10 Trashy Horrors for Halloween ’18

If you’ve got a soft spot for trashy, silly, and unscary horrors, this list is just what you need to inject a little more excitement into your Halloween party, movie marathon, or quiet night alone ignoring the kids at the door. No matter what your preferred style of freaky movie is, I’m sure you’ll find something that screams at you from this rubbish heap of genre-film glory….

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Camp Fear (1991) – Enter at your own risk

This is a true zero-budget, straight-to-VHS horror about sorority sisters getting preyed upon in the woods, made by a one credit wonder. Clichés and hideous caricatures run rampant through the repetitive and derivative story, and the production quality is just appalling. Needless to say, Camp Fear is pure garbage, yet I would’ve been bitterly disappointed by anything else…

The Lawless Land (1988) – Post apocalypse road trip

Who doesn’t love a good, post apocalyptic road movie? This one might not be good by any stretch, but it is relatively entertaining, and features some pretty sweet locations. Shot in Chile, there’s a lot of dry and dusty desert to go along with this rather barren tale of forbidden love. Don’t worry, it still packs in enough outrageous and stupid moments – like nipple shocking, weird stripteases, and bad keyboard playing – to make it worth a watch…

Necromancer (1988) – Necromancing the stone

This is not the kind of typically silly, low budget, 80s Horror I expected it to be. To be fair, there is some neck stabbing, a seductive demon, and a friendly neighbourhood Satanist, yet that doesn’t quite satisfy. For the most part, Necromancer is a wild ride of relative banality and disappointment, with its focus firmly on the psychological. At least I assume that’s what it’s going for…

Mutant Hunt (1987) – Junkie robots get junked

Mutant Hunt is pure, kitschy, low budget Sci-fi, featuring a totally unoriginal story, soundtracked to cheap perfection, and packed full of woeful action. Everything from Blade Runner to The Terminator has been unashamedly copied and stuffed with an impressive amount of narrative offal. Oh, and for a movie filled with fight scenes, these are some of the worst you’ll ever see…

Biohazard (1985) – Warning: dangerous goods

Springing from the fertile mind of trash auteur Fred Olen Ray, this is a ridiculous adventure chronicling the arrival and escape of an alien, leaving a trail of destruction, murdered townsfolk, and pop culture references. If you’ve ever wondered where Stranger Things got its ideas from check this one out, not that this cheap scare flick is particularly original itself…

Chopping Mall (1986) – Slaughter on sale

If you’ve got a soft spot for trashy, unscary, 80s horror, you might have to give this one a go. Starting its life as Killbots, thankfully the movie was recut and renamed Chopping Mall, one of the most puntastic titles I’ve seen, and one so appropriate for its breed of low budget horror. It’s a ridiculous tale too, technological advancements in mall security see robotic enforcers posted to a hip and happening suburban mall…