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8 Horror Movies That Were Ahead Of Their Time

Mist Ahead Of Its Time

Saying a movie is ahead of its time can have two different meanings: 1) The film pioneered a specific filmmaking technique or 2) The film was maligned upon release and is now considered a classic. What I’ve done is look at horror films released over the past few decades and see what films I believe to truly be ahead of their time.

Psycho

First the funny bit of trivia: Psycho was the first film to show a toilet flushing on camera! Now for the serious bit of trivia: Psycho was not universally praised upon its initial release (nearly all British film critics panned it)! Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, “There is not an abundance of subtlety or the lately familiar Hitchcock bent toward significant and colorful scenery in this obviously low-budget job.” Interestingly enough, Psycho didn’t garner widespread critical acclaim until after the film’s popularity with general audiences skyrocketed it to box office success, prompting many critics to revisit the film.

Psycho Toilet Flush

The Thing (1982)

While it’s a well-known fact, it still merits mentioning that John Carpenter’s The Thing was much-maligned when it was released in 1982. Another New York Times critic (Vincent Canby, this time) called it “a foolish, depressing, overproduced movie that mixes horror with science fiction to make something that is fun as neither one thing or the other. Sometimes it looks as if it aspired to be the quintessential moron movie of the 80s.” The score was even nominated for a Razzie award! Add to that the fact that The Thing was released the same summer as E.T., audiences just weren’t in the mood for an intense killer alien film. It was a box office flop, taking in only $19.6 million (on a $15 million budget). Here is more of Canby’s review:

The Thing

Jurassic Park 

I’m sure many of you re-watched Jurassic Park recently, and if so then you probably noticed that the CGI effects are better than about 90% of the films that come out nowadays (they even look better than the CGI effects in Jurassic World!). I have no idea how that is possible, but Jurassic Park has definitely stood the test of time.

Jurassic Park

Starship Troopers

Thank God for international box office, otherwise Starship Troopers would have been a major flop. America just wasn’t ready for an anti-war dark satire film in 1997. Had it come out after the Iraq war had already begun, it might have been slightly better received. To be clear, Starship Troopers is a brilliantly entertaining film, it just came out a few years too early. Like Jurassic Park, the special effects are top notch, and still look good today.

Starship Troopers

American Psycho

While not as acidic as the Brett Easton Ellis novel it is based on, Mary Harron’s American Psycho adaptation was incredibly polarizing in 2000. Making only $15 million (on an admittedly low $7 million budget), the film’s humor wasn’t interpreted very well by audiences at the time. Had the film come out today, it might have clicked more with audiences.

American Psycho

Videodrome

I don’t like Videodrome (don’t hate me!), but I can’t deny that David Cronenberg was really on to something when he wrote it. The film essentially boils down to the idea that people are obsessed with their television (this is a very simplistic explanation for the film). This idea is more timely than ever right now, with DVR and the ever-growing presence of TV as a discussion topic. I write TV reviews for Bloody-Disgusting. I get it. The topics of violence and sex on our TV screens was also ahead of its time in 1983, with TV today pushing more boundaries than ever. Videodrome probably makes more sense today than it did to anyone in the 80s. The fact that it is more relevant today than it was back then earns it a spot on this list.

Videodrome

The Shining

We all know how Stephen King hates Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of his novel The Shining, but what you may not know is that many critics weren’t too keen on the film upon its release either. Variety complained that it “destroy[ed] all that was so terrifying about Stephen King’s bestseller.” Kubrick and Shelley Duvall were nominated for Razzie Awards for Worst Director and worst Actress, respectively. Roger Ebert even claimed that it was hard to connect with any of the characters. Oh how time changes things.

The Shining

The Mist

The Mist is notable for having one of the most depressing endings in film history. Released back in 2007, mainstream audiences just didn’t want to be depressed. That’s not to say people want to be depressed now, but with shows like Hannibal, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead preparing them for major character deaths, they’re a bit more prepared for it. Had The Mist come out this year, it probably would have done much better at the box office. Needless to say, many people walked out of the theater wanting to do this:

The Mist

What other horror films do you believe were ahead of their time? Let me know in the comments below!



