Have you ever wanted to kills your boss? What about shove a stapler through the eye socket of that one really annoying co-worker? If you find yourself nodding along to these questions and if you’ve ever had these homicidal impulses in the office, then one growing genre of film may appeal to you. Dubbed by Director Joe Lynch as “worksploitation,” the genre involves acts of violence and anarchy the normally rigid structure of the office environment. Essentially, worksploitation is the wage-slave’s revenge fantasy genre. We’ve assembled a little list of horror-driven worksploitation films you should watch.
American Psycho (2000)
Mary Harron’s satirical-horror classic, adapted from the novel by Bret Easton Ellis follows a wealthy investment executive, Patrick Bateman, as he takes out his frustrations on the world with murder. This movie is widely known and is probably most viewers’ introduction to the worksploitation genre.
The films stars Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, Willem Dafoe, and Jared Leto.
Christopher Smith’s Severance is a British-German comedy horror film about a company team-building retreat in the wooded Hungarian mountains that leads to a mysterious figure hunting them down one by one.
The film stars Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Tim McInnerny, and Toby Stephens.
In this South Korean slasher-thriller directed by Won-Chan Hong, Detective
Jong-hoon must figure out why a mild-mannered office worker named
Kim Byong-gook has murdered his entire family and is now hunting down his co-workers.
This office horror film stars Go Ah-sung and Park Sung-woong.
Bloodsucking Bastards (2015)
Brian James O’Connell’s Bloodsucking Bastards is about a sales manager named Evan and his slacker co-worker, Tim, who make a shocking discovery about their boss – it turns out the blood sucking bastard is actually a vampire! Even worse, employees are being converted to the undead, one at a time.
The film stars Fran Kranz, Joey Kern, Emma Fitzpatrick, and Pedro Pascal.
The Belko Experiment (2016)
This 2016 horror-thriller, directed by Greg McLean and written by James Gunn, is about a twisted social experiment in an office building. Eighty Belko Industries employees are locked in a corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered to participate in a violent battle royale. Of course, it goes about as well as you’d expect.
The film stars John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, and Michael Rooker. For fans of James Gunn’s cadre of players, his brother, Sean, is also in the movie.
The Steven Yeun-lead action horror comedy is a Shudder exclusive. The film focuses on unjustly-fired corporate lawyer Derek Cho who, on his way out the door, takes the opportunity of a aggression-building virus and the building going under lock-down to get a little revenge. The film was directed by Joe Lynch.
Yeun is joined in this film by Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, and Dallas Roberts. Additionally, Mayhem is also a minor The Walking Dead reunion for alumns Yeun and Roberts.
The Night Watchmen (2017)
This horror-comedy film, directed by Mitchell Altieri, follows three night watchmen at a Baltimore newspaper warehouse who, aided by a rookie, must deal with hordes of bloodthirsty vampires after a mistaken delivery.
Oh, and these vampires also happen to be clowns.
The film stars James Remar, Ken Arnold, Dan DeLuca, and Kevin Jiggetts.
Office Uprising (2018)
This Lin Oeding directed 2018 film is an horror-action-comedy that had it’s streaming premiere on Sony Crackle. A slacker named Desmond must survive with fellow coworkers after other employees drink an experimental military energy drink that causes them to fly in psychopathic rages. Of course, this happens in probably the worst place imaginable for this sort of thing… a top of the line weapons factory.
Office Uprising stars Brenton Thwaites, Jane Levy, Karan Soni, and Zachary Levi.
Have you seen any of these films? Please let us know what you thought! You can read our review of one of these movies, Mayhem, right here at Haunted MTL.
The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine Special Live Watch Party February 10th!
The sweet putrid stench of love lingers through the air which can only mean one thing…Valentine’s Day and its annoying little winged cherub mascot, Cupid, is fast approaching. Soon, partners will be spoiling one another with extravagant bouquets of roses, heartfelt Hallmark cards, obnoxiously large teddy bears, glistening diamond jewelry, and heart-shaped candies or boxes filled with assorted mediocre chocolates. You know? Normal things couples do. I tend to prefer my chocolate boxes filled with bleeding hearts, à la ‘My Bloody Valentine’ but, beggars can’t be choosers, right? All jokes aside, Valentine’s Day is special for many couples, however, there are also many others who find themselves celebrating this day without a significant other. Luckily, Shudder, along with drive-in king Joe Bob Briggs and co-host Darcy the Mail Girl (Diana Prince) will graciously be keeping us lonely mutants’, and yes, all you horror fanatic couples’ company on Friday, February 10th as they return with The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine, premiering live at 9pm EST.
