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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
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
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
Okay, folks, Iâ€™m going to try something here. I hope youâ€™ve seen The Worldâ€™s End by this point. You have, havenâ€™t you? The last entry in Edgard Wright and Simon Peggâ€™s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy? You really should see it. Itâ€™s a good time. Also, Iâ€™m about to spoil the ever loving shit out of it in a moment here, so I suggest watching the movie first. I donâ€™t think this entry … Continue reading
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
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
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
Since the release of the terrifying horror film “The Conjuring” I have been hearing about creepy dolls nonstop. While the doll in that movie makes you feel uncomfortable, nothing is scarier than the Key West native doll named “Robert”. Artist Robert Eugene Otto was Born on October 25th 1900. As a 6 year old boy he was given the doll by his maid who was known to practice voodoo. … Continue reading
What movies bother you? If you are like most people you can name several films that you’ve seen that are so disturbing that they stayed with you for days after you watched them. I have seen quite a few movies that made me feel more than just a little uneasy, but there are some that stand out more than others. Some of them are horror films and some are not (one in particular is aimed … Continue reading
Hey there readers,
I figured it might be due time to tackle the issue that has sparked incredibly to the forefront in recent years in regards to Horror Project Funding Sessions. To clarify for those who are unaware, it is the rise in funding campaigns that include new films, products, books, toys and a smaller genre specific projects.
These are easily recognizable as they always start with an introduction about the film or project ending … Continue reading
With its ghosts, vampires, and voodoo, is there a better place for a horror convention than New Orleans? The HWA didn’t think so, and thus from June 13-16 World Horror Convention 2013 convened upon the haunted, historic city. In attendance at the French Quarter’s Hotel Monteleone were many of horror’s heavyweights, including guests of honor Robert McCammon (also a Lifetime Achievement Award winner), Ramsey Campbell, and Jonathan Maberry; editors Ellen Datlow, Don D’Auria, … Continue reading
Let’s face it, not everybody is afraid of the same things. What scares some people may not faze others, and this is particularly true when it comes to horror films. I am a huge horror fan and I have seen a ton of horror films in my lifetime (I got started early thanks to my mom and favorite uncle who both got me into the genre at a very young age). I’ll admit that some … Continue reading
A horror list most likely way overdue. I’ve always had a soft spot for supernatural characters. The ones that stick out are characters who seem to possess powers that warp time, space, and everything around them. Consider it sort of a technique for making nightmarish things happen that you wouldn’t find happening within a film like “Halloween” or “Friday the 13th”.
You definitely wouldn’t find it in zombie films, vampire films or aquatic creature films. … Continue reading
Horror comedies are hard to pull off. Despite some similarities in the genres, itâ€™s difficult to find a balance between the screams and laughs. There are a variety of pathways from which to accomplish one, whether through reaction, satire or balls out craziness. However, the big question is how the classics in this subgenre accomplished it.
A lot of it may have to do with the simple fact that the two genres really … Continue reading
The existence of hero worship aimed at some of the monsters of horror films is something that is often looked at with dismay if not complete and total disgust by many people outside of the horror community. Hell, it’s looked at that way by many of the people WITHIN the horror community. Why would someone venerate a serial killer, a brutal slayer of innocents? Surely these people must be antisocial, psychotic or simply outright … Continue reading
Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), from Paramount Pictures, directed by J.J. Abrams grossed $156,013,879 (USA) in itsâ€™ opening weekend. The plot revolves around the main characters, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), Pike (Bruce Greenwood), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Marcus (Peter Weller). Upon arrival back home, the crew find an unstoppable force of terror … Continue reading
The Last Whisper in the Dark (his followup to The Last Kind Words), I thought it might be nice to take a look aback at one of my favorite books from the man. Then tear the flesh off its bones so I can watch its heart beat while all joy flutters away. I tend to do those this. Of course, since I’m analyzing the work, there will be massive spoilers. Please Continue reading
Mobile phones have revolutionized our engagement with media particularly in the horror genre. Before mobile phones became intrinsic to our day-to-day film relied upon more traditional conventions to scare the audience; a haunted house, ghosts, etc but now the protagonists can be terrified and hunted from wherever they are thanks to the integration of mobile technology.
Genre television is more popular than ever, with shows focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Of course, suspense and horror have always had their place on the small screen, but recent televisions seriesâ€™ have improved on the genre, resulting in more fans than ever.
Outside of this esteemed outlet and a couple of other places, I try to write fiction as best I can. Like a lot of genre fans, I want to be a part of the whole thing and give something back to the scene I love. Out of the six books I’ve written, two have been in the horror genre and I’m currently writing a third to end that particular story.
While working on that … Continue reading
From Director/Screenwriter David Dubos (The Roommate, Leprechaun 3) and Produced by Xavier Salinas (Net Effect, Dead By Friday) comes Bayou Tales. Starring Roger Bart ( ABC’s Revenge, Hostel II), Lin Shaye ( Insidious), and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead, Battle: Los Angeles).Â
Bayou Tales is the latest in a seeming resurgence of Horror Anthologies. Following the likes of such classics as Creepshow 1 and 2, Tales from the Crypt, Tales … Continue reading