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  • BrotherofTears

    New Nightmare is another one that comes to mind. The concept and film itself are great, but it didn’t do that well and I’m thinking that’s at least partly because people were burned out on Freddy then.

  • JustGaming

    The Mist was f***ing terrible. Flat-out garbage, with one of the worst endings I have seen in my life.

    And Jurassic Park? Come on now.

    • Jerry

      You’re 100% right with The Mist. What are people see in this??? Bad, bad cringeworthy acting, lousy dialogs, final was somewhat better than the whole picture but still this is in the same league as Dreamcatcher. Just bad movie, period. As for The Thing this is like Alien, perfect mix of monster/slasher movies. I could watch it once in the week, i even like the remake, because of Edgerton.

      • Rie

        Ugh, I had forgotten about Dreamcatcher. I think seeing The Mist and Dreamcatcher back to back made me lose faith in Stephen King adaptions.

        • James

          And ironically he loved the mist and hates the shining.

          • batmanfanatic

            That’s because The Mist film is a rather faithful adaptation of the novella, a lot of the creatures are heard but not seen in their entirety, as in the novella and similar to HP Lovecraft’s creatures and, in SK’s opinion, Darabonts’ ending was better than his and he wishes HE had thought of it. The Mist novella ends in a somewhat similar fashion, a few survivors, a gun, a few bullets and a ‘what if” scenario…Darabont just followed it to it’s natural conclusion and THEN tacked on the *SPOILER ALERT* military showing up at the last minute for a ‘double whammy’. In regards to the dialogue, the cinematography, the effects, ect, Darabont stated from the beginning that he wanted to do an old school monster movie using guerilla type filming techniques, on a relatively low budget and the original intent was for it to be released in black n white, which is included on the special edition DVD. He used many of the same crew members he worked with on The Shield in filming The Mist. Opinions vary, but MY opinion? One of THE best SK adaptations to date. An outstanding horror film.

          • Un Gsund

            agree!

          • batmanfanatic

            Exactly. Horror should be HORRIFIC. Yeah, I can be happy with a happy ending, be satisfied with the story told. But, a depressing, sad ending…a shocker of an ending…can be extremely powerful if done correctly and just enhances the horror of what came before. And, this is what I took from The Mist (the novella AND the film)…yes, there are monsters in it, but, in the end, it’s about how we, “civilized” humans can become ‘monstrous’ in the face of terror and what we can do to each other and that desperation can lead to horrifying choices.

          • James

            Doesn’t the novella end with them simply driving off into the mist hoping they might find a place that is ok?

          • batmanfanatic

            Yes, it’s a very ambiguous ending. But…within that ending, he is contemplating the fact that, and I’m paraphrasing here, that they have a gun and x amount of bullets just in case…it’s implied that if it comes to that, they have the gun as a ‘way out’.

    • Rie

      100% agree as well about The Mist. Some of the worst over-acting and bad CGI I’ve seen in semi-recent films.

    • Yakushiji Tenzen

      funny how most of The Mist cast got ported over to TWD.

      • batmanfanatic

        Well Frank Darabont, like many other directors (Christopher Nolan comes to mind) likes working with a lot of the same actors/actresses 🙂 And ‘most’? Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Melissa McBride? That’s “most of The Mist cast ported over to TWD?” As far as the 3 I just listed (and I may have missed one or two) that’s IT as far as TWD cast members go that appear in The Mist or vice versa 🙂 Plus, Darabont is the driving force behind bringing TWD to the small screen.

        • Yakushiji Tenzen

          ok great….thanks…I guess? :/

  • huntermc

    Reading old reviews of movies that are now regarded as classics only goes to show you of how little importance some critics opinions can be.

    • Vyle GodzMassacre Gemmell

      Id say no critics hold much weight now a days, people have pretty open minds to any form of entertainment for better or worse if it has any reasonable budget. And the obsession with certain actors and directors make many things untouchable no matter how good/bad they may be.

  • Robzilla

    I enjoyed The Mist, and I liked that it had an ending that went against horror tropes of the time.

