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Only a twisted mind could come up with these horror movie plots. Are you twisted enough to enjoy their brilliance?

I guess I am. I enjoyed the three films on this list, not because they are perfectly executed and masterful movies, but because the concepts are so beyond bizarre that I was amused. Sure, call the Home for Demented Horror Buffs to come pick me up… I’ll be waiting.

A note: These movies aren’t necessarily repugnantly gruesome (although they have their moments). Sure, as Stephen King said, it’s easy to “go for the gross out.” But much of the twisted here happens in the writers’ heads — what the hell were they thinking?

The Driller Killer

For instance, In the Folds of the Flesh (1970) is a tripped out Italian exploitation film from director Sergio Bergonzelli featuring one truly screwed up family and a plot with more twists than necessary, with murder, incest, and decapitations thrown in. Recommended if you enjoy strange.

A thief running from the law picks the wrong house to hide near — he sees a body being buried in the garden. Upon his release from prison many years later, he returns to the house seeking to blackmail the murderer. (Really? Thirteen years to think about it, and THIS is his plan?)

It all spins out of control from there. Sleazy and melodramatic, In the Folds of the Flesh had me laughing at the sheer audacity of it all. A cyanide bath, really? A demented daughter whose mind goes to murder when touched by men? Sure, why not?

Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer (1979) isn’t exactly high art, but it is surprisingly entertaining. The uncut version runs over an hour and a half. Most interesting is the look at the lives of late-’70s punks and artists.

Not since I viewed Susan Seidelman’s Smithereens in 1982 have I seen real parasitic, nihilistic punks on the screen. I was there, and I’m telling you that the lifestyle is always glossed over, Hollywood style, like Seidelman’s Desperately Seeking Susan. The Driller Killer gets it right.

I may have been an angry punk, but I never considered attaching a wireless drill to my arm to rampage. Some interesting editing in this film, but much of the acting is barely passable, so I can’t recommend Driller Killer unless you, like me, are looking for something different. The Driller Killer lives up to its name.

Mystics in Bali (1981) is an Indonesian horror film reminiscent of American B-movies from a decade before. Director H. Tjut Djalil uses clumsy timing but imaginative (cheap) effects to tell the story of a woman too deep into black magic.

It’s fun to have a look at what another culture fears. This is a weird mashup of styles, and the cheesiness will have you laughing. Then, the woman’s head leaves her body and flies around with the entrails attached. When she attacks a pregnant woman, it turns disgustingly macabre.

If not for the gross parts and sex, Mystics in Bali would make a fairly scary kids’ movie.

What kind of twisted mind could come up with this film? I’m not sure, but I’m twisted enough to enjoy it! Share your favorites below!

Gary Scott Beatty’s graphic novel Wounds is available on Amazon and Comixology. Is madness a way to survive the zombie apocalypse? The strangest zombie story ever written, Wounds throws us into a world where nothing is beyond doubt, except a father’s concern for his wife and daughter. If you enjoy that “What th-?” factor in graphic novels, you’ll enjoy Wounds.

For more from Gary Scott Beatty, visit him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Dread Central Presents The Lodgers – Vegas Screening and Wider Release

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Last weekend fans got their first taste of the next Dread Central Presents film, The Lodgers (review); and we’re not done yet! There’s another Dread Central Presents screening TOMORROW, February 22nd, at 7:00 PM at the Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas, Nevada (tickets here); and then the flick will be opening wider the very next day!

To see if the film will be playing near you, click here for a list of cities The Lodgers will be haunting!

Directed by Brian O’Malley and starring Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner, the film made its worldwide premiere at 2017’s Toronto International Film Festival and has since won many awards across multiple festivals.

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Synopsis:
In this Gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.

While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local soldier (Eugene Simon), Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity.

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Exclusive Clip: Primal Rage – Bigfoot Causes Chaos!

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Ever been driving in the woods and see or hear something that you cannot explain? Something so shocking that it makes your skin crawl off of your spine? Yeah, those moments, that usually chalked up to something completely innocuous, can be mucho unsettling. Such is the case with our bloody exclusive clip from the latest sliver of Sasquatchploitation, Primal Rage, which illustrates what can happen when you play with your food.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton. You can also catch this one of the big screen as on February 27th, Fathom (tickets here) will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage.

Enough talk! Get your Squatch on!

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Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Set Visit Part 2: Screams and Flames

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[SPOILERS] As mentioned in our earlier set visit story, The Strangers: Prey at Night maintains the same feeling of isolation as the original. Even though a full-fledged production was going on in Gatlin Lake Getaway, it is hard to shake that feeling of being totally alone once wandering away from the set lighting. The dark surround woods start to close in and threaten to swallow any who stray too close to the tree line. Then the silence is broken as a beat-up 1972 Ford Ranger’s engine revs and a scream slices through the night.

Back on the lit street, the familiar looking truck has collided head-on with the side Wagner County Sheriff’s SUV. At the driver’s seat of the Ford is a man sporting a white cloth bag as a mask. The Bagman has returned. His appearance has not changed. The empty sockets of the mask still glare ominously and the painted smile poorly hides the stranger’s murderous intent.

An air of frustration surrounds the Bagman as he attempts to free the truck from the SUV. In vain, the Ford revs and struggles to no avail. Bad news for him, but good news for whomever the Bagman was pursuing. The law enforcement vehicle, with its lights flashing, had been driven by a young woman decked out in a black Ramones t-shirt and blood-splattered jeans. Her hair is jet black. The woman’s skin is streaked with dark blood and open slash wounds. The dark punk eye makeup is running, but the wearer is not.

It is obvious that this woman has been through a lot as she limps from the wreck. The context of her current state is not clear, but the shrieking that emanates from her as she produces a lighter and throws it to the ground under the collided vehicles speaks volumes. It can only be assumed that she has been chased, slashed, and emotionally beaten for hours. The scream is packed with emotions from fear to outright spite and rage. It is so powerful, in fact, that the crew members uttered stunned laudations.

As the gasoline ignites, the flames climb and spread of the mangled metal of the two collided vehicles. The Ford’s engine still violently revs as the Bagman emotionlessly tries to break free. The young woman is slowly backing away, unaware of the chain reaction occurring. The darkness of 1 AM is broken by two giant fireballs that erupt, engulfing the metal mayhem in the middle of the street. The surroundings fall silent, cut is called and the crew erupts in exclamations at the awesome spectacle.

This powerful moment was brought to us by Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark).

The Strangers: Prey at Night was now on its twenty-second day of shooting and only eight more days remained. The cast and crew are well accustomed to their routines and the late night shoots have become second nature. When asked if the constant schedule of night shoots had been difficult, Madison elicited some of the virtues that the darkness has to offer, “There’s something very vulnerable about night shoots. You are emotionally in a different place when you’re awake and rested in the daytime. I think for something traumatic like this, you need to be able to access different emotions; at night you’re a lot more capable.”

At this point in production, Bailee’s character has seen a lot of action. A heavy amount of blood adorns the actor’s arms and a thick clotting mass of the red stuff covers most of her forehead. Keeping track of that damage for continuity from day to day looks like a grueling task, and makeup department head Jodi Byrne dropped some details about the process, “We have continuity photos and we take pictures of Bailee constantly throughout the day … We have to determine which takes are actually going to be used in the film and we move from that point.”

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive..

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