Still undecided after browsing your streaming services on what to watch? Looking for something a bit less mainstream? Perhaps you're just another #horror and #indiefilm fan like myself. No matter what the reason may be, we have certainly got what you are looking for. #Slasher movies, #zombies, alien encounters and a whole lot of crazy, there is certainly a film on this list for everyone's strange taste or undeniable lust for the macabre.
Check out these 10 indie horror films you may have missed:
10. 'The ID'
With a title like #TheID, there's no mistaking the poignant and psychological Freudian themes present here. Starring beloved scream queen Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Graves), The ID is a dreary and painfully honest glimpse into the mind of Meredith Lane, a deeply dedicated and troubled woman who has sacrificed her life to care for her ailing father. Struggling to hold onto the brighter days of her past, Meredith begins to spiral further into psychosis where her grimmest of fantasies become reality.
Be prepared for a whole lot of full frontal, free-peen flapping in the wind and sorry-sucker luck of its owner in writer/director Chad Ferrin's Skid Row-based survival thriller, #Parasites. Relying on nothing more than realism to induce fear and panic, Parasites is one of the most painful displays of shit-luck I have seen. I honestly don't think I complained about anything for a solid week after viewing, which is no easy feat for a princess like myself.
Need to gain a little perspective on how shit can go from bad to worse? Check out Parasites, you will not be disappointed.
8. 'Model Hunger'
Starring B-horror queen Tiffany Shepis (The Violent Kind, Night of the Demons), and Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, The Haunting of Whaley House), #ModelHunger is a bloody good example of why I never snoop my big nose on the spinster next door. What Model Hunger lacks in large-budget cinematography or special effects it more than makes up for with a killer plot and raw performances from the cast. Don't underestimate this one.
Currently streaming on Netflix, #Antibirth is a cleverly disguised science fiction film under the veil of a delightfully repugnant and progressively ambiguous horror film. Starring alongside each other yet again, horror costars Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black, American Pie), and Chloë Sevigny (American Horror Story, American Psycho), play two washed-up party girls on a one-way trip to self destruction, only to have other-worldly forces intervene, resulting in a twist ending you will have to see to believe.
6. 'Goddess Of Love'
Directed by Jon Knautz and co-written by leading lady Alexis Kendra, #GoddessofLove is the perfect lust and obsession thriller for your next Netflix-and-chill. Sexy, vile and totally satisfying, Goddess of Love certainly is a must watch for hopeless romantics and anti-romantics alike.
5. 'Night Of The Living Deb'
Set and filmed right here in my home town of Portland, Maine, Night of the Living Deb is exactly the comedic relief the horror community so desperately craves but for some rubbish of a reason is still super under-seen. Painfully awkward and immensely witty in every way, #NightoftheLivingDeb is the best damned zombie comedy since Shaun of the Dead (a bold statement, I know).
A truly unique love story and possibly the most beautifully grotesque display of dedication, #Pet is a great selection for fans of films like The Woman, House at the End of the Street and The Honeymoon. Starring Ksenia Solo (Orphan Black, Lost Girl), and Dominic Monaghan (Lost, The Lord of the Rings franchise), Pet is a heart-pounding journey into the madness of a delusional romantic's obsession and making the ultimate sacrifice for love.
3. 'Daddy Dearest'
Daddy Dearest is the ultimate treat for genre and independent film connoisseurs. Coming to DVD this fall, Fiona Fright's short, incredibly profound and dark suspense film incorporates elements of horror, science fiction and psychological thrillers. At the mere age of 12, Fiona Fright was wrapping up her first film, in which she's not only the writer but also the director and star as well. If that isn't impressive enough already, little miss Fright was only five years of age when she first phoned her mother and conceptualized Daddy Dearest.
Since then she has gone onto the the festival and convention circuits, continuing to promote her film as well as the family business of making homemade horror swag. Trust me, you won't be disappointed by this young horror prodigy's poetic and gory vision.
2. 'We Are The Flesh'
One of the most enchanting and visually stunning horror films you will see this year, We Are The Flesh is truly a shock and awe inducing film. Managing to be simultaneously beautiful and vulgar but never short in quality, this is one flick you are never going to forget.
#Havenhurst is a particular soft spot of mine at the moment; it incorporates feelings and styles reminiscent to both fun house style and iconic '80s or '90s slasher horror movies. Starring Julie Benz (Dexter, Jawbreaker), Fionnula Flanagan (Four Brothers, The Others), and the Princess of Horror herself, Danielle Harris (See No Evil 2, Hatchet III), Havenhurst is a labyrinth of Gothic architecture that's home to a prominent and old family name and a haven for those who have been plagued grief.
Upon moving in to begin her sober living, Jackie (Benz) begins to realize that not everything is as it may seem at the picturesque apartment building as occupants begin disappearing after receiving mysterious eviction notices. Determined to solve the disappearance of her close friend and former Havenhurst occupant, Jackie finds herself amidst a cat-and-mouse game of terror at the hands of an evil much darker, and older than she could have imagined.
From the same producers that brought you Saw and Amityville: Awakening, Havenhurst will be hitting VOD and select theaters nationwide as of February 10th. DVDs are available for pre-order here.
Thanks for checking out these 10 under-appreciated indie films. It doesn't take much to show your support for indie film makers — you can show us yours by letting us know your favorite in the comments section below. Stay scared, readers.