Independent Horror Movies (noun)- a low budget motion picture produced against all odds, without any help from big investors, that seeks to entertain a small but faithful audience with over-the-top stories, juicy gore and gratuitous boob appearances and, on some very rare and precious occasions, truly scaring the shit out of the audience.
I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Under the Scares is a phenomenal documentary about everything independent horror. Featuring a who’s who of independent horror including Hershell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast), Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case) , Lloyd Kaufman (Troma), Gary Jones (Xena: Warrior Princess), Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Till Dawn), Tony Timpone (Fangoria), scream queens Brinke Stevens and Debbie Rochon, and Jimmy O Burrill (Chainsaw Sally) to name a few. The film talks about every aspect of independent horror films including: actor conditions, budget limits, cover art, sound, and distribution. Every avenue is covered in the extremely quick paced 75 minutes, and filtered with video clips from Blood Feast, Bad Biology, Terror Firmer, Shock-O-Rama, and Poultrygeist to name a few. The most interesting part of the video clips was the behind the scenes footage from Poultrygeist, showing the stress involved in working on a movie with little to no budget.
The documentary was filmed during numerous horror movie conventions from 2006 to 2009, where else could youget this many actors and directors in the same place at the same time. The shear amount of time and effort director Steve Villeneuve spent is impressive and his love for the genre shines through with the product at hand. Anyone who’s ever made low budget movies would love Under the Scares, as well as fans of these movies. I can’t recommend this documentary high enough!