The Dead Next Door (1988)
The Dead Next Door is an independent, low-budget, small town, post-zombie apocalypse tale about an "elite" group of soldiers known as "The Zombie Squad" who have been enlisted by the United States government to seek and destroy any and all zombies they come across. Squad members not only have to drive around their Midwestern town and shoot mindless zombies all day, they also have to deal with the a religious cult who consider zombism a higher form of existence and are out to protect the zombies, sort of. Kind of like a misguided zombie PETA. Turns out though, the cult is really hiding a huge secret (religion and secrets? Blasphemy!) and the real reason the cult leader is attempting to save zombies is to capture them and perform tests on them in order to save his son who is secretly zombified. At some point in the film, one of the squad members is infected and the "Doc" back at government headquarters injects him with an experimental cure. All it achieves is to accelerate the zombification process and leave the infected guy completely lucid, which is pretty torturous considering he is slowly rotting and is forced to eat people's brain meat.
Bad Moon (1996)
Based off a novel entitled Thor and written and directed by the writer of the vampire film Near Dark, Bad Moon has to be, and I'm absolutely sure of this, THE MOST underrated werewolf film of ALL TIME, SPOILERS to follow. Basically it surrounds the story a photo journalist Ted, played by Michael Pare (Eddie and the Cruisers, Streets of Fire) who while on a expedition with his girlfriend in Nepal is attacked (in the middle of a graphic sex scene) by a
In order to get rid of Thor, Ted frames him for the murders he has been committing in were-form and Thor is sent off to a dog pound to be euthanized. Don't worry though, Brett knows this is all bullshit and sneaks out at night to help Thor escape. Just in time too because stupid-ass Janet had just decided to go check out what all the racket in the woods was. A full-on German Shepard vs. werewolf battle ensues and it sounds cheesy, but the fact that at this point you're sort of attached to this dog and seeing things through his prospective, you can't wait until he saves the family and kicks Uncle Ted's ass. I absolutely LOVE this movie and not only because I found the story interesting and unique for a were-wolf tale, but also because the werewolf suit in it is totally legit and actually looks frightening in action. If you like werewolf films, especially ones sans CGI effects, Bad Moon is a MUST see. The trailer doesn't really do this film justice, but feel free to watch it below.
The Beast Within (1982)
I remember attempting to watch this movie as a young kid, probably around 8 years old. Because I'm a germaphobe, I've always been easily scared by movies involving parasites or possession of any kind. I'll be honest, I never made it through the entire first two viewings of this film. The first time because I got way too freaked out and the second time was due to the fact my mom turned it off, but when I got older and no one was around to cock-block horrifying beast-rape scenes, I was able to finish the film. If I didn't already give it away, this movie is largely about beast-rape. A couple on their honeymoon driving through a sleepy Southern town in Mississippi are stranded when they're car gets a flat tire. The husband leaves his attractive wife alone at night on a deserted road in the South so he can go alone to the nearest town to find help. Not surprisingly, she is attacked and raped, but the surprising part is her rapist, who you never fully see on camera, is not a creepy toothless redneck, but a hulking mindless monster beast of some kind. The rape scene is not entirely graphic, she is basically attacked and knocked unconscious by claws and dinosaur roars and while lying on the ground has her dress ripped off and is suddenly oddly moving in a up and down motion. Still pretty bad and a little too brutal for an 8 year-old I suppose. Her husband returns to find her naked, bloody and unconscious and rushes her to the police car he arrived in.
Don't Be Afraid Of the Dark (1973)
Originally released as a made-for-television film in 1973, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is surprisingly incredibly unnerving. The storyline involves a young couple who inherit an old mansion from the wife's dead grandmother. The husband, Alex, is a successful architect while his wife Sally resigns from her career to become a house wife and caretaker of their large estate. The film opens with whispering demonic voices and a shot of the house before we are ever introduced to the main characters. This kind of gives us an idea that shit is going to go wrong from then on and it does. Sally finds an old den that has been boarded up and the fireplace sealed with an iron door. She asks the handyman to clear it out so she can turn the room into an office with a usable fireplace. The handyman, who has been working at the house for generations, flat out refuses and tells her to stop sticking her nose in places it doesn't belong. Naturally, Sally defies this and on her own unbolts the door. After this occurs, Sally experiences all sorts of strange phenomenon in the house, such as voices and sees little demonic creatures following her around and haunting her in attempt to take her as one of them. Alex thinks she is going crazy and does not believe anything she tells him about the little creatures.