Up until some time last year, I had NEVER seen an Indie flick. Well, at least that I was aware of. Turned out, I had actually seen a fair few of them, and just didn't realize it! Films like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Donnie Darko were on the list, among many others that I never would have realized were independent flicks until I did a bit of research.
So why did I never go out of my way to watch a film that I well and truly knew was independent? Well I guess it's because I had it in my head that indie films weren't as good as the high budget Hollywood films, and now that I look back, I really have no idea why I thought that way.
Anyway, enough about the highly successful indie flicks, as I'd like to talk a little more about the lesser known, lower rated films, which really should be given more of a chance! In the past couple of weeks I have watched a couple of 'poorly rated' independent films, and I would say I found them both to be rather fun.
The first film was 'The Last Showing' , which is actor Robert Englund's latest thriller flick, and it's been panned by critics as being 'severely disappointing'. Personally, although I wouldn't say this film was absolutely amazing, it deserves more than the 5/10 rating that it has on IMDB. It's a fun film, definitely watchable, and you don't get bored watching it - so what's the problem film critics?
The second film was from 2007, named 'Drive Thru' - now I'll say this much: The film itself was bad. Like, poor acting, unbelievable scenes etc.... but I still liked it! I had a few good laughs, the main villain was actually one of the coolest I'd ever seen in a slasher movie, and I'd definitely watch a sequel if one were ever made.
So what even IS the point of this article??
Well, the point that I'm really trying to get across is this: Give indie films a chance, and ignore the ratings. Sure, if a film is rated 1-4 stars, chances are that it's really not going to be great - but then again, you could just find a super underrated flick that you personally really enjoy - so you never know!
Often Indie flicks will get a bad reputation, simply because people go into them expecting a serious, scary horror flick. I've found that if you go into a movie with low expectations, and don't expect all aspects of the film (effects, acting, plot) to be 100% believable, then these movies are actually a lot more fun. The gore is copious and fake looking, the acting is bad and the plot is questionable, but just give it a try, don't be judgemental, and you never know, you may just find your new favourite film!