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Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies – Part 8


My word. Look how far we’ve come! Truth be told though, I’m starting to become
quite attached to this series–and I think at this rate, we’ll have covered perhaps
the Top 50 Forgotten Horror Movies Of All Time. Which is quite an achievement, isn’t it? But again–I know that I keep saying it, but
really–we couldn’t have made this list without you Top 5 Scary fans. Really, it’s a team effort–and for that,
I’d like to thank you all for your wonderful insights and contributions. Forgotten horror is forgotten no more–thanks
to us! So let’s get to it–Part 8! 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
8. Really, guys. Part 8! Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you–that scene was,
of course–the 1996 rip-roarer, The Frighteners. Which for the astute amongst you, you’ll
recognise as the movie that made its way to the top of our seventh part of this list. And it’s awesome! So consider this your friendly, honorable
reminder–and also, reason to go and check out all the other parts of this series if
you haven’t already! I know a lot of people call for some movies
to appear in this series that have already been covered–but yeah, I’m just trying
to be polite, really. Go watch the other 7 parts! Anyway, let’s begin. Kicking off at Number 5–The Basement, 2017 You know what? Like quite a few entries that have made their
way onto this list, I had completely forgotten about this movie until I sat down to compile
this Part 8. And I think that’s easy to do–because on
the surface–everything about this movie is kind of throwaway. Mundane title–minimal marketing–and perhaps
a lackluster indie production. But that’s just on the surface–because
looking back, this film is surprisingly brilliant–and it’s such a well made little horror movie
that actually goes much further than it’s initial promise. Yeah, it’s a psychological slasher–serial
killer, tight-wound kind of drama–but beneath all of that, is a lot more left to be admired. Also, please don’t get this movie confused
with another film of the same name that was released at pretty much the exact same time…
hey. Yeah, indie movies, am I right? Written and directed by Brian M. Conley and
Nathan Ives, two men mostly known for their work in television–The Basement is set in
modern day San Fernando–where a serial killer, known as The Gemini, has been kidnapping innocent
victims, torturing them–and slaying them in his secret underground basement. Now, listen–this film is gross. A lot of the gore in this movie is incredibly
explicit–and you may feel like this film is gratuitous in it’s approach–perhaps
more in line with the likes of the later Saw films and Hostel–but listen, again, I know
I say this a lot. But don’t listen to the critics–because
this film earns it–particularly given it’s ending. Also, there is ample early-90s inspiration
for The Basement, particularly reminiscent of films like David Fincher’s Seven–and
perhaps at times, small tones of The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon. It stars Jackson Davis, Cayleb Long and Mischa
Barton–all of whom give notable performances throughout–particularly Jackson Davis, who
pretty much steals the show in this open-ended horror. Really, The Basement was often overlooked–and
still is, but it’s certainly worth a watch. Swinging in at Number 4–Severance, 2006 I love this movie. And for the British folk amongst you, this
film may not be as forgotten as some of the rest that appear on this list–but still,
that’s reason enough to let the world know about the 2006 horror-comedy of sorts, that
in all the best ways–in terms of genre–sticks out like a sore thumb. Yeah, this film is certainly hilarious for
the most part–mainly down to it’s remarkably understated cast–but it’s also straight
up terrifying in certain sequences–and some of the gore that outlines the bones of this
movie is second to none. And yes–much like our previous list, this
film was created by the filmmaker that bought us Creep, Triangle–and also 2010’s Black
Death starring Sean Bean–so yeah, that may give you an inkling as to what you can expect
here. Written and directed by Christopher Smith,
with a story outlined by James Moran–the man responsible for Cockneys vs Zombies as
