I recently saw Dante Tomaselli's two low-budget indie horror films, and was truly impressed. Now these films are far from being accomplished films, but they are among the most original and creative horror I've seen coming from the US in several years. As I'm sure most of you are aware, the films were shoot in 16mm ('Horror' was in Super-16) and for $150,000 and $250,000 respectively. However, these films go places and do things most US horror does not dare to go or do. For one thing, Tomaselli dispenses with straight-forward narrative structures in order to present us with images of peoples' inner-states, nightmares, hallucinations, and fears. And since the horror genre is generally pretty formulaic, this is a risky move, because it challenges viewers to do a bit of work with the narrative - filling in gaps and deciphering ambiguities. Also, I was impressed by Tomaselli's soundscapes. His use of sound is quite interesting; it reminds me of the work of David Lynch, who like Tomaselli, does a lot of the sound montage on his films. If you didn't notice Tomaselli's sound montage on an initial viewing, go back and listen to the careful layering he has done. Thirdly, his films are very personal - another rarity in horror these days. Tomaselli has produced images that come from deep within. I don't mean only his nightmares, but also, the very Italian-American Catholic culture in which he was raised. This cultural ethos permeates the contours of his films. In my opinion, this is a kind of signature, which shows the work of an engaged artist. I am looking forward to 'Satan's Playground' (based on the New Jersey Devil legend) with Felissa Rose and Ellen Sandweiss. This guy is a lover of the horror genre and his images are imbued with this love. And it is refreshing to see a personal and dynamic application of some of the genre's most archetypal images. What are your thoughts on these films?