October 31, 2001
3:12 PM   Subscribe

Low or no budget horror films. They're awful, and oh so enticing (prolly 'cause they can be awful, amusing, and sometimes really good). How do you do special effects on no budget? Boggles the mind. As Halloween as it gets, the independant film makers and horror officiandos have their own portal. Crawl down these haunted corridors at your own risk.
posted by Wulfgar! (7 comments total)
I haven't seen it yet, but as soon as Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (tag line: The Power Of Chirst Impales You!) comes to my town, I'll be the first in line. The official website is here, but its down at the moment.
posted by skwm at 3:21 PM on October 31, 2001

Most disgusting horror movie I have ever seen:

Blood Sucking Freaks

but I am a huge Dario Argento fan. You can't go wrong with Suspiria for Halloween.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:35 PM on October 31, 2001

This phenomenon is the subject matter of a song by Frank Zappa called Cheepnis, on Roxy and Elsewhere. I especially like the part of the live intro where he describes the movie monster as an inverted snow-cone with teeth.

Cheepnis... lemme tell you something: do you like monster movies, anybody? (YEEAAH!) I love monster monster movies. I simply adore monster movies. And the cheaper they are, the better they are. And cheapness, in case of monster movie, has nothing to do with the budget of the film -- although it helps -- but true cheapness is exemplified by visible nylon strings attached to the jaw of the giant spider...
posted by machaus at 3:44 PM on October 31, 2001

How do you do special effects on no budget? In camera, my friend. If you have absolutely no money for makeup, then it's a matter of tricking the eye. The best horror films have held up simply because the director knows how to use the camera to imply psychological horror. Something called the Val Lewton principle. But a little gore always helps. :)
posted by ed at 4:20 PM on October 31, 2001

posted by Wulfgar! at 4:33 PM on October 31, 2001

Just trying to end that italics tag.

(bwahhaaaahha, you only thought it was an open italics tag. Trick or treat!!!!)
posted by Wulfgar! at 4:34 PM on October 31, 2001

crap, sorry
posted by machaus at 4:36 PM on October 31, 2001

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