indie horror

Austin Texas can be summed up by it's motto “Keep Austin Weird” and because of this motto it is no surprise that September 24th-October 1st “Fantastic Fest” is held in Austin. With the many film screenings and events arriving in Austin ranging from apocalyptic to science fiction, the “100 Best Kills Party” stuck out most in my mind. Did you see the skull crush brought on by NPH in the trailer from 2008?

If we compare the zombie craze of the 2000's to the slasher boom of the 80s I think its safe to say that we’re now in the “Jason Takes Manhattan” period. There was a time when I would have scoffed at the notion that I would ever be sick of zombie movies but now that reanimated dead have become an acceptable form of cosplay I greet new zombie films with a sigh. When every other new horror release involves brain-munching, about the only take on zombies we haven’t seen yet is a zombie buddy cop movie, or a movie about tying up zombies and having sex with them.

Every day people fill their blood with all kinds of awful toxins. Booze, nicotine and God knows what kind of STD’s you people have floating around your systems. All of these things combined have polluted your blood to the point where it’s almost undrinkable to your local vampires. You selfish bastards.

I am blown away by the quality of the work of Fewdio.com, a collective of Hollywood vets and genre fans putting out horror shorts on their own site and posted to YouTube. The production values, acting, and attention to atmospherics and sound are all top notch. For those of you going to San Diego Comic Con this weekend, you should drop by their booth where they are premiering their first DVD collection, "Nightmare House Vol. 1".

It's times like these that I wonder why I even bother with straight-to-video, shot-on-digital horror films at all. Tommi Lepola and Tero Molin's 2009 institutionalized horror outing "Skeleton Crew" is, simply put, more mentally and physically taxing than a root canal performed by a one-armed, lazy-eyed dentist with a penchant for heavy drooling. Although the film lasts a mere 90 minutes, it took me roughly two hours to complete the viewing, due in part to the film's complete inability to hold my attention.

The upcoming indie kidnapping thriller "Trap" is written and directed by Jason Horton, who co-wrote and directed the horror anthology "Edges of Darkness" that's currently got some release buzz for later this year. The trailer for "Trap" below has been labeled a teaser, but any more of a trailer than this might spoil some of the inevitable twists and turns. I'd rather have as a surprise when watching the film. The acting and writing look pretty solid, and kidnapping thrillers are great character pieces when done right.

Settle in and don't forget to duct tape those windows... it's time to talk about "Right At Your Door".

A few months back the horror web was besieged with stories about "Survive The Outbreak", an interactive zombie short film that put you, the viewer, at the controls of the main characters. It was essentially a "choose your own adventure" horror film, that I might add was very impressively designed.

From the trailer and everything I've read, "Pornography: A Thriller" looks to be an excellent, mindbending horror film debut. It's currently making festival rounds with writer/director David Kittredge (this is his feature length debut) and the film's producer, Sean Abley (an industry vet who blogs for Fangoriahref>) at many of the screenings. The trailer is below, and the official site is herehref>.