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London After Midnight, the legendary lost Lon Chaney film, still eludes the eyes of the world. Originally released in 1927, the suspense/horror tale was directed by Tod Browning (of ‘Freaks’ notoriety) and adapted from his own short story.
As legend now states, the last known copy of the film was destroyed in the catastrophic vault fire at MGM studios in 1967, and has since then moved into the realms of myth as film lovers … Continue reading
The Horror movie genre is chock-full of a vast and storied range of truly frightening characters that have kept us awake all night, made us afraid to turn off the lights or had us looking over your shoulder in fear for as long we can remember.
While there has not been a villain/killer/psycho to fully capture our imagination in recent years, weâ€™ll always have the iconic horror heroes of the past to keep us entertained.
Tokyo Shock Cinema – A Retrospective
If you are a horror fan, if you are an Asian film horror fan or if you are an extreme horror fan, you have likely come across one if not more of these wonderfully quirky over-the-top films. The genre has struggled with classifying them as they tend to combine several different influences both Asian an Western. Lets throw out a few classifications, so that … Continue reading
A Superhero Horror Film: Why the New Spawn has the Potential for Awesomeness
by guest writer: Margo Smith
As of yet, there is no release date for the upcoming remake of Spawn, but creator Todd McFarlane has said that he is hoping to begin shooting this year and has plans to turn the superhero epic into a horror film. Safely assuming that, like me, many horror fans are also at least moderately fond … Continue reading
Remake. Just the very word sends shivers down the spines of many horror fans and feels them with a sense of dread in general. Letâ€™s face it, how many times have you heard that one of your favorite horror films was being remade and you were immediately filled with rage seconds later as a result? Itâ€™s happened to me more times that I can remember and my initial reaction every single time I hear that … Continue reading
The Original Psychoâ€™s Anniversary
by Margo Smith
June 16th is the anniversary of the theatrical release of Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s Psycho. A ground-breaking and disturbing horror-thriller, the movie has spawned a hoard of sequels and remakes, and inspired creepy graphic novels, television series and Halloween costumes since 1960. You have to appreciate a man in a gray wig and house dress, on October 31st! There is no denying that Norman Bates and his mother have … Continue reading
The hunger for vintage and retro horror movies and horror culture has fascinated a large chunk of the horror community for a number of years now, and since I recently put out a book on the VHS rental era and the burgeoning horror VHS collecting scene I’ve discovered just how deep that hunger for classic scares goes. Since the release of VHS ATE MY BRAIN in March, I’ve had all manner of messages from … Continue reading
It’s been such a long year for this old saint. I can honestly say I’ve seen more films this year than ever before and while that might sound awesome to most of you, in actuality it can be something of a chore. Think about it for a hot minute or so, you get to watch nearly every movie released this year but how many of them do you actually have a good time watching? I … Continue reading
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 of suspense and terror. In fact, they’re the creations of a man who is … Continue reading
It’s entirely possible that you’re not going to run out, rent and line these up for Christmas day. And it’s also pretty likely that quite a few of these titles are just simply beyond renting anyways. Most likely an old VHS rental local might do the trick. However, it’s always nice to know what your options are…and for your viewing pleasure we have rounded up 20 of the best of the best and best of … Continue reading
13. Time After Time (1979)
This movie makes the list even though it isnâ€™t really a horror movie. It isnâ€™t scary at all, actually, but the plot, while a bit cheesy at times, also contains a bit of genius, including its star Malcolm McDowell. Hereâ€™s the deal: the notion of a serial killer is not a modern one. Jack the Ripper, while arguably the most famous serial killer, is not modern … Continue reading
10 Horror Movie Rumors that Never Took Place (and by the Grace of God Never Will)
People just generally enjoy spreading rumors, especially in the horror movie business.
Iâ€™ve heard a ton of horror flick rumors during my day and while some of them sound like they had the potential to be true there are others that are just so out there and downright weird that I dismissed them immediately. I not sure where or … Continue reading
The â€śVampires: Pop Culture and Mythâ€ť panel filled up quickly with costumed fans at Stan Leeâ€™s Comikaze Expo Friday night, November 1. Fanged folklore was explored by a panel of authorities on the subject, spanning television, comic book and music backgrounds.
Juliet Landau, Drusilla on TVâ€™s Buffy The Vampire Slayer, moderated the panel consisting of FEARnetâ€™s Gavin Hignight, comic book artist Georges Jeanty (TVâ€™s Buffy), Grimmâ€™s creator/writer Jim Kouf, Buffy/Angelâ€™s writer-director David Greenwalt, Bauhausâ€™ David … Continue reading
There is an interesting article by Alison Nastasi over at Flavorwire.com about fifteen obscure horror film titles.Â I always love reading these lists that other writers come up with because invariably there are some titles on them that I have not only not seen yet but have never even heard of before.Â This list is no exception, and itâ€™s unfortunate that a film like Letâ€™s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), released … Continue reading
On Tuesday October 29th 2013 I was given the Halloween treat of a lifetime. The amazing Robert Kurtzman was kind enough to invite me over to his studio in Crestline Ohio for one of the coolest events I have ever had the honor to attend.
First, a little back story as this year Robert kicked off what is hopefully going to be a Halloween tradition here in Northeast Ohio, Robert Kurtzmanâ€™s Mad FX … Continue reading
Ok, as the store shelves quickly empty in the last minute costume frenzy for 2013, we had to quickly throw out some Halloween horror ideas that fit nicely within this year’s trends. Freddy, Pinhead, Michael Myers and Jason may be a bit old school with all their remakes a thing of the past, but fear not as horror is still as strong as ever. The characters have evolved into new faces with the re-hashing of … Continue reading
By following the most successful horror films in history, Hollywood remakes ultimately have a thankless task. Some manage to re-enact the spirit of the original with new special effects and creative plot twists, while others fall alarmingly short, providing tiresome makeovers without any real thought. Here are three that worked, just in time for Halloween:
Dawn of the Dead
Remaking Dawn of the Dead was a difficult task because George Romeroâ€™s original is such … Continue reading
While it’s safe to say that most horror films are works of fiction, there have been a small hand full that have actually been based on or “inspired from” true stories that have occurred in the past. In fact, it’s also safe to say that most horror films have been “inspired” from something or other, however this list pays tribute to the top 10 horror films that are more closely based on true stories.
Even … Continue reading
It’s going to be zombies, guts, and gore galore when The Walking Dead finally returns to AMC for the season four premiere. We most recently got a look into what we can expect from the episode by way of a 30-second clip that debuted during the series finale of Breaking Bad. Even though plenty of folks are still mourning the death of that much loved, universally acclaimed show, at … Continue reading
One of the first movies I remember seeing was Universalâ€™sÂ Son of Frankenstein,Â starring Karloff as the monster and Lugosi as Ygor. I’m not certain but, by juxtaposing the memory with others, my guess is that I was four years old. It was onÂ Chiller Theater,Â a weekend late-show aired out of Pittsburgh. Watching the screen with eyes wide, I sat safe and snug on the couch with my dad, an aficionado of horror movies who was breaking me … Continue reading