[25 Best Horror Films You’ve Never Seen ~ from Sarah Dobbs at denofgeek.com, click for full list]
25. Santa’s Slay (2005)
Let’s start with a festive one, seeing as Christmas as just gone. In Santa’s Slay, Santa isn’t a jolly old man; he’s a demon, the son of the Devil who’d prefer to impale you on your Christmas tree than leave presents under it. It turns out he lost a bet a thousand years ago, and was forced into delivering gifts to children every Christmas Eve. But now his sentence is up, he’s ready to return to his wicked ways.
There’s plenty of festive murder, a lovely animated section featuring angels and devils holding a curling match, and a wonderful showdown at an ice rink. It’s basically the perfect Christmas movie, and is destined to change the way you think about old St Nick forever.
24. The Hamiltons (2006)
The less you know about The Hamiltons, the better, really; anything you do know will just spoil the surprise. So let’s just say it’s a horror movie about a family of siblings struggling to get along without their recently deceased parents – and there’s a lot more to it than its Saw-wannabe packaging would suggest.
Written and directed by The Butcher Brothers (aka Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores, who aren’t actually related), The Hamiltons was part of the After Dark Horrorfest in 2006, and is possibly the only decent film ever to be shown as part of that particular festival.
14. The Signal (2007)
Remember a couple of years back when every other horror story was about a mysterious virus that sent everyone mad? The Signal is from that period, but it seems to have been forgotten in the shuffle – which is a shame, because it’s probably the most interesting of the lot. Madness, here, is characterised by thinking that everyone around you has gone insane; paranoia is its own infection.
The film is split into three parts, each by a different director, and each with a distinctly different tone; the absurd comedy of the middle part is jarring if you’re not expecting it, but serves to make the horror and bleakness of the other parts even nastier.