Michigan’s contribution to horror movies, part II

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Michigan has churned out more than a few horror movies.   Here is part two of our list of scary movies which originated from the Mitten State in time for Halloween.

Here in no particular order is just a partial list of horror films shot in the Mitten State. Michigan can claim several recognizable titles which may amuse you for hours and keep you awake at night. And other films which will give you the heebie-jeebies. Some will raise chills, others will reduce you to laughter. The one thing that you may find in common among these offerings is the amount of cheese.  If that is something you like with your horror,  McDonald’s has nothing on us.  Have fun.

Note: click on the title of each movie (if you dare) and you will be connected to the film’s trailer (If that title has one). For more information on each title click on the link to each title’s IMDb page.  Here you can see the particulars in each film,  with the actors who now haunt your dreams revealed for not the first time.

Mr. Jingles (2006),  (AKA 2 Sick) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0810743/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1


An innocent man imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit emerges from prison a murderous psychopath determined to make his accusers pay for their sins. This movie was filmed in Livonia, Plymouth, Westland and Canton, MI.

The Remake (2006), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0875001/


A deranged horror fanatic stalks and kills members of a film crew after discovering their intent to remake a popular 1980s slasher film. This movie was filmed in Canton, Hillman and Romulus, MI.

They Must Eat (2006),  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0897286/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

A down-trodden warehouse worker commands the forces of evil to do his bidding. Training the flesh-eating ghouls to devour those that stand in his way to becoming a “normal” citizen of society. But, will his thirst for vengeance be enough to control the group of demons’ ever growing thirst for human flesh? Filmed in Livonia.

Offspring (2009), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1262413/

Against the backdrop of grisly murders and child abductions, a clan of cannibalistic savages which plague the North-east Coast since 1858, is after an unsuspecting family and their innocent baby girl. Do they have what it takes to survive?  This shocking tidbit was filmed in Muskegon, MI.

Jingles the Clown (2009), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1584708/


If you didn’t have enough fun with Jingles the Clown on his last outing,  he’s back!  Angela Nelson returns home to the place where she witnessed her family slaughtered by the notorious killer clown, Mr. Jingles. Accompanied by a team of paranormal experts, they set out to prove the grounds are not haunted by the long-dead ghost of Mr. Jingles. But they will soon find out they are wrong… DEAD WRONG!  Do you need any more reason to dislike clowns?  This clever attempt at hilarity was filmed in Ypsilanti.  You will die laughing.

Blood Ties (2009), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1374840/?ref_=vi_close


A group of graduate students from Hollow’s Pointe University write a thesis paper, giving their theory of the unsolved campus murders of 20 years ago. A conspiracy is uncovered and the students are now in danger for their lives. When the students begin to dig deeper, what they find shocks everyone. The conspiracy goes far beyond what anyone had anticipated and one by one the students disappear as they try to stay one step ahead of those who must keep them silent.  Here is a movie filmed entirely in Michigan’s state capital.  And we thought our politicians were the only thing scary in the Capital City.

Evil Offspring (2009),  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1653658/

If you like a little sexy with your horror, this may be your cup of meat.  If you are looking for good acting,  don’t come a-knocking.   This was filmed in living color in the backwoods of Milford, MI.   If you are a sinner,  you may find Pa and Nan’s hospitality enough to die for.  If you come looking for a room,  they may put you up in the barn with the offspring.

Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer (2010), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327709/

A small independent news crew investigates a series of unexplained disappearances in a small Midwestern county. They find themselves interviewing a man who possesses an all too intimate knowledge of the details of “The County Line Cannibal” – Cyrus. Based on a true story. This “based on a true story” narrative was filmed in Niles and Three Oaks, Michigan.

Exit 33 (2011), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772850/


A few miles off EXIT 33 lies IKE’S LAST CHANCE GAS. A secluded sleepy hideaway where Ike prepares a special jerky for customers and a terrifying secret. Ike and his son are controlled by a mysterious ghost, whose bidding lead Ike to abduct and torture beautiful women travelers. But, there is more to this story than meets the eye… literally! Blink and you may miss it.  Filmed in its entirety in South Lyon, MI.

Pitchfork (2016), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4985848/


All is not what it seems in the quiet little city of Clare, MI.  When Hunter Killian brings a group of friends from NYC back to his family farm for support after sharing with them a deep secret, one that he has been reluctant to share with his family.   This group quickly learns that older secrets are more deadly as they start being stalked by a twisted, dark, and disturbing beast Pitchfork.   A new slasher icon is born.

Don’t Breathe (2016),  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4160708/

Don't Breathe
Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a more ruthless adversary than he seems, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his latest victims. Although we might point to this picture as being filmed in Detroit,  only the exterior of the blind man’s house was shot in the the D.  The rest of this movie was filmed in Stern Film Studio, Pomáz, Hungary .

If in your perusal of these and the titles offered in part one of Michigan’s Contribution to Horror Movies you encountered the name Tommy Brunswick more than once, unless you are a Michigan citizen or a hard-core horror fan,  you may be surprised to know that Michigan males aren’t the only ones to cast a scary image on the silver screen.

tommyBrunswick Born Thomasita V. Hatfield. in 1970, Tommy has been a prolific producer/director horror since her first production entitled Biker Zombies from Detroit (2001).  Yes, this Former Chancellor at Skull House Pictures and Empress at Motor City Nightmares, has an impressive twelve credits on IMDb as a director of the ghoulish, thirteen credits as a producer of the scary, and has even appeared in six pictures to her credit.  Born in Detroit, she called Livonia, Michigan home before,  according to sources moving to LA where she is now living with her husband Todd Brunswick tto whom she has been married since 1997.

Suggested Horror movies made-in-Michigan.  Thanks, everyone for your suggestions.

A Haunting in Cawdor, suggested by Phil Wurzel

Jingles the Clown suggested by Tevis Macum

Blood Red Beauty and Long Live the Dead  both suggested by Nicole Mockeridge

13 Fanboy suggested by Joel Paul Reisig (Although this movie will not be filmed in Michigan,  Joel will be directing this “stand- alone” movie with Debra Voorheis.  Joel is quick to point out that this will not be a fan-flick.)

Homecoming, HOMECOMING II , and Bizarre Mayhem suggested by  Bill Gelineau ZOS Films (These films are available on youtube.)

Thaw of the Dead and The Parricidal Effect suggested by Heather Fairbanks, actress. (Heather was recognized by the Michigan based Eclipse Awards for Best Actress for her role in David Merek’s Thaw of the Dead.)

Revolution 666 as suggested by Eze A. Enriquez

EnigmaAgramon’s Gate (Feb.  2020 release), and Ash & Bone ( late 2020), all suggested by Nancy Oeswein   (These are all Harley Wallen directed movies.) 

Within the Shadows suggested by Michael Gary Petersen

Mimesis suggested by Rick Shaw

Frankie suggested by Joshua Martin

Eloise suggested by Casl Art Leppen

The Tortured suggestedby Todd Gerdan Clean slate productions

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