You’re home alone and you hear a noise coming from downstairs. It’s probably nothing. But then you hear it again. But you know you’re home alone. So who’s downstairs?!
There’s nothing creepier than a story where someone is hiding in someone’s house. Cam’s put together his top 5 “There’s Someone In The House!” list.
Number 5 - THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS
This awesome movie was directed by Wes Craven and was released in 1991. The People Under the Stairs is a two for one on this list because not only are there thieves hiding in the walls from the homeowners, there are also cannibals living in the walls trying to eat said criminals. Like a lot of Craven’s work this film shines a light on racism and systematic poverty. This won't be the best movie you have ever seen from this master of horror, but it is still definitely worth a watch.
Number 4 - CASTLE FREAK
Thanks to The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs recent showing of this great B-movie it’s getting talked about more than it has in years. Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs worked together once again to bring this film to life. On paper the plot to this is actually pretty sad, but in practice Jeffrey Combs makes it hilarious with his campy style of acting that people know and love him for. (You can check out our full review HERE)
Number 3 - HOUSEBOUND
Flying in under the radar in 2014, this horror comedy from New Zealand makes for a dry but fun time. Housebound blends styles constantly during the movie, switching from a “who done it” mystery, to dry slapstick humor seamlessly. The plot is simple enough - Kylie gets into some legal trouble and has to move back into her parental home, once she arrives she starts to notice something is out of the ordinary. With the help of a local police officer, she tries to prove the house is haunted. The title of this flick is also the inspiration behind Horror Bound.
Number 2 - MIDNIGHT MAN
I don't think a lot of people have heard of this fantastic little film, if you haven't I would get some popcorn and watch it soon. The story arc in this movie is absolutely bonkers, it centers around a game called the midnight man. In this game you invite the midnight man into your home then you do your best to avoid him. If you lose he kills you in a way related to your deepest fears, if you win then nothing happens he just leaves. I don't want to reveal too much but it does have Lin Shaye as an evil grandmother, and Robert Englund as her doctor. If that's not enough to cancel your evening plans I'm not sure what is.
Number 1 - HELLRAISER
If you haven't seen Hellraiser then I envy you, it is in my opinion Clive Barker’s best movie adaptation. As with a lot of book to movie adaptations, it does lose a lot in translation, that being said it’s a fantastic movie. What sets this film apart from the others is that the torture demons on the cover aren't actually the monsters in the film. The evil characters in this film are an evil stepmother and the regenerating flesh or her lover hidden in the attic. The evil stepmother trope has been used a million times but never quite like this. Also, a homeless person shows up then turns into a flaming dragon, because Clive Barker is awesome.
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