indie horror

Jon recounts tails of kicking Hurricane Sandy's ass and we see if "Excision" lives up to the hype.

“Playback” starts interestingly enough. A young man named Harlan Diehl walks around a country farmhouse with a video camera, filming recently slaughtered bodies (as we learn later, it’s Diehl’s adopted family being filmed and he’s the one who did the slaughtering). His camera then focuses on a little baby left untouched in the mayhem. Before we learn the reason for his murdering spree, however, he is gunned down by police officers. Would it surprise you to know that the baby survives?

Halloween is fast approaching which means your local non-chain movie theater is putting the finishing touches on any horror-related programming with the hopes of filling the seats with genre fans. In my hometown of Boston, we're lucky enough to have no shortage of indie cinemas, and each of them-the Brattle, the Coolidge Corner and the Somerville Theater all have fantastic programming lined up.

I saw a great indie film recently called "The Corridor" (here's my review). I was so interested in the script and subject matter that I ended up contacting the film's writer, Josh MacDonald to see if he had any other genre projects up his sleeve I should know about. Turns out, he does! Here's a trailer for his new short film, titled "GAME". I've had a chance to see it myself, and as someone who isn't usually a fan of the format, I have to say this short is definitely worth your time.

... and it's called "Zombie Massacre". I'm glad to see Uwe Boll back to taking his films super seriously. As all schlock fans know, the best camp is the unintentional kind. It says "Coming in 2013" and has a link to a business website at the end, so I assume that means he's still trying to sell the film. Let me be the first to say, let's Kickstartr this thing, I'd be all over that hot mess in a second.

Wait, how did a webcam conversation end up on a VHS tape?

I don't know about you, but it makes me feel good that we live in a world where they're still making "Puppet Master" movies.

“After foiling a plot to blow up an American arms plant, Danny Coogan and his girlfriend, Beth, quickly find that their troubles have just begun. One of Toulon’s mysterious Puppets has been kidnapped by the Nazis, and under the wicked, watchful eye of the occultist Commandant Moebius, the Puppets’ life-giving serum is synthesized to create a master race of unstoppable soldiers.”

Wow, a trailer set to Fur Elise? Shit just got real...

With all the generic mainstream stuff we see cross our desk every day, it's really refreshing to see an indie film with such a distinct visual style. "Video Diary of a Lost Girl" is pretty low budget, but promises to be a unique film viewing experience. Be on the lookout for a review soon and check them out on Facebook for more info.

"Donner Pass" opens with a flashback, all the way to 1846 and an alternate retelling of the fabled "Donner Party" story pertaining to a group of settlers lost in the mountains who were forced to resort to cannibalism in the face of starvation. This retelling plays out a little differently however, with George Donner himself returning to the camp and murdering the remaining survivors, only to string them up and drain their blood. Seems like an odd choice, given how hard it is to survive in the woods by yourself. As we'll learn in due time though, Donner knew what he was doing.

I have literally wanted this to happen at every wedding I've ever been to. Sid Haig usually isn't there, but I agree with the filmmakers that it makes the fantasy even better. "Devil in My Ride" is hitting the festival circuit this summer.