A lot of recent indie films have been far better than those made by the big production houses. Whether they have the freedom to put across a true interpretation of the story the writer/director wants to tell or a lack of studio interference, some of the #indiehorror films rate right up there with some of the best.
I have gathered five indie horror films from the past few years years that, in my opinion, if you haven’t seen, then you should really check them out. They're way better than any of the remade/re-hashed/rebooted garbage being released by some of the big players today. Below are five absolutely brilliant independent horror films you need to see this Halloween season.
1. I'm Not A Serial Killer (2016)
Written & Directed By: Billy O'Brien
Synopsis: In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies, must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer, whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.
This is one of the most intriguing films I've seen in years. From the word go, the mood is set, and it's a dark and twisted journey through the psyche of a teenager with a very dark imagination. #BackToTheFuture star #ChristopherLloyd features in the film. He has such an amazing presence and puts on a brilliant performance. The only negative points to talk about, are the pacing. Make no mistake, this is a slow burner, and you need to be patient with it, but the pay off is awesome and you'll be glad you stuck with it.
2. The Funhouse Massacre (2015)
Director: Andy Palmer / Written By: Ben Begley
Synopsis: Six of the world's scariest psychopaths escape from a local asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror.
A delightfully dark masterpiece, it's as hilarious as it is completely ultra-violent. There's cannibalism, face ripping, eye stabbing, teeth pulling, head drilling — you name it, this film has got it. The practical effects are outstanding, and actually won an award for just how good they are.
#Horror film legend #RobertEnglund features in the film, and is at his crude, disturbing best. There is some fantastic script work in this film, and the fun house death mazes are nothing short of spectacular. The makers of the next Saw film should sit up and take note. The cons of this film are that, besides the psychopaths waging death and carnage on unsuspecting patrons of the Halloween fun house, the other protagonists, are teeny-bopper-USA, very cliched, stereotypical characters. You know the type: The geek, the jock, the hottie, the geeky chick that's a feisty little minx, etc. On a positive note, it adds to the charm of the film. Its well worth a watch. Avoid if you don't like clowns.
3. The Invitation (2015)
Director: Karyn Kusama / Written By: Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
Synopsis: While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.
You can catch this film on #Netflix, and I highly recommend you do. From the beginning there is an impending feeling of doom. Something eats away at you and makes you feel uncomfortable, and that something is very, very wrong. This is another slow burner, but the buildup of suspense is nothing short of amazing. Reminiscent of #JohnCarpenter's early features like #Halloween and #TheFog, it will have you gripped throughout. Each act that is played out by the hosts becomes darker than the last, and again, you are rewarded for your patience with this one. When all hell breaks loose, you wont want to miss it.
4. 31 (2016)
Written & Directed By: Rob Zombie
Synopsis: Five traveling carnival workers, are kidnapped and held hostage, in an abandoned, Hell-like compound. They are forced to participate in an outlandishly violent game of cat and mouse. The goal of which. is to survive 12 hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
After the awful display, that was #LordsOfSalem you can imagine, when 31 was announced, I was apprehensive. However, upon seeing the concept art and then the trailer, I knew this was going to be something special, and it was. The dialogue is Tarantino-esque in places and flows nicely. When the action starts, buckle up, keep your arms and legs inside the car, and hold on for dear life. The practical effects are outstanding, and you can finally see the dark, twisted, horror genius at this best. I can't really think of any negative things to say; it's pretty much perfect. Midget Nazis — that's all I'm saying! I'm giving no more away.
#RobZombie's 31 only had a very limited theatrical release. There were screenings at select cinemas across America, and only one showing in the UK on the last night of the Horror Channel-hosted Fright Fest event in London. You can see the film now on VOD, and is available on Google Play, Itunes, and Amazon.
5. Carnage Park (2016)
Written & Directed By: Mickey Keating
Synopsis: After botching an ill-conceived bank robbery in a desolate California town, two wannabe crooks flee the scene with a hostage and lead the local lawmen on a dangerous high-speed chase. Where they end up, is somewhere they wish they hadn't, and end up in a whole new world of pain.
#CarnagePark is exactly the right name for this film, because from start to finish it's relentless. I enjoyed every minute. It's tense, scary, and even rather gory in places. The practical effects are outstanding, but on top of all the violence and guns, there is a humorous element to it as well, which lightens things up ever so slightly before hell rains down on them once again. The acting is of a high standard. Ashley Bell, who portrays the part of Vivian, gets taken hostage, and the fear she shows throughout the torture she endures feels so real. It really does need to be seen to be believed.
What are some of the best independent horror films you've seen lately?