Rest of the Best: 10 Best Houston Indie Movie Posters

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Our city produces some really excellent films. Much of it horror, sure, but that's indie filmmaking for you. It's always easy to start with horror.

Once you've got your film, though, you've got to market that sucker. Nothing does that like a really eye-catching poster. It's still one of my favorite parts of going to the movies, walking up and down the halls to look at the various posters for upcoming features.

This week we look at some of the best that our underground film scene has managed to make. You know you're a hardcore Houstonian film nut when you've got these on your wall.

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10. Dead of Knight
Joe Grisaffi's tale of a cursed crusader forced to go on a cruel quest seeking the inverse of virtue took a long time to come out. Despite hearing about it four years ago it was just released on DVD. Still, I remember the first time I saw his eye-catching poster at Comicpalooza, and it's just as great as it ever was. It reminds me of those great old Full Moon posters that used to convince me to hand over my money back when video stores were a thing.

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9. Honky Tonk Blood
Hank Schyma's bizarre, bloody noir love letter is a must see for any fan of Houston music. All the greats are represented, from Schyma himself to Craig Kinsey to Jo Bird as a science fiction porn star. It had a hell of poster, as well, with Johnny Falstaff capturing his character's perfect mix of menace and charm.

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8. Sorrow
Millie Loredo's revenge slasher has a really boring official poster. No offense meant because it's a great film, but the regular poster just doesn't stand out in a crowd. This simple promo one, though? It's minimalist and terrifying and screams of the brutal grindhouse productions of old. Less is often more, and there's no denying that this more understated poster was the real winner.

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7. The Pick-Axe Murders III: The Final Chapter
Of the Houston horror flicks that I am avidly waiting on, the only one that tops Doll Factory on my must-watch list is Jeremy Sumrall's Pick-Axe Murders III (No, there wasn't part I or II). Judging from what I've seen Sumrall is making both a brilliant throwback to the glory days of slashers and also approaching the genre from an almost Whedon-esque direction of female empowerment. He also knows how to make a classic poster. This is like bloody time travel.

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6. Spavine
The winner of the Post Most Likely to Give You Nightmares Award goes to Tiffany Heath's Spavine. The movie itself is a twisted mess of psychological trauma, body horror, and dead horses. So not only is the poster horrifying, it's unfortunately accurate. Heath's art scares the beejesus out of me.

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