Written & Directed By: Aaron Robson
Ashlie Victoria Clark
It’s no secret that the current status of mainstream Hollywood-produced horror isn’t good: it’s a tired industry, currently dominated by countless remakes. The past decade saw a new wave of Asian horror inspired remakes (The Ring, The Grudge, Pulse, etc.) and then the unnecessary remaking of North American classics (Friday the 13th, Black Christmas, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and soon, A Nightmare on Elm Street). It’s no surprise that horror fans have begun turning elsewhere to get their fix of creative terror — as such, the last decade saw an overwhelming boom in Independent horror.
I’ve been a huge advocate of the Indie horror scene — filmmakers without boundries taking their meager budgets and making the horror films they would want to see. And generally, independent filmmakers have been successful in their endeavours; though I’ll admit I’d rather be entertained by a low budget Indie film than sitting through more mainstream schlock. The Indie scene, always having to do more with less, has been pushing the boundaries on taste and the definition of horror (Toe Tag Pictures comes to mind). Love it or hate it (it’s surprising how many people just can’t get past the low production values) the Indie horror scene continues to be on the rise, especially when the technology is so readily available to anyone who wants to make a film.
Okay, I get it: someone who makes an Independent horror film is probably going to be a horror fan (I mean, why else make a horror film, right?). And as such, they’re going to want to toss in a barrage of little homages to their favourites; that is, the films that inspired them to one day write a script and then spend a year filming and editing the thing. But here’s my problem: since Indie horror exists mostly as a reaction against trite mainstream films, why then would someone want to make a low-budget, ninety-minute film that does nothing except rehash all the cliches from those mainstream films which we’re all tired of in the first place?!
Don’t get me wrong, I admire anyone with the guts to spend the time needed to make a film — and as a filmmaker myself, I understand it’s a bloody huge undertaking. But as a horror fan, I’d want to make damn sure that my movie was contributing something to the genre, and not just paying homage to a few decades worth of classics.
So if you’re in the mood for a horror flick, do yourself a favour and just go straight to the source. Check out “Wages of Sin” only after you’ve seen the inspirations for it, including: Poltergeist 2, The Shining, The Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Resident Evil, and Halloween to name only a few.