    • Vyle GodzMassacre Gemmell

      I love the mist I found the ending darkly comedic. My buddy and I were laughing in the theatre while everyone else seemed horrified/annoyed that we would laugh at such an ending. Lol

    • Krug09

      The Mist is a decent film. It gets a bit too much praise for my taste. People STILL talk about the “amazing” “ballzy” ending. Its not that great. Going the opposite way for an ending doesn’t really mean good or creative.

  • Richter Belmont

    I’d include both Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ and ‘Rear Window’ being more relevant today due to man’s impact on the environment (The Birds), and today’s voyeuristic culture and invasion of privacy (Rear Window). Also, ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ for its social commentary, and the introduction and popularisation of the modern zombie.

  • James

    The issue with the most wasn’t that we didn’t want a depressing ending. I love dark endings. The issue was that it was so painfully forced and ridiculous that it killed it. Especially the giant military force that showed up a second after everything goes down. Now he it ended with the father getting killed by something after getting out of the car it would have been excellent. But the ending as it was is atrocious and a terrible finale to a mediocre horror film.

    • I have to agree. I like the premise of The Mist and the Lovecraftian creatures, but otherwise it’s just allright but not great. The ending feels gimmicky and tacked on.

    • I think you’ve missed the point of the ending. The fact that the military showed up is what makes the ending so depressing because that’s when the father realizes that they didn’t have to kill themselves. Against all odds the help has arrived, they were handling it which means that the father and his family would probably be okay. Instead his family was now dead and he’s the only one left alive to contemplate what if they had all waited just a little bit longer.

  • Micah Unice

    Mary Harron’s interpretation of American Psycho is a feminist opus. The sardonic tone went completely over everyone’s head. I would hope that American culture is more sophisticated now…but I wouldn’t bank on it.

    • amp69

      The movie improved on book ten-fold!

  • amp69

    Starship Troopers is the Showgirls of Sci-Fi and that’s not a bad thing.

    • Nah, it’s an underrated film that deserves a proper sequel and not the low budget direct to video crap it got.

      • amp69

        Showgirls is an underrated film as well IMO.

        • I actually like all of the Paul Verhoeven’s films that I’ve seen.

  • metalbreath

    How is Halloween not on the list?

  • Stacy Miller

    I love the mist….I love the thing….I love all Hitchcock birds is my fav then psycho….for the most part I agree with this list but I would add an American werewolf in london because to this day there has not been a werewolf movie come close to its amazing transformation…..amazon dawn of the dead 1978….The ideas and topics in this film are still perfect for today.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      In my opinion, the transformation scene in American Werewolf in London is one of, if not THE best ever. We all knew the concept of a werewolf. Human turns into wolf. That scene stared at the process that one would undergo in a very anatomical way. And it included that, oh, yeah, while your bones are actually reshaping themselves inside your body- IT HURTS!

  • Jarmo Luukka

    Videodrome and The Mist I have not yet seen. I must watch at them

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    I don’t know if I would say ahead of its time, but Texas Chainsaw Massacre certainly paved the way for plenty of “road trip gone wrong” films that came after. As far as content, though, it was about on par with the times, the 70s turned out some intense stuff.

  • Craig smith

    I gotta start with romero’s night of the living dead. It was so ahead of its time and paved the way for zombie mania as we know today. Also American werewolf in london. Not many horror movies get Oscars for anything but it just shows you how good the make up was from Rick baker and how advanced it was.

  • Un Gsund

    great list! natural born killers and falling down brought some uniqe things into my universe.. such movies are horror to me,sorry if u dont feel that way..

  • Nick

    How is the Blair Witch Project not on this list? People hated it (I am not one of them) yet it spawned about a million other clones that did reasonably well.

