In this episode, Tyler and David are joined by director Travis Betz to discuss his career and obscure horror movies.
Fun fact there were in fact four films marketted as being part of the House franchise. Parts 1,2 & 4 star William Katt as sorta the same character and about him dealing with haunted houses. The third one is one of those movies that got retittled to be forced into a franchise. It stars Lance Hendrikson and Brion James. It’s actually a fun movie and is clearly influenced by Nightmare on Elm St and Shocker. Scream Factory released it under its original title Horror Show.
The Japanese film House (Hausu) was mentioned briefly, and I just have to say that it’s the most extraordinarily insane movies I’ve ever seen. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a unique viewing experience. To say it another way: I put it on one night, fairly late, and expected my wife (who likes movies well enough but is certainly not a cinephile like we are) to say “whatever” and then go to bed. But no, she immediately got sucked in and sat through the whole thing and loved it. So that has become my go-to “obscure” horror film to recommend.
Here are a few other lesser-seen gems:
X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes
Make-Out with Violence
Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed
Hour of the Wolf
Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (David especially would like this one.)
The little seen horror movie I always recommend (although it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it myself)is Web of the Spider(1971). It’s the classic story of someone being dared to spend the night in a haunted house only this is it’s Edgar Allen Poe(played by Klaus Kinski!) who dares someone as a way to prove that his stories are not fictional. I bought a set of 20 low budget/cheesy horror movies for $10 in high school and it was a staple for bored nights when me and my friends wanted something to watch and laugh at. However, this was the only one where we all agreed that it was actually a good movie. I later found out that it is a remake of the same director’s earlier film Castle of Blood(1964), which I also recommend.
The first time I saw ‘Lo’ was at a friends place. He told me about this film Netflix had recommended to him. He thought it was going to be a dumb low budget horror movie and it turned out to be something really good.
Saw SPIDER BABY (OR THE MADDEST STORY EVER TOLD) for the first time recently. So great. Huge and obvious influence on Rob Zombie’s films.
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