OK, so when you rent, buy or download an indie horror flick.. and I mean, micro-budget, under $10K, made in somebody's parents' basement indie, not $5 million "little studio" kind of indie, what are looking to get out of the movie?
Let me streamline it. Are you most interested in:
1 Original Story
2. Bizarre characters that studios wouldn't put on film.
3. Taboo subject matter.
4. Massive amounts of gore.
5. "Old school" special F/X
6. Campy cheese and a group of actors/crew that were obviously having fun.
Or something else. If you're expecting just another studio looking movie then you might as well get one of those, but maybe you want something to laugh at, be disturbed by or that untangible, "movie with heart".
Personally, I love old school F/X like puppets, costumes and models for spaceships. Even indies seem to be using a lot of CG now. I also like to see a movie with lesser know actors like Joel Wynkoop, Debbie Rochon, Monique Dupree and others that you can actually meet and talk to at cons and such. But I want to know at others get, if anything, out of these little movies.