Anyone who's even casually acquainted with the horror genre should be aware of one of it's most famous formats, the anthology. Classic movies like The House that Dripped Blood, Creepshow and the VHS trilogy have kept this tradition alive and offer the audience a variety of scares usually within a 90 minute runtime. I've always been a fan of getting more 'bang for my buck' when it comes to horror and had a huge love for these films in my teenage years (who am I kidding I STILL do!). This is where ALTER comes in with an anthology that does all this and in just under 30 minutes! Almost unheard of I know.
It has to be said, as Indie films go, there is a massive over-saturation of zombie films floating around the DVD shelves. This could be down to the facts that making a post-apocalyptic movie with zombie antagonists is simply the cheapest way to get a horror film made. It worked for George.A.Romero and co back in the 60s and it clearly can still work today. Unfortunately, something has been lost in translation over the years meaning character, plot and motivation have been left on the cutting room floor in favour of having the most blood on screen. Which brings me to this weeks movie review, a low-budget indie called The Sky Has Fallen.
The horror genre is sort of a fickle industry a lot of the time. With production budgets so low you can literally see the zipper running up the monsters back, it's easy to understand why companies churn out sequels by the shedload. Don't believe me? Just look at the Paranormal Activity franchise alone as an example. Cheap found footage horror movies that have made millions at the box office are a no brainer for big studios to green-light sequels for.
In the world of horror, the anthology film is a frequent source of ghoulish fun. Usually comprising a handful of amateur efforts from unknown directors with an abundance of gore on their mind. However, for every VHS and Creepshow success, there are lesser-known "gems" that also have helped carve out this niche sub-genre of horror. I actually would love to write more on the subject of anthology horror and its impact on cinema, but for now I'm going to pick a specific one that has recently come to my attention. A movie that, quite frankly, is trash of the lowest order and makes no apology for it. So read on as I introduce you to 1987s Chillers, and explain why it needs to be seen to be believed.
Any horror fan who takes the genre seriously has no doubt seen, or at least heard of, the Phantasm movies. If not, you must have been hanging out in another dimension where the Tall Man, a fictional boogeyman played by #AngusScrimm in the series, does not control the population with his undead slaves. Fans like myself were heartbroken to hear of Angus's passing last year, but took some consolation from seeing him back in his defining role in last year's Phantasm Ravager. Enough of those tears, because the Tall Man is back to terrify you again! Confused? Stick around.