Sunday, 25 March 2012

Waz (Overlooked horror films)

WAZ

I watched WAZ last night. I first watched it a couple of years ago, enjoyed it and have been meaning to watch it again for a while. I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first. For those who haven't seen it, it's a horror/thriller about the police investigation into a serial killer who leaves bodies with the term WAZ carved into their flesh. If you're familiar with the seedy, grotty atmosphere of Seven, then you'll know what to expect with WAZ.

After it finished, I thought about horror films which are overlooked or which don't generate big money and big talk from the critics. People who don't watch horror films have heard of films like The Exorcist or the Saw series or even (shudder) the never-ending Final Destinations, but what about the films that don't feature pretty people being stupid or those that achieve their fame by throwing blood and snot at the screen without any attempt at being frightening? Take REC, for example. Bloody as hell, but also frightening. Its's a superb horror film and what happens? The American remake (Quarantine) comes out before REC has had any chance in the States. Or the French film Ils from 2006. A great film all round. Put that against the Kate Beckinsale film The Strangers and see which one people are more familiar with.

So, what are your favourite overlooked horror films? Let's share them and give them the business and publicity they deserve.

2 comments:

  1. YES. I thought I was the only person in the world who'd seen this film. Admittedly, I watched it primarily because Tom Hardy's in it, but I actually ended up really enjoying it. Dark and nasty, and Selma Blair was awesome.

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  2. It was deeply unpleasant. Most enjoyable.

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