I don’t think anyone would contemplate biting if I attempted to sell the idea that After Dark’s Horrorfest series was a fantastic collection of artwork. Nearly every film to be featured in four years was torn apart by critics, and for once, those critics were right: Horrorfest is a miserable series with very, very few gems buried deep beneath thick layers of mud.
Knowing this, I began contemplating: of these specific horrific flicks, what eight are closest to bona fide quality productions? I’ve seen every feature released under the Horrorfest banner, and honestly, it was challenging to pick eight of these movies that I honestly enjoyed.
Nevertheless, I managed to sort through the thicket, and low-and-behold, after dulling my machete on heaps of dense trash, I uncovered eight fun features that I’d conder reviting in the future.
Before I get into my list, let me just say I in no way, expect everyone to agree with me on this piece. It was challenging compiling this list, and if I’m finding myself fighting this topic, I imagine many of you will as well. Also conder that when you’re dealing with a batch of mediocrity the slightest differential in personal preference can lead to drastically differing opinions.
I want to throw in a few quick nods to some features that nearly made the cut:
Dark Ride (A goofy, but gory little flick that's certainly entertaining upon initial viewing.)
The Reeds (Stellar first half that loses steam as the big reveal is unveiled.)
Tooth and Nail (This one had all the potential in the world, but came up a bit short in the technical talent department.)
The Abandoned (Some terrific atmosphere here!)