Ya gotta admit that this year has been a little lackluster in the horror release department. Sure, we got It Follows, but for every It Follows, it seems like we’re getting five Unfriendeds! Since the pickings are slim in the first half of 2015, I thought I’d put together some of my favorite genre films that may have flown under many of your radars.
I’m sure there are a few on here you have seen, but for the ones you haven’t yet seen or maybe haven’t even heard of, get them on your list!!
Joshua (2006); directed by Travis Betz
Please, please, please pay attention to the director and year this one came out. You don’t wanna end up getting one of the other “Joshua” flicks that are out there (there’s a total of six films with the title Joshua). This version, though, is definitely the most depraved and fucked up of the lot. Done on an estimated budget of $200,000, Joshua tells the story of a serial killer… or does it? There’s so much more going on here. It’s a familiar setup: A guy returns to his hometown to attend a funeral, and once there he must confront his personal demons. But again, there’s so much more going on here. The secret will sicken you and, if you’re a parent, will get under your skin and haunt you long after seeing it. Trust me.
Neighborhood Watch (2005); directed by Graeme Whifler
Wow, this is one twisted flick. Pair together a young, naive couple who move to a new town with a guy whose hobbies include poisoning people and self-surgery, and you get one sick fucking film!! Director Whifler spares us no detail as we see the results of him poisoning the young couple, and you’ll be watching the self-surgery/masturbation scene with your mouth wide open (and if you’re like me, you’ll be watching it a few times). Don’t miss this one.
Bad Biology (2008); directed by Frank Henenlotter
Henenlotter, the director of the three Basket Case films, Brain Damage, and Frankenhooker, came back onto the horror scene with a vengeance!! This is a twisted tale of sexual deformity and one woman’s search for the perfect guy who can keep up with her unique condition. Jennifer (Charlee Danielson) is a woman with 7 clits; Batz (Anthony Sneed) has a monstrous cock with a mind of its own (made monstrous through injecting steroids into it). They are each on their own paths to try to satiate their sexual hungers, and you know it’s gonna be fucked up when they finally meet. Most of this film is simply beyond description and must be seen to be believed. This is a must-see!!
Trailer Park of Terror (2008); directed by Steven Goldmann
Based on the Imperium Comics series of the same name, this is a hugely fun horror flick with great makeup and special effects, a fantastic plot, and a great overall feel. Six high schoolers’ bus crashes, and they make their way to the titular trailer park, where all hell breaks loose. There’s plenty of gore, dark humor, and fun for everyone. There’s also a scene where one of the trailer park residents demonstrates how he makes beef jerky… using another human being. This flick is definitely worth your time.