It is physically impossible for every movie that gets made to be shown in theaters.
Its also not possible for every movie to be mass marketed. This fact, was at one point, a huge problem for indie film-makers. But as of late, with internet-word-of-mouth, you can get even the smallest indie film a huge amount of marketing and attention. Not to mention, it seems like Redbox will buy ANYTHING.
This isn’t always a good thing.
You can literally film your turds for 2 hours, package it in a beautiful DVD cover with a striking, attention grabbing name like “The Movement” or “The Passing” or “The Splash”. It doesn’t matter that your turd movie gets one star on every review site. You made it,
and did it on the cheap.
I’ve been fooled quite a few times by an indie film that looked promising, only to get it home and find out its a bunch of re-hashed nonsense, and it looks like it was filmed with the same lighting and crew as Paris Hilton’s sex tape… only with slightly better acting than what Paris is probably capable of.
It makes you jaded. It makes you have low expectations for these little-known indie efforts.
That’s why its so unbelievably exciting when you find a film that wasn’t hyped in the media, or theaters. Maybe you saw it for rent, or maybe it was on a streaming site. You feel like you won the lottery or something as the credits roll. You feel like Indiana Jones dodging the boulder.
- Like when you find $20 in the pocket of pants you haven’t worn in a year.
- Like when you order chicken nuggets in the drive-thru and you get home and open the bag to find not only your order, but a machete and an extra order of fries as well.
- Like when you turn the corner while walking down the street and just happen to see a guy running full speed…on fire.
You get what ‘I’m saying. Its a feeling of tiny victory.
There it is: A little magical indie-horror rainbow unicorn circus of audio/visual gold. You took a risk, and it payed off. Your sense of adventure and cunning wit could lead you to any of the below mentioned films. Maybe it has already.
Or you can read this list and check it out.
Would you Rather (2012)
What a huge Surprise!!! A little slow-going at first, but it all leads up to a fantastic climax. Theres a few C-list celebs in this flick, that you may recognize from TV shows. Jeffery Combs is our veteran here, though.
If you’re looking for a lot of gore and special effects, you wont get it here. Its mostly psychological,
but there ARE a few uncomfortable scenes. Lots of good stuff here, and it almost seems like an A-list movie.
The Dead Inside (2011)
I got this one, sight unseen. The cover just looked cool and the few reviews that were out there, were favorable. My wife and I got home, turned on the film, and we made a startling revelation. This is a musical. Like…a musical. The plot is carried by song. But being open minded ( and more than a little drunk ) we continued to watch. As it turns out, this movie is awesome! There are only two actors, and they are both fantastic. The songs work perfectly to carry the plot, and one scene is very cleverly thought-out when it comes to song choice. Id love to see more from this director.
I watched the trailer, and I found the movie. I however, had NO idea what I was getting into. The star, AnnaLynne McCord, is in so much makeup she is almost unrecognizable. We also have Traci Lords as the sensible mother of our little psycho. The movie plays out almost like Napoleon Dynamite at first. The humor is quirky, the camera shots are decidedly “indie”. But we take an awfully dark turn in the final act of the film (and our protagonist’s bizarre daydreams), that changes the tone for the whole shebang.
The Mooring (2012)
This one got some brief attention in our horror community. A blurb, a review…then that’s it. If you blinked, you might have missed this one. Which is sad, because its pretty awesome. You have a menacing killer ( although his motives are never fully explored-my one big gripe) and a cast of young girls, who all have chops when it comes to acting. You’re kept wondering who will survive until the last minute.
What starts out as a “Saw” clone, takes a pretty original turn. Funny enough, Im one of those guys that will turn off a movie if it seems like a ripoff, or its cheesey/unintentionally funny, or if it has NiC Cage in it for more that 30 seconds. So this one almost got the OFF button. Glad I stuck around!
I knew of Alex Chandon because I love Cradle Of Filth, and he’s directed several of their videos. But he has’nt really done much in the way of full-length films. It was good to see him in what I can only imagine is “Full on director” mode. This has dark humor, gore, perversion and just about anything else someone reading this article would be interested in. Its fun, sick and twisted! Almost everyone is fantastic in their roles, and the setting is a little town that I’m sure we’ve all passed through…
The Pact (2012)
Yet another one that had cool artwork on the cover, and I figured I would give it a shot. The whole movie has a feeling of sadness about it. And for some reason, made me feel claustrophobic. There were several reviews out there for this one, and it made a tiny blip in the Horror world.
What are some of your favorites that you feel like didn’t get the attention they deserve?