The recent success of Syfy’s ‘Sharknado 2′ is evidence that indie horror is still alive and well.
It also opens the gauntlet for an endless slate of potentially zany combinations, with titles like ‘Zombiestein Terminators,’ ‘The Final Turkeynator,’ or and even ‘Sharkinator Part IV.’
We’ve heard of Halloween’s Micheal Myers vs Jason Vorhees. Frankenstein vs. Godzilla. Those are easy.
How about ‘Micheal Myers vs The Giant Sharkasaurus of the Living Dead’ - the possibilities boggle the easily entertained mind.
I applaud creativity on all levels, but personally I like my horror suspenseful. You know, a little more on the psychological side.
As far as shark movies go, there’s JAWS , and that was a classic.
But personally I think OPEN WATER is still the best one out there – because it merely suggested what was just below the surface – and dared to break the rules when nobody else would. (I have not gone in the ocean since I saw that movie and I’m not planning to.)
When I set out to make ABANDONED DEAD, I wanted to make sure I honored those filmmakers I have always admired, the ones that kept me on the edge of my seat, and didn’t go for the jugular. (At least right away…) I made sure to build the suspense before introducing the horror bit by bit. Not only is that more entertaining, it keeps audiences engaged, and asking ‘What happens next?’
A friend of mine told me the best movies are the ones that you don’t want to go to the rest room until it’s over.
No matter how crazy it gets, one thing is for certain.
Horror, no matter how you slice it, is still alive and well, and very likely will always be with us.
For us fans and moviemakers, there will always be a place in this world for great monsters, no matter how absurd.
As long as their zipper isn’t showing.
Perhaps Roger Corman gets the last laugh on us all?
Mark W. Curran
Los Angeles, CA
For the latest horror movie news and updates on the independent suspense horror film ABANDONED DEAD, please visit http://www.abandoned-dead.com, where Writer-Producer-Director Mark W. Curran shares his unique insights on the horror movie industry and offers cinematic ruminations on horror films and horror directors new and old.