Continuing my selfless community service of educating the public on great horror flicks that were passed over for some reason or other….
Apollo 18 (2011): It made about 25 million with a budget of only 5 million, so it’s not technically a bomb…but who saw this? You didn’t. But you should. It’s another found-footage horror film (OH MY GOD THERE AREN’T ENOUGH OF THOSE!), but before you roll your eyes, shut the fuck up and give it a shot. It’s a well produced, well acted, tense thriller about what “really” happened to some ill-fated astronauts on the last, and never publicly reported, trip to the moon by the US. Creepy as fuck, great use of the natural claustrophobia of the small ship and suits they are forced to wear and the bleak, unyielding blackness of the moon they are stranded on (took poetry in college for like a week). Like working in a cubicle.
The Objective (2008): UFO’s in Afghanistan? Who knew? Let’s send a CIA spook and a small military outfit to investigate. Yeah, that’s gonna work out well. It’s no Zero Dark Thirty, but fine production, great acting and script. It’s by the guy who did The Blair Witch…and he kind of gets his mojo back with this one. Creepy and suspenseful, with enough questions left unanswered to keep it creepy. Fuck, like white people didn’t already have enough reasons to never go to Afghanistan.
The Awakening (2011): A tiny little British flop that deserves more of an audience. Maybe a little derivative (The Others), but original enough with a twisty, nasty ending and some fading ambiguity to really piss you off. Good shit.
Pontypool (2009): A tiny little Canadian film that plays so much fucking bigger. Takes on the zombie/infection genre with a very original spin on what “infection” means. The smartest attempt at apocalyptic horror I’ve seen on a tiny budget.
The Pact (2012): Jesus, why did this movie not get a bigger release? Better than most of the horror movies I’ve seen in the past 2 or 3 years. Expertly directed, suspenseful, scary as fuck. Not ground breaking, but smart and tense. Acting and dialogue is solid. I’ve gotta follow this Nick McCarthy guy (director) around now….
The Crazies (Original 1973 release): The remake was pretty good and made good bucks at the box office. The original never had a fucking shot. Romero’s non-zombie take on infection horror is pretty dated and low-budget, but it’s pretty solid and has a ballsy anti-government/corporate hook on it for the times. Don’t be a fucking snob and check it out.
There you go, I just filled up your weekend “to do” list. You’re welcome.
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