Like we always do about this time….let’s go!
1. We Are What We Are (2010): A nicely disturbing Mexican horror movie about a poor family of cannibals living in the modern-day. While the gore is there, this is not a slasher flick that follows typical American studio formulas. No hot young teen actors to come save the day, etc. The movie focuses on the family members themselves, their disturbing heritage and belief system, their struggles to survive and stay hidden, and their apparent genetic predilection to stalk and hunt human prey. I think we can all relate. Not for the meek or those against immigration (Mexican cannibals! Ahhhh, build higher fences!). And it really hammers home a moral we all could learn: Never eat a prostitute!
2. Dark Skies (2013): It was in theaters for a millisecond and then went off to the world of DVD and Netlflix. You probably remember seeing the trailers on TV and that’s about it. While not a financial bomb (it only cost $3.5 million), a $23 million haul isn’t considered a hit by most standards. It’s been panned by many who did see it (which were few) but it deserves your attention. It’s a solid flick about alien abduction that builds well, holds the suspense, and delivers the right amount of “jumps” to keep it fun and scary. Its spin on alien abduction isn’t new, but it’s intelligently vague…vague to enough to keep it terrifying but not too sci-fi. There have actually been very few good alien abduction movies over the decades…and this is really among the better made.
3. Salvage (2009): A seriously good British monster flick that works even though the monster in on-screen for maybe 60 seconds total. The creature is just a plot tool, this movie is pure psychological horror done lo-fi…and right. There is little rote or trope about this. The acting is fantastic. The action is messy but realistic. It’s gritty and sad. It’s desperate and suspenseful. And there is sustained full-frontal nudity and sex, so…shit, what are you waiting for?
4. 6 Souls (Shelter, 2010) 2013: A box office disaster by any measure. It’s release and re-lease under a different name was bungled to embarrassment, and virtually every critic who did see it treated it like the Trayvon Martin verdict (Oh YEAH, not too soon). But this is actually a pretty solid, if not great movie (and I think it fucking is). It weaves a tale of faith vs. science as a psychologist gets mixed up in a generations old serial killer legend. A serial killer who steals souls and uses them as needed. Or is he just a legitimate case of multiple-personality disorder? Help us, Julian Moore!
5. Lunopolis (2009): THIS movie. Jesus. You will love it or hate it, but I really dug it. In the found-footage format (stay with me), two documentary filmmakers stumble upon a time-traveling, moon-worshipping cult just in time to try to prevent a world-ending prophecy that may have all ready happened…a bunch of times. That’s not even the weirdest shit. It was done on the super cheap so the acting is serviceable and some dialogue is kinda forced, a few scenes were obviously shoe-horned into the story on-the-fly to move it along faster-complete with long-winded monologues that explain what they don’t have time to explain with the story..but…BUT….it’s pretty fucking cool. You can find it on Netflix or maybe on DVD if you dig. Probably find it online for free also. Sci-fi, bitches.
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