well as being the writer of 2014’s The Borderlands–this movie is definitive of British horror. It tells the tale of a group of office workers–the
working staff of the European Sales division of an Arms Corporation–who head out for a
weekend team building exercise in the Matra Mountains of Hungary–when before they know
it, their coach is scuppered by a fallen tree blocking the road. Heading out on foot–the group eventually
makes their way through the strange and darkened forest–when they finally reach their weekend
destination. An old lodge–in the middle of nowhere, but
unfortunately for them–their team building exercise is swiftly about to be gate-crashed. I’ll say no more–because although slightly
arbitrary–the narrative of this film is certainly worthwhile–and some of the dialogue in this
movie is downright hilarious. Also, talking of hilarious–Danny Dyer stars
in this movie–and in typical type-cast fashion, the man plays his role to near perfection. Alongside Laura Harris, Babou Ceesay, Tim
McInnerny and several others–Severance is a horror riot–and it’s certainly worth
your attention. Next up at Number 3–Fire In The Sky, 1993 Although you may not think it–the truth of
the matter is, since it’s release back in 1993 Fire In The Sky has never quite reached
the critical acclaim that it’s deserving of–and because of that, in an otherwise oversaturated
sci-fi sub-genre–it has sadly fallen down the cracks into the realms of forgotten horror
cinema. But don’t worry about that–because that’s
why we’re here, right? And we can shine that bright light like an
alien mothership beaming up a bunch of dazed and confused loggers. Now–while there are more alien abduction
movies than you can shake a probe at in this particular genre–there’s something strange
about Fire In The Sky that manages to capture both the hysteria and the physicality of the
phenomena that has plagued the rural parts of our planet for so damn long. And I don’t say that as a quip–not at all
in fact. Because what this film manages to do, unlike
many others–is to walk that very fine tight-rope between fact and fiction. And that’s impressive! The film itself is based upon the infamous
alleged alien abduction case–dubbed The Walton Experience–that occurred on November 5th,
1975 in a remote logging area outside of Snowflake, Arizona. It tells the tale of a Travis Walton–who
whilst driving back from his shift with his co-workers Mike, Allan, David Greg and Bobby–they
witness the flight of a strange, unidentified flying object above the treeline. During the bizarre altercation–Travis is
hit by a bright beam of light from the object–and the rest of his co-workers flee in panic. When they return–Travis is nowhere to be
found–and then boom. We’re in it. Alien abduction–and/or severe mental trauma–combined
with a twisting tale of panic and disbelief. Really, Fire In The Sky expertly captures
the very essence behind the UFO phenomena–perhaps far better than any other movie ever has. Also, the final act of this movie is downright
terrifying. It really is–and it invokes imagery similar
to Jacob’s Ladder or Altered States. If you haven’t already–give this film a
watch, it truly deserves your attention. Coming in at Number 2–We Are Still Here,
2015 Well isn’t that quite the understatement. Ah. No spoilers. Because really guys–this film is terrifying–and
I’m not entirely sure how it managed to fly so firmly beneath the radar. And I know, many of you more diligent purveyors
of indie horror while have certainly seen and appreciated this movie–but 2015’s We
Are Still Here is such a good film, that it deserves to be heralded as one of the finest
indie horrors of the 2010s. It’s that good–and the lack of attention
it gathered is bizarre, to say the least. Written and directed by Ted Gaygen, a filmmaker
who has often skirted around the more visceral, independent approaches to horror cinema–2015’s
We Are Still Here is his first attempt at directing a full length feature film–which
in this regard, although doesn’t undermine hiss previous attempts at horror shorts and
film production–it is certainly a remarkable debut effort. Also, more recently–he’s the guy that penned
the story for 2019’s Satanic Panic–so yeah, it’s pretty indicative. Set in 1979–We Are Still Here tells the tale
of a couple, Anne and Paul–who after grieving over the death of their young son, Bobby–decide
