low-budget horror

I just watched this deeply disturbed (and really good) werewolf movie called Ginger Snaps. Very creepy, very good. It had a similar level of twisted werewolf sexual-awakening fu as The Company of Wolves. But it was set in the nightmare that is high school, rather than some surreal Red-Riding-Hood land.

I've seen a couple other good horror movies recently that reminded me a bit of it, in that they were decent horror movies that were also super low budget with actors I hadn't heard of:

  • Cold Hearts was kind of the vampirism-as-eating-disorder take on the topic. It was kind of like The Lost Boys if they were slacker girls, it wasn't a comedy, and there was a complete merciful lack of Coreys.

  • The Forsaken is a vampire-hunting road-trip movie that kind of reminded me of The Hitcher (which was not nearly as good.) Guy gets bit, goes hunting. Good villains. I liked the matter-of-fact approach it took: there was little of that unbelievable beating around the bush that you often get in these movies; the characters were like, "Ok, vampires are real. Check. Now we deal with it."

Anyway, Joe Bob says check 'em out.

Anyone got other independent horror or scifi movies to recommend? The mainstream pickings have been pretty slim lately.

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7 Responses:

  1. q says:

    <lj user="evan"> and <lj user="patrick"> Tell me Teenage Hooker Became Killing Machine in Daehakroh is quite good, though I haven't seen it myself.

  2. confuseme says:

    I saw Japanese film called Ring a few days ago, and I was really impressed by it. It's sort of an urban legend / ghost story thing, but it's genuinely creepy. It kept reminding me of The Exorcist. Highly recommended.

  3. ruumis says:

    The Canadian DVD of Ginger Snaps is infinitely better than the horrible pan-and-scan (and cut) US release. It makes a great movie even better.

  4. atakra says:

    I'm a huge fan of Dark Waters, here's the amazon and IMDB profiles:

    Ring was pretty awsome, but when was watching Ring II, the video tape died. Gotta love 1970 technology.

  5. crasch says:

    Chronos is a pretty good Mexican vampire flick. The production values are superb, and the main character, an old antiques dealer who becomes a vampire after being bitten by a golden beatle, is a very sympathetic character. Ron Perlman also stars as the brutal son/henchman of a dying aristocrat who wants the beatle's powers for himself...

  6. crasch says:

    Oh, and Todd Browning's Freaks Great movie, especially for 1932.

    I haven't seen it, but who could pass up Incubus, starring a pre-Kirk William Shatner as a man pursued by demons from Hell. Special bonus: all the dialogue is in Esperanto (with subtitles).

    And, no doubt you've seen it, but if not, check out Peter Jackson's Dead Alive, a tender movie about a man who tries to keep his fellow townsmen from discovering his mother has been turned into a cannibalistic zombie.