Hey, Hey, Horror Peeps — I'm back with Part 3 of a series that's been getting a lot of buzz out there from Horror Hounds everywhere. That's right, it's time to dive back into the muck, the yuck, the blood, and the guts that is: 12 Deranged Films You May Have Missed Part 3. Hold on to your hats terror fans, it's about to get all kinds of ugly up in here. Don't forget to click the links below for Parts 1 & 2 of the series.
1. 'Header' (2006)
Header is a 2006 horror film directed by Archibald Flancranstin, and written for the screen by Michael E. Kennedy. It is based on the 1995 Verotik novel Header by Edward Lee. Header is best described as a straight up bat sh*t crazy shock film, which shouldn't surprise any longtime fans of author Edward Lee. Here's a taste of the plot: Imprisoned for involuntary manslaughter during a carjacking, Travis Clyde Tuckton is released from prison in 2003. Upon release Travis shacks up with his disabled grandfather, Jake Martin, in the old shoemaker's secluded West Virginia home. Jake elects to teach Travis everything he knows, starting with the family tradition of "headers" — the act of having sex with a hole drilled into a person's skull as a backwoods means of revenge. Now, if that doesn't peak your interest, well, then you're probably a little too normal for Header. Somewhat fun, extremely gross, and probably a future cult classic. Even though it's not exactly a film you'll be rushing to tell people you sat through, Header is worth the rental fee. 6 out of 10.
2. 'Baskin' (2015)
Baskin is a 2015 Turkish surreal horror film directed by Can Evrenol, based on his 2013 short film by the same name. First screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th 2015, the film marks Evrenol's feature film directorial debut. Actors Muharrem Bayrak, and Gorkem Kasal returned to star in the full length film, joined by Ergun Kuyucu, Fatih Dokgöz and Sabahattin Yakut. However the real star of the cast is the non-actor Mehmet Cerrahoglu who plays "The Father," a Pinhead-esque leader from somewhere beyond human comprehension. The first-time actor actually suffers from an ultra rare skin condition which gives him his unique and striking physical appearance. The film's plot centers around five cops that have somehow unintentionally wandered into a dark and dangerous dimension. Baskin masquerades as an edge-of-your-seat descent in to the bloody bowels of Hell. The film is in fact much rather akin to a character-driven arthouse horror that mixes in some shocking and agonizing imagery — albeit one pain-filled pinch at a time. Officers Remzi, Arda, Yavuz, Apo, and Seyfi are dining at a restaurant (providing exposition, mainly) during which they start discussing past sexual encounters and telling amusing stories (foreshadowing, mainly). Their meal is interrupted when they're called away to answer a distress call at Inceagac, a town known for being the focus of strange rumors. The officers eventually find themselves in Inceagac, where they become trapped in an abandoned building, captured by cult members and experience a number of increasingly bizarre and insanely depraved scenarios. Baskin captures the legacy of pain passed down from Barker's genre staples like Hellraiser, Nightbreed and even the lesser-known Lord Of Illusions. Often the film feels like Fulci & Clive made a hard-to-follow and deceptively creepy love child. The twisty ending telegraphs its punch way too early but, all in all, Baskin is an interesting ride through what appears to be Ol' Scratch's neck of the woods. 7 out of 10.
3. 'Found' (2012)
Found (stylized as found.) is a 2012 horror film written and directed by Scott Schirmer. It is based on the novel of the same name by Todd Rigney. Found is truly an incredible horror film that works on many levels. This movie brings all the extreme gore that hardcore fans love, while interestingly weaving a psychological nightmare you won't soon forget. Through narration, 12-year-old Marty tells the story of himself and his older brother Steve — an odd duo who harbor a shared love of '80s horror. During a little brother snooping session, Marty discovers a real human head inside his brothers bowling bag and comes to the conclusion that Steve is an authentic serial murderer. The weight of this knowledge is far too much for Marty carry alone. Soon, Marty has haphazardly put Steve in jeopardy of being discovered, and everyone involved in the brothers' lives will suffer the consequences. The family is tragically ripped apart by the macabre secret Marty and his brother struggle to keep. Found is a kick to the shin that hurts, even days later. It's sad, repulsive, engrossing, and its final scene will leave you absolutely speechless. 8 out of 10.
