25 Great No-Budget Horror Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen

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Zombie Bloodbath (1993)

Plot: Nuclear radiation brings the dead back to life, and they go on a flesh-hungry rampage.

Few directors embody DIY, guerilla filmmaking quite like Todd Sheets. He’s been putting out this stuff since the mid-eighties and is still going strong today. Zombie Bloodbath is everything the title would suggest, and if that sounds like your type of jam you’ll rock ‘n’ roll with it. Granted, zombie rampage movies have been done to death, and while this one isn’t particularly groundbreaking it still delivers the gruesome goods with plenty of grue, enthusiasm, and aplomb.

Bone Sickness (2004)

Plot: A man consumes the flesh of the dead to treat a rare bone disease only to turn into a zombie. Elsewhere, the undead are rising from their graves to bring about the end of days.

This was made for the equivalent of a day’s catering budget on an average Hollywood movie, and every buck has been put into creating gore-soaked thrills and undead deformities. Like all of his films, director Brian Paulin’s ambitions here are grand scale and defy budget limitations. He sets out to create an epic, apocalyptic splatter opus and, once you’re in the moment, it’s easy to overlook the movie’s lesser aspects and embrace the heart, drive, and creativity on display.

Buy Bone Sickness on DVD from Amazon.

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