to move to a new home in rural New England. However–in typical fashion, emotions begin
to fray–and Anne spirals into a deep depression, where she’s convinced that the spirit of
her son has followed them to their new home. After doing some digging though, it turns
out that their new house has a far more bloody history. Built in the 1800s, it was owned by a strange
and bizarre family known as the Dagmars–who operated the house as a sort of funeral home–and
were alleged chased out of town when the towns folk discovered that The Dagmar’s were instead
selling on the corpses of the deceased–and instead burying empty caskets. I’ll say no more, because this film has
a lot for you to sink your teeth into, but although this is very much a traditional horror
tale–We Are Still Here has such a remarkable reverence for genre horror, and it’s approach
to telling this story is a sheer joy to bare witness to. And also–don’t let that overstate the fact
that this film is genuinely terrifying. If you want to see how jump scares should
be done in horror–take a look at this film, because it’s a masterclass. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot–Martin,
1978 Is this a vampire movie? Or more importantly–is this the finest non-vampire
vampire movie ever made? Yeah. I think it just might be. The thing is though–depending on which way
you look at it, either this film *is* a vampire horror–or it’s one of the finest psychological
studies of a fractured human mind ever captured in horror cinema. Either way–that all sounds pretty remarkable
for me–and perhaps more so than any other films captured on this list, with Martin–we
are truly in for a treat. Now, back in the 70s–whilst George A. Romero
was defining the zombie genre–in 1977–he took a break from the ravenous living dead–and
created one of the most original horror movies ever made. The fact that it is, for the most part, completely
overlooked by the horror fanbase–is certainly food for thought–but thankfully, films like
this *are* still kicking about down there in the dusty shelves of forgotten horror cinema. Written and directed by George A. Romero,
the legend of horror cinema himself considered this one to be his favourite. It tells the tale of a young man–of course,
named Martin–who following the suicide of his mother, is dumped on a train and sent
to live with his strange, great uncle in the small town of Braddock, just outside of Pittsburgh. From the off though–something is strange
about Martin–and the opening scene illustrates his incredibly strange, and particular thirst. The strange thing is though–Martin himself
is such an oddity of a character. He’s not a sore thumb at all–but more of
a wallflower–and he carries out these visceral and painstaking acts with a very strange sort
of grace and calm. I almost don’t want to say any more, but
the opposing narratives that form the basis of this movie are delivered from such a remarkably
unique perspective–that I’m fairly certain horror cinema has never seen anything like
this before or perhaps will again. Really, Martin is a forgotten horror gem that
is certainly worth rediscovering. Well, there we have it horror fans–our 8th
installment in this series, the Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies. What do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Then let us know your thoughts down in the
comment section below, as well as any choice picks that you may have to add. Before we depart from this video though, let’s
first take a quick look at some of your more creative comments from over the past few days. D.C Carter says– If I ever went and explored a scary location,
I would want Jack to come along. He seems like nothing would phase him. Cheers Jack! — Well, thank you D.C Carter. But as the old saying goes–fear is a great
motivator. I don’t trust anyone who isn’t scared
of at *least* something, you just have to respect that fear. My mantra is always–tread softly and carry
a big stick, particularly in the dark. Well, perhaps there’s a lesson there! Unfortunately though, 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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  • Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies Full Playlist
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSz_TMQhxrQ&list=PLT-ZIcZ9Ht1jpIY8ruPRx9Z1CyZsHCAzx

