Friday, 29 November 2013

Independent Horror Films

Independent Horror Films

As mine and Alec Jetha's opening sequence is the horror genre. I have decided to research famous and successful independent horror films. This will allow me to see what makes these films so good in the horror genre.

Halloween (1978)

This Indie Horror, made for only $320,000 by John Carpenter is the most successful independent film worldwide. It grossed $237 million worldwide. 
On Halloween night in 1963, a six year old Michael Myres murders his 15 year old sister. Fifteen years later he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode. 
Although Halloween is an independent film, it is one of the most successful and iconic within the horror genre. 

Paranormal Activity 1 (2007)
Paranormal Activity 1 is an independent American film. The film centers on a young couple who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. It is presented in the style of 'found footage' from cameras set up around the house. Although the film was initially independent, it was picked up by Paramount pictures. The film was made for just $15,000, but made $193 million worldwide. It is the most profitable film ever made. 

Funny Games (1997)

Funny Games is an Austrian psychological horror film written and directed by Michael Haneke. The film is about two young men who hold a family hostage in their home and torture them mentally and physically.  It made $42,838 in Austria. The film has sparked controversy and admiration. 

Henry:Portrait Of a Serial Killer (1990)

This film is a 1990 horror/thriller about the random killing spree of a serial killer. The character of Henry was based on serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. The film was shot a 16mm in less than a month with a budget of $110,000. Its box office was over half a million dollars.  

Night Of The Living Dead (1968) 

Night Of The Living Dead is an independent American horror film directed by George.A Romero. It premiered on October 1st 1968, completed on a US budget of $114,000, it made $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally. The film was criticized for having explicit content.

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