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Laughing Through the Scares: A Look At Horror Comedies

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Horror comedies are hard to pull off. Despite some similarities in the genres, it’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

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Jason Vorhees: Superhero for the Socially Inept

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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

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Evolution of Science Fiction in Television: The Legacy of Star Trek

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Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), from Paramount Pictures, directed by J.J. Abrams grossed $156,013,879 (USA) in its’ 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

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The Simplicity of Evil in Tom Piccirilli’s The Dead Letters

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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

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Phone Horror – A Quick Look

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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.

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The Best Horror on Television

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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 series’ have improved on the genre, resulting in more fans than ever.

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Writing Fiction For The Current Horror Fan

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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

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HNN FIRST LOOK: Bayou Tales Trailer

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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). 

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

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Back In Black: A Look At The Career Of Shane Black

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Back In Black: A Look At The Career Of Shane Black

“Since it’s the ’90s, you don’t just smack a guy in the face. You say something cool first.”
– Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) in The Last Boy Scout

Marvel Studios has picked some interesting choices to helm their various Cinematic Universe entries over the past few years. Who honestly expected the man who wrote Swingers would end up directing the first two … Continue reading

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Brilliant, Fleshy Gems: Finding Value in Gore and the Gross Out

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We’ve all read the Stephen King hierarchy: going first for terror, then the scare, then, if all else fails, the gross out. It’s a too-oft spoken rule, so much so that it is taken for granted. Even in the horror community, where we certainly do love our greasy, grimy gopher guts, i’ s agreed that gore and the gross out are cheap tools of shock only to be used by the … Continue reading

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James Herbert: A Lost Master

When news came down that author James Herbert had passed away recently, a gaping void opened up in the world of genre fiction. A true legend of the art had been lost, a man whose books had entertained and terrified millions of people around the world for decades. A man of rare talent, Herbert’s grasp of the English language was exquisite, with prose that was almost poetic when the moment called for … Continue reading

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Why Vampires are Cooler than Zombies?

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Way back when I first became a horror-obsessed teen, vampires and zombies fascinated me. If you dared to question my preference, I would of have rolled my eyes at you in contempt: and rambled off on how each creature seduced me. With hit shows like HBO’s True Blood, CW’s Vampire Diaries and blockbuster films like the Twilight franchise, vampires have exploded into the marketplace and are more popular than your high school prom queen. They … Continue reading

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A Brief History Of Bond, James Bond (1962-1985)

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He may not have been a great producer – the case is arguable – but he certainly was a smart operator. In partnership with Harry Saltzman for fifteen years, Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli (1909-1996) revolutionised genre cinema by showing the major studios that it could actually be profitable. He thus opened the door to the multi-million-dollar financing of fantastic films, without which the genre could not have reached the dizzying heights (and … Continue reading

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Add To Your Horror Movie Collection

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When true horror film buffs want to add to their DVD collections, they steer clear of the usual suspects like Blockbuster and Amazon. When they want a great deal, they browse online, where they can find everything from the newest releases to vintage steals. And they know it’s not only the easiest way to find the horror-genre DVDs of their dreams (or nightmares), it’s also the most convenient way to shop, with payment options from … Continue reading

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Top 10 Scariest Anticipated Movies for 2013

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While many times lists such as these are projected right around New Year, it is s also harder to determine which of the films rumored or completing production will “actually” arrive in the year they say they will. Instead we took a step back to gather what we feel are the anticipated films that we’re “pretty sure” will deliver this year. It’s also worth noting that a few have arrived or are in theatres as … Continue reading

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Horror Is All The Rage

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Nearly one hundred years ago, horror films were very lucky to simply inspire people to sit down around a camp fire and share ghost stories. Marshmallows would be roasted to the crisp and shared around, Though some of these marshmallows would’ve been dropped because even the tiniest sound of a twig breaking can unnerve the toughest of men.

Films such as Nosferatu and Bride of Frankenstein, inspired some of these ghost stories and today t-shirt designs, … Continue reading

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5 Revitalizing Trends in Horror Movies Today

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Horror movies, as we know, have always been wildly popular due to their ability to thrill and scare people, generating feelings some would describe as euphoric. However, keeping the public interested is challenging when they are only so many ways to make similar stories equally as shocking and entertaining. The rise of shock horror is an example of the limited fuel. As a result, cinematographers and screenplay writers have been focusing on changing the top photography schools, and incorporating … Continue reading

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Top 25 Coolest Unique Horror Movie Characters – Part 2

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Thought I forgot about you , eh? Well have no fear, as we finish up our study,report on the “Top 25 Coolest Unique Horror Movie Characters” Part II Hey! – missed the first part of this article? Then make sure to click of to Part 1 of “Top 25 Coolest Unique Horror Movie Characters”

13- “This Island Earth” – Metaluna … Continue reading

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Cinema of the Cannibal God

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Cannibal films surprisingly come in many various guises but the majority of us horror fans think of one specific niche sub-genre made famous by (primarily) Italian film makers throughout the 1970s and 80s. Combining gore, adventure, xenophobia and sadly in some cases a dash of animal cruelty these films became notorious and their legend grew but were they actually any good and do they live up to the infamy and hype?

Set in undeveloped Jungle … Continue reading

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Creature Profiles: The Draugr

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Of all the zombie-like creatures that stalk the annals of history, one of the most terrifying is the Scandinavian draugr. The creature has enjoyed recent popularity through the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and inspired the Others in George R. R. Martin’s bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series. Even Tolkien drew from the ancient tales of draugar when he created the barrow-wights for The Lord of the Rings. … Continue reading

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The Black Saint’s Ten Best Films Of 2012 (And a few that really sucked…)

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I know. I know that it’s been a while since you’ve seen anything new here on HNN from your pal The Black Saint. I hear the cries from the huddled masses…”WHY HAVE YOU SO FORSAKEN US”? My loyal acolytes were left on a ship with no rudder for awhile and for that I must apologize. Apparently the tendons in my hands aren’t in as good a shape as they should be & I had to … Continue reading

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