I don’t know about you, but I find myself enjoying a good horror B-movie flick from time to time. Sometimes, I enjoy B-movies more than their A-movie counterparts. Maybe it’s because their low budget encourages them to be more creative and original with their storytelling. Or it could be the opposite, the low budget gives them the freedom to “fail” with a mitigated loss. Whatever the case may be, I think more people should give these B-rated movies a shot. They might be pleasantly horrified (cue evil laugh). So get ready to be scared (or maybe laugh), here are 25 Horror B-movies actually worth watching.
Let’s kick off this list with a 2014 film called “Wolves,” an edgier take on the familiar story of a man that turns into a wolf. The movie is entertaining and has decent special effects given its budget. To say it’s a horror flick might be a bit of a stretch, but if you’re into a good werewolf monster movie, you might give this a shot.
Have you ever wondered if there are other dimensions? And what kind of beings are in these other dimensions? This movie explores just that. When Dr. Pretorious invents a machine that allows people to see other dimensions, they come across a world where evil beings reign. Their favorite pastime? Killing humans. For a film done in 1986, it has surprisingly good effects with some of triptpiest scenes you’ll ever see.
When I was a kid, I hated elevators and this movie is part of the reason why. When a lift in a large office building starts malfunctioning, the consequences are deadly. From suffocation to decapitation, this movie will encourage to take the stairs. It’s hard to imagine that a film about a murderous elevator can be frightening, but surprisingly, this film is.
This 1988 film combines elements of western, time travel, and horror. Sounds like an odd combination of genres but the film pulls it off. When a woman is mysteriously abducted by a supernatural sandstorm, a local lawman’s search for her leads him to an abandoned ghost town. Here, he finds that the town has been held captive by an evil outlaw tyrant who controls the rest of the ghouls through fear.
Have you ever thought of volunteering as a test subject for some extra cash at your local university? After you watch this movie, you might not want to. “Strange Behavior” follows local high school students who volunteer as test subjects for their local university’s psychology program. However, the test seems to transform these volunteers into programmable killing machines. The film does have a fair share of creepy moments which overall makes it a worthwhile B-movie to watch.
This psychological thriller might change the way you look at psychiatrists forever. “The Brood” follows psychotherapist Hal Raglan who performs a strange technique called “psychoplasmics” on a severely disturbed woman named Nola Carveth. When a series of murders start to occur, they seem to be somehow connected to the doctor and his strange technique. The ending is probably what most people remember about this movie…wait until you see why.
If you don’t like rats now, you’re really not going to like them after this film…or maybe you will? The 1972 movie “Ben” is a sequel to “Willard” and follows the story of a rat named Ben, who happens to befriend a little boy named Danny Garrison. They become so close that the rat becomes overprotective of the boy. Oh, and by the way, Ben is the leader of a huge rat colony which hunts down anyone who hurts his Danny. Michael Jackson sang the title song “Ben” for this film and even won and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song!
It Came From Beneath The Sea
This 1955 film features a huge radioactive octopus that is terrorizing the North American Pacific Coast. For its time, the effects were decent, though you probably won’t be terrorized by this film. At least I wasn’t. Still entertaining. The creature even manages to attack San Francisco!
When a group of elite researchers created an experimental life form in hopes of preventing a food crisis, they never imagined it would turn deadly…but it did. Now “Subject 20,” as the monster is called, seeks to end the lives of the crew aboard a remote research station in a remote planet. If you enjoyed the “Alien” movies and don’t mind a cheesy knock off, you might enjoy this movie as well.
Are you afraid of things hidden in the deep ocean? If not, this movie might change that. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free a group of prehistoric carnivorous fish, Lake Victoria in Arizona explodes with casualties. Now, a group of strangers must somehow survive the many sharp aquatic teeth that want to eat them.
This movie will teach you never to anger a clown (seriously, don’t do it). “Stitches” follows a clown by the same name who is accidentally killed in a birthday party (in a weird and bizarre way might I add). Six years later, Stitches comes back to life to exact his revenge on the teenagers responsible for his early demise in gruesome but creative ways.
When scientist Herbert West discovers a fluid which brings living tissue back to life, things go from scientifically promising to nightmarishly horrifying. This gory flick has a stream of good humor which many have labeled as a perfect balance to an otherwise campy horror flick. Worth the watch? Absolutely.
