Love 'em or hate 'em, gore-infused horror is here to stay. It first rose to prominence in the early part of the decade with films such as Alexandre Aja's Haute Tension and Rob Zombie House of 1,000 Corpses, and continued to make a steady climb with the Saw series and, of course, the Eli Roth vehicle and primary inspiration of the phrase "torture porn," Hostel. This band of directors, which includes, among others, Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), Neil Marshall (The Descent) and James Wan (Saw), has remained a defining aspect of the horror landscape, pushing the envelope as hard as they can to produce R-rated features dripping with blood.

A new documentary by geek haven Wyrdstuff called The Splat Pack (natch) looks to explore this phenomenon. Directed by Mark Henry and Frank H. Woodward, The Splat Pack will feature several interviews with prominent members, as well directors such as Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen), special effects guru Greg Nicotero, and the red-haired mastermind behind Ain't It Cool News, the inimitable Harry Knowles. The doc is produced by William Janczewski, James B. Myers and Woodward, and will be able for download via Wyrdstuff soon.

Check out the trailer after the jump, and thanks to Dread Central for the heads up.
categories Features, Movies, Horror