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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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Meet Robert the Doll

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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

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Top Ten Most Disturbing Movies of All Time – A Todd Martin List

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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

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Horror Funding: The Quandary of Kickstarter Press Releases

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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

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World Horror Convention 2013

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

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Top Ten Movies that Should Have Scared Me…But Didn’t – A Todd Martin List

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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

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Top 10 Supernatural Reality Altering Horror Characters

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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

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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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