleak the ending of the book is. Why don’t you find out for yourselves, and
see which one is worse. I’ll leave it to you. Swinging in at Number 4 — Delivery: The Beast
Within, 2013 And this film may be a little difficult to
get your hands on–but if you can, it’s worth it. During a time where Paranormal Activity and
other such found footage copycats were making their questionable way in horror cinema–one
horror film flew directly under the radar, that may have–in fact, managed to surpass
them all. I say may, because this film is divisive,
in the sense that you’ll either love it for it’s cinematic craft–or hate it for
it’s unique approach. In my opinion, delivery is an incredibly clever
film, and if you’re willing to dig for it, there is a horde of horror goodness to be
found. Written and directed by Brian Netto, alongside
Adam Schindler–Delivery tells the tale of a young couple that are documenting their
first pregnancy, alongside a family-orientated reality TV show. Now, if like me–you think that’s a pretty
good premise, in a sub-genre that is often watered down with strange, and often misguided
narrative plausibility–then you’ll thoroughly enjoy this film. The young couple in question, Kyle and Rachel
Massy–witness their planned pregnancy quickly spiral out of control, as the production crew
frantically captures a series of unexplained events, that leads the expecting parents to
believe that their pregnancy isn’t like any other. Yeah, we’ll see now more–but you can kind
of see where we’re going right? Now, let me tell you–for a film that doesn’t
exactly promise that much from the off–the final act of this film is absolutely insane. And I really mean that, it’s something else
entirely. Now, I also say this quite critically–I’m
not entirely sure whether this film *needed* to be a found footage mockumentary, and I
do think it could’ve gotten away without the gimmick–but on the other hand, I believe
it adds something to this film that wraps up neatly with it’s ending. There’s something about the car-crashiness
of hearing in parenthesis interviews about the horrors that are about to unfold, and
in many ways, it holds that inevitability like an ominous mobile above a demonic toddlers
crib. Yeah, that’s a pretty apt metaphor. Good acting, good film–crazy ending. Give it a watch. Next up at Number 3 — The Canal, 2014 Damn, this film is good–and whilst five years
might not exactly constitute the need for the term *forgotten*–2014’s The Canal certainly
flew beneath the radar, and didn’t get the credit it deserves compared to some of the
more lackluster horror movies released that year. Yeah, I’m looking at you Annabelle. Because if you’re looking for a ghost story–or
anything of the ilk of the paranormal–then forget about demonic dolls, because you need
to be taking a look at haunted film reels. Yeah, I’ll say no more, but The Canal is
awesome. Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh, a pretty
fantastic Irish director who’s slowly making waves in all the right places–The Canal tells
the tale of David, a film archivist in the midst of insomnia–who begins to unravel the
infidelity of his wife Alice–at the same time he realises that his home was also the
setting of a brutal turn of the century murder. Yeah. Now, while it sounds like there’s a lot
going on in this film from the off–and in many ways there is–The Canal manages it well–and
it ends up playing out like an age-old ghost story, with so many twists and turns throughout,
that the choking sense of it’s narrative is what spurs on the creeping panic. It stars Rupert Evans as David, whose performance
in this film is pretty damn remarkable given the pretty frantic approach to this film–but
the real knockout role goes to Steve Oram, who for those of you that know Top 5 Scary
Videos in and out–is one of the most awesome British actors going at the minute–who plays
Detective McNamara, a man who knows that something is up–and manages to underpin 2014’s The
Canal with his acting clout. Also, the young actor Calum Heath, who plays
David’s creepy yet endearing son Billy is also pretty damn awesome in this film–and
for a horror film, getting the delicate balance of creepy kids not being annoying is pretty
damn awesome. It reminded me of another child actor, Sam,
from 2014’s The Babadook. Which also came out the very same year as
this film–and in many ways, strangely enough–is an incredibly similar horror movie. Yeah, it’s weird. Whilst I think The Canal got overshadowed
by The Babadook, it’s definitely worth a second look. Coming in at Number 2 — Let’s Scare Jessica
To Death, 1971 And I know that a few of you guys called for
this film to appear on our list–and rightly so, because in many ways, 1971’s Let’s
Scare Jessica To Death is the literal definition of forgotten horror–that emerged during a
time where horror cinema was trying it’s damnedest to churn out horror classic after
horror classic. There was a lot bubbling under the surface
in the early seventies–and the era of campy, monster driven horror was at its peak. Hammer Horror was in full swing. Britain was in the midst of forging it’s
Folk Horror with The Blood on Satan’s Claw. Overt Vampires and Satanism lurked around
