Diabolique (1955) Remember how Alfred Hitchcock made audiences afraid to get into the shower? Watching the French horror film Diabolique will make you swear off bathtubs as well! The story centers around a woman who, with the help of her husband's mistress plot to murder the two-timer. Little do they know the supernatural consequences that will soon haunt them. This movie is a slow burner, but the ending is definitely worth the wait.
Carnival of Souls (1962) This movie is creepy with a capitol C. But do you want to know the best thing about it? The movie happens to be set in our very own state! After surviving a serious car accident, Mary takes a job out near the old Saltair. Soon she finds herself drawn to the old abandoned carnival site, and she discovers she might not be the only one... Watch this movie by yourself late at night for best results.
The Frighteners (1996) If you're in the mood for some 90's nostalgia and you like movies with a Tim Burton vibe, look no further than The Frighteners. This movie definitely would fool you into thinking it was directed by Mr. Burton, but it was none other than Peter Jackson of the Lord of the Rings trilogy who was behind this horror comedy. Michael J. Fox plays a man, who happens to be gifted with the ability to talk to ghosts...but uses it to con innocent people. After a series of murders from beyond the grave occur, he has no choice but to solve the mystery. Like Lady In White, the film features some silly visual effects that don't quite hold up. The conclusion in particular, you might find difficulty in keeping a straight face.
Fright Night (2011) This film is a remake of an also awesome 80's flick of the same name... but I slightly prefer the newer take on the tale. A high schooler has a hunch that a vampire moved in to the house next door and will do just about anything to prove it... even if that means contacting a celebrity vampire hunter. The cast here is superb. Featuring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant and Toni Collette, Fright Night is loads of fun and pretty darn entertaining.
And don't worry, there's plenty more where that came from. I'll continue watching my obscure movies all month, so check back for more reports.