indie horror

Don Dohler was just about the last guy on earth you would expect to have a cult following. He was a geeky, mild mannered, conservative man whose favorite film in life was "The West Side Story". He had played around for years with the idea of filmmaking, but beyond some short films shot on 8 millimeter, nothing had really come of it. That was until his 30th birthday. He started the day at his desk, doing the same mundane work he had done for years. He ended it with a shotgun to his head, and a new outlook on life.

At first glance, director Jack Messitt's snappy 2008 feature-length debut "Midnight Movie" may seem like yet another tired retread populated with a handful of pretty actors who are probably too young to genuinely appreciate the movies that inspired this surprisingly sharp, blood-drenched excursion into the well-worn slasher subgenre. And, for the most part, your knee-jerk reaction to the film is fairly accurate. However, because Messitt and everyone involved appear to be having such a blast with the material, chances are you'll forgive the picture its trespasses, of which there are a few.

Times are tough my friends. Working in New York City I see people getting shit canned left and right and there’s no end in sight. So what’s a 41 year old Wall Street investment banker to do when he finds himself out on his ass?

We've got a few independent filmmakers that visit the site from time to time, so I'm sure they can relate to this scenario. You figure you can write, act, and direct. You're working on a shoestring budget. All you need is a few crappy actors, a guy or two to work the cameras and a monkey to work the fog machine. The problem is, everybody else on your crew, they're not quite as into the whole idea as you. They screw off, joke around at inappropriate times and in general slack off. So when the crew quits due to your unconventional temper, you're stuck with half a movie. What to do?

"Killer Movie" seems like an odd fit for 2009. Reality television elements aside, this film seems like it would have been more at home in the late 1990's than in 2009. On the surface it's an attempt to lampoon Hollywood type characters, small town politics, reality television and the slasher movie conventions. Underneath the surface, it's a boring movie that tries awfully hard, considering the fact that it doesn't seem to have anything to say.

Every once in a while a film comes along that changes the way we look at the world today. Movies like “Citizen Kane”, “Gandhi”, “The Godfather” and now “BOOB”. The short film now showing at South by Southwest might possibly be the most important film ever made.

Here's the trailer for Ti West's "House of the Devil". You may recognize West's name from his surprisingly effective Indie horror film "The Roost", or the as-yet-unreleased "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever".

I'm a little late to the game on this Indie film, but what I'm seeing in this trailer makes it look promising. Of course, it appears as if it sat on a shelf for the entirety of 2008, with no DVD release date set yet for 2009, so who knows what's going on with the distribution.

Back in 1987, Michael A. Simpson directed both "Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers" and "Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland", sequels to the underground cult original, "Sleepaway Camp". This interview was conducted circa 2003, soon after Robert Hiltzik's controversial "Return to Sleepaway Camp" had been announced. At the time, there were issues (and still may be) as to who owned the rights to make sequels, and how fans of Michael's entries to the series were treated by the team behind the original (and the STILL UNRELEASED "Return").