  • Lucca Cantisano

    Blair Witch Project and Night of The Living Dead, anyone? Also, Mario Bava’s Bay of Blood and Tod Browning’s Freaks. But The Mist, really? I didn’t dislike the ending because it was sad, I disliked it because it cheated on the whole screenplay and character work, ignored it and was there mainly for shock value…

    • Mark Mullins

      THANK YOU…. Honestly, I think The Mist is a pretty damn awesome horror movie, it has that… 1950’s B- monster movie thing going for it sometimes(although much more dark and serious, especially in B&W… but that ending… although I don’t “hate it”… it’s such a damn cop-out. i.e.- everyone besides Thomas Jane dies, and not TWO seconds later, the military shows up lol I mean c’mon, Jesus Christ, if that’s not cliché as hell I don’t know what is.

      • KSE1977

        The Novella ends in such a dark, but open-ended way, that i really think that would have been the better film ending.

  • Emma Kitt

    Definitely Jaws and Alien for me. The stalking was so intense, and the Jaws theme and HR Giger’s designs are still iconic today.

    Totally agree with Th Mist. The ending still has me speechless. I read Stephen King had a different ending for his novella, but wish he had thought of the one in the movie.

    • Haven’t read the book but love the movie ending to Mist. IMO it’s very powerful and thought provoking.

    • Susan

      Alien yes!

    • KSE1977

      Actually, the ending of the movie is at least addressed in the Novella, the characters just chose a different route. Personally I don’t think the ending really works.

  • Jeff Barber

    Jurrassic Park isnt really Horror. Alien, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, The Exorcist or even Nightmare On Elm Street would have been better choices for groudbreaking movies ahead of their time.

    • Susan

      Def the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers!!

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Not only did this film continue to pursue push the envelope for how violence can be portrayed onscreen. Despite being relatively tame in comparison to other exploitation films. It’s “based on a true story” tactics would go on to be emulated by the Blair Witch Project and various other modern horror films. Speaking of Witch…

    The Blair Witch Project – Definitely deserves a mention for leading the charge of found footage horror, though it’s a trend that will hopefully fade.

    Jaws – Technical issues may have forced Spielberg’s hand, but the influence is definitely widespread. By keeping the creature hidden for most the film, the film allowed to audiences imagination to play a central role. This technique would later be used from other horror films like Alien, to newer action movies like Godzilla(2014).

    Scream – Almost single handedly responsible for the meta-craze that overtook horror in the 90’s. For better or worse.

    • Dr. Satan

      cannibal holocaust was waaaay before blair witch, and it was a found footage film. like lots of older films taking a look back. blair witch did nothing but disappoint children who love horror in Maryland, like me lmao

      • Harley Mitchel Dirk

        To be perfectly honest, I haven’t even seen the Blair Witch Project. It doesn’t interest me and looks pretty boring. With that being said, it’s undoubtedly very popular and that popularity is what has led to this trend of found footage horror. Cannibal Holocaust was more of an underground thing, whether or not it influenced Blair Witch isn’t something I care about. The Blair Witch Project is clearly way more recognisable.

  • RiesenRatte

    definately agree on American Psycho. The Mist though was… idk, that ending was really stupid imo…

    If it’s regarded as a horror film, I’d add Donny Darko to the list!

  • diapers

    I’d go with Evil Dead 2 for combining horror and comedy, and the original Maniac for giving us a bloody killing spree while also examining psychosis up front and personal.

  • brodkil

    Let’s see:
    – Shining, Thing, and Psycho? Oh yes.
    – I wouldn’t call either Jurassic Park or Starship Troopers horror. Scaring people isn’t what they’re about, even though they can be good at it at times. That said, I think Jurassic Park is a classic and Starship Troopers is effective satire of military propaganda.
    – To be fair, I haven’t watched Videodrome, but the synopsis about it that I read paints it as… weird. I can’t say that one is some underrated classic, even though I’m a fan of David Cronenberg.
    – The Mist… you know, I love the novella, and I think that 95% of the movie is great. But the ending… I HATE it. I know there are many who think it works. I don’t. It goes past “bad ending for characters” and into nihilistic territory. I can abide bad outcomes in horror movies – I can’t when the ending twists the knife so cruelly that it makes me not want to watch the film.

    • Nick

      SK himself said “Frank wrote a new ending that I loved. It is the most shocking ending ever and there should be a law passed stating that anybody who reveals the last 5 minutes of this film should be hung from their neck until dead.”

