I'm a long-time horror movie fan. I grew up watching and loving the old Universal and Hammer Horror films. I never cared for the Freddy/Jason/MichaelMyers types though.
When VCRs were in vogue, there were places where you could rent movies at a rate of 6 for $2.00. I'd stay up all night watching horrible indie movies.
Now that I have Netflix streaming, the old days are back. I've watched quite a few movies lately, and a lot of them were terrible. Some did, however, prove to be inspiring for RPGs. Here in no particular order:
This is a quirky story, of a magical type fog which hovers over a forest. Apparently, this fog has been here for a VERY long time, and there is a cult of priests that don't want anyone going near there... or coming out. In the midst of the fog is a very eerie statue of a demon. You'll have to watch the rest to find out what happens, but it is pretty cool. What the hell are these priests up to?
Next on the list is The Ressurected, or Shatterbrain
This Lovecraft piece is based on The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and features John Terry (Christian Shephard from LOST) and Christ Sarandon (Princess Bride, FrightNight). Terry gives a cheesy performance, but Sarandon almost saves the movie from being unwatchable. The pacing is horribly slow, but there's some wicked undead creation going on towards the end.
Here's one that is based on the urban legend of the Jersey Devil. It features one of the actors from Evil Dead, and you can see the director's passion for that movie. A car breaks down in the Pine Barrens, and one by one the passengers make their way to the only house nearby. I thought it would be interesting to use this idea, and to make the inhabitants of the house goblins who are using glamour to appear human. They come off as something trying to impersonate humans... poorly. But their characterizations are... interesting. There's even a goblinesque baby-napping.
Beneath Still Waters
I kind of enjoyed this one. It has this neat plot of an entire town that has been flooded. Great for underwater adventure ideas.
House of Blood
Sort of a Dusk til Dawn kind of movie, that would adapt very well to a fantasy setting. Werewolvey/Vampire thingies living in a remote cabin.
Nice performance from Christopher Lee. A couple of city folk interrupt a tribal magician's sacrifice, resulting in some Lovcraftian style shenanigans.
Ok, this one was original. A western with some wierd and wild subterranean creatures that have very nasty dietary habits. An interesting take on D&D ghouls, complete with some very graphic results of paralysis!
I've saved the best for last. A hold on to your seat Lovecraft gorefest, with the hero stranded in a Spanish coastal town that is teeming with Deep Ones. Really darn good special effects.
If you happen to watch any of these, and actually sit through them, send me a message and let me know what you thought!