The Last Exorcism, Independent Horror, and You

Mike Frohwein

Mike Frohwein, also known as The Mike to some, is a Midwestern film freak who writes about horror, genre, and cult cinema at his blog, From Midnight, With Love. Aside from horror, he's an avid fan of Alfred Hitchcock, classic Hollywood cinema, and the occasional big budget action film. Mike is also an obsessive DVD collector, and hopes to one day have a room for his movies.

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  1. KingofPain says:

    If any of these movies made an impression on me like The Evil Dead did back in the 80s, then I’d be an instant convert. I didn’t dislike Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity, but I wasn’t blown away, either. Open Water was just pretty boring, and I found Wolf Creek to be unpleasant in a bad sort of way. I’ve seen enough movies over the years to have a fairly open mind, but the movies you mentioned didn’t do much for me.

    I am partial to the cheesier horror films of the 80s, and I do prefer slasher flicks on the ridiculous side. However, my tastes were shaped pre-Scream, and so I’m not all that in to “self-aware” horror movies. Suspiria, The Exorcist, Zombie, The Evil Dead, I Spit On Your Grave, The Wicker Man (original)… these are the sorts of horror movies that had the biggest influence on me. Throw some bad 80s horror into the mix, and that’s what my tastes are made of.

    Now that I think of it, there aren’t a lot of horror movies from the last 20 years that I liked that much. Maybe I’m just old school.

  2. The Mike says:

    @KingofPain – Interesting point. I didn’t really specify it, but it does seem my discussion was specifically looking at those who classify slashers as their favorite form of horror, and I didn’t really think about how “cult” horror films and their fans play into the discussion. The films you listed are all also favorites of mine, and definitely the kinds of horror films I’d take over these indie horrors almost any day. I too, have a little bit of that “old school” going on.

    Considering it from that angle, it makes me ponder the state of modern horror, considering that these films are the ones I find the most interesting. There are some films I didn’t mention because they didn’t get the “mainstream” push these did that I also like, but when I look at the things that have played in multiplexes over the past 15 years that call themselves “horror” – there’s a huge drop from where they used to be. Another story for another day, I guess.

    Thanks for reading.