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Saturday, January 20, 2018

On this day in horror history.... January 20th, 2006


On this day in horror history.... the Len Wiseman franchise continues as 'Underworld: Evolution' is released. The battle continues between the vampires and the werewolves, in this action based horror franchise. It's a lot of fun and pretty to look at. I've enjoyed each installment that's come along so far.



Friday, January 19, 2018

On this day in horror history.... January 19th, 1990


On this day in horror history.... one of my favorite franchises begins, as 'Tremors' is released theatrically. The return of giant monsters movies to the big screen and they came back in a big way! If you've never seen this one, then you need to get off your butts and start watching!



Your Friday Jan. 19th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity



Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

TERROR UNIVERSAL Premieres New Slasher Flick-Inspired Music Video for "Dig You A Hole"


Watch Now and Read an In-Depth Interview via Billboard Magazine
 
New Album, Make Them Bleed, out via minus HEAD Records on January 19, 2018
 
Pre-Order via TERROR UNIVERSAL's PledgeMusic Campaign Here - Options Include Blood-Splatter Vinyl, a Signed Guitar/Drumhead/Drum Sticks, Limited Edition Posters, One-On-One Lessons and More!


Slipknot meets Five Finger Death Punch in this murderous video by Terror Universal.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

my thoughts on.... 'Zibahkhana' aka 'Hell's Ground'


As with all of my reviews of films for The Creepercast, I fully recommend that you check each and every one of them out. I am one man and this is my opinion. I've seen plenty of movies that received reviews that were the complete opposite of how I saw the film. These writers, directors, producers and actors all put a lot of time and love into these projects. They deserve to be seen and appreciated for what they are. Everyone has a dream and I fully support the people that take the time to make theirs a reality. With that being said....

I can legitimately say that I've never seen a Pakistani horror film. Ever. Not for any other reason, except that I've never come across one before. That all changed last night, thanks to a tip from my other favorite horror Facebook page: 'The Video Bunker'. I had no idea what I was getting into, outside of a few vague reviews that I read and some back and forth on the Facebook post. What I got from that little bit of information, made me curious enough to immediately seek this one out. Let me say, I was NOT disappointed! If you are familiar with foreign cinema at all, then your expectations may be a little skewed. I know that I kept expecting a Bollywood style send up of the horror genre that I love. Compete with dance numbers and singing. I'm happy to announce, that none of that occurred during this film, but there were still elements of that, bubbling under the surface the entire time. The primary reason this film caught my attention, aside from the Pakistani angle, was that it was labeled as their first “splatter” film. Let's stop and think about this for a moment. This film was released in 2007. Herschell Gordon Lewis first brought gore on the scene in 1963.There's a 44 year gap between America's first exposure to the stomach churning aspects of horror and when Pakistan got their first taste. That's longer than I've been alive. That alone, should be more than enough to wet your appetite to see this film. What's fascinating about this is that despite that huge span of time, they've seen enough American horror films to know what blood, guts and gore should look like. Granted, some of the special effects were lacking, in the make up department, but the rest were spot on with anything you would have seen at the same time here in the states. That's saying something. Before we get to much further into this, let's breakdown the plot for a moment.


'Zibahkhana' aka 'Hell's Ground' tells the story of 5 young people that are setting out on an overnight trip to see a rock show. (Sound familiar?) Before they're setting out for their trip, we get some various news footage and reports that some other things are happening that are causing something similar to a zombie outbreak. Although that's never really mentioned, you get that impression from the information provided. Along their way to the show, they stop to get some food from a vendor that's famous for their tea and food. After only a short while, the only person who's eaten it, begins to feel ill. They pull over and he gets out, because he's going to be sick. He's then attacked by one of these zombie like people. After being surrounded by more of these creatures, they get out of the area as quickly as possible. All of them then decide they need to find somewhere to get help, when they come across a little shack and the man inside tells them he can get them where they need to go. As it turns out, he's a little bit crazy and has a severed head in his bag. They kick him out and end up running him over. From there, things go from bad to worse and I don't want to spoil anymore than I already have.