Love Spells Abound…
Back in 2021, Joe Bob and Darcy invited us to a gruesomely passionate night of spell-binding love witches and animatronic dinosaurs infused with teenage human brains during The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob Put a Spell on You. Many, including myself, were introduced to the tantalizing 70’s inspired retro throwback ‘The Love Witch’ and the graphically goofy cult classic ‘Tammy and the T-Rex’, providing the perfect viewing pleasure to mend any broken heart. While the two films for this year’s morbid love-induced special have yet to be announced, as a special treat, Briggs has announced for the first time on The Last Drive-In, he will be marrying one lucky couple during the live showing. We here at HauntedMTL are eagerly awaiting the return of the ghoulish duo so, as is tradition, we will be proudly hosting a watch party on Twitter during the broadcasting of The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tag us @hauntedMTL as well as @shudder, @therealjoebob, and @kinky_horror to partake in this night of unholy love.
What started off as a one-time special premiering on Shudder July 13, 2018, ‘The Last Drive- In’ was originally meant to be Brigg’s swan song; one last special before hanging up the bolo tie in retirement. However, due to so many mutants, excuse me…viewers tuning in and breaking the Shudder servers, it was only natural to announce an official full season of ‘The Last Drive-In‘, which would make its explosive debut March 19, 2019. Since then, Darcy and Briggs have spawned many exclusive holiday specials, have graciously donated to many charities within the community, and have accumulated 4 seasons of ‘The Last Drive-In’, with a fifth currently in production premiering on Shudder’s 2023 schedule sometime this year, let’s hope sooner rather than later.
Horror Noire, a Film Review
Horror Noire is a horror collection that includes “Daddy,” “The Lake,” “Brand of Evil,” “Bride Before You,” “Fugue State,” and “Sundown.”
Horror Noire is a horror collection brought by the combined efforts of AMC+ and Shudder. The collection includes “Daddy,” “The Lake,” “Brand of Evil,” “Bride Before You,” “Fugue State,” and “Sundown.” Horror Noire boasts Black directors and screenwriters, providing six unique stories.
As this collection explores six stories, I will skip the usual synopsis to assess the genres and ideas explored, albeit limited as needed. Expect to find supernatural horror, creature features, and psychological thrillers. Many short films deal with these genres while exploring Black issues, but this isn’t universal for the collection.
The directors and writers include Zandashé Brown, Robin Givens, Rob Greenlea, Kimani Ray Smith, Steven Barnes, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Tananarive Due, Shernold Edwards, Victor LaValle, and Al Letson.
What I Like
Each story remains unique, holding different strengths and weaknesses that highlight drastically different perspectives. Collections like VHS hold a similar premise to create their collection, but Horror Noire gives more creative freedom to its talent to be independent.
My personal favorite short film is Zandashé Brown’s “Bride Before You.” This period piece unravels a fable set in the Reconstruction Era. The entry feels Fabulistic in approach, which happens to be my preferred niche.
However, the best example of horror goes to Robin Givens’ “Daddy,” providing an existential horror tied directly to the characters involved.
What I Dislike
As mentioned, all have a particular style and idea. The downside of this approach always remains to keep the viewer interested long enough to find their favorite. If you find several underwhelming choices, this becomes a chore. But I imagine that is rare as the variety makes the options refreshing.
Personally, “Brand of Evil” had an interesting premise, but the execution fell short. On paper, it might have sounded like my favorite, which makes the lackluster execution a bigger letdown.
Horror Noire gives power and control to Black creators, providing a formula for a unique collection against others in the space. While the various subjects and approaches mean you aren’t likely to love them all, there should be a short film for everyone.
(3.5 / 5)
Episode six of Netflix’s Dahmer was not, honestly about our title character. Instead, it was about one of his victims, a man named Tony. We’ve actually seen Tony a few times during this series. We just didn’t know it was him.
And, well, he wasn’t exactly alive the first time we saw him.
Tony was born into a supportive, loving family. This is good because soon after he was born a viral infection took his hearing. He is black, deaf, and gay in the early 90’s.
Tony has a dream of becoming a model. And he certainly has the looks for it. He is beautiful, body and soul. He has lots of opportunities for romance, but it’s not what he’s looking for. He wants a real relationship.
Eventually Tony moves to Madison, trying to pursue his dream. He gets a job and starts getting modeling work.
Then, he meets Jeff Dahmer at a bar.
At first, we can almost believe that it’s going to be alright. Jeff seems happy. He’s taking care of himself. He’s not drinking as much. He even has his dad and stepmom over for dinner. It seems like his life is getting on track. Even better, he’s treating Tony right.
Then, of course, things go bad.
One thing that has always bothered me as a true crime fan is that we know so much about the killers, but not as much about the victims. Not so much if we don’t know who the killer is, of course. But the names that are part of our pop culture are those of the killers. Dahmer, Manson, Jones, Bundy, Holms. The names we don’t know are Roberta Parks, Beth LaBiancas, Leno LaBiancas, and Tony Hughes. And clearly, we should know them.
If Tony Hughes was half the shining, positive person that the show Dahmer made him out to be, I’m so sad that he isn’t with us anymore. We need so many more people like him. And many of Dahmer’s victims were likely just like him. After all, he was attracted to them for a reason.
This was a significant episode, and I understand why it’s the highest-rated episode of the series. I finished it with a heavy heart, saddened by the loss of a man who should still be with us today.(5 / 5)