From Screen Rant: With Kristen Stewart’s sci-fi movie Underwater coming out soon, there is a renewed interest in underwater horror. Anyone who wants to delve deep and search the bottom floor of horror for some similar films should keep reading. We’ve got ten of the most underrated, aquatic horror movies. Each one will certainly make you want to stick to dry land.
Imagine for a moment a group of people facing an existential threat
but no one is able to agree on how to solve the crisis
and instead are consumed with resentment and hate
so they all turn on each other.
“That would never happen” you say? Check out Fessenden’s parable “Beneath”.
Directed by Larry Fessenden.
Starring Daniel Zovatto, Bonnie Dennison, Chris Conroy, Jonny Orsini, Griffin Newman,
with Mackenzie Rosman and Mark Magolis.
“… a gleefully dire portrayal of human selfishness.”
—Time Out NY
“a weirdly personal and thoughtful generic exercise…
you can see Fessenden’s love for such horror classics as Night of the Living Dead”
“This film takes a hatchet to surface level friendships and
has by far my favorite death scene of the year,
ripped from the Hitchcock playbook.
—Icons of Fright
Story: Tony Daniel, Brian D. Smith; Art by Brahm Revel.
Historically low gas prices. A boy band for every block. Philips CD-i. POGS. Maybe we just had it too good during the ’90s because audiences weren’t flocking much to horror movies this decade. As a result, there are less entries here than on our ’70s and ’80s lists. Nevertheless, if you feel like getting grungy and/or jiggy with it (in whichever order, we’re fair) then check out Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the 40 Best ’90s Horror Movies!
Larry Fessenden’s bonkers, microbudget raft movie has it all, from a killer fish, to scorned lovers, to sacrifice. It’s all held together by the sheer strength of Fessenden’s vision, and, as ever, bursts with his trademark heart, humour, and horror. We don’t appreciate the man enough.
This weekend, come to the world premiere of Michael Vincent’s
ONLY A SWITCH at the Woodstock Film Festival! Tickets available now!
But if you’re stuck at home for the weekend, then revisit Fessenden’s creature-feature BENEATH,
available for digital download on iTunes.
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APRIL 8, 2015
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: THE FILMS OF LARRY FESSENDEN
As a film director, Larry Fessenden has crafted several of the most indelible and idiosyncratic horror movies of the last 25 years, from the urban vampire tale Habit to the visionary and environmental apocalypse of The Last Winter. But he’s also had a major impact on the independent filmmaking landscape as a producer of genre films, including the work of Ti West, as well as via his collaboration with the acclaimed writer-director Kelly Reichardt, who cast Fessenden as the uneasy-riding star of her breakthrough road movie River of Grass. As Fessenden’s Glass eye Pix production company celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015, the time seems right to survey the career of a brilliantly expressive filmmaker whose clever, palpably handcrafted films honor the noble B-movie tradition of tackling social issues without sacrificing scares. This lecture, specially created for The Black Museum, will weave together critical commentary with clips from Fessenden’s films, including his recent killer-catfish film Beneath.
April 8, 2015 at 9:15pm
The Royal Cinema, 608 College St, Toronto
Cost: $12 advance / $15 at the door
LECTURER: ADAM NAYMAN
Adam Nayman is a film critic in Toronto and a contributing editor to Cinema Scope. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Reverse Shot and the Village Voice, and he teaches Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. His first book, It Doesn’ Suck: Showgirls, was published in 2014 by ECW Press
Check it! The Montana Mancave Massacre’s got a blog post up all about Fessenden and the films he’s directed, produced and acted in.
Some snippets from the post…
“When I was making my list of films to include…films either directed by or starring Larry Fessenden were taking up a lot of real estate. It was damned nigh impossible to choose between them, so I decided to lump them all together. So here’s you’re gift for the 6th day of Christmas: the majesty that is Larry Fessenden.”
“As the founder of Glass Eye Pix, his philosophy of filmmaking is that you don’t need a massive budget or big star to make a great film. Since 1985, Glass Eye Pix has been producing great indie flicks by auteur directors, especially young horror directors. In short, Larry Fessenden is doing God’s Work.”
“This man is essential to modern horror.”
“Wendigo is a micro-budget masterpiece…This is a labor of love, and it shows.”
“The Last Winter is, as far as I know, the first environmental horror movie. It tackles the question (as does Wendigo, to a lesser extent) how does nature fight back when humans violate its balance?”
“And on one last note, if you’re still unconvinced of Larry Fessenden’s awesomeness, he also produces a web-based horror-themed radio drama series named Tales From Beyond the Pale. If any of you are into Arch Oboler’s Lights Out or the old Rod Serling radio plays, Fessenden is the man bring that stuff back. Each episode boasts a celebrity cast and a name author. Sir Lawrence, you just put everyone else to shame.”