It’s an indelible Halloween tradition: the children of the neighborhood all dressing up in elaborate costumes purchased from the local Halloween specialty shop (or, if you were poor, your costume was “homemade”) and beating on doors, demanding candy lest they unleash their fury on whatever poor sucker gives them apples instead of good ole fashioned American candy bars.
Archives for October 2011
As Booya Pictures demonstrates in its latest video, having the killer munchies isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Let there be no argument. Halloween isn’t Halloween until you’ve watched all the Alfred Hitchock movies in a row followed by this video. Does this video count as a short independent horror film? It just might.
Well, the spooky annual holiday event that is Halloween has reared its monstrous head yet again, which means celebratory parents everywhere will soon be carving scary, demonic faces into their newly purchased pumpkins (unless they buy them pre-carved, lazy so-and-so’s). But hey, here’s a fun idea: instead of carving a ghastly and ghoulish monster onto the surface of your jack-o’-lantern, how about skilfully sculpting the handsome face of everyone’s favorite self-centered cartoon secret agent? [Read more…]
Michael McLaughlin is back, and this time he means business–Halloween acid trip business! Yes, when Mr. McLaughlin isn’t dropping knowledge about how to stand up to a bully, he’s dropping enough acid to conjure up deranged Halloween nightmares. Read what Michael had to say about his latest video after the jump: [Read more…]
An independent film, in case you don’t know, is a film that is created mostly or entirely outside of the studio system. As such, “indies” are typically much more personal and much more daring and original than mainstream films, free from the tampering of a financially-concerned studio official. This of course pays off rather well for the horror genre, which is characteristically plagued by a lacking in originality; those studio heads only want the tits and the torture and the guts and the gore to be on display. Indeed, some of the best horrors ever made are indie films, whether they be B-movies, splatter-fests, zombie horrors or psychological chillers. So, let’s take a look at the ten best horror flicks to have ever gone through production without snobby studio heads constantly poking and nudging away at them; stay away, you money-grubbing swines!
10. “Paranormal Activity” (2009)
In an attempt to capture footage of the supernatural entity they suspect is haunting their lovely suburban home, a young couple decide to film their everyday lives with a camcorder, with bloodcurdling results.
Why it’s amazing:
This super-low budget found-footage chiller from writer-director Oren Peli traumatised movie-going audiences the world over. Its deliberately slow pacing allows for a nail-bitingly tense mood as the supernatural goings-on (from doors moving to demonic possession) gradually become worse and worse. [Read more…]