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Terrifying Trailblazers

It’s a sad truth that the world’s true innovators are often forgotten by history. When you think of the telescope does the name Hans Lippershey jump to mind? That’s too bad, because he invented it. Does the name Tim Berners-Lee ring a bell? Well you’re using his invention right now— a little thing called the World Wide Web. In 1903 …

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Lon Chaney, Jr.’s Trifecta of Terror

During the Golden Age of Horror, Universal Studios was the undisputed king of horror cinema, and its Big Three monsters—Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolf Man—remain definitive horror icons nearly a century later. Not coincidentally, the three actors most associated with those iconic Universal monsters—Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney, Jr., respectively—also remain the biggest names in classic horror …

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William Castle – Tribute and Historical Overview (Part 1)

Plastic skeletons dangling on wires above the audience! Theatre seats wired to buzz the audience! Fright-breaks giving cowardly customers a chance to escape to the lobby! Insurance policies guaranteeing audience members against death by fright! These and other outrageous gimmicks designed to pull in more moviegoers may seem like the creations of a P.T. Barnum rather than a directorial master …

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William Castle – Tribute and Historical Overview (Part 2)

Castle became a celebrity that people knew as well as Alfred Hitchcock, except he wasn’t on television every week like Hitchcock, but everybody knew who William Castle was in the late fifties and sixties. Castle milked the Diabolique formula until another film came along with an even better formula. It was called Psycho (1960). In film after film thereafter, Castle …

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Meet Robert the Doll – Supernatural Toy

Since the release of the terrifying horror film “The Conjuring” I have been hearing about creepy dolls nonstop. While the doll in that movie makes you feel uncomfortable, nothing is scarier than the Key West native doll named “Robert“.  (If you take an interest in film’s scariest dolls then you’ll definitely want to check out this article) Artist Robert Eugene …

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Zombie Factoids – Living Dead Trivia

I’m a huge consumer of horror movies and weird factoids, which is a very dangerous combination. While researching my novel Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising I discovered some offbeat zombie trivia that even I didn’t know. So sit back and enjoy a few delightfully macabre bits of living dead data. THREE BILLION PEOPLE ALREADY HAVE THE ZOMBIE PARASITE How’s …

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Tales of Voodoo – The 1970’s Comics that Scared My Mind

Recently my niece uncovered covert actions within her own household. Apparently my seven-year-old nephew had devised and executed a complex plan to watch The Walking Dead– a show that was deemed strictly off limits. Yet he’d managed to set an alarm for three in the morning, sneak out of bed, navigate Comcast’s Video On Demand feature and watch half an …

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Hellraiser Franchise Movies Overview (Part 1)

Welcome to the Hellraiser Franchise Movies Overview (Part 1) Starting in March, every month at HorrorNews.Net will feature a new Bump in the Night column by Richard Sopko. Each one highlighting a franchise, monster, or phenomenon, the column will be a chance to revisit some of horror’s beloved icons. Join the conversation with your own memories, thoughts, and most of …

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Invasions Of The Body Snatchers – Historical Overview

Welcome to the Invasions Of The Body Snatchers full historical overview of this cult classic science fiction film In 1955 author Jack Finney published a novel entitled The Body Snatchers, first serialised in Collier’s Magazine the year before. It describes the fictional town of Santa Mira, California being invaded by seeds that have drifted to Earth from space. The seeds …

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Karloff vs. Lugosi: Clash of the Horror Titans

After more than one hundred years of horror cinema, reasonable people still disagree about who is the greatest horror star of all time, but most arguments tend to boil down to Boris Karloff vs. Bela Lugosi. While the versatile and inimitable Karloff may have boasted the more robust and impactful career overall, the dark and mysterious Lugosi—despite a legacy that …

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