      I didn’t like the ending either, but it’s hard to argue with that.

      • brodkil

        Yes, I’m aware that SK said that. And I disagree with him. Sometimes authors make good choice the first time through. King also didn’t like Stanley’s Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, a film that I think works extremely well. Such disagreements occur.

        • KSE1977

          I agree with you. King’s ending in the novella was dark enough, this just seemed like overkill.

  • Rafael Fernandez

    It, the Terror From Beyond Space (1958) anticipated Alien (1979).

    By the way do any of you knowledgeable horror film historians know what the first film to have the US government as the “bad guys” was? Like in The Blob (1988) remake where the government was responsible for creating the blob.

    • Susan

      Thanks Rafael – you stole my choice of It, the Terror from Beyond Space! Loved it and watched it hundreds of times!

      • Rafael Fernandez

        Same here, Susan. It’s a little sad that “They don’t make em’ like they used to” – Simple plots, practical effects, even the style of acting adds to the charm of those 50’s movies.

  • Antisocial_ism

    The Shining is a complete steaming pile of shit compared to the book.

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    Jurassic Park and Starship Troopers are suspect choices. New Nightmare should’ve been on here.

    • KSE1977

      Hey Starship troopers still looks pretty good for when it was made. While never close to perfect I found the effects ahead of their time, same as Jurrasic park.

      • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

        I meant that they’re not horror movies you big ol’ penis.

  • Danillo Ribeiro

    “The Shining” is still a shitty film. Nicholson and the Overlook are great, but all the rest looks like crap.

    • poopypants

      I agree. Shelley Duvall is horrible in it and many of the best plot elements of the book were removed. The made for TV movie was much better.

      • baronterror

        accurate. Not better.

      • Rick Bastardly

        To be fair to Shelley Duvall she had to deal with Kubrick making her life A living hell. He wanted to break her down and have her be in A heightened emotional state at all times. Which he thought would help her performance but instead made her angry. He later apologized to her for it. The TV Mini-series was fucking awful.

    • Harley Mitchel Dirk

      Well, I can’t fault you for having your own opinion. Though I can’t come close to agreeing with you either.

    • Chromwagner

      Watch Room 237! It might change your mind 😉

  • Susan

    Hellraiser! 1987

    • I Am Colossus

      Yea wtf

  • when I think about movies that or ahead of there time, I think of movies like, alien, the exorcist, terminator, American werewolf in London. john carpenters the thing was a remake and even though its miles better than the original and a stand out film in its own right, I honestly don’t think you could put a remake in the head of its time category, no matter how much you liked it or critiques hated it. The shining was all psychological and when it comes to psychological movies, if you don’t feel it or go into the movie expecting action, you will sorely be let down. The acting in the shining was great and it was well crafted but due to its lack of character building for its cast at the start, it honestly did not bridge the gap enough to make the audience really scared when jack flipped and got the axe. The shining since then has obviously gathered such a massive fan base that many will always rank this movie in the top 5 best horror movies of all time. Another movie I would think about adding to the list would be underworld. Underworld was panned by the critics upon release and the makers suffered a lawsuit from the hands of white wolf company who claimed it was too much like their dark world from the vampire masquerade game…. yet they seem to forget about all the other vampire and were wolf movies that came before underworld and how they could of inspired the making of underworld, that being said, the makers of the film paid the fine without questioning and the rest is history. The movie stands out as being 1 of the best movies to usher in the new year of horror movies and to even challenge the likes of American were wolf in London for best were wolf transformation (note I still rank American were wolf in London as the best) but underworld did such amazing job that it deserves to be on the list as ahead of its time.

  • Mark Mullins

    I totally agree with The Thing, Psycho, Videodrome & Jurassic Park. I also agree with some ppl’s comments about An American Werewolf in London, TCM, Blair Witch(some will argue with Cannibal Holocaust but BW spawned countless movies of found footage and still to this day), Scream, and NOTLD. One movie I haven’t seen listed is The Invisible Man. I remember watching this a few years back and I was completely surprised of just how damn good the effects were(1933 no less!). One other movie I can think of right now off the top of my head…although not Horror by ANY means, I’d have to say The Matrix was ahead of it’s time.

