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The Hunger For Retro Horror

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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

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The Black Saint’s 10 Best Movies Of The Year

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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

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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

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Top 20 Horror Christmas Movies

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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

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Top 13 Greatest Serial Killer Movies

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13. Time After Time (1979)
This movie makes the list even though it isn’t really a horror movie. It isn’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. Here’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

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10 Horror Movie Rumors that Never Took Place

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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.

I’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

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Horror News on the Vampires: Pop Culture and Myth Panel at Comikaze

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The “Vampires: Pop Culture and Myth” panel filled up quickly with costumed fans at Stan Lee’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 TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer, moderated the panel consisting of FEARnet’s Gavin Hignight, comic book artist Georges Jeanty (TV’s Buffy), Grimm’s creator/writer Jim Kouf, Buffy/Angel’s writer-director David Greenwalt, Bauhaus’ David … Continue reading

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The Greatest Horror Movies You Haven’t Seen

There is an interesting article by Alison Nastasi over at Flavorwire.com about fifteen obscure horror film titles.  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.  This list is no exception, and it’s unfortunate that a film like Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), released … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Robert Kurtzman’s MAD FX LAB And Robert Englund Interview

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 Kurtzman’s Mad FX … Continue reading

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Top 10 Likely Halloween Horror Costumes for 2013

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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

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Horror Remakes: The Ones That Worked!

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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:

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Remaking Dawn of the Dead was a difficult task because George Romero’s original is such … Continue reading

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Top 10 True Story Based Horror Movies

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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.

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What To Expect From The Walking Dead’s Season Four Premiere

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

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Frankenstein, My Old Man, and the Hippies

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One of the first movies I remember seeing was Universal’s Son of Frankenstein, 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 on Chiller Theater, 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

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The Good, The Bad and The Insidious: What’s in a sequel

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Insidious Chapter 2 is enjoying remarkable box office success on its opening weekend, bringing in a whopping $42 million on a small $5 million budget. Incredible. The reviews have been mixed as best, however. At the time of this writing, the film has a 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 39% on Metacritic and a B+ on CinemaScore. Listening to episode 24 of the Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast, you will hear hosts The … Continue reading

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Top 10 Horror Video Games

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The Top 10 Horror Video Games was a tough list to come up with, because there are so many great horror video games to choose from. I completely composed this list of next generation console games (Xbox 360 and Playstation 3), so you should be able to go out and purchase these titles at your local game retailer just in time for Christmas. Also, I had to determine what … Continue reading

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Top 25 Weirdest Horror Movies I’ve Ever Seen

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If your like me, you find yourself frequently growing tired of redundancy in the horror market. You know what I’m talking about…..a group of teens go on a road trip, campers terrorized by woods folks, slasher has rough childhood and grows up, scientist’s secret virus gets loose..shall I go on? In any case, you might change your whole perspective by occasionally throwing on something that is far outside of mainstream and richly inventive. Now out … Continue reading

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The World’s End: Mid-Life Crisis of Faith? (spoilers included)

 

Okay, folks, I’m going to try something here. I hope you’ve seen The World’s End by this point. You have, haven’t you? The last entry in Edgard Wright and Simon Pegg’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy? You really should see it. It’s a good time. Also, I’m about to spoil the ever loving shit out of it in a moment here, so I suggest watching the movie first. I don’t think this entry … Continue reading

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Anticipation Is Your Weakness; What Do We Want from A New Star Wars?

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A few months ago, Walt Disney Studios announced that they had acquired the intellectual properties of Lucasfilm Limited, which included franchises like Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Now, I know us film nerds were excited for a potential Marvel Studios produced remake of the classic Howard the Duck movie, but instead Disney announced that several new Star Wars films would be produced. This not only includes a new trilogy of films that would chronologically follow … Continue reading

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Top Ten Paranormal Investigators in Film

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The Conjuring is officially a summer blockbuster, taking in over $107 Million in the U.S. alone (as of August 10, 2013), a phenomenal feat for a supernatural film coming out mid-summer amongst a bevy of big-budget tent pole films with big stars attached. James Wan is a master of suspense and fear with Insidious, Saw and the often overlooked Dead Silence behind him. With The Conjuring, James Wan and writers Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes … Continue reading

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Top 10 Latest Scariest Movies

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With all the lists floating around, especially in the “scariest movies of all time” lists, I thought we were due for a “recent” scariest films list. If not for purely the sole purpose of driving a fewer new rentals where they might rightly be deserved to just siphoning thru all the mishmash to point out a few scary favorites.

As sort of a ongoing “tuck in the back of your mind” exercise, I try and … Continue reading

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