Not to outshine Labor Day, nor its importance in our history of unionization and workers’ rights, but no other holiday turns me into a little kid like Halloween. In celebration of my favorite holiday, I would like to suggest five brilliant independent horror films that everyone should watch on or before the coming holiday. So, here we go.
Thankskilling is a heart-warming tale of a cursed turkey who rises from the grave to wreak havoc on a small town on Thanksgiving. It’s full of twisted humor, obscenities, absolutely absurd death scenes, and more humor than you can shake a drumstick at. Although this is anything but a Halloween movie, it’s very close seasonally, and it’s worth a watch on both holidays. Just make sure you don’t put it on while grandma is around, okay?
4. Cemetery Man (Dellamorte Dellamore)
Cemetery Man, or Dellamorte Dellamore, is a Italian horror film about a gravedigger and his adorable but incredibly perverted helper. He makes the classic horror film mistake of resurrecting the dead, which brings havoc onto the cemetery and the surrounding areas. It’s packed with dark humor, necrophilia, and more than anything…well, did I mention necrophilia? It’s a must watch if you’re into independent and/or foreign cerebral horror.
3. The Mad
I would have never found this movie had it not been for our current economy. My fiancee and I are always the first to pounce on a video store going out of business and we buy up their horror section. Every movie, whether we’ve heard of it or not. We do that for that one in one-hundred instance where you find a true gem. This is one of them. Billy Zane plays a doctor who is still stuck in the world of 80’s goth music from whence he came. He is travelling with his girlfriend, his teenage daughter, and her boyfriend, through a small southern town, when a sudden breakout of mad cow disease occurs, turning a community of small town hillbillies into flesh-eating zombies. If you love a lot of humor with your horror, then you will adore this movie, and maybe even buy a copy for all of your friends and family as Halloween gifts (yeah, we do that).
2. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
This is easily one of the best horror films ever made. It’s essentially a film within a film that explores all of the best cliches of the horror genre, while Leslie Vernon himself brilliantly creates the scenerios necessary to make sure his grand slaughter turns out in classic horror fashion. Although, the end packs a wonderful twist. If you have never seen this movie, pick it up online or at a local independent movie store, and enjoy what makes independent horror great.
There is also a sequel in the works. You can visit the Kickstarter page here to contribute and preorder if (when) you realize you love the hell out of this movie.
1. Satan’s Little Helper
I honestly don’t know the right words to describe this movie other than brilliantly cute, awesomely scary, and infinitely entertaining. The plot is quite simple: a man who is dressed in a devil costume goes on a murderous rampage throwing a small, isolated island community into chaos. He does all of this with his little helper, a 10-year-old boy who is obsessed with the video game of same name, where you help Satan raise chaos on earth. The boy thinks it’s all pretend up until the end of the movie, where the twists as well as the awesome just keep coming.