indie horror

Chris is an hapless dork in Dungeon Master glasses whose Halloween plans involve his cat, a big bowl of candy corn and a stack of VHS tapes with titles like “Zombie vs Unicorn’s Horn”. On his way home he finds an invitation for a “Murder Party” (“come alone”) picks it up with a shrug and carries on. His plans are thwarted, though, when his cat, Sir Lancelot, won’t get out of his chair so he can watch his movies.

Sometimes trailers tell you a hell of a lot about what your feature has in store for you. If you combine your impression of the trailers preceding the film with your expectations of a title like “Blood and Sex Nightmare” you could save yourself an hour or so. But if you are at all like me, you carry enough admiration for a straightforward approach and the promise of poorly lit boobs slathered in corn syrup that you’ll press-on.

Good news for those hot in anticipation for the indie film "Paranormal Activity" which is released on a limited basis this Friday, Paramount will be giving away tickets to free midnight screenings in select cities across the US this coming Thursday night.

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Previous to receiving the screener for Dominic Perez's 2009 "lost footage" thriller "Evil Things," I hadn't heard anything about the film whatsoever.

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.

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.

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.