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Holiday Horrors: Rare Exports and Sint

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Doc Rotten shares some Holiday Cheer Fear.

From time to time horror film makers point their carnivorous camera lenses at Santa Claus and create holiday horror treats that tear and claw at the world’s fascination with jolly old Saint Nick. This season is no different with two European filmmakers putting Santa through the wringer.

With both features hearkening back to the ancient European legends of Saint Nicholas, the Krumpas and Sinterklaas, Jalmari Helander’s … Continue reading

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Spotlight: The Walking Dead (TV series)

The breakout hit of the season, The Walking Dead, has re-introduced zombies to the population in a unique way.

Starting out as a monthly comic by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead has managed to captivate audiences with deep storytelling, and rich character development set within a horrendous backdrop a zombie apocalypse.

Here is a brief history of The Walking Dead, its hit as a comic and now as an amazing television show on AMC. … Continue reading

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Going Gaga for Horror

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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka Lady Gaga steam rolled the music scene in 2008 and gave us pop hits like “Just Dance” and “Pokerface.” During these initial introductions to Gaga, no one was really ready for the chaos and notoriety the “Haus of Gaga” was about to bring on. Lady Gaga not only popped out dance hits but also some rather strange and horror inspired outfits to go … Continue reading

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Video Nasties: The Legend, The Myth, The Films

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“Video nasty” was a terminology fabricated in the United Kingdom in the 1980s that formerly correlated to numerous films distributed on video cassette that were denounced for their violent content by various religious organizations, in the press and by commentators such as Mary Whitehouse. While violence in cinema had been subjugated of censorship for many years, the insufficiency of a regulatory system for video sales merged with the possibility of any … Continue reading

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Ruthless Killing: It’s a Man’s World

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for; Friday the 13th, Cry_Wolf, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, Dead End and Switchblade Romance.

In 1980 Friday the 13th slashed and stabbed its way on cinema screens. It continued the success of slasher movies that had become a new horror trend. Films like John Carpenter’s Halloween and Black Christmas had laid the foundations for the sub genre but Friday the 13th did something … Continue reading

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Creature profiles: Scarecrow

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Imagine you’re walking with your friends on a cool Autumn evening. The breeze is crisp and leaves scatter and dance in front of your path as you travel. You guys decide to walk to the corn mazes up the road and see if you can find trouble. when you arrive you all see the silhouette of the cornfields’ infamous scarecrow. He had a creepy sack with eye holes carved in, as if … Continue reading

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Now That’s a Scary Thought

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Horror fans are spoiled when it comes to film franchises. When you can’t get enough of a certain villain or storyline, you don’t have to fret because there are most likely four to six sequels that follow. Have a passion for Michael Myers? No problem, just watch any of the eight sequels. Also, let’s not forget the two new Rob Zombie versions. The same goes for a lot of the … Continue reading

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Paranormal Romance

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With the crazy success of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer which has grossed close to a Billion Dollars to date with a bunch of Bedazzled vampires it is clear to see romance sells but Paranormal Romance Sells BIG!

I am a fan of the Twilight series even though I have a tough time getting past the shimmering Robert Pattinson who my daughter defines as ‘Dreamy’ or the attractive Kristen Stewart who my … Continue reading

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Creature profiles: Medusa

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The youngest of the three Sisters, Medusa was also the most beautiful. She and Poseidon became romantically entangled, and they violated Athena’s palace. Other versions of this story show Poseidon raping Medusa or Medusa seducing Poseidon. When Athena finds out that they desecrated her temple, she transforms Medusa into a hideous monster, with living serpents for hair and the curse of turning anyone who looks at her into stone. No one would … Continue reading

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Creature profiles: Frankenstein

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In the event of our birth, every single human being has the chance to meet our “creators” in a sense. Our parents at one point came together and decided (or maybe not) that we should be born. When we first open our eyes we look upon the face of our smiling parents, over adorned with joy looking at the beautiful being they made. However, none of us will ever get to meet our … Continue reading

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Event Coverage: NYC Horror film festival – Day 3 – Awards

