For some strange reason the horror genre has more underrated and undervalued films than pretty much any other genre. The reason for this seems to be that despite films like The Exorcist, The Thing and An American Werewolf in London being considered classics, the genre still isn’t taken seriously. Roughly 75% of the straight to DVD market consists of horror films and with so much produced with critics ready and waiting to give it a kick, it’s no surprise that a great many titles go by without any attention or love.
So as it’s Halloween here are ten horror movies that didn’t get the attention they deserved and are well worth seeking out this Halloween if you aren’t really in the mood for another Paranormal Activity film.
10. Daybreakers (2009)
Despite having one of the greatest trailers in recent memory, The Spierig Brothers vampire film Daybreakers was a box office disaster in early 2010. It may not ever have lived up to that trailer and it really needed to be half an hour longer but Daybreakers is in many respects an incredible film in terms of world building and telling a different take on the vampire myth.
Here a vampiric plague has meant that there are not many humans left and the ruling vampires are dying due to a lack of available human blood. Ethan Hawke plays a vampire scientist who must convince everyone with his pro-human stance when he finds a cure, which doesn’t help when the starving vampires are reverting back to primal bat creatures.
Daybreakers has a lot of uncomfortable parallels with the world we live in now and the approaching energy crisis. The Spierig Brothers do a great job on a limited budget portraying a frightening and desperate world where there is every chance of society destroying itself through greed and inaction. Around the time of release it was talked up as the first in a trilogy (like most things) but sadly that doesn’t seem likely anymore.