  • maryellen

    I think Cube was ahead of its time.

  • Golic

    A L I E N 3

  • Alex

    It Follows is ahead for 2015, it sounds ridiculous but the theme/genre of the film has not been portrayed in a majority of films, it contained unusual content to scare and provoke audiences. It breaks new ground.
    -sex is the enemy
    -there is no time period
    -cliffhanger ending
    -unanswered questions
    -every shot in the film is great
    And it garnered a lot of hate for not being “scary”, but once it dies away, maybe a rewatch can sort the meaning of the film out.
    Or I could be wrong..

    • khail19

      it was scary because the monster made us feel something in a very long time! seeing normal things differently, as something scary. i don’t know what those people were expecting.

      • baronterror

        I’ve never felt a constant threat and sense of dread like this before. Never have I from the moment I understood the rules been moved like this before. It has what is probably the most terrifying (and simple) concept ever. The way it was portrayed specifically, inevitable but slow and easy to avoid…but inevitable, made it all the more horrible. Definately next level stuff, by my book.

        • SugarShane333

          But it becomes a bit silly when you really think about it. Where were the adults? How many minutes would it take to render this thing useless with just a modicum of thought? It was fun for a horror movie but mediocre at best.

          • baronterror

            The adults were there. Different people have different life experiences and I cannot comment, nor will I judge good or bad, but when I was their age the parents of myself and my friends were about that present, at least as the movies depicted it. There but in the background. We had alot of freedom.

            As far as render “useless” I am interested in your take. Do you mean render not a threat? I thought about it but I feel like it depicted in the movie pretty clearly the only thing you can really do is trap yourself forever in a bank safe or something, but that hardly works right? I couldnt think of anything that a random person, especially these types of young people, could do. If you had alot of money you could fly to Europe. Then on and on, because since it’s “Walking” you’d have some time. Still live in fear that the rules change, or it’s faster than you thought, ect.

    • Porty Guil

      sex is the enemy – the plot line to every 80’s horror movie.

      it follows reminds me of the movie Shocker. the villian keeps changing bodies and chases someone the entire movie

    • DBZEROGRAVITY

      I like It Follows just fine but I think it’s about as overrated as The Babadook was, whose best moment is a phone call. It Follows really just backtracks a few decades to when horror movies were handled with more care and not just filled with blood and guts or an overabundance of cgi just because it can … I see your points but I can’t honestly say it breaks new ground. It is, however, hopefully showing studios how to approach horror. it sounds like The Gift is delivering on that too

  • tbaio

    Great list! If I can recommend 2 more films of this same category (they’re both foreign): Peeping Tom (English) & Angst (German).

  • Bobby Jones

    who here has watched Deep Rising?

    • King Warbeast

      Love that flick.

      • Bobby Jones

        i would consider Deep Rising a hugely under rated movie that holds up to today’s CGI

    • James Allard

      A film that really needs more love and open adoration. (I have, to be more direct in my response.)

  • Dan Smith

    Reading that review for The Thing reminds me to NEVER go by what movie critics think.
    I still crack up when i remember seeing Siskel and Ebert giving Cop & 1/2 a thumbs up but Reservoir Dogs a thumbs down in 1992.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    While normally I feel that using the phrase “ahead of it’s time” is generally just a cheap excuse given as to why something failed, I do agree with the comments below about New Nightmare. Very underrated film that I believe would’ve fared better had it come out a few years later when the art of mixing “reality” with fiction was more of a thing.

  • I Am Colossus

    Starship troopers isn’t an antiwar satire, it was a movie that hides the fact that the main characters of the film are actually the bad guys, and you just don’t realize that they’re the villains until the films end. Don’t agree with the Jurassic World bashing either.

    • The_Righteous_Dan

      Wouldn’t, but that very definition, still make it a satire? The irony of having the “good guys” be the “bad guys” at the end to call attention to the damage done by war mongering politicians and military hierarchy? As well as military brainwashing, nationalism, the military industrial complex, a big brother government, etc.?

