By David Zou
One reason why you see so many ghost and found footage movies at your local multiplex is that they’re incredibly cheap to produce. Paranormal Activity cost $15,000 to make, made $193 million worldwide and gave Paramount Pictures another horror franchise.
The studio realized how profitable cheap horror films could be back in 1980 when it jumped on the slasher bandwagon and distributed Friday The 13th, a $500,000 Halloween knock-off that made over $100 million and led to a seemingly endless series of sequels and clones.
They’d had considerably less success with Prophecy, a 1979 monster movie whose elaborate sets and special effects caused the budget to balloon to $12 million. As effects budgets began to skyrocket while future classics like The Thing went belly up commercially, it became clear that we were going to be seeing a lot more of Jason Voorhees and far fewer original monsters.
Based on the SyFy Channel’s output or, God forbid, the 2011 remake of The Thing, you could be forgiven for thinking there aren’t any decent monster films outside of Aliens, The Fly and Starship Troopers.
In which case, read on.
10. Meatball Machine
If you’re looking for an over the top splatter movie where alien parasites engage each other in combat, look no further. It’s not known where these creatures come from, but they have only one purpose and it’s not to improve life on Earth.
Upon their arrival, the aliens take over human bodies and transform them into Necroborgs, biomechanical weapons intent on tearing their opponent apart. Think Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by way of Tetsuo, with a healthy dose of Blood Feast, and you’re on the right track.
Meatball Machine was the breakout movie for special effects creator Yoshihiro Nishimura, who later directed the equally berserk Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl. For → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema