It's a common fact that there are probably more horror films out there than any other genre. Whether you decide to stay with the mainstream and just obsess over those films or delve into the unknown horror gems is your choice. For me, my goal has always been to delve deeper and deeper into the realm of obscurity, finding the horror films whispered about once or twice on the internet and bringing them up to the light. Of course, some are hard to track down, and a lot aren't on DVD yet and have VHS prices that soar sky high. Still, I'll find a way to watch these movies. After all, where there's a will, there's a way.
Ticks has some notable names involved, particularly Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers), Clint Howard (Evilspeak), Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Ami Dolenz (Pumpkinhead II), and director Tony Randel (Hellbound: Hellraiser II). This has a reputation for being a very fun popcorn movie, and the trailer really pumps me up. From pictures and videos I have seen, it really does look like a fun popcorn movie with great special effects and appropriately cheesy dialogue. And how can you go wrong with Clint Howard and Seth Green in the same movie? But have no fear; I'll be ordering a copy soon.
I've heard a lot of things about Iced, with most of them being bad. However, the plot of a skiing slasher intrigues me, and I've also heard it's a huge 1980s time capsule. From what I've heard, a good hour or so is all characterization filled with bad acting, bad editing, bad dialogue, and a more than copious helping of gratuitous nudity, but all this just makes me want to see it! Even with some setbacks, I'm still intrigued. Plus, it has Lisa Loring (Wednesday from The Addams Family) getting all kinds of nude! From the clips I've seen, it looks like a great, cheesy stereotypical slasher. Unfortunately, it's not on DVD, and the VHS reaches some high prices.
The Boogens (1981)
With an interesting plot (ancient creatures released in a mine collapse) and cool monster effects (the monsters look ridiculous, though), The Boogens looks like a highly entertaining film that, once again, is not on DVD. While it does look a tad slow, I still feel a need to watch this. I'll try and buy a cheap copy so I can put up a 30th anniversary review later this month.
To All A Goodnight (1980)
To All A Goodnight is only notable for two things: One, it is the directorial debut of David "Krug" Hess (Last House on the Left). Two, it is the first real slasher film to feature a killer dressed as Santa (Christmas Evil was more of a drama than anything else). The film looks great, despite several poorly lit scenes. The kills and the killr are the main attraction for me, and I love the deaths I've seen from the movie.
Bad Dreams (1988)
When watching the trailer and reading the synops of Bad Dreams, comparisons to A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3 are bound to pop into your brain. The hospital, the nightmares, the burnt villain, hell, Jennifer Rubin (Taryn from ANOES 3) stars! But I can ealy get past those comparisons and enjoy it for Richard Lynch (the greatest bad guy of all time), the (kind of) unique setting, and (perhaps) some scares. I've heard some good things about it, and it sounds right up my alley. I'll pick it up when Shout! Factory releases it on a double-feature DVD with the great Viting Hours (another hospital slasher).
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Cellar Dweller (1988)
Like Ticks, Cellar Dweller isn't on DVD, yet has some notable names behind it. You have John Carl Buechler (Friday the 13th Part VII) directing and doing the special effects, Don Mancini (Child's Play) writing, Yvonne De Carlo (The Munsters) starring, and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) making a cameo appearance. I've only sen one clip from this film, and let me say that that clip had me dying to see the film in its entirety. The film looks very, very goofy and very reminiscent of the Tales from the Crypt comics from way-back-when.
The Redeemer (1978)
While it may be stereotypical today, the plot of The Redeemer was released before the slasher boom really hit, so it wasn't cliche back in 1978. The film looks very creepy, like Slaughter High mixed with The Omen. I have seen some clips on YouTube, and they make the film look very creepy. The killer sports a variety of masks, and even has a life-zed marionette that he can telepathically control, thanks to his Satanic powers. Code Red released this on DVD a while ago, but I'm going to buy the VHS, nce the DVD has almost no bonus features and the VHS would be a neat addition to my collection.
There's my list of horror films that I'm looking forward to seeing; share your list in the comments section below
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