- Jeremiah on Episode 169: THE FINAL CHAPTER
- Rue Morgue on FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2014: ALL THE HORROR BUSINESS!
- frankensteinhead on FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2014: ALL THE HORROR BUSINESS!
- Chris soto on Episode 169: THE FINAL CHAPTER
- Rue Morgue on FESTIVAL OF FEAR PRESENTS TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME
Blood on a Budget
Germany’s reputation for extreme horror, brought about by gritty underground films Violent Shit and Nekromantik, can be hard to live up to. Thankfully, our no-budget buddies across the Atlantic are up to the challenge, and with entries like Voyage to Agatis and Necronos: Tower of Doom, they prove there’s still plenty of extremity left in das Vaterland.
While most films covered in covered in Blood on a Budget are American, some of them, like Amerikan Holokaust and An American Ghost Story, feel it necessary to state their patriotism in their title. Ironically, these films don’t always depict our best friends to the south in the most favourable light. Read on!
Although Blood on a Budget is dedicated to indie features, a group of people who truly embody the DIY spirit are The Ghouligans. Beginning in the mid 2000s with a handful of no-budget web shorts, that put Universal-inspired Monsters is cheesy comedy sketches, these ghastly goofs have been dedicated to their hand-made horror-comedy for years, producing two DVDs and tirelessly touring conventions. Finally they landed a TV show which highlights what The Ghouligans are best at: classic horror-humour with a ton of heart. Though all 6 half-hour episodes of the first season, which can be best described as a cross between The Munsters and SCTV, you can truly see how much fun, love, and elbow grease this ghoulish gang have put into this project, and on such a criminally low budget.
Psychoses are a tricky subject. When presented on film, people who suffer from this rarely get the politically correct treatment. Their portrayal tends to fall into one of two categories: the family of diverse, kindhearted kooks of a psychiatric facility (Girl, Interupted, The Princess and the Warrior, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) or the solo psycho on the verge of -or in the midst of- a killing spree (Maniac, Pieces, Psycho). Sometimes the two are even combined (Don’t Look in the Basement). Few films venture out of these stereotypes, and even fewer horror films.
Although the films of this entry tend to gravitate near the solo psycho and the sympathetic clan of crazies categories -not to mention playing fast-and-loose with political correctness- they still manage break out of the box in they portrayals of psychiatric disorders.
Regular readers of Blood on a Budget (all three of you) will have probably noticed that I like to focus each entry on a subject that unites both films covered. However, some movies don’t quite fit alongside others in neat categories, and thus are doomed to fester in the BoaB vaults until the day I find a match.
To start the year off on the right foot, I’ve thrown away the theme for this entry in order to exhume some of the more dustier submissions, and in doing so, accidentally picked two that oddly fit together.
It’s hard to think of Christmas nowadays without the commercialism rampant in the holiday. Not so much the carols that play in malls or the schmaltzy TV ads – those are easily avoided – but what gets me down is the stress of having to find everyone I’m related to some sort of gift, no matter how thoughtless. In turn, I’m going to be receiving a ton of stuff I don’t need or want, that some relation has stressed over getting for me. Instead we could all be spending that energy enjoying the holiday-themed horror this fantastic genre has to offer.
Luckily, I did get a chance to check out a sample of this year’s festive frugal frights. They don’t quite measure up to last year’s Cadaver Christmas, but these flicks still rank among my favourite gifts of the year.