every cinematic corner. And what did this film do? None of those things. Well, I mean kind of–because in a few ways,
this is a vampire movie, but in a way that you may have imagined. Instead, it decided to employ the fears of
mental instability–a taboo subject that was brushed off at the time as brash, feminist
diatribe–but when we look back. Holy Moly. Let’s Scare Jessica To Death is freaking
terrifying. And it did things its own way. Written and directed by John Hancock, loosely
based upon the 1871 novel Carmilla written by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, the film itself
tells the tale of Jessica–a woman that has recently been released from a mental institution,
back into the care of her husband Duncan–who lives in a rundown farmhouse in upstate New
York. There, the couple comes across a mysterious
drifter, named Emily–and then suddenly, Jessica becomes wrapped up in a supernatural tale
with an air of the ancient–and she quickly becomes questioning her own sanity. Part of the beauty behind this film is the
uncertainty of it’s narrative. For a film made in 1971–exposition alludes
it, and that was a brave thing to do for a filmmaker. Let’s Scare Jessica To Death doesn’t treat
it’s audience like idiots. There isn’t an explanatory vampire overlord
lurking within the shadows. In many ways, it manages to handle the paranormal
effortlessly–a very mature thing to do for the halcyon days of horror cinema. Also, the score to this movie is insane–and
the sound design as a whole is so many levels of creepy that it’s worth watching just
for that. Yeah, this one is a gem. Give it a watch. And finally, at our Number 1 spot–Vacancy,
2007 I’m still not entirely sure why Vacancy
doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Honestly, it kind of baffles me that we don’t
consider Vacancy as the precursor to the home invasion horror sub-genre that quickly emerged
at the beginning of the 2010s. Because it is. But do you know why this film far surpasses
any of its predecessors? Vacancy does away with gore. Now, don’t get me wrong–this film handles
some absolutely horrifying subject matter, and for many of you that have seen it, it’s
probably the main reason why you don’t stay at motels on dusty old highways–but it never
gives in to the same primal restraints that gore-porn cinema seemed to do with the likes
of Hostel and the wider Saw franchise. This film handles itself with restraint–and
to me, it plays out more like a Hitchcock film more than anything else. Now, don’t get me wrong, this film isn’t
entirely Hitchcockian–it’s prime incentive is to scare you, but it’s smart. It’s psychologically harrowing, and Luke
Wilson’s and Kate Beckinsale’s performance in this film is remarkable. Honestly, don’t listen to the critics with
this film, Vacancy is awesome. Directed by Nimrod Antal and written by Mark
L. Smith, Vacancy tells the tale of a married couple on the verge of having a divorce, David
and Amy Fox, played by Wilson and Beckinsale, who after taking a wrong turn on a remote
mountain road–have to take shelter at a motel for the night. And that’s where they meet the creepy manager
Mason, played by Frank Whaley–and then things quickly descend into horror chaos. Listen, this film doesn’t employ a sprawling
plot. It has a minimal cast. It’s show on a single location. But the pacing and performance are what spurs
this film on. It quickly becomes riveting–and whilst being
genuinely distressing in most places–it’s also thoroughly entertaining. Vacancy got canned for *disgusting subject
matter*–but, really? It’s A to B horror–that genuinely delivers. For an audience that is smart enough to understand
that suspense needs payoff, in a world where technology is indeed employed for some pretty
nefarious deeds–Vacancy got it right. Give it a watch. Well, there we have it horror fans–our list
for the Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies–Part 5. What did you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add of your own? Then let us know in the comment section below,
and hell–who knows? Maybe we can even make it to a part 6. This series is quickly becoming a catalogue. Before we depart from today’s video, let’s
first take a quick look at some of your more creative comments from over the past few days. Michael Cooley says– Great stuff and I like the new look for the
channel. So Jack, what would a cult have to offer you
to get you to join? — Well, thank you very much Michael–and
I’m glad you asked that question. Nothing. Cults are my mortal enemy. I will never join one–because as Groucho
Marx said, I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member. Also, I hate organised fun. So there you go. And finally, Gen. Snoball says– Jack. The narrative of your cinematic critiques
are exquisite and apt, my friend. –Gosh. You just made my day. Well, on that heartfelt note–unfortunately
that’s all we’ve got time for in today’s video, cheers for sticking around all the
way until the end. If you were a fan of this video, or just Top
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  1. Jack, my lovely, have you seen the movies "Come out and Play"? It's awesome and never talked to much about. Maybe it could make your next list! 😘