  • For the next list, please include 1986's "Chopping Mall"!
    •It has that perfect trifecta of comedy, horror, and science fiction
    •It has the late Dick Miller (who we lost back in late January of this year) in it; he was an under-rated actor, but man, his filmography spans 6 decades (even playing himself in 2014 documentary "That Guy Dick Miller") and has appeared in a combination of both films AND TV shows, with a grand total of 182, combined, with his last film set to come out around Christmas of 2020.

  • The Pit (1981), Pin (1988), Mortuary (1983), Mausoleum(1983), The Fury (1978), and The Sender (1982) are a few good mentions. Yeah some cheese here, but cool concepts underneath the low budget restrictions. cheers Jack! P.S. – Please give Lucy a good shank for me k? Thx lol!

  • My bad if it's been mentioned before since this is part 8 I think I missed a couple. But has People Under the Stairs been up in the house? Or Tales from the Crypt demon knight?

  • A few more suggestions:
    Blue Sunshine
    I Drink Your Blood
    It's Alive
    Pieces (strictly for the unintentional comedy)
    Demon Wind (strictly for the unintentional comedy)
    Don't Look In the Basement
    Death Line
    Tales from the Crypt (1972)

    PS. We Are Still Here is brilliant!

  • I agree Fire in the Sky … was underrated and unfair. Martin I never had the chance to check it out . Every time I hear about this movie. I want to see the film then I forget it

  • Here are my recommendations for some forgotten Horror gems!

    PIN: A Plastic Nightmare (1988)
    Fade to Black (1980)
    The Unknown (1927)
    The People Under the Stairs (1991)

  • First off, LOVE THE CHANNEL! I've learned so much about Lovecraftian history and horror in general. But I have a suggestion for your Forgotten horror or horror from the deep lists. A little 90s film called Proteus. Its literally The Thing at sea, and has one of the greatest lines in film history: "You're a f***ing fish with a drug problem!"

  • Re. Severance, I think it’s pronounced ‘Mac-in-EARN- ee’. But for years I pronounced it the same as you, ‘Mac-IN-err-ee’.

  • Hey Jack, look for another British film called "trauma"… Your welcome in advance!!! It starred American actress Mina Suvari and, the rest of the cast including the main character are English… This was an excellent psychological thriller… If you can find it, let me know what you think, Your Buddy Ol'Pal Mr Notorious B.I.L.L…

  • No Wrong Turn or Joy Ride in this series yet? Kind of shocked. I'd say those 2 were underrated by far. Though the sequels later on turned to shit.

  • Fire in the sky is, criminally overlooked!!! It inspired me to write my own alien abduction horror story… To this day I've, never seen such a visceral example of alien abduction horror!!! Cheers mate!!!

  • "I must not fear.

    Fear is the mind-killer.

    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

    I will face my fear.

    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

    And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

  • It may have been mentioned for 8 videos.. lots to remember, but the on forgotten horror movie is Community from 2012 its low budget about an estate thats gone a little wrong..i cant say much more it has quite a bit of gore for gore hounds, creepy things going on

  • I have to disagree with your #5 choice. It sounded completely up my alley, but I didn't make it fifteen minutes–it managed to be bland torture porn. Who does that? Gory, yes, grisly, yes, boring? Also yes. I couldn't finish it.

  • Just want to say thanks for all the videos and because of one of them I found out that the painted man is an actual series of books , nice one

  • Looks like your shooting for 💯, keep giving us quality content.
    On another note, is "They look like people" a horror movie?

  • Love this series! Although I found a few in my exhaustive binging of all things horror on Netflix, there are always one or two I haven't seen yet. Cheers!

  • •Sleepaway Camp
    •Happy Birthday to Me
    •Last House on the Left
    •When a Stranger Calls
    •When a Stranger Calls Back
    •Prom Night (Original w/ Jamie Lee Curtis)
    •Deadly Friend (1986)
    •House on Haunted Hill (Original)
    •He Knows Your Alone

    *BRAVO on having the Changeling on an earlier list!!! It shocks Me how many people have never watched such a Great Horror Movie/Ghost Story. That Movie still scares the Hell outta Me & that says a lot about how GREAT this Movie is.

  • Not an old movie and maybe not in the same class as all of these, but i saw a found footage flick that freaked me out called VHS….just freaky. Not even close to the same school. Still pretty good.

  • Jack Finch at the end of every video he hosts: "…and until next time, you take it easy."

    Me after he says that: "No! You take it easy…and where's the nearest pub?"

  • Saw “Fire in the Sky”. Never heard of the rest. Finally – done – parts 1 through 8. Thanks Jack. My new list will come in handy when insomnia hits. What better time to watch horror movies than night time. 👻 🧛‍♂️ 😱

  • Martin also does the twist ending better than most horror movies. Be careful who you play vampire around especially if they are from the Old Country.

