Dread Central Presents: The Top 10 Horror Fan Films

Dread Central Presents - The Top 10 Horror Fan FilmsThere’s a general misconception among casual horror fans that any flick produced by a fellow fan, or amateur, isn’t worth the time it takes to type in w-w-w-.-y-o-u-t-u-b-e-.-c-o-m.

Bona fide horror hounds have been tuned in to these inspired projects for years, understanding and respecting the effort devoted to a genuine passion piece. The detractors tend (this isn’t a rule carved in stone, mind you) to be the guys and gals who catch a macabre flick once every week or so, wiling to confess their affinity for the genre, but perhaps not devoted enough to qualify as a certified freak for terror, who haven’t taken the time to study these ambitious pictures.

The truth is, anyone who can openly acknowledge their love for horror can potentially find some brilliant fan productions, regardless of how dedicated one may or may not be. Sometimes fans just need a nudge in the right direction, and that’s what we’ve set out to make happen on this fine Friday the 13th. We’re giving you the proverbial nudge.

Dread Central Presents - The Top 10 Horror Fan Films
It’s time to proceed in a bit of excavating. We’re unearthing some of the finest flicks created by Average Joes, who – based on their technical abilities alone – really don’t seem to be all too average at all. There are some legitimately engrossing fan films to be discovered, and this list should serve as an adequate “beginner’s guide” to must-see pictures you never knew existed.

10 – Halloween: Resurgence – This is a strong offshoot of the Halloween franchise that plays out as though it’s just another sequel, featuring zero characters directly related to the long-running series. You won’t spot Tommy Doyle, or Laurie Strode, or Sam Loomis in this pic. You won’t watch as the terror unravels in the serene suburbs of Haddonfield, Illinois, either. You will however take a trip to Smith’s Grove Santarium, where Michael goes buck-wild on a group of 30-somethings sniffing around where they don’t belong. Director Darren Jones siphons some spirited performances from this group of amateurs, and he’s got a sound understanding of basic film mechanics. The picture isn’t all too stylized, but it is quite clean. Michael’s mask looks awesome, and Jones himself does a great job of physical acting, as he dons the famed Myers getup. Throw in a few well-timed jump scares, an eerie shot or two, and some fun tributes to the series (I got a major kick out of the Akkad Gas station) and you’ve got one of the finest Halloween fan films ever shot.

9 – Evil Dead in 60 Seconds – The truth is, Evil Dead in 60 Seconds is more trailer than short film. However, the guidelines for Vancouver’s Virgin Radio Film competition specified that the full picture be recreated in 60 seconds, thus the fan “film” classification. Directors Gigi Saul Guerrero and Luke Bramley not only capture the essence and storyline of the cult classic pic, they also make it look awfully damn good! This is a highly refined little project with genius cuts, solid special effects and a mighty fine stand-in for Bruce Campbell. You’ll spot a number of these Evil Dead in 60 Seconds entries online, but this one tickles the fancy in a special way.

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  • horroronscreen

    The Nightmare End on Halloween is really one that ought to be in that list! You can watch it here, great horror fans film: http://www.horroronscreen.com/2012/11/06/nice-horror-fan-film/

  • horrorlover96

    never seen a fan film before and maybe i never well

  • LifeMi

    Great list! F13 Extraction is fantastic, as is the Evil Dead in 60 Seconds. The only other one I knew of on the list is City of Scars, which has damn good production values and nails the Batman mythology. Can’t wait to watch the rest.

  • poppy33usa

    A great list! The only one I had seen before was the Hellraiser fan film (which is seriously well done). But the winner for me was Evil Dead in 60 seconds…brilliant!!..Thanks for posting these Matt, I would have missed them otherwise.

  • WilliamMassa

    Okay, just watched the first five. Really good stuff! Thanks for turning me on to these.

  • aliensharkboy

    Damn good list! Some of these I’d never seen. Glad to have been introduced to ’em! I try to make homemade horror movies every so often too, but in comparison to those above, mine look like mockbusters The Asylum would produce.

    I’d say you got all the best.

  • Todd Keisling

    Nice list. A friend introduced me to Marble Hornets a couple of years ago, right around the same time the whole Slenderman craze was really starting to catch fire. Good stuff.

  • Cinemascribe

    Excellent article, very informative. I knew about F13:Extraction and Halloween:Resurgence, but some of these other ones are new to me, so I’ll have to check them out.

  • James Keen

    Awesome piece. Loved the inclusion of the Templesmith/Hoxford movie. If there’s any justice this’ll go the big budget movie route of ’30 Days Of Night’.