10 Overlooked Recent Horror Movie Gems
“I Sell the Dead” (Glass Eye Pix)
When it comes to my Halloween season viewing, I often fall back on the vintage stuff: Hammer favorites, Universal monster classics, the Val Lewton cycle, or any previously unseen golden oldies that catch my eye.
But despite the plague of “found footage” cheapies and an endless streak of inferior remakes and sequels, there have been some very good recent horror movies. It’s just that many of the best have gone virtually unnoticed except by the most insatiable horror fanatics. And I know for that diehard crowd, much of this list might not seem so overlooked. So, while I certainly do want to hear about that grainy $5,000 stalker film from Uruguay you found in a black market video shop, understand my definition of “overlooked” isn’t quite that obscure.
The list was restricted to films released over the last five years or so, just to have some sort of cutoff. There are other movies from the same period (like Trick ‘r Treat, House of the Devil and Splice) that also should have received a wider release or more media attention, but those films have found a very devoted cult following. The films below have some fans, but continue to fly way too far under the radar for my liking.
Five of the ten films are debut features, so maybe there’s something to be said for new chefs contributing to the horror stew. The rankings are a bit meaningless considering how different the films are, but the hierarchy is simply those I felt were the most essential viewing.
Oh … and Happy Halloween!
I Sell the Dead (2009): A fantastic debut feature, Glenn McQuaid’s joyful throwback to genre traditions is horror-comedy of the highest order. Getting convincing period detail on a very low budget, McQuaid also brings filmmaking verve to every scene. And it’s a darn funny film too, with great hammy performances by Larry Fessenden and Ron Perlman and a reactive comic role to treasure from Dominic Monaghan in the lead. If you grew up with Hammer horror films on TV and grisly EC Comics reprints, I Sell the Dead will seem letter-perfect. It never played in a Chicago theater, which is a goddamned shame, as this was made to see with an audience.
Glass Eye Pix pitches I Sell The Dead sequel Grimes & Blake At Your Service at Frontières.
Read the Frontières article HERE.
Angus Scrimm, Remembered: Producer/Co-star Larry Fessenden
With the passing of horror icon Angus Scrimm this past week, FANGORIA is dedicating this week to the memory of our dear friend. Therefore, FANGORIA has reached out to several of those who knew Angus well for their parting words and to share the memories they had with the extraordinary actor. Our latest contribution comes from filmmaker Larry Fessenden, who produced no less than 4 features starring Angus Scrimm, including I SELL THE DEAD Continue Reading »
Our 30th Anniversary Hootenanny continues with this series of Legacy Docs celebrating the community and collaborators that have kept us honest all these years…
Adam Barnick put together this portrait of GEP’s longest-running collaborator BECK UNDERWOOD, responsible for logos (HABIT, NO TELLING, WENDIGO), art departments (HOLLOW VENUS, I SELL THE DEAD, BITTER FEAST, STAKE LAND), script writing (NO TELLING, HABIT), GEP advent calendars, the CREEPY CHRISTMAS FILM FESTIVAL, the brand new TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE teaser… and some mayhem of her own… check it!
Attention NYC Fans! Glenn McQuaid’s I SELL THE DEAD screens Friday 11/6/15 and Saturday 11/7/15 at midnight at the IFC Center in NYC.
18th-century justice has finally caught up with grave robbers Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) and Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden). With the specter of the guillotine looming over him, young Blake confesses to a priest, Father Duffy (Ron Perlman), about his fifteen years of adventure in the resurrection trade; from his humble beginnings as a young boy stealing trinkets from corpses, to his partnership with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes hunting creatures unwilling to accept their place in the ground. The colorful and peculiar history of Grimes and Blake is one filled with adventure, horror, and vicious professional competition that ends where it begins — the grave.
For tickets and more info, head over to IFC.
Attention LA Fans – ArcLight Hollywood and Slamdance Cinema Club presents a screening I SELL THE DEAD tonight at 8pm. Guests from the film in attendance include Fessenden, Ron Perlman, and Angus Scrimm.
For Tickets and more info, head over to the ArcLight.
NYC’s IFC Center celebrates Glass Eye Pix’s 30th Anniversary with Glass Eye Pix: 30th Anniversary Tribute, a series of special screenings throughout October and into November. Screenings include GEP horror classics like NO TELLING and THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, as well as some of GEP’s non-horror films like WENDY AND LUCY and THE COMEDY.
This month we’re celebrating Glass Eye Pix’s 30th Anniversary and the release of Shout Factory’s new Blu-ray box set, THE LARRY FESSENDEN COLLECTION, with tons of screenings and events on both coasts! Come see our movies on the big screen, hang out with us in person, and help us ring in our 30th.
Thursday, October 8th – NYC
HABIT screening, with Fessenden & cast members in attendance!
IFC Center, 9PM EST
Part of New York Super Week 2015
Details & Tix: http://www.ifccenter.com/films/habit/
Plus– Glass Eye Pix MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS all month long at IFC Center! Check back for details.
Thursday October 8th through Sunday October 11th – NYC
NEW YORK COMIC CON – Booth #1865
Come hang out with Fessenden and the GEP crew!
Sunday, October 18th – LOS ANGELES
I SELL THE DEAD screening as part of the Slamdance Cinema Series with Special Guests to be announced!
ArcLight Hollywood, 8PM PST
Details & Tix: https://www.arclightcinemas.com/movie/arclight-presentsi-sell-the-dead
Monday, October 19th – LOS ANGELES
WENDIGO screening as part of the Slamdance Cinema Series with Special Guests to be announced!
ArcLight Hollywood, 8PM PST
Details & Tix: https://www.arclightcinemas.com/movie/arclight-presentswendigo
Tuesday, November 3rd – NYC
THE LAST WINTER screening and DARLING New York Premiere with Fessenden, Mickey Keating, and Special Guests from both films in attendance!
Scary Movies 9 at Lincoln Center, 7pm EST and 9:45pm EST
Details & Tix: https://www.filmlinc.org/daily/scary-movies-9-halloween-horror-hitchcock-truffaut/
Check out the kind words from a fan of the new I SELL THE DEAD Vinyl Soundtrack, and take a peek at the color of the record itself.