This film borrows heavily from so many American horror counterparts, that you can pick them out as they happen. Especially the man in the shack. He is the Pakistani analog for the hitchhiker in the original 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'. I'd love to go more into detail, but part of the overall fun of this film, is seeing all of it's roots showing throughout its run time. Another little fun nod to the genre, is the vendor at the tea shop. In an earlier scene, we see that one of the main characters is a horror fan and he stops for a moment to watch a snippet from another Pakistani horror called 'Zinda Laash' aka 'Dracula in Pakistan'. The man who plays Dracula, his name is Rehan, also plays the tea vendor. The main character even calls him out, in a very blatant nod to the other film. It's wonderful. What's also fascinating about this film, is the way that the story and violence are handled. It's clear the cultural differences are driving the way things play out. The script, the characterizations, everything about this is Americanized, but clearly staying within the Pakistani culture. Even the background music is straight out of a 1960's Pakistani film and feels very out of place to those of us raised on films here in the states. Including zombies, feasting on skin, guts and gore.... but never actually putting any of it in their mouths. The movie itself is incredibly entertaining. There's nothing really bad that I can say about it. I couldn't take my eyes off of the screen the whole time. Partially, because it was all so unfamiliar that it set me on edge and partially because I had absolutely no clue what they were going to throw at me next. I mean, there are zombies, but the actual main villains are a trio of cannibalistic family members. They've even got their own version of Leatherface, called 'Baby'. A man in a burqa, who's been raised as a woman. It's crazy.


All in all, there are so many things going on in this film, that I would be remiss in telling them to you in complete detail. The pure joy of this film is experiencing it for yourself. Seriously, for any hardcore horror film nerd, you need to this this one. If for no other reason, than to see what we've been seeing our whole lives, through a different lens. The script is simple, the characters are boilerplate and the movie is kind of silly, but all of it in the most lovingly fantastic way. At some point, I'll need to add this one to my library. It needs a bigger audience and deserves one. My only hope is that they continue to make their way down this bloody path. This film is a great start and feels like 'The Evil Dead' had a baby with the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (2003) and those are only two of the many influences felt during this film. I can honestly say that I've never seen anything quite like this before and may never see anything quite like it again. In America, this would have been someone's confused student film that lays the groundwork for amazing things later. Here, it's an attempt to bridge the gap with their American counterparts and create something truly horrifying. I have nothing but love to give. If you have the chance and can track it down, this is a 4 out of 5 star horror film that is as good or better than a lot of what I've seen recently. Maybe I'm looking at it through rose colored glasses, but as a jaded horror film fan, it's a breath of fresh air and a much needed one at that.



If you like this film, check out: 'The Evil Dead' (1980), 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (2003) and 'High Tension' aka 'Haute Tension' (2003)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Notable 2017 Horrors that Didn’t Make the Lists

At the beginning of every year, each of us on the writing staff gives you a list of what we consider to be the top films of the previous year. Most are released within that year but given the many horror releases we sometimes miss or few, or for whatever reason, they don't quite make the cut. That's why we decided to give you a short list of films that were also released within the year that still deserve attention despite not making the lists.

In no particular order or explanation, here are the most notable 2017 Horrors that Didn't Make the Lists...

Cut Shoot Kill

"Serena Brooks, an ambitious young actress, signs on as the star of a horror film with a crew of backwoods filmmakers. When the cast starts disappearing, Serena has to channel her character to survive."

Gerald’s Game

"A woman accidentally kills her husband during a kinky game. Handcuffed to her bed with no hope of rescue, she begins hearing voices and seeing strange visions."

The Circle

"Mae Holland (Emma Watson) seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world's most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company's founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity."

We Are the Flesh

"After wandering a ruined city for years, two siblings enter a building and find a man who makes them a dangerous offer.

The Shape of Water

"Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret -- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist."

House on Willow Street

"Desperate criminals abduct a young woman (Carlyn Burchell) from a wealthy family and hold her for ransom. What the gang doesn't realize is that her soul is possessed by a demonic force that's about to turn the tables on them."

