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Monday, October 27, 2014

How Many of These Indie Horror Films Have You Seen?

As per tradition, this month I've been really binging on horror films -- revisiting some of my favorites, some classics, and others I've never seen before (by the way, Netflix has a pretty gnarly collection recently added that I'd encourage you to check out).

So, needless to say, I'm always looking for recommendations. Which is why I was happy to receive an email from Fandor.com (a streaming service for indie films), that introduced me to 8 films I've never heard of, plus one I've been meaning to watch for some time (A Tale of Two Sisters). In case any of you are also looking to marathon a few horror movies this Halloween, I thought I'd share the list. Check it out:


BLOOD IS THE COLOR OF NIGHT (1964)
Director: Gerardo de Leon
Screenwriter: Cesar Amigo
Cast: Ronald Remy, Amalia Fuentes, Eddie Fernandez
Plot: The monstrous vampire Marco is determined to raise his beloved Katrina from the dead. But in order to do so, he needs to transplant the heart of her living sister, Charito, the sweetest, loveliest girl in the village. Unleashing his murderous giant bat and his evil minions, Marco spreads terror and death through the community as he attempts to abduct the innocent girl. But a priest, a detective, and Charito's friends risk their lives in a desperate attempt to save her from Marco's hideous surgery.



DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS (1971)
Director: Harry Kümel
Screenwriter: Pierre Druot, Harry Kümel
Cast: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet
Plot: International screen icon Delphine Seyrig stars as Elizabeth Bathory, an ageless Countess with a beautiful young 'companion' and a legendary legacy of perversion. But when the two women seduce a troubled newlywed couple, they unleash a frenzy of sudden violence and depraved desire.



HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
Screenwriter: Herman Cohen, Aben Kandel
Cast: Michael Gough, June Cunningham, Graham Curnow
Plot: London is fear-struck and Scotland Yard is baffled by a series of strange murders plaguing the city. Through his stories of the atrocities, crime journalist Edmond Bancroft (Michael Gough) comes to his own conclusions while clues of the crimes continue to elude the police. This is because Edmond is actually behind these horrible crimes in order to create material for his writing. Along with his assistant Rick (Graham Curnow), Edmond runs a private "Black Museum" filled with the very murder and torture devices used in the creation of these horrific stories.



INFERNO (1980)
Director: Dario Argento
Screenwriter: Dario Argento
Cast: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleanora Giorgi
Plot: A young woman stumbles upon a mysterious diary that reveals the secrets of the "Three Mothers" and unleashes a nightmare world of demonic evil. As the unstoppable horror spreads from Rome to New York City, this unholy trinity must be stopped before the world is submerged in the blood of the innocent. Written and directed by Dario Argento, INFERNO is the second chapter of the "Three Mothers" trilogy begun with the classic SUSPIRIA.



HOUSE OF THE BLACK DEATH (1965)
Director: Harold Daniels, Jerry Warren
Screenwriter: Lora Crozetti, Richard Mahoney
Cast: Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Andrea King
Plot: Warlock Belial Desard (Lon Chaney Jr.) and his brother Andre (John Carradine) battle for dominion over the creepy House of Desard. HOUSE OF THE BLACK DEATH is a result of one group of hack filmmakers making half a movie and a different group of hacks unsuccessfully attempting to finish the job. 



ZOMBIE (1979)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Screenwriter: Elisa Briganti
Cast: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson
Plot: In Italy, it was considered the 'unofficial sequel' to DAWN OF THE DEAD. In England, it was known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS and banned as obscene. In America, it was called ZOMBIE and advertised with the depraved tag line, "We are going to eat you!" Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Al Cliver and Richard Johnson star in this worldwide splatter sensation directed by 'Maestro of Gore' Lucio Fulci that is described as one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time.



A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (2003)
Director: Kim Jee-Woon
Screenwriter: Kim Jee-Woon
Cast: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Su-jeong Lim
Plot: Su-mi and Su-yeon return home after an extended hospital stay. Things have not been the same since their mother passed away. Their return is welcomed by their stepmother Eun-joo. Su-mi, the older and stronger of the two, isn’t afraid to speak her mind, while Su-yeon is more timid and wary of their stepmother and looks to Su-mi for help. Continually picked on and harassed by their stepmother, the two have no choice but to endure the relationship for their father’s sake. Su-mi promises Su-yeon that she will never let their stepmother beat them again. Unexplainable things start to occur at the house. Could it be their stepmother trying to torment them, or is a more sinister supernatural force at work?



FRIGHTMARE (1974)
Director: Pete Walker
Screenwriter: David McGillivray
Cast: Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Deborah Fairfax
Plot: Sheila Keith stars as a former patient of a mental institution who has settled down in a remote farmhouse, where she tells fortunes in her spare time. But the kind, maternal exterior conceals a dreadful monster, which the asylum, it seems, was unable to cure.



TOAD ROAD (2012)
Director: Jason Banker
Screenwriter: Jason Banker
Cast: James Davidson, Sara Anne Jones, Whitleigh Higuera
Plot: TOAD ROAD, presented by Elijah Wood and his SpectreVision production company, unfolds like a hallucinatory cross between the sexual candor of Larry Clark and Harmony Korine and the backwoods creep-out of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Young James kills time with his small town druggie friends, engaging in excessive chemical intake, until he meets sweet new arrival Sara. But just as James wants to abandon the narcotics life, Sara wants him to take her further into mind-altering experimentation and she also wants him to introduce her to the sinister local legend of Toad Road, a spot deep in the forest that is apparently home to the Seven Gates of Hell. 

As you can see, the list is pretty diverse -- from absolutely absurd to really intriguing. Which ones will you check out, and which others have you already seen and have an opinion on?

7 comments:

Wendell Ottley said...

The only one of these I've seen is A Tale of Two Sisters and I love it. A few of the others sound very interesting. Great post.

onthescreenreviews.com said...

Unsurprisingly, I haven't seen any of these. Your girl in Frightmare looks absolutely terrifying though! I've got to check some of these out--awesome post!

Shala said...

Not a single one!

Jaman said...

Seen three! I think I've lucked out and seen INFERNO three times in 35mm, and ZOMBIE and A TALE OF TWO SISTERS as well. And next month a local rep theatre's got DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS in 35mm as well, which'll get me up to four. Meanwhile, the other movies on this list are uniformly intriguing - thanks for putting this together and sharing!

Brittani Burnham said...

I've only seen A Tale of Two Sister (which I liked) and I think I've seen part of Inferno, but all of these sound really interesting! Thanks for posting this.

Justin Rumenapp said...

I haven't seen any of these! I'm always looking for different films so these are definitely good recommendations.

Daniel said...

I've seen a handful of these but my favorite is the cheesy goodness of ZOMBIE, can't be zombie vs shark!

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