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The Appeal Of A Low Budget Horror Movie

Updated on July 25, 2011

Low Budget Horror Films, Why They Are Often Better Than Some Of The Bigger Budget Horror Offerings

When growing up we often tended to think of horror films as a no go area, as I personally would have happily watched care bears the movie forever and never even bothered to watch anything remotely horror related, but being the ever curious child I decided enough was enough and like my dad used to say it's only tomato ketchup not real blood being chucked around anyway.

So I ventured into my first ever horror film and that was the Fly remake in 1988 as in my local video shop the women behind the counter would say that you couldn't really watch it when you're having your tea, and so I was fascinated by this simple warning alone, so with my grandad being a rather generous chap, he said would you like to go and get a video....

And it made me sick especially the part were the monkey got turned inside out in the teleportation booth, but I stuck with it and really liked this genre of film, they made a sequel to the Fly remake which was averaging OK, but I wanted to see something that would have the fun and clever film making that would make me laugh as well as feel I could create a film like this if I wanted to.

I found the first Evil Dead film and then the much better sequel came out to which these made me laugh out loud and really got me into horror films totally full stop.

I soon found myself discovering other films of varying low budget qualities like the Friday The 13th series of films, I liked these alot especially as it was the 80's the slasher generation was quite popular what with Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare On Elm Street series of films too and the later Halloween Films too.

Other films soon came along that would parody themselves and also create current horror icons of the time such as Maniac Cop, Child's Play and Leprechaun to name a couple.

Bad Taste and Braindead remain my top favourites for genuine creativeness and funny horror elements and they most certainly was low budget features which made them even more accessible and gained a cult following years after they were made.

Most definitely I can identify with a low budget horror film because in some scenes you can quite understand how they had to be spent more money on as opposed to other scenes that don't deserve the money and of course the sheer scale of enthusiasm and creativity to bring something like that to the small or even big screen if you could have got it off the ground and marketed it to the right people.

Of course there are some right clunkers out there, some pathetically awful stinkers of bad creations that didn't deserve the light of day but they managed to claw their way out onto video and wasted some fools hard earned cash, but that's what finding new films is all about, sifting through the garbage to get the golden nuggets of horror that we most richly deserve.

Right now in the age of the DVD there are many top quality films from all over the world catering to the horror market, from Japan to Spain and Russia and many more, some are rather obscure and weird but others are more fan favourite gore fests that we have come to expect from the horror film generation.

Horror movies are becoming a whole industry of their own separating themselves from mainstream film making and deciding to go back to the old school like there never was such thing as pixels or CGI to enhance the viewers thrills. In the future we can look forward to more horror movies that go back to the old school of scaring people and having a jolly good time in doing it, rather than having computer generated images that we may get bored of seeing (unless they really look realistic, which may be years before that ever happens!)

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      Adam B 

      10 years ago

      Hello, I do reviews on horror films on here and for a website called Bloody-Disgusting. I agree that low-budget horro films can be good, but being a reviewer, I am tired of the turs that I have seen which equate to me waisting valuable time watching unwatchable dribble. I look at it this way, if you see a DVD of a horro film you have never heard of and it has an amazingly cool cover and interesting artwork...they are covering up the fact that the movie is a piece of garbage. To each thier own I suppose. Some of the films you mentioned however all had theatrical releases such as the fly, friday the 13th and nightmare on elm street.

      Here are some good low-budget / direct to DVD films to check out:

      Teeth, Wishmaster, Feed, Clownhouse, the Machinist, Nightbreed, I, Madman, Lterned & in the Mouth of Madness. I have reviews posted for some of these films.

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      10 years ago

      I don't think I've ever seen most of these...........same was the case with me

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      Rajan Kathiroo 

      10 years ago from UAE


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      10 years ago from Canada

      Out of those listed, The Fly and sequel are my faves...they give me the shivers though - YUK...why do they have to have so many 'squishy' sounds on the audio? Those are creepy - right on lol

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      Isabella Snow 

      11 years ago

      I don't think I've ever seen most of these.. seems like I wasn't allowed... and I never got round to it once I was old enough to watch I wanted! I'll have to check some of these out!


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