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The Black Saint is bloodied & bruise but still kicking ass & taking names here at the end of the 9th annual NYC Horror Film Festival! It’s been a brutal 4 days & 43 (!) films, both features & shorts, that we sat through. In between films we all would run to the bar & imbibe mightily for an hour or so & then go right back to the theatre to watch some more kick … Continue reading

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Creature profiles: The Boogeyman

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As human beings, we’ve all got at least one irrational fear that we’re not so proud of. Some of us are afraid of snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlers. Then there are those who have fear of the dark or the unknown. There is a significant group of people that hate to swim in open water or oceans. They think of their feet dangling down into the depths and something swimming by and … Continue reading

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Event Coverage: NYC Horror film festival – Day 2

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It’s the second night of the NYC Horror Film Festival & Your favorite deity is a bit bloody but unbowed from last night. The Black Saint has strapped on his gloves again & is ready for another round in the ring with some more Horror films to tell you about. I’m doing all of the dirty work so you won’t have to unless you want to. But I have to say that Festival Director Michael … Continue reading

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Still ‘Psycho’ after all these Years – a movie overview

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WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS NUMEROUS DESCRIPTIONS OF THE PLOT
Peripherally based on the real life character of Ed Gein, who killed two people in the 1950s and kept their body parts, the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho still resonates as one of the greatest horror films of all time, even 50 years after its 1960 release.

Published shortly after the discovery of Gein’s misdeeds, Robert Bloch’s novel partly inspired Joseph Stefano’s … Continue reading

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Creature profiles: Reaper

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You’re at a party, everyone’s having a great time. You and your friends are having way too much to drink, and that’s a good thing. You guys are young, you’re just at the right age to let loose and not care.

There’s this foxy lady that you’re trying to hit on over by the would-be punch bowl when your buddy taps you on the shoulder.

“Dude, this guy’s at your door … Continue reading

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Frightful Japan: Playing Hide and Seek by Yourself (Hitori Kakurenbo)

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I fondly remember my teens. I like to think of those years as that precious time when I was old enough not to be frightened by all the creatures lurking under my bed, and yet still young enough that I wasn’t terrified by mortgages, yearly health check ups, and my own teenage son announcing that he wants to be a rock ’n’ roll guitarist when he grows up. Those … Continue reading

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Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2010

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It’s that time of the year folks. Halloween is only a formality to behind what really lurks downtown Manitou Springs, CO this time of year. This year is especially active as over 12,000 bodies have left the comforts of their homes to witness a traditional annual event that can only be called the annual “Emma Crawford Coffin Races”.

By the looks of things, you would think they were giving away free money the way the … Continue reading

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3 foreign horror films that do not need remade

This just in: America cannot and will not read subtitles. Ignorance is spreading from coast to coast, is there anything that can stop this epidemic?

Have you ever heard of a remake of a film that was a made just a year after the original was released? Sounds pretty farfetched, but when it comes to Americans and their unwillingness to read, we get light-speed drive-thru service. Quick and speedy films completely re-done just to add … Continue reading

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Do You Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?

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I have recently acquired the positively lethal combination of a Nintendo Wii (a wedding gift, thanks, Emily) and a NetFlix account.

While this has had a somewhat detrimental impact on my productivity, I have been able to catch up on a slew of movies that I had been wanting to see, but simply not gotten around to renting. My wife and I have been glued to the television for the past couple of days ticking … Continue reading

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Top 7 Definitive Movies to Celebrate Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching! It’s time to break out some candy and watch a few movies to get you inspired. Here’s a definitive list of movies to celebrate your 31 days of Halloween, or 13 days or to celebrate all year long!

Of course there’s
John Carpenter’s Halloween and Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007):

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Spawns of Satan

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Children are supposed to be joyous miracles of life. They are cute, funny, and usually the best company to keep. No one associates kids with evil or the devil. They are pure and the epitome of all that is good in the world. Too bad the horror industry didn’t get that memo. Writers have no problem transforming an angelic child into an evil being with no regard for goodness and morality.

The children of darkness … Continue reading

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