14. THE BACKWOODS CLAN IN OFFSPRING (2009)

One of the best horror-fiction authors writing today, Jack Ketchum’s stories are in-your-face nightmares firmly planted in real life, minus supernatural undertones or fantastical beasties. Offspring, an especially brutal Ketchum novel, was, sadly, adapted into a low-budget shit-show in 2009; director Andrew van den Houten’s super low-budget flick isn’t without its charms, though. Seemingly aware of his productions inefficiencies in every other department, he dropped the bank on gore effects, most of which were used to show how the movie’s feral clan of woods-dwellers buries hatchets into body parts and then dines on the severed remains. The acting sucks, and the powerful novel’s impact is all but squandered, yet Offspring’s bloodshed is effectively gruesome.