Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 28 "film no one has heard of" of the 30 day horror challenge

Dance of the Damned
Coming up with a title that almost no one has heard of is a difficult task, since I am an advocate for the little known or indie horror film. There's so many films that I could mention.... Night Warning, The Midnight Hour, The Power, Massacre at Central High, Grandma's House, Eyes of Fire, Paperhouse, The Black Waters of Echo's Pond, Storage and so on and so on. There's just been so many titles that deserve special mention or special praise that have been overlooked over the years. So trying to figure out one title that single handily deserved this distinction was a tough task. However, I think I've found a title that's most worthy as it's a film that took risks, it took chances and offered up something completely unique and different that the genre really hadn't seen before. So I give you.....

Dance of the Damned - Every once in a great while, a horror film comes along that offers something so unique, so different, so original that it really reconfirms why you fell in love with the genre to begin with. This film just happens to be one of those examples.

A vampire kidnaps a suicidal stripper informing her that she is going to be his next meal. However, before he does so, he wants a glimpse into her life, into what makes her tick. He also wants to find out what it is like to live during daytime hours.

How's that for a horror film premise? Two desperate characters trying to find something in one another, for the vampire a glimpse into life. For the stripper, a chance to just finally end all the pain. Their actions, what they do, how they interact with one another over the course of this one eventful night is what fuels the suspense of the film and gives it a spooky kind of quality. Director Katt Shea appropriately keeps things gritty throwing in smidgens of style here and there, helping to create a realistic atmosphere in which these characters live in. The dialogue that she has scripted is frank and it's insightful. Cyril O' Reilly as the vampire and Starr Andreeff as the stripper bring their characters to life and offer up honest performances. And to end it all, Shea offers up an ambiguous ending which could be debated over and over again as to what really went down. Aren't those the best kind though? They at least get you thinking and reexamining things over and over again. This little low budget film isn't afraid to take chances, it's daring, it has something to it.

So which film would you have picked? ....to take part, the rules are below, or you can check out the Facebook fan page and interact with everyone else that's taking part by visiting: 


Or feel free to start your own blog posts on your site! (You can start on day one or you can feel free to join me on day we are currently at). Or just feel free to leave us a little comment so we know which film made the cut for you! The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can't pick the same horror film more then once. So once you pick say The Exorcist for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can't repick it again for any other day what so ever including favorite horror film. And for once, I am opening up the comments section so that, yes, you can comment each day along with me on your favorite picks! So let's get to it! This is the 30 Day Horror Film Challenge!
Day 01 - A horror film that no one would expect you to love, but you do
Day 02 - The horror film that you relate most to
Day 03 - Your favorite slasher
Day 04 - Your favorite werewolf film
Day 05 - Your favorite monster movie
Day 06 - Your favorite vampire movie
Day 07 - Your favorite supernatural horror film
Day 08 - Your favorite anthology
Day 09 - Your favorite exploitation / grind house type film
Day 10 - Your favorite psychological horror film
Day 11 - Your favorite science fiction horror film
Day 12 - Your favorite horror film involving the occult
Day 13 - Your favorite horror comedy
Day 14 - Your favorite zombie film
Day 15 - Your favorite horror film involving serial killers
Day 16 - Your favorite childhood themed horror film
Day 17 - Your favorite horror film remake
Day 18 - Your favorite foreign horror film (outside of your country of origin) Day 19 - Your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell or Satanism
Day 20 - Your favorite horror film involving a killer animal
Day 21 - Your favorite medical horror film
Day 22 - Your favorite horror themed TV show
Day 23 - Your favorite made for TV horror film
Day 24 - Horror film in which you prefer the edited version over the director's cut
Day 25 - A horror film that you used to hate, but now like
Day 26 - Your favorite horror film to watch as a child
Day 27 - Your favorite guilty pleasure
Day 28 - Your favorite horror film that no one's ever heard of
Day 29 - Your least favorite horror film of all time
Day 30 - Your favorite horror film of all time  

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