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Another Halloween may be over, but as we always like to say, it is *always* Halloween when you’re reading Bloody Disgusting and following us on the various social media platforms.
What we mean by that is, well, there are *always* new horror movies being released every single week, and we are going to continue to spotlight each week’s new crop here on BD.
Here’s all the new horror arriving between November 2nd-7th, 2021!

We kick the week off with the release of The Spore today, a new horror movie from Lionsgate that centers on a toxic infection that turns humans, naturally, into gooey monsters.
In the film, “Fleeing from civilization as a horrific plague ravages mankind, Meadow gets a lift from a stranger. When she sees that the driver is gruesomely infected, Meadow escapes and takes refuge in a cabin that’s abandoned…or is it? The apocalypse started days earlier when an evil spore, long dormant beneath an ancient ice field, was awakened by global warming.
“Now, as ten strangers try to evade the madness, some must succumb to the hideously mutating fungus and claim the survivors as their bitter prey.”
We debuted the trailer back in September, and you can watch it here.

Today’s other new release horror movie is Night at Eagle Inn, the latest feature from Erik Bloomquist, who saw his Ten Minutes to Midnight premiere at last year’s Popcorn Frights.
Popcorn Frights described this one as “equal parts The Innkeepers, The Shining, and Vacancy,” calling it “a fast-paced horror-mystery laden with intrigue, black comedy, and plenty of scares.”
Watch the trailer and learn more here.

Moving on to this Thursday, November 4th, Shudder will premiere the new vampire movie Dead & Beautiful, which looks to be a stylish new take on the classic bloodsuckers.
In Dead & Beautiful, five rich, spoiled Asian twenty-somethings (Gijs Blom, Aviis Zhong, Yen Tsao, Philip Juan, Anechka Marchenko) are suffering from upper class ennui, unsure how to spend their days when so little is expected from them.
In search of excitement, the five friends form the “Circle,” a group where they take turns designing a unique, extravagant experience for the others. But things go wrong when the privileged urbanites awaken after a night out, to find they have developed vampire fangs and an unquenchable thirst for flesh, blood, and adventure at any price.
You’ll find a sneak-peek clip along with the trailer here.

Friday, November 5th will see the release of three brand new horror movies, the first of which is our most anticipated movie of the week, underwater haunted house movie The Deep House.
French filmmaking duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, best known for their ultra-violent Inside, as well as Livide and Leatherface, are next diving into aquatic horror with The Deep House, in which a couple of divers discover a haunting in the depths of a lake.
The Deep House is shot almost entirely underwater and follows an influencer couple (James Jagger and Camille Rowe) who go diving in a remote French lake only to discover a fully submerged haunted house. The film will premiere on EPIX on November 5 and will also be available for digital purchase from Paramount Home Entertainment on the very same day.
Take a peek inside The Deep House right now.

The Wolf of Snow Hollow director Jim Cummings is also back on Friday with his new movie The Beta Test, coming to Select Theaters, Digital Platforms and VOD on November 5, 2021.
Cummings wrote and directed the film, and he also stars.
“Shortly before his wedding, ruthless talent agent Jordan (Jim Cummings) receives a mysterious envelope offering no-strings-attached sex with a stranger in a hotel room. Initially amused, then intrigued, he becomes obsessed by the idea of a secret erotic adventure and impulsively accepts. But will he regret his choices when his meticulous, superficial world threatens to collapse under the weight of his burgeoning lies?”
Watch the trailer for The Beta Test here.

In addition to being included with Severin’s folk horror box set All the Haunts Be Ours, which will be released in December, Keir-La Janisse‘s award-winning documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched (read Meagan’s review) will be coming to VOD this Friday.
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched explores the folk horror phenomenon from its beginnings in a trilogy of films – Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard’s Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973) – through its proliferation on British television in the 1970s and its culturally specific manifestations in American, Asian, Australian and European horror, to the genre’s revival over the last decade.
“Touching on over 200 films and featuring over 50 interviewees, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched investigates the many ways that we alternately celebrate, conceal and manipulate our own histories in an attempt to find spiritual resonance in our surroundings.”

The biggest new release for this week is of course the return of Showtime’s “Dexter,” with the brand new batch of “Dexter: New Blood” episodes premiering this Sunday, November 7th.
Michael C. Hall stars in Showtime‘s upcoming revival of “Dexter,” a continuation of the original series that will essentially allow Showtime to make up for the show’s original finale.
“Set 10 years after Dexter went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, Dexter: New Blood finds him living under an assumed name in the fictional small town of Iron Lake, New York. Dexter may be embracing his new life, but in the wake of unexpected events in this close-knit community, his Dark Passenger inevitably beckons.”
The revival’s official trailer sees Dexter attempting to keep his inner beast at bay, but new threats seem to be poking the bear at every turn. And it won’t be long before he kills again…
Writer in the horror community since 2008. Editor in Chief of Bloody Disgusting. Owns Eli Roth’s prop corpse from Piranha 3D. Has four awesome cats. Still plays with toys.
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Film criticism has never been an exact science, and movie critics themselves are still fallible human beings. That’s why it’s no surprise that some horror movies only find a welcoming audience years after being dismissed during their initial release. While the rise of the internet means that it’s now much easier to recommend underrated flicks to like-minded fans (like our previous list of unfairly maligned horror films of the 2000s), some great movies still manage to slip through the cracks.
That’s why we’re back with another six critically panned horror movies that are still worth a watch, this time focusing on underrated gems from the 2010s. These films might not be that old, but enough time has passed for horror fans to re-evaluate some of the negative criticism that was thrown their way by mainstream reviewers.
Like last time, we’ll be using Rotten Tomatoes scores to try and measure how harshly these films were treated upon release, though readers should try and remember that this list is based purely on personal opinion. That being said, don’t forget to share your own unfairly maligned favorites with us in the comments below, as one horror fan’s trash might be another horror fan’s treasure.
Now, onto the list…
6. The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) – 40% on Rotten Tomatoes

Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers wasn’t exactly a critical darling back in 2008, but Johannes Roberts’s underrated sequel had trouble finding support even among die-hard fans of the original. I think that’s a huge shame, as The Strangers: Prey at Night is one of the most entertaining Slasher flicks in recent memory, pitting a likable family against genuinely threatening killers in a thrilling love-letter to 80s horror.
While it’s an entirely different beast when compared to Bertino’s somber take on masked home invaders, there’s no denying that the flashy thrills of Prey at Night make it a must-watch for fans of classic Slashers. Hell, that unforgettable pool scene was the last time I heard a theater audience audibly cheer for a horror movie protagonist, so I think it’s safe to say that this one is worth the price of admission.
5. Hell Fest (2018) – 39% on Rotten Tomatoes

Some of my favorite movie-going experiences involve showing up for a film I don’t expect to be good, only to be pleasantly surprised by the filmmakers. Hell Fest may not be a masterpiece, but it was definitely one of those experiences, providing tons of bloody fun all wrapped up in a nice and creepy bow.
Hell Fest doesn’t necessarily reinvent the Slasher wheel, telling a familiar story about teenagers being pursued by a deranged killer in a spooky carnival, but the creative kills and atmospheric setting make this a consistently entertaining romp that’s sure to get you hyped up for any Halloween season. As if that wasn’t enough, the movie also benefits from memorable performances by both Tony Todd and the always-lovable Bex Taylor-Klaus, plus a killer score by Bear McCreary!
4. Knock Knock (2015) – 38% on Rotten Tomatoes

Featuring practically no gore, Knock Knock is one of Eli Roth’s most subdued productions, but it’s also one hell of a weird movie that I think deserves more love. A stealth remake of Peter S. Traynor’s 1977 erotic thriller Death Game, Roth’s take on the story follows Keanu Reeves as he’s tested by a pair of sociopathic party girls played by Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo.
The film’s uncomfortable undertones may not be to everyone’s liking, but I think most horror fans can appreciate how it slowly builds to a terrifying crescendo by misleading audiences with sex and humor. If you’re still not convinced, I’d recommend checking out GoodBadFlicks’ deep dive into the movie’s production, as there’s a lot to unpack about this throwback to the exploitation flicks of yore.
3. Exists (2014) – 33% on Rotten Tomatoes

Directed by Eduardo Sánchez, one half of the duo behind The Blair Witch Project, Exists might not boast the cultural significance of its Found Footage predecessor, but it’s still one hell of an entertaining monster movie about everyone’s favorite bipedal cryptid.
A fun yet straightforward creature feature boasting effective scares and a memorable finale, not to mention some genuinely convincing practical effects, I honestly don’t get why Exists didn’t make a bigger splash when it came out back in 2014. Good Bigfoot movies are few and far in between, so I’d recommend this one to any fan of cryptozoological terrors.
2. The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011) – 29% on Rotten Tomatoes

Despite its exaggerated reputation as one of the most disturbing movies ever made, Tom Six’s original The Human Centipede isn’t as graphic as its detractors would have you believe. The sequel, on the other hand, features disturbing amounts of gore and gruesome body horror in a nightmarish depiction of fandom gone wrong.
Famously crowned as the worst film of 2011 by Roger Ebert, Full Sequence‘s reliance on shock value won’t be to everyone’s liking, but I’d say that Six’s meta sequel is obviously using the absurd levels of violence to comment on violent media itself. The excessive brutality also provides the film with some memorable moments that will likely haunt viewers long after the credits roll, making it a legitimately effective horror flick. Just don’t watch this one on a full stomach.
1. As Above So Below (2014) – 26% on Rotten Tomatoes

Brilliantly combining an Indiana Jones styled adventure with the real claustrophobic horror of Paris’ underground catacombs, John Erick Dowdle’s As Above So Below is a must-watch Found Footage movie with more than a few occult tricks up its sleeve. That’s why I think it’s absurd that most mainstream critics dismissed the film as a yet another generic scary movie back when it first came out.
While there’s no accounting for taste, I think the negative reviews were mostly a case of bad timing, as many critics had grown tired of the Found Footage trend after the yearly entries in the Paranormal Activity franchise. Regardless, As Above So Below is a highly effective supernatural horror flick and a worthy successor to Dowdle’s other Found Footage classic, The Poughkeepsie Tapes.
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