Welcome back fans of dodgy horror. At this point you already know what to expect and I hope you managed to perhaps watch one or two of the suggestions in part one. Here in part two we can take a look at another 5 of my favourites which I hope will become favourites of yours. So ... without further ado let's get into it.
"What could possibly go wrong?"
First up this week is Territorial Behavior directed by Peter Bergin and released in 2015. This movie centres around struggling survivalist Bailey Rhodes who set out into the mountains and forests of Montana to create a video to promote his failing business. Rhodes as well as having to deal with the harshness of the wilderness has to contend with poachers and sasquatch like creatures with inevitable consequences. Whilst this movie is enjoyable though the acting is sometimes a little over the top, the majesty and beauty of the Montana forests alone make this a worthwhile watch. Bare in mind this is not The Matrix. You can watch this movie with your brain switched off. You don't need to be Neo to realise where this is going.
Willow Creek - a 2015 release directed by none other than Bobcat Goldthwait of Police Academy fame. This was a very well received movie that is genuinely creepy in parts. There's plenty of scares along the way. The plot is a simple one - a young couple (one a believer, the other a sceptic) take a trip out to the infamous Willow Creek to look for the legendary sasquatch. There's plenty to enjoy about this movie. The acting is superb, the storyline holds up, and I guarantee you will at least once jump at this directorial debut. For those with a passion for sasquatch this is a must for you.
Grave Encounters, 2011, directed by Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz. We've all seen Ghost Adventures 🎥 Ghost Hunters or Most Haunted. You know the TV shows where paranormal "experts" take us around allegedly haunted buildings and presume every creek is a demon jumping on floorboards? Well, Grave Encounters is that but in movie form. A team of ghost hunters enter a haunted former mental asylum (it's always mental asylums) and before long encounter some strange disturbing and horrific happenings. This movie speaks for itself and is an obvious homage to those paranormal shows we all love so much ...even down to the "psychic" who has a fantastic memory for remembering facts he's been fed about the venue. All in all, one of the stronger "oh look and old building let's go see" movies that I've watched and, again, one I return to often
The McPherson Tape directed by Dean Alioto and released in 1989. This movie in my opinion is without doubt the "daddy" of all alien abduction movies. Centering around the McPherson family at Thanksgiving this movie will truly unnerve you and leave you wondering if this is fact or fiction. Alien abduction movies are two a penny in found footage circles but this is without doubt the best ever made with its grainy filming, believable acting and plenty of jump scares. In my opinion this movie is a must see for all horror fans, not just those of us who appreciate the amateurish effects of the unsteady camera.
Finally for this week ....
Area 51 directed by Oren Peli and released in 2015, this masterpiece centres around a group of young conspiracy theorists and the happenings at Area 51 in Nevada. A young woman who on the death of her father, a former employee of the base, comes into possession of documents maps etc of the complex. Along with a group of young curious men they take it upon themselves to break into the air force facility and investigate, film and let the world know what goes on underneath the Nevada desert. If you're a fan of conspiracy theories and the possibility of UFOs, government cover ups and mind control et al then this is one for you. You won't regret it.
'Til next week remember don't stop recording no matter what happens
⏩ Gary Robertson is a patron of TPQ.