Lake Bodom

"During a camping trip to Lake Bodom in 1960, four teenagers are stabbed to death in their tents."

Escape Room

"Four friends have less than an hour to escape with their lives when they find themselves trapped in a popular Los Angeles escape room with a demonically possessed killer."

Camera Obscura

"Jack Zeller is an intelligent, solitary man who continues to struggle with the horrors he witnessed as a war photographer. He receives a strange camera as an anniversary gift. As he develops the film, Jack realizes that the images show imminent deaths in the locations he photographed. As one horrific scene after another comes true, Jack is left with an enormous moral dilemma that challenges his already fragile sanity."

Wish Upon

"Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways."

Happy Death Day

"Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she's experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter's dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her."

Monday, January 15, 2018

joel.'s top 13 horror films of 2017.... the recap!



Every year, you never know what the horror genre is going to unleash upon the world. You have an unsuspecting audience, just waiting to have their deepest and darkest fears manipulated.... all in the comfort of an air conditioned theater or their home. Not every year has been full of winners, some have proven to be better than others, but 2017 has yielded some very interesting genre fare that is full of a little bit of everything under the sun. My fellow creeps, I've put together what I feel (in my humble opinion) to be the best of the best for this year. There were a few that were nudged out by only inches and that's not a bad thing. It just proves that there are more stories to tell and makes me dream about all the amazing scares yet to come. So, without further adieu, I give you my top 13 horror films of 2017! (based on release dates and not the years they were filmed.... although some may be in the last quarter of 2016.)

The Recap!

13) 'It: Chapter One'
12) 'Death Note'
11) 'The Axe Murders of Villisca'
10) 'Little Evil'
9) 'The Devil's Candy'
8) 'The Void'
7) TIE: 'Mayhem' and 'The Belko Experiment'
6) 'Creep 2'
5) 'Better Watch Out'
4) 'The Girl With All the Gifts'
3) 'It Stains the Sands Red'
2) 'Here Alone'
1) TIE: 'Get Out' and 'The Babysitter'

Close, but no guitar:
'1922'

Will's top 7 horror films of 2017.... the recap!


The Recap!

7) 'It: Chapter One'
6) 'Death Note'
5) 'Gremlin'
4) 'Bright'
3) 'The Babysitter'
2) 'The Devil's Candy'
1) 'Here Alone'

Jeff’s Top 13 Horror Films of 2017: The Complete List

It’s the most wonderful time for lists! That’s right, the most important top list of the year has arrived. Welcome to the Creepercast top 13 (plus honorable mentions) horror films of 2017 according to our writing cast. IT is always interesting to see how each of us rates every film of the year and sometimes it breaks out in complete Mayhem. Usually we can be civil enough to Get Out before the blood flies, and sometimes we are Split and every choice feels just like The Killing of a Sacred Deer. But in the end this little Monster Project goes into the books, your favorite cast member commits their opinion to writing, and defensive arguments aside, this is our final testament for the year. Alas, this is our Cure for Wellness, and our addictive Devil’s Candy.

These lists includes films that we have seen for the first time in 2017, though they tend to include films released within that year they are not limited too or controlled by that rule. That’s why my lists also tend to preview a film you likely haven’t been able to see yet. Though that’s not probably to happen this year since I haven’t had a chance to see The Endless, Death House, and Tragedy Girls yet. But, I have every reason to believe they would have landed pretty high on this list. Well know for sure come next years list. That said, it is always a pleasure to debut films like Raw on these lists in the hopes that you will see them and enjoy them as I have. Speaking of Raw, the cannibal veterinarian from France is strongly dominating many of the lists you see out there this year. See, I told you it was worth it.

 For myself, the real surprise with this list is how many are mainstream films and the inclusion of a film by a director I notoriously profess to despise. Don’t worry, there is plenty of off the wall, cerebral, psychological, eccentric horror on this list. This last year was one of the most prolific for horror and our lists were a challenge to create, but create we must! With no further argument (unless you choose to do so in the comments below) here is Jeff’s Top 13 Horror Films of 2017

1. The Devil's Candy 

Yes, metalheads have weaknesses, and The Devil’s Candy is most likely the greatest.

