is excellent, clever, much-underrated, and undeservedly obscure.
If you can get your hands on 2005's nifty Cry Wolf
, do it.Deep In The Woods
, a French take on the classic Italian Giallo:Do You Wanna Know A Secret?
is conceptually awful, but Joey Lawrence as the hero looks like he's traipsing back and forth from a gay porn shoot. He's so bronzed and oiled-up that he could just slip right out of the killer's clutches like a greased pig. Seriously, he sports the gayest ensembles I've ever seen, and he even has some incredibly gay Jeff Stryker-style martial arts moves. I was rolling on the floor with this one.High Tension
(from France): a super-violent, not-what-you-think-it-is shriekfest. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
meets Mulholland Dr.
Canada's My Little Eye
: not really a conventional slasher, but a grim story about a young group assembled for a reality series in an isolated locale who come to discover that they've been cast for a very nefarious reasons. Features the drug dealer from Ginger Snaps
, with the peerless Angela Bettis as the troubled (but very sympathetic heroine). The last minute will have you rewinding with your jaw agape.
Australia's Wolf Creek
. Jesus, this is fucking terrifying, based on the real life Backpacker Murders in rural Australia.Red Riding Hood
, lensed in Rome, has a little girl and her masked accomplice slicing up the locals they deem immoral. It's like a Giallo, but it's got some very eccentric touches. Plus, peanut butter is wielded as a deadly weapon.Romasanta
(from Spain, I think) is based on a real-life spate of serial slayings by a vendor during the late 1800s (he claimed he was a werewolf). Julian Sands is in fine form as always.