4. 'The New York Ripper' (1982)
The New York Ripper (Italian: Lo squartatore di New York) is a 1982 Italian Giallo film directed and co-written by Lucio Fulci. The film's score was written by Francesco De Masi. The movie was ridiculously banned in many countries or released as an "adults only" film after heavy editing. While most of Lucio Fulci's other films have been released uncut in the United Kingdom, The New York Ripper remains censored to this day. The film opens with an old man walking his dog in New York City. Then the dog retrieves a decomposed human hand. After some investigation it's discovered that a sleazy Donald Duck-impersonating serial murderer is on a devil-may-care killing spree in the city that never sleeps . A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a nerdy college psychoanalyst to track down the vicious nut job who (in between strange sexual interactions among almost the entire cast) continues stalking and killing various young women around the city. It's a simple slasher story; not rocket surgery or brain science by any means but, everyone knows I love the Italian Giallos and this bloody Fulci classic has always been a favorite of mine. Quack! Quack! 6.5 out of 10.
5. 'Scrapbook' (1999)
Scrapbook is a 1999 horror film written and directed by Eric Stanze and filmed entirely in the city of St. Louis. (Go Cards!) This horribly depressing film is about a young woman named Clara who is kidnapped, held captive, repeatedly beaten, and ultimately severely abused by a sadistic madman for several days. The title refers to a scrapbook that Clara's captor uses as a record of the final moments of his victims' lives. Scrapbook has been condemned and criticized into film obscurity for its explicit depiction of rape, which some reviewers claim borders on pornography. In the United Kingdom, 15 minutes and 24 seconds were cut from the film to comply with the BBFC's "18" rating. Honestly, I personally think the film is a disgusting and unflinching look at both sides of the human soul: good and evil. It will remain too grimy for most viewers but, perhaps a few will be able to see through its ugliness to the strong story buried inside. 6.5 out of 10.
6. 'Flowers' (2015)
Flowers is a 2015 horror film written and directed by Phil Stevens. This micro budget indie is an existential trip into the beyond. It's a truly surreal horror experience that centers itself around six dead women waking up in the crawl space below their killer's house. Soon, each discover that they are trapped in their own hellish limbo — a seemingly endless wasteland of pain and purgatory. Flowers has an ingenious story that's told, believe it or not, without a single word ever being spoken. That's right, there's arguably zero dialogue in this incisive psychological nightmare. The house the unfortunate souls are bound to contains many rooms — some reveal hints and clues to the women's past lives and how they've come to end up where they are now. Each woman wakes up alone and is agonizingly forced to accept a similar grim fate or remain in place between the walls of a rotting haunted house. Flowers is shocking, disturbing, and a one-of-a-kind viewing experience. 6.5 out of 10.
7. 'Dream Home' (2010)
Dream Home (維多利亞壹號 Wai dor lei ah yut ho, literally translated: Victoria No. 1) is a 2010 Hong Kong slasher film directed and co-written by Pang Ho-cheung. The film focuses on Cheng Lai-sheung, a dangerously troubled young woman who finally saves up enough money to buy her dream home. After the overly-distracted previous sellers decide to turn her down, the unstable Cheng deems them uncaring and arrogant. Cheng don't play — she quickly spirals, becoming a relentless killer on an unbound and extremely intense frenzy. Dream Home is a slasher film that gets the job done: It's deliberate, cold-hearted, and occasionally fairly humorous — a film that mixes Brian De Palma-like sexuality with awesome kill scenes and purebred stab-and-stalk fun. I'm actually surprised American audiences haven't tried to steal this entertaining Asian romp — yet. 7 out of 10.
8. 'Murder-Set-Pieces' (2004)
Murder-Set-Pieces is a 2004 American horror film written, produced, and directed by Nick Palumbo. The film stars Sven Garrett and features cameos from horror icons Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever), and Tony Todd (Candyman). The plot follows a wealthy immigrant serial killer masquerading as a loving boyfriend and possible future stepdad. He's a deadly chameleon posing as a German photographer who leads a horrific double life: By day he shoots erotic photos, by night, he rapes, tortures, and murders prostitutes. This is one of the hardest to watch straightforward murder films ever made. I've seen it three times to date and there are several scenes I still turn away from. The torture and abuse in the film had to have been both extremely physically and psychologically exhausting for the actors involved. Reminiscent of Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer and The Stepfather if those films were turned up to 11. Not very much fun and definitely not a recommendation that every fan will finish, much less enjoy. 6 out of 10.
