indie horror

I have a treat for you - just in time for lunch on the East Coast! It's the trailer and first two minutes of "Growth", a film about parasitic slugs that make you smart, strong and horny - before they kill you... or something. Here's the synopsis:

On the special features for “Amateur Pornstar Killer” director/star Shane Ryan cites “8mm” as inspiration for his micro-budget sleaze fest. He explains that the short 'snuff' piece at the center of the “8mm” plot was what really fired his imagination. Ryan is has a good eye for material; the snippet is an entrancing little slice of verite that is both effective and enduring. The potency of this grimy bit of footage is made plain by one laborious pass through the entirety of the tepid, turn of the millennium Nic Cage vehicle.

If there is one thing I love, it's a good horror movie that frightens the crap out of my wife. Despite what you think of "House Of 1,000 Corpses" I will always love it for that fact that to this day I can just say the words "run rabbit run" and creep my better half out. I do this not because I'm a mean person, but because there are very few situations in a marriage where the guy can have the upper hand.

This movie's gotten a bit of press on very little info. From what I can piece together, it's a very low or 'zero-budget' British SF/Horror film that possibly came out this month - although what 'came out' means in this context I'm not sure. The trailer is totally disorienting in a great way. The film seems to hearken to 60's and 70's films that mixed the radical ideology of the time with genre madness.

Here's the summary from the film's FaceBook Page - scroll past for the trailer:

A couple of months back I decided on a whim (not to mention a creeping deadline) to give one of those Redbox DVD machines a try. I was surprised at the fairly decent representation of horror titles, many of which I’d never heard of. I nearly took a bullet for the team and rented “The Devil’s Tomb”, but even the almighty tag-team of Ray Winstone, Ron Perlman and Bill Mosely can’t get me to intentionally watch a Cuba Gooding Jr movie.

In a time when our real life villains seem amorphous, impersonal, and complicated, many directors are turning to the Nazis as go-to, easily readable manifestations of evil. Even the horror genre is turning to Nazis as a trend villain, specifically Nazi Zombies. While this year's "Dead Snow" put the Nazi Zombies in the present day and played it for laughs, "The Fourth Reich", which enters production later this year, looks like a more straight ahead horror piece and is set in war-torn Europe during WWII. Here's the synopsis:

Web series are all the rage on the intertubes these days and more and more the quality of them is getting better. Are they going to kill cable TV? Probably not but seeing a series like “The Captive” getting picked up by The Sundance Channel is pretty impressive. On top of that it also features Michael Gladis of “Mad Men”. Not too shabby!

Early last year, I took a chance on an independent New Zealand feature called "Eagle vs. Shark," a decidedly off-beat romantic comedy which introduced me to the cinematic brilliance of Jemaine Clement. Since then, I've blindly delved into the talented actor/songwriter's ever-growing filmography, leading me to unearth such quirky gems as "Tongan Ninja," the HBO series "Flight of the Conchords," and an endlessly amusing series of marketing clips for Outback Steakhouse.

Alright stop me if you’ve heard this one before, a cowboy, a fisherman and a army guy walk onto an island filled with Zombies. Ya know, just to save time let me skip right to the punch line, you’ve just lost another hour and a half of your life to a George A. Romero zombie flick. Get it? It never gets old does it, well you might change your mind after seeing the trailer for “Survival of the Dead”.