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The premiere of FX’s new horror themed show AMERICAN HORROR STORY happened tonight and I must say that I have a few words about it. It’s about time that a network grew the type of gonads that horror fans (who aren’t die hard zombie fans) have been screaming for on network television! AMERICAN HORROR STORY is about a family who moved into a mansion in LA that has quite a few skeletons … Continue reading
Alfred Hitchcockâs Blackmail marked the first time, in British cinematic history, that sound was used for an entire feature film.Â The infamous American musical The Jazz Singer (1927) has been cited as the first film to use dialogue; however, Al Jolsonâs notorious film barely passes as a âtalkieâ as it incorporated only a âfewâ lines of dialogue.Â When considering the inability to adequately market a full-âtalkieâ at the time (only 20% of theatres could … Continue reading
When The Pot Calls The Kettle TOO BLACK:
Senseless Censorship Hits The Horror Genre Again
We all have heard the stories and even some of us have experienced discrimination based on our involvement or love of the horror industry; but when it happens to a written publication and comes from hypocritical entities that reproduce content on the same lines as what they are trying to censor, well it’s time to call them out.
Every horror fan knows that horror films have more stereotyped characters in them than a rabbi, priest and a black guy who walk into a bar.Â But why is this? Is it because these types of people are so easy to make fun? Or is it because there is just a shortage of original ideas for characters?Â Look at it this way, we all like to see the dumb blonde die, or the stupid teenage get his … Continue reading
Growing up as a horror fan living in New Jersey meant that I was inundated by Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma films, a ridiculous amount of zombie films and, of course, Jersey Devil films.Â Since I had long ago adopted the typical horror fan’s code of skepticism (that is, many of us have a tendency to reject mainstream thinking and authority figures â sometimes simply for the sake of rejecting anyone telling us what to … Continue reading
In anticipation for Season 2 of The Walking Dead, each week Iâll be bringing you a special look at our beloved cast of characters. This week we’ll look at Andrea.
Andrea is one of the Atlanta camp survivors. Playing Andrea is Laurie Holden. She was a successful civil rights attorney living in Florida before the outbreak. While traveling with her sister Amy they became stranded … Continue reading
Anthropophagy is a practice traced back to the earliest of man sitting inside of a cave staring at their clansman thinking, âWhatâs that taste like?â Oh wait, allow me to enlighten you with some fancy stuff to make me sound smart. âAnthropophagyâ is a ten-dollar word originating from some Greek squiggly things meaning âhuman beingâ and âto eatâ.
For those recipients of the educational standards of the past ten years in … Continue reading
Webb Pierce’s lyrics open the remake to Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, and upon watching the remakes that have littered the wasteland of the horror landscape over the past decade, few songs seem more befitting to a remake of one of Craven’s most feminist works.
It’s not that I entirely dislike Alexandre Aja’s 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, it’s simply that I … Continue reading
Television hosts countless crime shows on almost every channel. Most involve some crime committed by a person who is trying to obtain or hide something. A simple formula that yields revenue for the networks in ways other shows can only dream. The âCSIâ franchise and âCriminal Mindsâ are at the forefront and lure viewers for their head honchos. It seems though they are trying to tap into a new market: the horror … Continue reading
Correct change, paper transfers, and strange smells emanating from gibbering women in wool coats reading dime store love novels too close to their coke bottle birth control glasses is part of the experience of public transportation. Riding the bus is a wondrous glimpse into the ephemeral majesty of a mobile microcosm representing the diversity of average humanity. Thatâs not always a good thing.
