Blood, Boobs and Brutality: Wisconsin Indie Horror Films

Though Wisconsin is far from Hollywood, we seem to have an intimate connection with many typical horror movie themes like isolation, desperation and hopelessness. I suppose that is to be expected when you live in the backwoods of America and grow up on bedtime stories of serial killers and cannibals.

No list of horror movies filmed in Wisconsin is really complete without the brutal offerings of local filmmakers.

Here are some indie horror flicks made from a Wisconsin-grown passion for blood and guts:

Backwoods Bloodbath

Backwoods Bloodbath is about six friends who take a road trip to a town where a local legend has been feeding off the population for decades. The black hodag, a uniquely Wisconsin creature from the Rhinelander area, is the bloodthirsty killer in this old school horror flick about half naked teenagers getting slaughtered in the woods.

In an interview with Terror Tube, director Donn Kennedy summed up his bloody, boob-filled film like this: “What can you expect? Think American Pie in the woods where the pie eats the kids.”

I’ve been excited about Backwoods Bloodbath since it premiered in 2007 but, sadly, I still haven’t had the opportunity to see it. Review copy, anyone?

Hole in the Wall

In recent years, a group of independent guerrilla filmmakers calling themselves the Wisconsin Horror Mob have been churning out brutal and twisted low-budget horror flicks reminiscent of the horror genre’s golden age in the 1970s and 80s.

The latest abomination from the mob is called Hole in the Wall, an anthology comprised of seven short films. Included is an offering from director Cory J. Udler that reinvents infamous Wisconsin deviant Ed Gein as a dentist with a penchant for extraction.

Hole in the Wall will be available on VOD October 3rd right here.

Dead Weight

Dead Weight is set in a post-apocalyptic Wisconsin. In the wake of biological attacks that decimated civilization, Charlie must combat exhaustion, malicious survivors and the burden of his own obsession with the past on his journey through the wilderness to find his girlfriend.

Written and directed by Adam Bartlett & John Pata, Dead Weight took film festivals by storm in 2012, raking in awards and nominations wherever it screened.

Incest Death Squad

Incest Death Squad is the first is a trilogy of exploitation, grindhouse-style films by Cory J. Udler about an incestuous brother and sister who murder tourists for god.

Don’t Go to the Reunion

A horror movie-loving misfit gets revenge for a prank when the class of ’04 gathers for their ten-year reunion. Wisconsin’s own Steve Goltz and Kevin Sommerfield of Slasher Studios are responsible for Don’t Go to the Reunion, which premiered last year at the 2013 Oshkosh Horror Film Festival.


What happens when an ancient relic is discovered at the bottom of a lake? Naturally, it resurrects the severed head of a maniacal Norse warrior who is hellbent on terrorizing a hapless group of teenagers. Swamphead was written and directed by Justin Propp and Dustin Drover for Rabid Child Films.

The Girl Who Played with the Dead

The latest from writer/director Cory J. Udler, a girl obsessed with death, carnage and necrophilia encounters a slew of evil, including Satan and his lesbians, when she tries to kick the habit.

The Legend Trip

A group of young grad students set out on a legend trip to debunk a Wisconsin haunted house. What they uncover, instead, is the horrifying reality of the evil that lurks in the Buth House.

Have you seen any of these? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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