Let me start by saying that I’ve run my own horror blog for about 5 years now. Within the past couple of years, we’ve placed a stronger emphasis on bringing some much needed attention to the true independent filmmaker and their works. I’m not talking about someone who’s backed by a major studio posing as an indie one. I’m talking about the filmmaker who wears multiple hats: producer, director, sound tech, fund raiser. One who’s knee deep with elbows full of grease.
I’m finding it increasingly disconcerting that response (to reviews, interviews, news posted, etc.) is either slim or non-existent. I know I’m not operating in a vacuum as numerous blogs and other sites have acknowledged that these films are truly excellent. And more importantly, worthy of your time, attention and hard earned dollars. In this era of remakes and boring PG-13 fare flooding cineplexes, even the most embittered and hardened of horror fans would find refuge in these films, taking comfort in the fact that their beloved genre of film hasn’t become stale and uninventive.
I’ve even gone so far as to offer incentives to readers if they check out a particular film. Yes, actually enticing folks with my own hard earned dollars with pretty killer prizes because that’s how much I believe in a certain filmmaker’s particular project. Even with something as nominal as a $4.95 rental fee (either through VOD or Indieflix), I don’t get a response. Zip. Zero. Zilch. But when I have free DVD giveaways on the blog, response has been incredibly overwhelming. I can understand not forking over $15-$20 for a self-distributed film or even one being sold by a small distro company. We’ve all been burned by ‘blind’ purchases before but that’s half the fun (at least for me). But $4.95? Even the most broke of college kids can afford that.
Coupled with this, whenever one of these lackluster remakes comes out, I see a stream of piss and moan posts from bloggers and other writers. It’s like clockwork. That train is never late. Aside from a handful of blogs and other writers that I can usually count on to counteract this phenomenon, you don’t see a positive number of posts which highlight films that you should check out instead. It seems like the horror fan of today is much more prone to being angry and bitter about a franchise that they love which is now being bastardized rather than digging deep into the sandbox to find a nugget of greatness. And really, you don’t have to dig that much.
So what is it kids? Do you think that most horror fans today are apathetic towards indie films? Are they mired in the swamp of familiarity and less likely to take a risk on films with less notoriety? And worse yet, are they more apt to go the easy way out with downloading the film and if they don’t like it, simply right click and select ‘delete’?
Inquiring minds want to know.