31 Days of Halloween: Favorites from Glass Eye Pix

Larry Fessenden (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Glass Eye Pix)
Larry Fessenden (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Glass Eye Pix) /

Glass Eye Pix often gets lost in the horror shuffle, so here are five of our favorite efforts for your Halloween viewing pleasure.

In terms of sheer quantity, we’re living in a golden age of horror. Some of this is due to the affordability of consumer-grade technology, which has made film production easier than ever. Another factor is the proliferation of streaming services, which have made more movies available to viewers than ever before. But despite this, Glass Eye Pix often gets shuffled to the background of the horror conversation.

A downside of the volume of horror product at our fingertips is the increased difficulty in separating the wheat from the chaff. There are times when even I forget about Glass Eye Pix and how it’s been offering genre fans true alternatives to mainstream fare for over 30 years.

The brainchild of actor and filmmaker Larry Fessenden, the studio has given rise to creative talents that have earned accolades for their unconventional work. Not unlike the way Roger Corman nurtured young, up-and-coming directors to commercial success in his decades as a low-budget producer.

In short, creativity drives the efforts at Glass Eye Pix, and the cumulative result has been a quality over quantity approach that rewards adventurous genre fans. These are films to be pondered and processed, not consumed and forgotten.

In honor of their contribution to horror, I felt it appropriate to highlight some of my favorite efforts from Glass Eye Pix. Enjoy!

  • Like Me (2017) – Along with Ingrid Goes West, this is one of the most disturbing and visually dazzling depictions of the toxic cult of personality social media can inspire. A stunning feature debut from Robert Mockler.
  • Darling (2015) – Mickey Keating‘s black-and-white tale of isolation and madness recalls such “woman alone” horrors as Repulsion and Carnival of Souls.
  • The Innkeepers (2011) – Ti West’s haunted-hotel follow-up to The House of the Devil blends comedy and chills to great effect. Pat Healy and Sara Paxton play our extremely likable protagonists.
  • Stake Land (2010) – A hybrid of horror and post-apocalyptic action, Jim Mickle and Nick Damici create a fresh spin on the vampire mythos.
  • No Telling (1991) – A bone-chilling modern rendition of Frankenstein, shifting the focus from a decaying castle to an isolated farm, where an ambitious scientist experiments on the livestock. An unsettling effort from Fessenden, which is even more topical and relevant today.

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You can watch all of the above Glass Eye Pix at Amazon Prime, Kanopy, Apple TV, Google Play, VUDU, YouTube, FandangoNow, hoopla, Tubi, DirecTV, EPIX and Microsoft. 

Have you seen any of the Glass Eye Pix selections? Let us know in the comments.