So you just saw It Follows, and you’re fiending for another independent horror film fix. But what’s good, and what deserves to gather dust at the bottom of a Walmart bargain bin? Not to worry — Laser Time’s unofficial horror aficionado Moan4stallone is here to offer some guidance!
This is by no means a definitive list, but just some of the more recent DVD offerings worth your time.
Late Phases: Night of the Werewolf
Night of the Werewolf can be best described as an unofficial sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep, but with less camp and more horror elements. In place of Elvis, we get a blind Vietnam vet played by Nick Damici (Stake Land) who moves into an assisted living complex and quickly realizes not everything is as it appears. If you can look past a couple low budget effects and embrace the story it is telling, I think you will add this one to your favorite werewolf movies list, just as I have.
Digging Up the Marrow
Digging Up the Marrow is a recent release from director Adam Green, who previously brought the character Victor Crowley to life in his Hatchet series, an homage to the slasher explosion of the 80s. His most recent film is a fake documentary filmed like an actual one, but the casting of veteran actor Ray Wise (Robocop) lets you know right away that it’s not trying to fool you. This is a godsend for all you practical effect nuts and fans of artist Alex Pardee.
House of the Devil
House of the Devil, by director Ti West (The Sacrament), is probably the most divisive film on this list, due to half of my friends sharing my love for it and the other half just hating it. It is slow, but it’s that way for the sake of tension. If you don’t like a slow build and a story straight out of the 80s that involves a “babysitter,” then you may not want to invest your time. But if you do, you will get a film with the look of an old slasher (grainy as all hell), a soundtrack integral to the film, and a couple of truly terrifying jump scares. Plus, it has veteran horror actor Tom Noonan (Last Action Hero) being Tom Noonan as fuck.
You’re Next is probably my favorite horror movie theater experience of the last five years, and to say why would surely spoil it. It’s directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest), who introduces viewers to the Dwight Twilley Band and their underrated song “Looking for the Magic,” perfectly kicking off this film and setting the tone for the remainder. Also, if you’re a fan of the current “mumblecore” movement, this film also features actor and director Joe Swanberg (Happy Christmas), plus a special cameo by above-mentioned director Ti West.
Wolfcop is yet another werewolf film, but it’s the purest example of a grindhouse cinema experience on this list. It is about a cop who — stay with me — becomes a werewolf, but decides to not quit his day job and continues patrolling as a fully transformed lycan. Amazing werewolf transformation scenes and genuinely funny dialogue are the key to this movie’s success, and it is currently streaming on Netflix, so you have no excuse not to check it out.
Hopefully one of these films has peaked your interest, and you’ll decide to take the plunge into the ever-growing independent horror scene. Like any industry, if you don’t support it, it dies. I for one would hate to think what the current horror landscape would look like if Mustapha Akkad had not taken a chance on a certain young film director named John Carpenter…
Article by contributor Moan4Stallone.