2. IT 

This is a love letter to the master of written horror and Andy Muschietti doesn’t hold back on the homage.

3. Samara Weaving 

She stormed into the horror genre as Heather in the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead. With this years number threes she's made the genre her own...

Mayhem 

The violence and humor is cranked up to eleven and Weaver is hilarious as she lets herself get swept up into the insanity.

The Babysitter 

This movie is a brilliant mix of Home Alone, The Craft, Adventures in Babysitting, and drenched with blood and dark humor.

4. The Girl With All the Gifts

This is a very original zombie film that toys with all the questions about humanity, what it is, what it may become, and how we factor into the evolution.

5. The Killing of a Sacred Deer 

The film is a piece of disturbing art that forces you to make moral decisions that, no matter the outcome, will damn you to hell.

6. It Comes at Night 

Isolation and distrust of others are the real monsters here and there’s just enough outside force to keep the tension palpable.

7. Get Out 

There is march darker and sinister plot at play here that while recognizes the stereotypes, sinks much lower inter the realm of a mad scientist.

8. The Lure 

The Lure should be ripping out throats and hearts everywhere.

9. A Cure for Wellness 

A Cure for Wellness marks a triumphant return for gothic style horror.

10. Better Watch Out 

An introduction to a twisted manipulative killer we hope to see more of.

11. Eloise 

Eloise is definitely a character unto itself and filming it there is only the frosting on the cake.

12. Split 

The film was gripping, tense, and mind-bending, McAvoy’s brilliant portrayal of the quintessential psychotic antagonist is what put this film on our list.

13. The Monster Project 

It’s a fun film that delivers exactly what you expect from the convoluted storyline to relatively clean in camera graphics.

Honorable Mentions: 
Never Hike Alone 

Great acting, avoiding cheesy effects, and storylines, with a love for the details and dedication to production values that adds to the mythos in ways one never could have imagined.

Mosaic 

Soderbergh may be understating the artistic aspect of Mosaic, but that’s okay since it seems to defy standard conventions.



Sunday, January 14, 2018

joel.'s top 13 horror films of 2017.... #1


Every year, you never know what the horror genre is going to unleash upon the world. You have an unsuspecting audience, just waiting to have their deepest and darkest fears manipulated.... all in the comfort of an air conditioned theater or their home. Not every year has been full of winners, some have proven to be better than others, but 2017 has yielded some very interesting genre fare that is full of a little bit of everything under the sun. My fellow creeps, I've put together what I feel (in my humble opinion) to be the best of the best for this year. There were a few that were nudged out by only inches and that's not a bad thing. It just proves that there are more stories to tell and makes me dream about all the amazing scares yet to come. So, without further adieu, I give you my top 13 horror films of 2017! (based on release dates and not the years they were filmed.... although some may be in the last quarter of 2016.)

1) TIE: 'Get Out' and 'The Babysitter'


Okay, okay okay.... it might seem like cop out, but I just couldn't decide. Go figure. These are two polar opposite films. They share little to nothing in common, but yet they blew me the hell out of the water. 'Get Out' was my very early front runner for number one and never got pushed out of it's spot at the top. I saw it many many months ago and immediately put it at the position its remained. This is what horror films are capable of. It's smart, has a message, is creepy, showcases amazingly talented people and leaves you thinking about everything you saw when it's over. It's already had massive amounts of praised heaped upon it, so I don't need to add to that. Needless to say, if you haven't seen it, why not? Now, 'The Babysitter', is something else. It just dropped on Netflix (yet another original) about a month ago. It's directed by **cough cough** McG. Yes, THAT McG. However, before you close this page thinking I'm a lunatic, hear me out. This movie is some of the most fun I've had all year, hands down. It's kinetic, hilarious, bloody and it's totally re-watchable. There are not enough good things I can say about 'The Babysitter'. While it may be the exact opposite of 'Get Out', they both share one thing in common, they're both near pitch perfect film making.... and they share my number one spot this year. (okay, that's two things)