  2. Totally agree with your comments on Vacancy, I was jumping, squirming and yelling at the TV. Why do I think about the original The Hitcher then I'm watching clips from Vacancy? I'd there a similarity there to anyone else?

  3. If you haven't seen May then go do so! It's great but I think everything Angela Bettis is in is awesome. Plus it has the always cute Anna Ferris in it also.

  4. I always thought Vacancy was an awesome movie and people ignored it. I honestly think it’s up there with Strangers

  5. Great list! I would add the submarine film Below and if you haven't mentioned it before the disturbing film Dead Girl.

  6. Yes The Canal was definitely overlooked, another that I would say is creepy and recent but no one saw is The Moth Diaries. Kind of reminds me of a mixture of the Blackcoats Daughter meets Ginger Snaps, just no werewolves.

  7. i completely agree with this list. i had actually forgotten about the ruins , lets scare jessica and vacancy…gonna go recap now! thank you!!

  8. While I like your videos, but I may have to stop watching you on the night shift… the Dogman and the Ghost keep bickering over which video to watch next.

  9. What’s the name of that movie in the subway where the cult kills everyone and the girl survives the cult ,then demons spawn from the dead bodies because the cult was right

  10. Absolutely LOVED "Vacancy" It really is an underrated horror movie. So glad to see that it made it on to one of these lists. Always love these forgotten gems…now to just go and hunt some of them down!

  11. I feel this will end up as the first 10 parter series. There's so many horror movies from around the world that are exciting and need a wider audience.
    Love the channel, keep up with the good work you guys. 🙂

  12. Dead of Night AKA Death Dream
    Shock Waves
    Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
    Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
    Crawlspace (1972 not the Klaus Kinski film)

  13. Have you ever included Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, both the tv and the masterfully redone remake? The original 73 version is available on this channel.

  14. Hey Jack! I would love for you to explore and explain to the viewers about Brian Lumley's Necroscope series…. 1) Harry Keogh and the Mobius Continuum, 2) the Wamphyri and other baddies, 3) E-Branch, 4) the Great Majority, 5)Starside, the Vampire World… plz and thx a bunch man!!! cheers

  15. Hey Jack! What about The Crossing Guard and Suspect Zero? Damn good and scary as hell. Not your typical slasher or spook films…but scarier imho because they could happen. And maybe have or are. Thanks for more recs!💀✌

  16. Another great vid! I really like Vacancy. It freaked me out so much! How about a video about jump scare horror movies. There are few of us that like those.

  17. Not sure if this was on a previous list but The Entity (1982) with Barbara Hershey. Definitely underrated.

    P.S – LOVE this channel and so happy yall are here to stay!

