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Blackmail (1992): Sometimes a Cigar is a Hitch(cocktail)

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail marked the first time, in British cinematic history, that sound was used for an entire feature film. The infamous American musical The Jazz Singer (1927) has been cited as the first film to use dialogue; however, Al Jolson’s notorious film barely passes as a “talkie” as it incorporated only a “few” lines of dialogue. When considering the inability to adequately market a full-“talkie” at the time (only 20% of theatres could … Continue reading

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Senseless Censorship Hits The Horror Genre Again

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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.

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Top 10 Most Stereotyped Characters in Horror Films

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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. 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? Look at it this way, we all like to see the dumb blonde die, or the stupid teenage get his … Continue reading

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Politics of the Dead

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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. 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 – sometimes simply for the sake of rejecting anyone telling us what to … Continue reading

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Character Profiles: The Walking Dead: Andrea

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In anticipation for Season 2 of The Walking Dead, each week I’ll 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

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Horrors of Humanity: Dick and Jane’s Belly

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Anthropophagy is a practice traced back to the earliest of man sitting inside of a cave staring at their clansman thinking, “What’s that taste like?” Oh wait, allow me to enlighten you with some fancy stuff to make me sound smart. “Anthropophagy” is a ten-dollar word originating from some Greek squiggly things meaning “human being” and “to eat”.

For those recipients of the educational standards of the past ten years in … Continue reading

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Feminism in the Hills of Wes Craven

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More and more I’m forgetting the past…

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

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CSI TV Series – The Horror Connection

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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 “CSI” franchise and “Criminal Minds” 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

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Horrors of Humanity: I Should Have Taken a Taxi

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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. That’s not always a good thing.

I must confess to my using public transportation in the past. Yeah! … Continue reading

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Top 10 Phrases said or Screamed while watching a Horror Film

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We’ve all done it, sometimes even in a theater. No, not THAT. I’m talking about saying or screaming different phrases while watching a horror movie. 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. 

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

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The Horror Genre’s Inspiration On the Music Industry

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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.

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Having some Horror with your Dinner?

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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 “monster” scenery.

There are medieval restaurants with knights and maidens roaming around as you enjoy your bread and ale. There are café’s that feature jungle animals watching you devour your … Continue reading

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Fangs

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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

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Top 10 Zombie Films Worth Your Time

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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

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Tortured Over Being Misunderstood

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Saw has ultimately become the most popular of the so-called “torture p*rn” franchises in existence. This subgenre of the horror industry has become a hotly contested subject. Is torture p*rn right? Should we support it as fans? Perhaps a better question to ask is, “Does torture p*rn even really exist?”

In the Freshman Rhetoric and Composition course I teach, we call the release of Saw VI an exigence – meaning an “event” or “thing” worth responding … Continue reading

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Goth and Horror

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Modern day Goth has evolved from the 80’s punk ties being first coined by a band manager Anthony Wilson of ‘Joy Division’. He described the band as ‘Gothic compared to the pop mainstream’ the scene eventually started taking on a more ‘Gothic’ 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

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