Suggested snack to eat while watching: nothing, because you'll be too glued to the screen

Will's top 7 horror films of 2017.... #1


1) 'Here Alone'


Anyone that knows me, knows that I love Zombie and Zombie like movies and Survival shows. Now combine those in, the out of left field film, Alone Here... and I'm in heaven. Set during the aftermath of a pandemic, Ann , played by the very beautiful Lucy Walters, is a survivor who has manged to make it on her own for over a year in this world. There is constant flashes to when her, her husband and daughter first come to this area and we slowly see what Ann had to deal with to live in this nightmare. If you are a fan of The Road or The Survivalist, this is a must see. Rod Blackhurst directed this film and he also has a short film called Alone Time that is very short but very, very good and just as much worth checking out as Here Alone. I hope you like this film as much as I did and you see why I made this film my number one of 2017.



Jeff’s Top 13 Horror Films of 2017: The Winner

1
The Devil's Candy



A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his family move into their dream home.

There is so much about this film that stands out as a brilliantly played horror film that should not be ignored. First, there's something awesome about a guy named Ethan who can star in an independent horror film and make it his own. Ethan Hawke was my goto previously after Sinister. This time Ethan Embry walks onto the screen in The Devil’s Candy and dominates. As archetype for starving artists who live a metal lifestyle he bends the stereotype into what most people don’t realize is the true human behind the music. Any film that can take the culture of heavy music and make it more human is always a win with me. The Devil’s Candy takes everything you should love about horror and puts it on full display for you to be a part of. We have the perfect marriage of heavy metal music and horror, a demon, a serial killer, the ultimate sacrifice, and the shattering of stereotypes. Embry is a loving father that just happens to have long hair and listens to Metallica. He’s even willing to paint butterflies if it means keeping a roof over his family’s head. So that when the shit hits the fan, which you know it will, he will stop at nothing to do what is right despite his human frailties. Yes, metalheads have weaknesses, and The Devil’s Candy is most likely the greatest.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

joel.'s top 13 horror films of 2017.... #2


Every year, you never know what the horror genre is going to unleash upon the world. You have an unsuspecting audience, just waiting to have their deepest and darkest fears manipulated.... all in the comfort of an air conditioned theater or their home. Not every year has been full of winners, some have proven to be better than others, but 2017 has yielded some very interesting genre fare that is full of a little bit of everything under the sun. My fellow creeps, I've put together what I feel (in my humble opinion) to be the best of the best for this year. There were a few that were nudged out by only inches and that's not a bad thing. It just proves that there are more stories to tell and makes me dream about all the amazing scares yet to come. So, without further adieu, I give you my top 13 horror films of 2017! (based on release dates and not the years they were filmed.... although some may be in the last quarter of 2016.)

2) 'Here Alone'


Once again, a film I knew nothing about that popped up our of nowhere and surprised the hell out of me. Also, another zombie film that took the old tropes and made them new. In reality, there isn't a lot of the mythos that changes for this one and the premise is very well worn territory. I'm not even sure I can place my finger on exactly what it is about this film that makes it so memorable, but it leave you feeling breathless. It's got all the ear marks of good film making, complete with a great script and a stellar cast. There isn't anything bad I can say about this one. It starts strong and finishes strong. It's why I do what I do here. Films like this don't come along every day and when you find them, you have to share them with the world. This is a prime example of that.



Suggested snack to eat while watching: loneliness

Will's top 7 horror films of 2017.... #2


2) 'The Devil's Candy'


The Devils Candy was suggested to my by fellow CreeperCast member, Joel, on Friday months ago. I hadn't heard of it, so one morning that following weekend I sat down to watch what would become one of my favorite horror movies I have ever seen. The story follows a family in Texas that buys a new house with a history. The father is an artist and his art soon starts to show things are not right with this new house he moved his family into. The Devils Candy grabbed me from the start and did not let go. I absolutely love this movie. I went in to this with only the trailer and I don't want to give away anything, so please watch the trailer and give it a view.



