Some movies do it much better than others. Here are three underrated gems that created a pitch-perfect tone that helped to deliver an incredible viewing experience:
- Zodiac (2007). David Fincher’s masterpiece was meticulously researched. Check out the commentary track on the DVD/Blu Ray for his description of just how far he went to make sure everything matched reality as closely as possible. Since the subject matter is so compelling and creepy, his loyalty to the case files created an incredibly creepy tone throughout the entire movie. The soundtrack alone is enough to give goosebumps! Way underrated at only a 7.7 on IMDB. I would give it a 9.
- Primer (2004). Much like Zodiac, Shane Carruth went with fidelity to craft a very creepy and grossly underrated movie. Carruth stuck to dialogue and scenes that (at least in this layman’s opinion) seem very close to a possible reality. The notion of time-travel is often looked at in the context of action and adventure. But with Primer, it takes on a decidedly creepy tone and explores the notion of paradoxes and human manipulation. Highly recommended. Criminal score of only 6.9 on IMDB, this should be 8+.
- Signs (2002). I’m risking it a little with this one, but I honestly believe Signs was one of the most atmospheric alien movies ever filmed…right up until the big reveal! This is a classic case of showing the monster way too much. The family piled in the dark closet and watching the birthday party footage of the alien in Brazil will always be one of the creepiest moments on any of my lists. Oh, what a missed opportunity this movie turned out to be! Wow, really? Only a 6.7 on IMDB. I’d go 7.5.