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4 Fun Horror Films Shot on a Budget Less Than $10,000

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Budget Horror

Fan of inspired micro-films? Detractor of micro-films? Completely indifferent? Well, here are four genre flicks that managed to defy the odds and are likely to have your heads turning. Each film on this list initially flew under the radar, pieced together well beneath the $10k mark, and a number of them are extremely entertaining pieces of work.

If you’re on the hunt for an admirable shoestring, we’ve got four films to share with you – all of which were indeed shot on, or under, a $10,000 budget. These flicks are mandatory viewing for the aspiring filmmaker who has little change in his pocket but big aspirations. They’re also must-see features for those who love passion before big buck shine. Dig on four awesome horror films that overcame the obstacle of the financial mountain and gifted obsessed fanatics quality art on a virtually non-existent budget!

Budget Horror

The Battery: The Battery stands as one of the finest zombie films to hit the market in years. It’s captivating, moves at a perfectly measured pace and bolsters character development like few pictures manage. On the facade, zombies seem to be the primary conflict, but The Battery steers clear of the undead outbreak cliche, opting to place two characters – Ben and Mickey – at the heart of the conflict. It’s not that they’re a feuding duo, but their plight does summon a very primordial tension (at times), and their quest to survive in a world overrun by dead is both taut and heartwarming. Shot on a budget of $6,000, this may be the greatest inexpensive feature ever created.

The Monster of Phantom Lake: There’s no point in telling you The Monster of Phantom Lake was a great film. It wasn’t. However, if you get a kick out of throwback monster flicks from the 1950s, you just might find some good (often) unintentional laughs from this little project. The fact that we’re afforded a look at goofy campers stalked by a mutated World War II soldier also holds some very real appeal!

President Wolfmam: President Wolfman is comprised of stock footage with some humorous vocal overlays. That, however, doesn’t steal away from the charm of the film. It’s extremely witty at times, and the outlandish concept of the picture is sure to win over just about anyone with an open mind and a liberal sense of humor. It’s a one-of-a-kind picture that’s bound to linger in the mental corridors of audiences long, long after viewing!

Within the Woods: So, perhaps this is cheating, as technically Within the Woods is a short film. But hey, Sam Raimi put this ambitious piece together (good luck finding a high quality transfer), and it was indeed a precursor to the now legendary Evil Dead franchise, which has won fans over worldwide. Not only that, but Bruce Friggin’ Campbell is in the flick. Sure, the quality of the film leaves something to be desired, and yes, there are obviously financial limitations (word has it the picture was put together on a $1,600 dollar budget). None of that steals the charm that this 32-minute treasure offers.

What are some of YOUR choices? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Buffy Is Back in New Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic Miniseries by Joss Whedon

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Buffy is back!

Joss Whedon (Angel, Serenity) and Christos Gage (Angel & Faith) return to unite the Buffyverse for a four-issue Buffy the Vampire Slayer series this June!

This action-packed miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, called Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning, reunites the Buffyverse with the return of Angel, Faith, Illyria, and Fray, the Slayer from the future!

On top of that, Buffyverse alumnus artist Georges Jeanty (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) also returns to lend his illustrative skills to the next installment.

Issue #1 (of four) boasts three variant covers by Stephanie Hans, Georges Jeanty with Karl Story and Dan Jackson, and Karl Moline. You can check out one to the right and the other two below. Give them a look-see, and then let us know what you think!

You can pre-order the first issue at your local comic shop in March before the series hits June 20, 2018.

Synopsis:
Following the world-altering finale of Season 11, Buffy and the Scoobies have had a laid-back year in the saving-the-world department. But as they’ve learned over their years of fighting the forces of darkness and thwarting many an apocalypse, nothing stays quiet for long.

When Dawn and Xander’s housewarming party is crashed by some familiar faces with news of an amassing force that must be reckoned with—Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, a vampire from the future—Buffy finds herself in a time warp that could alter the fate of the world and could spell the end for Buffy, her friends, and the Slayers forever.