  • Yo, Jack. If you're looking for phenomenally obscure horror films, check out, Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973), a Klaus Kinski film that unnerved me as a little kid. And also check out some Jess Franco oddities, such as the Awful Dr. Orloff (1962), the Diabolical Dr. Z (1966), A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973), and my favorite, She Killed in Ecstasy (1971) (◕‿◕✿)

  • Glad to hear someone give some credit to Fire in the Sky. It's not received the best reviews but I have vivid memories of watching it for the first time when I was a kid & being really affected by it. Wasn't sure if watching it as a kid impaired my ability to critique it accurately or if reviewers were being pretentious but it still holds up for me. Best extraterrestrial themed film next to Mac & Me 🤭👽🙂

  • You've missed 3 absolute genre classics-The Medusa Touch (1978), The Appointment (1981), which has one of the creepiest openings in British horror, and a Czech masterpiece, The Cremator (1968). All of which are underappreciated. Nice to see Martin at no1 though. Enjoying this series very much.

  • "Mum and Dad". I attempted to watch it when I was pregnant but had to turn it off part way through and throw on Red Dwarf for the happy feels. It was too much! That's almost 7 years ago and I haven't attempted it since. I'm sure I'll try again some day!

  • It's great to see 'Martin' get some recognition. Possibly Romero's best film after 'NOTLD,' and almost definitely one of the best vampire movies ever made. And – sweet Jesus – that ending!

  • "Fire in the Sky" scarred me as a child.
    My mom and aunts were watching it in a room, with closed doors (so the children would not come in), and i decided to go check out what the movie was about.

    it was a whole lot of nope.

    (I saw the end of the probing scene, after they end the 'procedure' and throw the guy back on earth)

    I still haven't found the fortitude to finish watching the movie, and for me, thar's saying something.

  • What a great series can't go wrong with reminding us of the forgotten past horror. Always on point back with your words of wisdom. So just let it be.

  • Well……. a lot of the pictures that you showed for the film The Basement wasn’t even from the actual film, but instead from the other film that you said was terrible. Lol

  • Ok Jack, I'm still waiting to see you work Eduardo Sanchez 's 2006 creepy classic ALTERED as well as EXISTS In to a list man these may of been missed by many but….there missing out on some great movies .Both films are so well made and atmospheric and truly scary in there own rite. Horror fans a MUST see…..get on it.

  • I love classic movies, and the bonus is that they are mostly b&w!How about "Dead of Night" (the one from the 1940s)? . It's super creepy! Or anything by Val Lewton? There's my 2 cents 😋

  • Has anyone ever seen an anthology tv movie from 1993 called "Body Bags"? It's directed my John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, and one of the segments stars Mark Hamill. It's worth a watch.

  • Jack my boy can't be 50 if you're only doing 5 per and your only up to 8 you need to do 2 more to hit 50 math dear fellow math.

  • Jack, have you seen Daughters of Darkness from 1971? Great, artsy vampire flick that doesn’t get the love it deserves. John Karlen is great in it, coming off his run as Willie Loomis on Dark Shadows. Love these lists!

  • I love fire in the sky. You should check out this other movie it's a sound footage called Phoenix Forgotten. It's about the Phoenix lights

  • Love you guys, as per usual, good list. But, i was genuinely confused with which the basement movie you were talking about – cause 99% of the pictures you showed were from the other movie which starred Caroline Boulton- which I'm pretty sure is the movie you said is trash 😂😂😂

  • Nice choices in the ongoing search for the top 50 forgotten films. Here is Jack doing what Jack does best. Well done Keeper of the Horror.

  • Sorry if you've already covered this one, but 'Clive Barker's The Plague' has to be up there with the best forgotten horror movies. Took me quite a while to find after watching it in my teenage years.

  • Check out The Transfiguration (2016) and Patchwork (2015). The first is a film that very much mirrors the movie Martin but is set in the inner city of New York and Patchwork is the secret 4th entry into the Re-Animator film series. Both are fantastic and both were largely ignored, tragically.

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