fans pause for breath between the release of Rings and Annabelle 2, it’s
heartening to realize that there are still movies being made that aren’t
intended for an audience of rhesus monkeys. You won’t see these films in
multiplexes but they’re worth seeking out because they show Hollywood how it’s
It used to
be that true innovation in the genre came not from studio blockbusters but from
cheap, independently made pictures that were free to push the envelope. Night
Of The Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Halloween were all made
for peanuts and helped bring horror into the modern era, but anyone looking for
their modern equivalent needs to go overseas.
movies pouring out of Japan, South Korea, Spain and France make Hollywood look
like Hammer Films in the early 1970s, content to crank out sequel after sequel
with only a few minor concessions to the changing times. If that sounds unfair,
bear in mind that 2017 still has Insidious 4, Saw 8 and Jeepers Creepers 3 in
flocking to multiplexes for more of the same, you’re far better off scouring
Netflix for each of the following.