The word underrated gets thrown around a lot. I can’t remember where I heard this, but I think what most people mean when they say underrated is under-seen. And to me, that’s what makes a cult movie 10-20 years down the line. Below are some under-seen gems I stand behind whole-heartedly. And if you have seen any of these but didn’t like them at first glance, give them a second watch and let me know what you think upon re-watch.
Bite (2015, Chad Archibald)
This may be the impetus for Trey’s column, Let Me Watch That For You. For his very first appearance on the podcast we reviewed this squirm-inducing flick. It follows a young woman (Elma Begovic) who gets bitten by some mysterious bug while on a weekend getaway with her girlfriends in Costa Rica. After returning home, she starts becoming more withdrawn from her friends and boyfriend because, as it turns out, she’s going through some… changes. Bite is a total gross-out flick that I highly recommend be viewed while eating loads of tapioca with a group of your closest friends. Stream it for free on ShoutFactoryTV.
Devil (2010, John Erick Dowdle)
I am a huge sucker for bottle movies. And yes, if M. Night Shyamalan’s name is attached to anything, I’m going to watch it, and I’ll probably enjoy most of it. Devil follows five people stuck in the elevator of a high-rise office building. Like any good movie, relationships are at the heart of this one. And like any good Shyamalan story, we can expect a fun twist. Watch for free with ads on Crackle.
Flatliners (1990, Joel Schumacher)
I talk about Flatliners a lot because it’s just that damn great. Yes, great. If you haven’t heeded my advice yet and don’t know what it’s about, Flatliners takes place around Halloween and follows a group of medical students “led” by Kiefer Sutherland who skirt the thin red line between life and death. Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Billy Baldwin. For God’s sake, that cast! And we all know that when Joel Schumacher is on his game he’s really good. Thankfully, he’s on his game for this one. Flatliners is currently streaming on Shudder and Crackle.
The Midnight Meat Train (2008, Ryûhei Kitamura)
If I’m not mistaken I believe I watched this with my mother on Fearnet when it was still around. This was pre The Hangover so Bradley Cooper wasn’t quite yet a household name. I think it was the title that drew us in. The Midnight Meat Train is either a very poor title or the best title. Either way, the movie is fucking fantastic, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s dark, stylish, gruesome, and a little trippy. Cooper plays a photographer in New York City who has a taste for the macabre. Vinnie Jones plays a psycho killer that stalks his prey on the subway late at night which draws good ol’ Bradley in. Trust me, it’s fun, and it’s currently streaming on Netflix.
Society (1989, Brian Yuzna)
Yes, again. I won’t stop until everyone I know has seen this movie. I won’t say much because I’ve already gushed about it on the blog and on the podcast several times. But now it’s on Prime, it got a Blu-ray release, and it even played for this year’s Drafthouse of Horrors. It’s a great commentary on the Reagan era that is once again relevant. Please, please, oh please just watch it. Society is now streaming on Amazon Prime.