Jeff’s Top 13 Horror Films of 2017: #2

IT 

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

This is not the moment when I will compare the beloved 1990 mini-series with this “remake”. Maybe someday I will, after all, there are a lot of differences to consider and Tim Curry is just one of them. Really the only important one if I were to inject a bit of honesty. But, all that aside, 2017 was the year of the King adaptations and IT was the most anticipated, and most critically acclaimed of them all. Currently, it is the highest-grossing horror film and the third highest-grossing R-rated film of all-time (after Deadpool and The Matrix Reloaded). All with good reason. IT is very faithful to the source material, has a brilliant ensemble cast, and though it only covers half the story, is a complete tale of phobia and horror. This is a love letter to the master of written horror and Andy Muschietti doesn’t hold back on the homage. The time period of the younger losers club has changed making it much more appealing to the generation that came of age in the 80’s and allows us to share our nostalgia with our kids. IT is the Stranger Things of the theater. IT more than makes up for the mini-series failings while still paying homage even to that. The real issue to consider is the notorious Pennywise. I choose to accept that this film is a retelling of the source material in another universe. I have to because I love Tim Curry’s portrayal so much. But, Bill SkarsgĂ„rd has brought a far more evil and sinister character to life that more than fits King’s character. This Pennywise has an awkward childlike innocence that can instantly change to monstrous evil. This is the way an evil clown looks and acts. This Pennywise is the definition of coulrophobia.

 Granted, we still have the adult side of the story to consider in 2019 before we can say the adaptation is complete. There’s also a lot of missing elements that die hards will agree need to be explored before the story can come to a close. We will be anxiously waiting for the clowns return.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Creepercast Approved Horror Genre Podcast Epic Top 17 of 2017: Exploding Heads



Remember the Creepercast Podcast? Yeah, neither do we, but that's ok because Dave Zee, Christian, and Brandon of the Exploding Heads Horror Movie Podcast is just as loose, chaotic, and entertaining if not more so. Entering their third year, these guys know horror and have a chemistry that will keep you entertained every minute of the podcast, and these can be many minute podcasts! Their dedication may be a bit insane, but they can even make us second guess what we think we know about the genre we all love. So while you're waiting for Creepercast Top 13's of 2017 to finish, give these guys a listen. We'll continue to bring you links to this show as long as they let us!


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joel.'s top 13 horror films of 2017.... #3


Every year, you never know what the horror genre is going to unleash upon the world. You have an unsuspecting audience, just waiting to have their deepest and darkest fears manipulated.... all in the comfort of an air conditioned theater or their home. Not every year has been full of winners, some have proven to be better than others, but 2017 has yielded some very interesting genre fare that is full of a little bit of everything under the sun. My fellow creeps, I've put together what I feel (in my humble opinion) to be the best of the best for this year. There were a few that were nudged out by only inches and that's not a bad thing. It just proves that there are more stories to tell and makes me dream about all the amazing scares yet to come. So, without further adieu, I give you my top 13 horror films of 2017! (based on release dates and not the years they were filmed.... although some may be in the last quarter of 2016.)

3) 'It Stains the Sands Red'


Independent film making doesn't have to mean cheap looking or bad. In the right hands, a smaller budget can be made to look gigantic. In this case, the idea was not to make a giant sweeping zombie epic on a budget, but to rather take the budget and make the story fit the money that was there. (I don't think the script was written second, but you get the point) Yet again, a film that just kind of came out of nowhere. I'd never even heard of it, until it came up for sale on a Blu-ray site I visit. It looked interesting and so I invested the time to check it out. What I got in return, was a bizarrely good zombie film with little to no zombies, action or over arching plot. Just a simple story of a woman trying to get to an airfield and then off to safety. That's it. Sounds simple, but this is so much more than the sum of its parts. I left this film feeling like I'd run a marathon and wanted to know the rest of the story. I cannot recommend this one more. If you love zombie films and think you've seen everything, then you should check out my 2nd, 3rd and 4th selections this year. Excellent films that will remind you why you love the undead in the first place.



Suggested snack to eat while watching: whatever you can find in your purse or pockets