20 Cult Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die

“If you had only seen what I saw!”


Good horror movies are such a rarity these days, they’re almost like a mythical creature – a cinematic unicorn, if you will. Aged fans speak of them as if through a great and terrible fog: “Remember, long ago, when horror movies used to be awesome? Yeah, those were the days." 

Most horror fans have, of course, sampled all of the major genre staples – Halloween, The Shining, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Exorcist - all are rites of passage. And while it's important to appreciate these films as masterpieces, there is usually, in the serious horror fan, a desire to delve slightly more deeply into the genre. And that's the topic at hand today, the horror movie cult classics.

Cult films are known for their dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and audience participation. Inclusive definitions allow for major studio productions, especially box office bombs, while exclusive definitions focus more on obscure films shunned by the mainstream. Whatever the definition, there are definitely plenty to choose from.  

So, instead of traipsing through Camp Crystal Lake once again or inviting some Child’s Play to unfold with bloody inevitability in your living room, why not check out one of these twenty severely underrated cult classics?        

Minor spoilers ahead.  

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Jesse Gumbarge is editor and chief blogger at JarvisCity.com - He loves old-school horror films and starting pointless debates. You can reach out at: JesseGumbarge@JarvisCity.com