When a baby alligator is flushed down a toilet, it ends up in the sewer where it survives by feeding off of the corpses of laboratory animals who have undergone dubious hormone experiments. As the baby gator feeds, it grows, and grows, and grows until it becomes a fully sized killer of men.
The Human Centipede
Described as the most horrific film ever made, “The Human Centipede” is disturbing, to say the least. The story follows a group of three victims who get drugged and used for a horrifying experiment by a mad doctor. The surgeon proceeds to co-join the three victims (mouth to anus) into one centipede-like pet. Watch at your own risk.
When a “computer geek” at a military is bullied by his peers, he discovers a secret book of the occult in the old school chapel. Fascinated by his discovery, he enters the information in the book into his computer resulting in the invocation of demonic spirits. Now, the bullied boy uses the creatures to exact revenge on those who bullied him! Justice is served?
After you watch this movie, you might never watch a scary movie in theaters again. What started out as a special screening in an isolated movie theatre quickly turns into a dark demonic night of bloodshed and gore. The screened movie turns out to be a horror film about demonic possession but oddly, the events depicted in the screened movie, somehow start happening in real life with audience members turning into monsters.
If you’re addicted to shopping, this movie might help scare your addiction away. When a group of teenagers decide to have an after-hours party at their local mall, they are confronted by a new state of the art security system that malfunctions and goes on a killing spree to eliminate the intruders. Now the teenagers must face the threat with only their wits and mall merchandise. Can they survive til morning?
The Evil Dead
Considered to be one of the best and most original horror films of all time, the evil dead is a rare exception of a B-movie that made a crossover into mainstream popularity. The story follows five students who take time off to go relax in a remote cabin (of course). When the students find a book and audio tape they unwillingly release a powerful evil incantation that sets in motion a host of demonic events. The friends find themselves helpless to stop the evil that has now been unleashed before them.
Killer Clown From Outer Space
Don’t be deceived by the title, this movie can be a good scary addition to your Saturday night binge-watching marathon. A race of aliens that resemble clowns (sucks for you if you suffer from coulrophobia) travel across the galaxy arriving at a small town with the intent of harvesting people. With candy cocoons, acid pies, and lethal puppet shows, these clowns are not here to make you laugh.
Big Ass Spiders
How would you like to stare out your window to find a gigantic spider (taller than your home) roaming through your neighborhood? And here you’re thinking you don’t suffer from Arachnophobia! “Big Ass Spider” takes place in Los Angeles and follows a ginormous spider that escapes from a military lab and proceeds to terrorize the famous city. Only a team of scientists and an exterminator seem to know how to stop it.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
This story will genuinely give you a slight case of paranoia. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” follows Matthew Bennell as he is confronted with the realization that several people, including his friends, are acting abnormally only to realize that aliens have been replacing humans by living inside them. Now, Matthew and his friends must escape the small town, but who can he trust?
What was meant to be a relaxing cabin getaway quickly turns into a gruesome fight for survival. The result of a local chemical spill, a horde of zombified beavers take aim at the unsuspecting college students with the intention of ending their life. Unfortunately for these poor students, the beavers are only the beginning of their nightmare.
Eight Legged Freaks
B-movies seem to really enjoy exploring stories involving gigantic spiders, because here’s another one. “Eight-Legged Freaks” feature venomous spiders that get exposed to a chemical that causes them to grow to extraordinary size. You won’t be able to squash these from your minds that easily.
Snake on a Train
You’ve heard of “Snakes on a Plane,” right? Well, get ready for snakes on a train (I already like this movie because…well, it has trains in it…I like trains…moving on). When a zombie curse is placed upon a woman which causes her to have living demonic snakes inside her, Alby Castro as Brujo attempts to take her to Los Angeles on a train so that the woman’s uncle can somehow cure her. The scenario erupts into a mess of snakes that go around biting and eating unsuspecting travelers.
What started out as a joke, quickly became an unlikely hit! Labeled as a “brilliantly stupid” franchise, “Sharknado” features sharks in tornadoes (surprise). Terrifying? Absolutely. If you suffer from Selachophobia and Lilapsophobia (fear of sharks and tornadoes respectively). Still, it’s worth watching so at least you can say you’ve seen it all.