Sunday, 25 March 2012

House Call (2011)

‘House Call’ is a short film that has just recently been submitted to the festival circuit. It is written and directed by Chicago based independent filmmaker Erik L. Wilson and is shot entirely with a Red One camera. While the actual content here is questionable, from a technical standpoint it is commendable taking into account that it was produced on a small budget of just $12,000.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Last House on Dead End Street (1977)

‘Last House on Dead End Street’ is an experience. “Experience” is the key word to remember if you are to fully appreciate this disturbing and truly unique piece of underground low-budget filmmaking as this is what the movie simply is - a cold experience in atmospheric dread. It is a trippy migraine-inducing mind fuck in its avant-garde displays of inhumane cruelty that is at times utterly repugnant and at others immensely nauseating. The production values are amateurish, there is little in the way of traditional cinematic narrative structure, there is no underlying message for you to decipher and it is not made to entertain. All this actually works to the film’s advantage though as it exists as a visually grainy experimental art-house work striving purely to bombard your senses with shockingly raw imagery of sadistic murder.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Progression of a Filmmaker - Three Short Films by Jeremiah Kipp

New York based hard working independent filmmaker Jeremiah Kipp is a promising talent in genre cinema and his upcoming feature debut ‘The Sadist’ due out later this year is generating much internet buzz. It is a slasher starring living horror legend Tom Savini. The SFX maestro plays a deeply disturbed veteran of the Persian Gulf wars who hunts down and slaughters innocent campers and hunters in the woods. You can view the trailer at the end of this article. It has been a long road for Kipp to get this far. Since 2000 he has served as first assistant director on twenty seven indie offerings in both short films and full length features including the well-received horror comedy hit ‘I Sell the Dead’ in 2008. He has also made a string of shorts of his own as principal director that got him the job to helm ‘The Sadist’ and these three works really showcase Jeremiah Kipp’s progression in his filmmaking skills.