I got my first taste of Chainsaw Sally from April Burril – Sally herself – at a tiny little film festival in Texas a few years ago. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since it wasn’t something I’d usually watch, but I decided to give it a chance. I wasn’t disappointed. And now, two web seasons and a couple of movies later, Sally is moving on to cut a bloody swath into new territory.
I remember seeing this trailer for David Cholewa’s “Dead Shadows” ages ago and thinking how wonderfully insane it was. But since that first sighting I didn’t see much else about it – which in my opinion was a damned shame. I’m a fan of French horror and to see a French Lovecraftian film – well, that would just be the bee’s knees.
Back in 2011, Daniel Stamm’s “The Last Exorcism” absolutely rocked my world. It developed good solid characters, a good story and, for 90% of the movie, they honored the first rule of found footage films and kept me well rooted in the world they created. To me, it was a near perfect little nugget of horror.
Of course, this means that Hollywood had to try to squeeze a sequel out of it.
I’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating, “Indie horror is where life is breathed into the genre. Hollywood is just where it goes to die.” As my disillusionment with the corporate horror machine continues, I find some solace in the fact that small film makers are still keeping the home fires burning.
Before I go on, it’s time for a little full disclosure. Tammy Dupal, writer of the screenplay for the upcoming short, “X Marks the Spot” and founder of Twisted Central.com, is not only a friend but also a charter member of the TerrorScribe Mafia (she provided make up effects for the short, “Annotated”).