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â€śYesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasnâ€™t there
He wasnâ€™t there again today
I wish, I wish heâ€™d go away…
When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldnâ€™t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, donâ€™t you come back any more!
Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted. The rooms were acrawl with the small cleaning animals, all rubber and metal. They thudded against chairs, whirling their mustached runners, kneading the rug nap, sucking gently at hidden dust. Then, like mysterious invaders, they popped into their burrows. Their pink electric eyes faded. The house was clean.”
â€śThere Will Come Soft Rainsâ€ť
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One of the most chilling scenes in George Romero’s immortal Night of the Living Dead (1968) occurs in the climax â€“ after a botched escape attempt, lovers Tom and Judy die in an explosion. When the smoke clears, a mob of zombies attacks the couple’s remains, each tearing off a piece for themselves. The creatures then begin their macabre feast on a nearby lawn, voraciously devouring … Continue reading
Go back in time one week. The online horror community was buzzing with support to get out to the theater and see the historic UNRATED release of Adam Green’s Hatchet 2. Fans blogged and vlogged and tweeted how this would be our chance to rise up and show the movie business that there was demand for unrated horror. 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams director Tim Sullivan sent out a letter to several news outlets pleading … Continue reading
Every year, hundreds of people enter the world of independent filmmaking. Many focus their attention on short films first, learning their craft over a series of five to fifteen minute long flirtations with the camera. The form and structure of short film gives the would-be director an avenue to pursue his dreams in a relatively low-investment, low-risk environment. Short films are relatively inexpensive to make, and relatively quick to produce. Some can even be completed … Continue reading
My wife Sarah Virginia Brock is a scream queen. Iâ€™m not being biased when I say her accomplishments humble me. She has been featured in numerous radio interviews as well as the recently released book Queens of Scream the New Blood, I encourage everyone to check it out. I understand there is a soon to be released documentary on scream queens containing excerpts from an interview with Sarah, which I happen to know is outstanding … Continue reading
Last year, in case you were hiding in a hole and werenâ€™t aware, Rob Zombieâ€™s Halloween II came out. A flood of reviews submerged the information super highway as critics rushed to have their say. I held off on watching the film for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was feeling slightly pressured by all the internet advertisements to go watch the movie, so I said, â€śNo! Fuck you Internet!
I will not … Continue reading
Within the cinematic genre of horror, we have become accustomed to the splattering of blood and the evisceration of the human creature upon our ocular perceptions. Yet blood and guts have become clichĂ© in the modern horror film. We have become immune and desensitized to the fright and disgust that the horror film is intended to evoke, by its very natures, within our psyche.
As our collective visual consciousness evolves as a society and greater … Continue reading
Some of the elder Horror fans out there may remember such television series as The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Dark Shadows (which was actually aired during the day time), Tales from the Darkside and Amazing Stories. These were very popular television shows aimed at the horror audience. They were also aired on channels such as ABC, CBS and NBC. Another television show called The Late, Late show was unlike any of the above mentioned. This … Continue reading
In the recent round of talk show appearances by actors from the new version of Alice in Wonderland, many of the performers discussed their lengthy stints â€śgetting into costume.â€ť This is both a travesty and at the same time not surprising. While costumes have been heralded by cinema onlookers for decades, makeup has only recently been given the respect is has long deserved, … Continue reading
Whatâ€™s up with all the remakes? Thatâ€™s what horror movie audiences are asking. Over the past few years, weâ€™ve seen remakes for â€śFriday the 13th,â€ť â€śMy Bloody Valentine,â€ť and Rob Zombieâ€™s â€śnew takeâ€ť on â€śHalloweenâ€ť and â€śHalloween II.â€ť
Those are only a few of the movies that have gone through the remake machine. But why? Are fans asking for them? Did John Doe write a letter to Screen Gems asking to see a â€śWhen a … Continue reading
Horror is no exception to this rule. However, one thing is constant across all of the different categories of horror: Those watching, listening, or reading horror expect to be treated to a something that will make them have some kind of emotional … Continue reading
The Simpsons are in their 20th season and in all those years have lampooned several horror films with great delight. This is typically done during their Halloween special Treehouse of Horror episodes where they go all out and will typically parody several films in a single tale.
Let’s take a look back at some of these and relive our favorite moments in Simpsons horror moments.
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With the recent debut of the Resident Evil: Afterlife trailer, it’s time to look over the series thus far. The thing is, I find it hard to look at these films with a critic’s eye, as I can’t help but enjoying them for what they are big, daft action movies with a horror element.
Yes, they do kinda walk all over the games universe they are based on, but not being a gamer myself, I … Continue reading
Author The Werewolf Book: An Encyclopedia of Shape Shifting Beings
On February 12th, The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro as Lawrence Talbot and Anthony Hopkins as Sir John Talbot will be released after a nearly twoyear wait on the studio shelves.
Those of us who are werewolf fans are eagerly waiting to view the new interpretation of the 1941 classic and to see … Continue reading
The full moon shines its brightest for a few nights each month, illuminating the darkness that envelops the world. It should be a symbol of hope and comfort, yet mankind has long feared what terrors the satellite may bring. Why is it that the full moon inspires such dread?
The most identifiable culprit is the prevailing myth of the werewolf. Since time immemorial, the moon has been associated with … Continue reading
As we watch the school buses begin to crowd streets and feel the air begin to chill, we realize that our sweet summer has come and gone. Fall has arrived and with it, the return of the television season. This year brings forth many fan favorites such as â€śSupernaturalâ€ť and â€śVampire Diaries.â€ť But, it also brings some rookies such as the much anticipated â€śThe Walking Dead.â€ť Horror fans have been patiently waiting to see the … Continue reading
Come on, we’ve all thought that at some point or other. When sitting in front of some less-than-brilliant horror flick. It’s a natural reaction. We all think we can do better. Thankfully, there are those amongst us that are actually going that extra step further and getting out of their chairs and making something themselves. We’re in an age where movie lovers are able to shoot and edit their own movies to … Continue reading
Devil, the new horror film produced by M. Night, is set to release this Friday September 17th, I donâ€™t know how I feel about it yet since M. Night ruined The Last Airbender series for me, but that is neither here nor there.Â In honor of this horror/thriller film that takes place entirely in an elevator, I have decided to search through my collection of horror films and bring you the top ten horror films … Continue reading
Someone asked me recently why I liked horror movies. They asked me that because they do not. While I can appreciate oneâ€™s personal preferences, the question struck me, as I have always liked horror. While I may not have been on this Earth as long as the undead, I have seen many a horror flick in my short time here.
The short answer to the question is simple. Fantastical escapism. Same reason I like any … Continue reading
As fans of this bloodiest of genres, we are often looked at as a bit mad by other people, andÂ especially those that a close to us. It can be difficult to explain to others just what we findÂ so fascinating about the horror genre, and if friends come round for a movie night, it can beÂ even harder trying to figure out what to show them that won’t have them running … Continue reading