  18. YES! So glad to finally see some love for Delivery: The Beast Within. I watched this on a whim on Hulu a couple years ago, not expecting much, and was surprised at how great it was, and this is coming from someone who is not a huge fan of found-footage horror (although this is more like a mockumentary, I guess). I wrote a long review of Delivery on my blog, and for a long time, I thought I was the only one who had seen it, because I never saw it discussed anywhere!

  19. I know I’m not alone on this. I LOVE the eerie background music. It’s subtle and simple but reminds me of something from berserk or some weird ominous cult activities.

  20. Not sure if you covered this movie or not, so I apologize if you did. However, I suggest the movie Strangeland (1998) staring Dee Snyder. Such a good movie, and one that I love watching over and over. Its another that's not for everyone, you either like it or hate it, but its worth the watch!

  21. Vacancy was a damn good movie that is the only movie on your list I got to see and that is a good movie scared the crap out of me makes me not want to go in a motel ever again

  22. Also the Hitchhiker is a good one! Scary and psychological! I don't think Mama is forgotten, but that one gets me every time!

  23. Let's Scare Jessica To Death!. I saw this movie in Drive-in as a kid in Texas. I still think of it every time I go to a funeral and graveyard or pass one. Now, I have to find it to watch again. thank you Top 5!

  24. Me and my just watched the bay and it was absolutely fantastic. I usually hate the found footage genre but god damn this was a good one.

  25. How about giving a little love to The Reusrrected, Jack? It's a fine Lovecraft adaptation, and is definitely forgotten. If you haven't seen it yet, you need to do asap. I promise you won't be disappointed. Clip: Finding & burning the abomination — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l7kWzMsjpk

  26. Jack, nice to see you figured out the right way to wear a hat. Cheers. If you haven't yet, check out As Above, So Below. I think you'll appreciate it.

  27. the Ruins, the RUINS!?.. it is the movie which define exactly this statement: 'when you watch a horror movie, you must have an open mind to avoid every flaws and plot hole' I'm still laughing to this day after watching this Z movie. Vacancy was definitely a keeper instead.

  28. I love this series and I absolutely have to bring up Lake Mungo. That film was one of the best found footage films and I've never heard anyone talk about it before.

  29. i just watched Vacancy because it was in this video and OMFG!!! That video is truely a hidden gem!!! Thank you so much for letting me know it was out there

  30. I know you've tipped your hat to prince of darkness but what about "the legend of hell house" 1973, and "from beyond" love those movies

  31. I have a theory around "Vacancy": people were too much into "The Strangers", so they kind of brushed this one off. "Oh, it's going to be the same movie again, who cares…"

  32. What about the 1982 horror movie Burned At The Stake. I have seen this movie quite a few times in my life. It is a movie which is base on the Salem Witch Trials. And then there is this horror movie I came across on my one local tv channel. A few weeks ago called Motel Hell. This movie is from 1980. So I will love to see a part 6 if you can.

  33. That's your t shirt for this channel
    "I don't much care for organized fun" Two Coats Jack
    And the channel logo on the back.
    What this in the worst and best possible way!!!

  34. Let's Scare Jessica to Death terrified me as a child. One of my favorite vampire films.
    Vacancy also an excellent choice. I have never felt safe alone in a motel roo since.

  35. “Brash feminist diatribe”. Oh yes, how DARE women actually want to be seen as equal human beings and not be reduced to secondary characters/ sex objects.

  36. well The Ruins and Vacancy are in my collection so they were not forgotten by me (EXCELLENT MOVIES) The other 3 need to watch them they were over looked by me

  37. If you haven’t somewhere, you need to include “The Other” w/Uta Hagen particularly for its unmatched atmosphere…

    Also “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and mayyybe “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things “

  38. So glad to see lets scare Jessica to death finally show up on one of these lists. I stumbled upon this one about 10 years ago and it's one of my all time favorites.

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