9. 'Man Bites Dog' (1992)
Man Bites Dog (French: C'est arrivé près de chez vous, It Happened in Your Neighborhood) is a 1992 Belgian black comedy and crime mockumentary with horror elements. It was written, produced, and directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, and Benoît Poelvoorde, who are also the film's co-editor, cinematographer, and lead actor, respectively. Although often classified as a mockumentary and dark comedy, most viewers will have a hard time finding levity in this bleak serial killer exposé. The story centers around a naive crew of filmmakers following a serial killer and recording his terrible crimes for a documentary on urban crime and decay. At first dispassionate observers, the filmmakers eventually find themselves caught up in the increasingly chaotic and nihilistic violence their sadistic subject creates. Shot beautifully in black & white, Man Bites Dog retains a certain elegance throughout its slow paced but shocking run. Today this film would be called found footage and most likely (very unfairly) lumped into a steaming pile of stereotypical sub-genre suckfests. Man Bites Dog is more than that though — it's a undeniably well-crafted gem of creativity and tension that leaves marks long after its jaws have pulled away. 7.5 out of 10.
10. 'Killers' (2014)
Killers (Japanese: キラーズ, "Kirazu") is a 2014 Japanese-Indonesian psychological thriller film directed by Indonesian director duo The Mo Brothers. This film marks the first collaboration in the thriller genre between Japan and Indonesia. The story was written by Takuji Ushiyama with Timo Tjahjanto of The Mo Brothers. Very much in the spirit of Oldboy & I Saw The Devil, Killers delivers hard action and horrifying psychosis in the same poison pill. Here's the plot: Nomura is a young, intelligent, and charming Japanese executive based in Tokyo who has a dark secret nobody knows: He likes to brutally kill people and has been recording his sick actions to enjoy later. Nomura uploads the videos of his killings on a dark Internet site in order for them to be seen by others like him. Then we have Bayu, an ambitious Jakarta-based journalist. Bayu's obsession is to expose a corrupt politician named Dharma at any cost. Through a series of confusing and adrenaline fueled events Nomura and Bayu become entangled in each others' lives and subsequent pursuits, culminating in a pulse-pounding and unforgettable finale. Not as entertaining as its predecessors, but still an excellent film. 7.5 out of 10.
11. 'The House With 100 Eyes' (2013)
The House With 100 Eyes is a 2013 horror/thriller written and directed by Jay Lee and Jim Roof. Our story starts with Ed and Susan, who on the outside appear to be a normal loving couple. However, they are far from it. They're actually snuff filmmakers with a new idea to take the business by storm: Ed wants desperately to make the first ever triple feature — three victims, three kills, all in one night. In order to provide their fans with everything you'd get on a straight DVD, they have rigged their entire house with cameras and audio for your viewing pleasure. Ed's plan slowly unravels though, and every bloodcurdling moment is captured on tape. This film isn't great — I'm not even sure it's good — but it kept me watching (and occasionally turning my head for small seconds). This strikingly morbid little indie was presented to me originally as: "A comedy/horror film about suburban psychos making average American snuff films until things go wrong." Intriguing right? Well, honestly folks, there's not much that's funny about this film; it's mean spirited and flat out ugly. It's also almost as close as you can get to being a Shock genre film without going too soft, or too over the top. None of this is a recommendation mind you, just facts. I did find the film disturbing though, as well as a little more than watchable. 6 out of 10.
12. 'Visitor Q' (2001)
Visitor Q (ビジターＱ Bizhitā Kyū?) is a 2001 black comedy/drama shock film directed by Japanese horror icon Takashi Miike. It was filmed as the sixth and final part of the Love Cinema series consisting of six straight-to-video releases by independent filmmakers via a brief but exclusive run at the minuscule Shimokitazawa cinema in Tokyo. The film's plot is often compared to Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema, in which a strange visitor to a wealthy family seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter, and finally the father, before leaving a few days after, thereby changing all of their lives forever. An extremely sick and twisted fairy tale of sorts, Visitor Q depicts one family's irrational descent into amoral human behavior. The film resides somewhere between high concept art and convoluted trash. It might not be a fan favorite but when it comes to purely offensive and utterly obscene film, Visitor Q is a flat out four alarm fire. 7 out of 10.
Well my fiendish terror friends, it appears that we've reached the end again, and just in time. I was wondering how my tiny mind could hold so many ugly images so clearly — Ah, but then I remembered — I totally deleted high school Math many, many moons ago. Leave a comment below and give us a few of your favorite shock horror films. Hope you all enjoy the movies and don't forget to follow me here for more articles related to everything horror.