The scariest movies made in DFW

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Halloween is just around the corner, which means we’ll have our regular fix of costumes that are both insanely inventive and horribly unoriginal. Props to those who have used an extra year of creativity to come up with a really new idea, because we’re already sick of the Endless Mandalorians, Britney Spears impersonators, Strange things children and bad political cartoons.

It’s also the time of year to rewatch some of our favorite horror movies and discover new ones.

North Texas has been a popular filming location for many classic films, including Robocop, JFK, Rocket in bottle, and uh, Batman and robin. It’s also where some definitive “not quite classic” scripts rushed into production. Look, it’s just a place. We don’t know what the final quality will be. At least they didn’t film the horrible Robocop redo here.

If you have already managed to burn the Halloween, Friday 13, Nightmare on Elm Street and The Exorcist franchise collections As part of your festive frenzy, consider watching those bizarre horror movies that were filmed in Dallas.

Puppeteer: The Smallest Reich

What? There is a 12 Puppet master movie? We can say without a hint of irony that this one is the Citizen Kane of Puppet master sequelae. The latest entry on a scary puppet group, you guessed it, is the closest to a real class, with a script from Bone tomahawk filmmaker S. Craig Zahler.

Faculty
Remember when teachers were so scary that an alien queen looked more attractive as a substitute? that of Robert Rodriguez Faculty was salvaged as a cult classic of sorts, with a clever script from Scream screenwriter Kevin Williamson who pokes fun at the clichés of teenage, sci-fi and horror films.

Trap
This very bizarre, made-for-television thriller came out in 1989, when the premise “trapped in an elevator to the top of a sky” did not immediately spark outrage over sensitive memories of 9/11. For a Universal Home Video release, it gets a surprisingly solid performance from future Oscar nominee Kathleen Quinlan.

Killer shrews
Mutant shrews! Unusual boat captains! Horrible special effects! It’s a quintessential 1950s cheese party. Killer shrews actually appeared in a classic episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Mars needs women
Mars Need Women was released in 1968, but its special effects are certainly closer to what you would see in the 50s. Or the 20s. Or your neighbor kid’s backyard movie. The horny Martians and the gibberish about “space genetics” should make this a fun late-night watch if you’ve had a few drinks.

The incredible transparent man
also mocked on Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Incredible Transparent Man is about as close as you can get to HG Wells The invisible Man without it being a real plagiarism. Except The incredible transparent man is rather boring, and his plot of a military plot to train invisible soldiers makes no sense.

The final
Finally a good movie! This low-budget horror flick from up and coming Jason Kabolati is a fascinating look at the anxieties of teen bullying. Debuting at After Dark Horrorfest, it’s worth checking out for fans of indie genre storytelling.

The meeting of the aurora

The meeting of the aurora is based on a true story, at least in the same way as Conspiracy is. UFO plots were just as crazy in the pre-Internet age, and this 1986 sci-fi thriller portrays the supposedly “real” tale of a small Texan community that witnessed a sighting of ‘UFO in 1986.

Initiation
A cult slasher classic from 1984, Initiation was praised by horror aficionado Adam Rockoff in his slasher guide Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Movie and by critic Brian Collins of Birth.Movies.Death. The story of the sorority sisters who are haunted after their titular initiation became a popular “midnight film” in the years following its initial DVD release.

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