 

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Stephen King’s The Bone Church Becoming a TV Series Via David Ayer

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I’ve said it quite a few times but 2017 will go down as the “Year of Stephen King.”

With successful adaptations of his novels IT, Gerald’s Game, and 1922, and TV series based on “The Mist” and “Mr. Mercedes”, King was everywhere in 2017.

And it looks like the trend is going to continue as today we have news that Suicide Squad and Bright director David Ayer will develop King’s The Bone Church into a TV series.

Deadline reports that Ayer will exec-produce the series along with Chris Long and their Cedar Park Entertainment banner, which will also be the studio for the series as well.

I haven’t yet read Stephen King’s poem “The Bone Chruch” (which was revised and featured in King’s recent anthology The Bazaar of Bad Dreams) so I can’t comment on whether or not the poem will make for a solid series. But if it’s King, I’m there.

What do you think of “The Bone Church” becoming a TV series? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

An adventurer organizes an expedition deep into a vast jungle land to locate the mythic Bone Church. They discover a secret not meant for the eyes of strangers. Only three of the 32 travelers escaped with their lives in a tale narrated by one of the survivors, who tells stories from a bar stool to patrons who’ll buy him drinks.

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Nick Castle AKA Michael Myers Talks In-Depth About Blumhouse’s Halloween

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God bless, Nick Castle.

It was just the other day that we let you guys know that filming had wrapped on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today it looks like Nick Castle aka Michael Myers himself is back out and about doing the horror convention thing as our buddies over at Halloween Daily News recently caught up with Castle at Mad Monster Party and sat down for an awesome and in-depth interview.

I’ve only included the best bits and pieces from the interview here, but the whole piece is very interesting and I highly recommend checking it out in the link below.

The first bit I found really interesting was Castle speaking about how, originally, director David Gordon Green didn’t know what to make of the offer to write-direct the new Halloween.

He (Green) told me when he got this offered to him, he didn’t know what to make of it to begin with,” Castle says. “But then he went, ‘How can I turn this down? But now that I’m saying I’m going to do it, I really have to make sure I do it right.’

Fair enough. Green is one of my favorite director out there working today and I’m glad to hear that even though he wasn’t sure about taking on the film, he still couldn’t turn it down. That’s a true fan!

Next up, Castle was asked if the new film will feel like the original Carpenter flick.

Yes, and it’s very neighborhood-centric, you know, like the first one,” Castle said. “It feels a lot like (the first film). There are a lot of things coinciding (in the new film) that feel like clever ways to introduce a kind of déjà vu of the first one, without feeling like it’s being copied. The script had some very clever people working on it. They were very clear on wanting to find the tone that was in the first one. It was the first thing out of their mouths really: ‘We want to do it like John did it.’

He continues: “They had a lot of practical challenges making it 40 years later, in terms of where people were, what they’re doing, the kind of assumption of the interim period, and I think a lot of that went towards deciding when to start the film, in a way disregarding the subsequent sequels. It’s a difficult thing they’re trying to do. It is difficult. When you’re given a project that has within it certain limitations of what went on before, you have to follow a trail through that, it can get very – it can plod along and it can be just about plot. And they made some choices that I think are really bold choices about who these people are and why they are the way they are now. So I’m really looking forward it. I have high hopes.

We have high hopes too, Castle! And finally, Castle was asked if he genuinely believes all of us fans are going to be happy with this new Halloween sequel, to which he responded, “Yes. I can be unabashedly proud to be a part of it, and tell the fans I think they’re in pretty good hands. It’s kind of like fans are making the movie.

Good shit all around, right? Gotta love Nick Castle. How excited are you for Blumhoue’s Halloween? Do Castle comments make you more (or less) enthusiastic about director David Gordon Green’s film? Let us know below!

Check out the full interview HERE.

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer and composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Trivia: Nick Castle directed Major Payne (1994)

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