The term “low budget” is a bit vague these days; $15 million can now ealy be condered a lower budget offering, while just a few decades ago that title was reserved for films produced on budgets that tended to fall short of the $1 million mark.
Knowing this, however, opens the door for a piece of this nature, in which I’ve opted to highlight 10 flicks that look remarkably proming, yet fail to boast the insurance (there’s really no such thing as insurance in this buness) of major studio’s colossal releases.
Here now are ten genre offerings slated to hit the market in the near future (with a few exceptions, that still lack official release dates) that have already garnered gnificant buzz amongst industry peers and fans alike.
Livide: Alexandre Bustillo shocked and disgusted viewers in 2007 when he pushed the boundaries of class and decency with the disgustingly gory slasher, Inde.
Inde was ealy one of the most disturbing genre pieces to ever see release, and while I like the extremes Alexandre is willing to reach for, I can understand why many are repulsed by it. I’m hoping Livide, the supernatural tale of a botched home robbery, delivers the unforgiving insanity of Inde. I like my boundaries stressed.
Livide is expected to be available overseas this November, though no official US release date seems to be determined at this point.
The Woman: While the general public seems to be completely oblivious to this genre piece, horror geeks around the globe have been screaming for the official release. The fact that early screenings have produced outcry over the films extreme nature only adds to the allure of The Woman.
The Woman centers on a feral female who’s found and held captive by a… less than stable lawyer, Christopher Cleek. Cleek sets out to humanize the woman, but his methods aren’t exactly traditional, and the repercusons of his actions leave he and his family in grave danger.
Controversy has kept this flick shelved thus far, and sadly, no release date is in ght.
http://youtu.be/vb7u2IvY70QRed State: Kevin Smith hasn’t had a career decorated with genre offerings. In fact, Red State is the Jay and lent Bob creator’s first foray into the dark world of horror.
The story amounts to what can be condered a mash-up between 2000 Maniacs, Friday the 13th and, well… crazy ass fundamentalists. And that about sums it up, though the few clips I’ve glimpsed looked as though the film has the potential to be truly fantastic. There’s a very impresve cast attached to the picture, and given some of Smith’s past efforts, I’m truly excited for the unveiling of this picture.
At this point (don’t bank on it), the release date looks to be October 19th (September 1st on VOD), just in time for some fun Halloween chills.
http://youtu.be/cD0gm7dHKKcAttack the Block: I’ll be honest I haven’t seen a film earn the early hype that, Attack the Block has in quite a few years. If you invest in the opinion of critics, you’re likely extremely interested in this feature, as it’s earned nothing but acclaim from pundits.
The tale pits a group of rugged English youth against some vicious aliens who, you guessed it, attack the block. Early trailers look both humorous and action packed, and if there’s any invaon flick I’m investing my money in soon, it’s this bright prospect here.
Attack the Block is slated to land statede in a limited release on the 29th of this month.
Paranormal Activity 3: Paranormal Activity flicks have been near flawless in terms of their capacity to frighten viewers. Therefore, it’s easy to understand the buzz that surrounds each new film. With surging cinematic prospects Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (check out Catfish if you haven’t already, it’s an amazing piece of work) tapped to direct, Paranormal Activity holds the potential to be the best of the franchise thus far.
By now most are familiar with the story: Katie and Kristi are sters who have been plagued by entities of some sort. Their lives have been torn apart by these hauntings, and by the looks of early teasers, PA3 will give us a thorough look at the girls’ past, and the events that have led to these terminal invaons.
Look for Paranormal Activity 3 to haunt theaters this Halloween.
Wrong Turn 4: It’s starting to look like the year of franchise prequels. Condering the cult following the first three Wrong Turn films have already garnered, a look at the beginning of the madness seems both conderate and appropriate.
The story has been cookie cutter up until this point: disfigured cannibals torture and eventually chow down anyone to find themselves lost in their rural territory. The fourth installment however, will take viewers back in time to a new locale (a mental institute), and finally showcase some backstory to this gruesome family.
Wrong Turn 4 hits discs on October 25th.