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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Underrated Horror Movies of the Aughts (Part 2)

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
Filmmaking auteur Lloyd Kaufman's trashterpiece. It's like if the South Park guys made an ultra-gorey horror musical with a social message. It's an uproarious, anti-fast food exploitation movie that gets better as it goes along. The story deals with the employees of a chicken restaurant that's built on an Indian burial ground, where all hell breaks loose. The very game cast goes for it at every turn, courtesy of Lloyd Kaufman's balls and directorial experience. Did I mention it has Ron Jeremy in a comic role? Perhaps I shouldn't have. But I guarantee it'll make you laugh more than once and make you want to instantly download the soundtrack. The make-up effects are a surprising triumph as well. Every horror fan owes themselves a watch. An added bonus on the multi-disc DVD set is a documentary that chronicles its extremely troubled production. Oh, Troma. Here's to 35 more years of independent art.

Philosophy of a Knife (2008)
A polarizing film among those brave enough to sit through the whole four hour affair. It's a documentary/gore-film about the secret-at-the-time, but now infamous WWII torture institution called Unit 731. So, the Japanese Army ran a hidden complex during the war where they experimented with new methods of torture on innocent people. And not torture like poking people with sticks until they died, but instead, biological torture like infecting fleas with diseases, unleashing them on people and seeing what would happen. And the movie won't let you forget the compression-chamber torture... nope nope nope. And this shit was real, son. Some of the "doctors" who committed these atrocities ended up getting away with their murder too and probably lived to an old age, not without some major PTSD. Some wrote off this movie as exploitation, but no other film has taken such an unflinching look at one of history's greatest atrocities.

Inland Empire (2006)
This one defies explanation, which it should, despite the fact that its brilliance is hard to sell to people. Inland Empire is the truest expression of one of the greatest minds in film history: David Lynch. It's the scariest movie of all time in my opinion and the terror begins right off the bat. So as you'd imagine, it can be hard to sit through. As somebody who can appreciate being taken to the worst recesses of the human mind, you owe it to yourself to see it before you die. Take a deep breath and pop the disc in. I'm sorry.