Monday, January 30, 2012

Candidate # 6

(May 2010)

Some good old French disturbo-horror in Franck Richard’s feature debut, La Meute, as Charlotte (Ėmilie Dequenne) drives from one end of her CDs to the other, and along the way, winds up in very deep piles of doodoo, as she encounters yet another damn good reason why France must be avoided at all costs.
To give you a fair idea of what’s in store for you here, I’ll note that Richard, in his end credits “Thank You”’s, cites Leatherface, Pinhead, Jason, Michael Myers, Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Gremlins as, “by far, the best babysitters of the world.”
You’ve been duly warned.

(La Meute OS courtesy of

Candidate # 5

(January 2009)

Since this is ¡Qué Horror! it should be fairly obvious that director David Morley’s titular mutants are not at all like Professor Xavier’s Gifted Youngsters.
In this one, we are thrust into what is nowadays a seemingly commonplace scenario: the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
Of the running, infected variety, these “zombies” are wild and beastial. And though that may sound rather common as well, it should be noted that there’s a strong streak of body horror in Mutants, as one of its principal characters undergoes horrific bodily decay as the infection spreads throughout the unfortunate’s system.

(Mutants OS’ courtesy of

Candidate # 4

(June 2010)

Writer/director Joe Maggio’s Bitter Feast is cautionary horror for those who freely criticize in that very snide and mean-spirited way that’s become so sadly widespread over the ‘net that it permeates vast swathes of the information superhighway in this unwelcoming, stifling miasma of negativity.
In Bitter Feast, Chef Peter Grey (Ally McBeal's James Le Gros) is just one of the many targets of the spewing vitriol of Gastropunks food blogger, JT Franks (The Blair Witch Project's Joshua Leonard, also seen more recently in Shark Night). Following a streak of career misfortune, Grey decides to strike back.

Fair warning though, for those of you in search of sympathetic characters to identify and commiserate with, those are practically nonexistent in Bitter Feast. Like I said, it’s cautionary horror for all those Negative Nellies out there, and both Grey and Franks are quite unlikeable.
There are other faces to look at here though, and one can also find A Horrible Way To Die’s Amy Seimetz here, as Franks’ suffering wife, and Larry Fessenden (yay!) as private investigator William Coley (and, behind the camera, as producer, too).
Now, as to whether either are more sympathetic than the two main leads, well, you’ll have to find out for yourself if you decide to check this one out.

(Bitter Feast OS courtesy of