I must confess to my using public transportation in the past. Yeah! … Continue reading
Weâve all done it, sometimes even in a theater.Â No, not THAT.Â Iâm talking about saying or screaming different phrases while watching a horror movie.Â These phrases may be something as simple as whispering under your breath or yelling at the top of your lungs in a crowded movie theater.Â
Most of these random outbursts are during a really horrible horror movie when there is nothing better to do then yell at the TV or … Continue reading
From the early nineteen seventies, horror movies have inspired different bands. In a way, Horror films have inspired a genre of music in itself, Heavy Metal. The one band that inspired and began the metal movement was inspired themselves, by the Horror genre. They are called Black Sabbath. The guitar player has taken his love for Horror one step further with recently making his own Horror franchise entitled ominously enough… Black Sabbath.
Going out to dinner is an event millions of people partake in on a daily basis. Families and friends catch up on old times over burgers and fries. Luckily for horror fanatics, there are places for them to hang out with relatives and enjoy some âmonsterâ scenery.
There are medieval restaurants with knights and maidens roaming around as you enjoy your bread and ale. There are cafĂ©âs that feature jungle animals watching you devour your … Continue reading
Fangs have historically been the center piece of most fictional characters. Vampires, werewolves and monsters all have them. Different size fangs and fang positions have existed throughout literature/theatrical history.
Fangs create the image of wild beasts such as bears, lions and wolves that we as humans have been fearful of for centuries.
Any type of fang has been a warning sign that that animal is carnivorous with us potentially being its next … Continue reading
I sit to begin this list with the background noise of Romero’s Day of the Dead playing, and it’s a great flick to have as motivation for putting together a list like the one I’m about to compile.
It’s not a part of this list, which is no slight; this list isn’t necessarily about the best, most common or most loved zombie flicks. If it was, Day of the Dead would probably be around #6 … Continue reading
Saw has ultimately become the most popular of the so-called âtorture p*rnâ franchises in existence.Â This subgenre of the horror industry has become a hotly contested subject.Â Is torture p*rn right?Â Should we support it as fans?Â Perhaps a better question to ask is, âDoes torture p*rn even really exist?â
In the Freshman Rhetoric and Composition course I teach, we call the release of Saw VI an exigence â meaning an âeventâ or âthingâ worth responding … Continue reading
Modern day Goth has evolved from the 80âs punk ties being first coined by a band manager Anthony Wilson of âJoy Divisionâ. He described the band as âGothic compared to the pop mainstreamâ the scene eventually started taking on a more âGothicâ look, dressing in darken clothing, mimicking the tall shadow filled buildings of the Gothic Period.
Goth transformed from its musical sub-culture to a way of rebelling against the average daily … Continue reading
In anticipation for Season 2 of The Walking Dead, each week Iâll be bringing you a special look at our beloved cast of characters. This week we will take a look at Shane Walsh. The man that everyone loves to hate, who has apparent anger issues and is Rick’s best friend.
Portraying Shane is Jon Bernthal. Shane is Rick’s best friend since high school and partner in … Continue reading
Disclaimer: Result of death during Zombie Apocalypse after reading this guide may still occur. Author has no liability for reader’s safety.
Hiking to the heights of Bear Brooke in the middle of the night, little Sammie and her boyfriend Joe are looking for a fun and interesting experience. Everything in this whole park is closed, not a human is in sight. But wait, Joe’s ears catch something low and baritone-like.
“What was that?” He stopped … Continue reading
With the advent of the prosumer camcorder, more and more âfilmmakersâ are coming out of the woodwork in a similar fashion to the infamous GWCâs of the modeling industry.Â
Basically a GWC is a âguy with a cameraâ or âguy with camera.âÂ These are males with little to no equipment who hold nude modeling shoots usually for their âprivate collection.âÂ Often, once theyâve gotten the model naked, theyâll either proposition the model or push the boundaries even … Continue reading
What is America’s fascination with holding cold blooded killers’ status at a celebrity level? The higher the body count, the more fame is pasted to the infamous name. Many choose to write books on them, make movies about them and even make fan clubs or websites devoted in their honor (or in some cases, freedom, such as Charles Manson or Tex Watson). Is this dark fascination (and sometimes extreme obsession) with these criminals growing in … Continue reading