      • I Am Colossus

        Yea I never said it wasn’t a satire, I said it wasn’t antiwar. But I knew someone was going to let thgat slip over their heads.

        • The_Righteous_Dan

          Hard to tell intent and context via an internet comment. No need to be insulting about it.

          • I Am Colossus

            Right, but wasn’t meant to be an insult actually, via internet and all……..

  • MikeyRey29

    Although not “horror” (though Jurassic Park isn’t technically either)…

    I’d say DARK CITY was very ahead of it’s time and still is underrated. For horror think I’d go with BATTLE ROYALE and SEVEN.

    • James Allard

      Doubleplusgood on all three picks. I had the great good fortune of seeing Dark City and SE7EN at the theater when they came out. I would have for BR but … y’know.

  • Porty Guil

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie is bigger now than it was when it was released and it will continue to rise as more and more younger horror fans become aware of it. that’s what i define “ahead of it’s time”

  • Edgar Pinkerton

    Jaws. 40 years later and the shark still works.

    • Leebo

      Ironically though, it didn’t work on set very often!

  • Darth_Siskel

    I don’t like the movie but Wes Cravens New Nightmare.
    That & The Last Action Hero started the wave of meta & self referential narratives, that’s still around to this very day.

    • Leebo

      Although it’s a more well known and “mainstream” movie, I wouldn’t agree that New Nightmare “started” it, as 4 years earlier a certain Mr Fulci made a movie called “A Cat In The Brain (aka Nightmare Concert)”.

      • Darth_Siskel

        True, but for American cinema…
        It’s like Romero. He didn’t invent the flesh-eating zombie thing. I could point to H.P Lovecraft for that. But Romero gets the credit for American cinema.

  • Craig smith

    Rosemary’s baby. For the time period it is definitely ahead of its time. Even for this day and age it is pretty graphic. A great movie that really started the whole demon baby thing with movies to follow like the omen etc……..

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    I like It Follows just fine but I think it’s about as overrated as The Babadook was, whose best moment is a phone call. It Follows really just backtracks a few decades to when horror movies were handled with more care and not just filled with blood and guts or an overabundance of cgi just because it can … I see your points but I can’t honestly say it breaks new ground. It is, however, hopefully showing studios how to approach horror

  • Mads McCarthy

    The Mist is one of my favourite films to date, the amount of times I’ve watched it—you could review both the film and the ending separately if you wanted to; I feel like the entire movie is worth it just for the ending because it pushed so many boundaries.

  • m-m-m-MONSTER_KILL

    RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD! A “Zomedy” almost 20 years before Shaun of the Dead popularized the concept. It had a lot of what made American Werewolf in London great: fantastic special effects, legitimately hilarious dialogue, and moments of pure horror, all seamlessly integrated. Plus it had one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard in a movie and a punk rock vibe throughout, which it actually succeeded at unlike most movies that attempt such a thing.

  • markajacoby

    Apparently whoever wrote this is like 18. The Mist? Jurassic Park? Starship Troopers? Holy crap! I thought this was “horror movies ahead of their time”. Psycho, yes. Videodrome, yes. But what about The Exorcist? Nosferatu? Night of the Living Dead? Liked the suggestions of Rosemary’s Baby and Alien. But this list is so shallow it’s not even funny.

  • Christensen

    3 out of 8 films on this list aren’t even horror movies………………. not even close

  • kenneth Tanner

    HEHE:)
    I love Psycho but I have to say Psycho is more of a slasher movie then horror but I still love Psycho.

  • Xmoritz

    A Nightmare on Elm Street – Part II. Not a great movie, but it has a gay plot. Would it be released today, when the LGBT question is largely debated, it surely would gain more attention than in the eighties.

  • Nothing333

    The themes in Videodrome are more relevant today than ever. Definitely a visionary work.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Jurassic Park
    Dawn of the Dead (remake) I mean that shit was epic, if released today with the success of The walking dead this movie would have been double the hit at the box office.

  • Mikki Manuel McCoy

    The Mist….ahhh why did they have to change the ending compared to the book?!

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