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â€śSince it’s the ’90s, you don’t just smack a guy in the face. You say something cool first.â€ť
– 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
Weâ€™ve all read the Stephen King hierarchy: going first for terror, then the scare, then, if all else fails, the gross out. Itâ€™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
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
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 HBOâ€™s True Blood, CWâ€™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
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
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
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
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.Â MarshmallowsÂ 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 ofÂ Frankenstein, inspired some of these ghost stories and today t-shirt designs, … Continue reading
Horror movies, as we know,Â have always been wildly popular due to their ability to thrill and scare people, generating feelings some would describe asÂ 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.Â As a result, cinematographers and screenplay writers have been focusing on changing theÂ top photography schools, and incorporating … Continue reading
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”
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
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
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
Hankering for some “New Years” themed Horror Films?? Well I’m Here to tell ya, there isn’t much. In fact this might present an opportunity for filmmakers to create a “New Year’s” horrorÂ film seeing that they get mentioned “every” year at this time (on lists like this)…just saying.
Hey, theme driven horror films can have certain lasting qualities in relation to their event. For instance…Thanksgiving. how many films are rooted in that Holiday? 1? 2? 3? … Continue reading
When I started this list, I was content to stay with the “top 10 coolest horror movie charaters”. In fact, I “thought” I might even have trouble coming up with the 10 that were unique enough (in their own right). Boy was I wrong! Once I started to consider how many different characters we have had (ranging from serial killers, fantasy conceptions, aliens, beasts, monsters and villains), it quickly transformed into …”damn there are too … Continue reading
AÂ STUDY OF ASIAN CAT III (Category 3) FILMS
CAT III, otherwise known as Category 3 is the rating system used on Extreme horror and exploitation films from the Asian market. While the films range from extremely disturbing horror to p*rnographic, this list is primarily focused on the Horror rela(1986)ted titles. Soft p*rn for Asian films are also classified under “Pinku” (pink film) though when the filmmakers blend extreme violence, torture, gore or taboo … Continue reading
We all have people in our lives that just wonâ€™t go away. We try to block them out of our memories, but time and time again they keep showing up and keep bothering us.
This is also true in regards to horror movie villains. In almost every horror movie the villain never dies with the first shotgun shell to the head, or even when he is strangled until he stops moving. Somehow the villain always … Continue reading
Welcome to our December HorrorNews Staff project, â€śComedy Gone Horrorâ€ť as myself and four other HNN writers explore some strange possibilities when we take your favorite comedy and family friendly movies and twist and distort them into something the horror genre would be proud of. What happens when these movies, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Spinal Tap, Toy Story, Breakfast Club, and Home Alone, get a horror makeover? Read on and … Continue reading
It’s hard to phantom how many zombie films have been released over the years. Add to that the resurrected interest zombie films have played in the 21st century. Take that 1 step further with the trend of “including” hot ladies as strippers-turned-zombies giving the imagery of the undead a bit of a makeover (usually a nasty faced vixen with popping breasts and hot bod combo).
Even though these slimy, flesh eating denizens of the un-living … Continue reading
Though they appear only in 6:1 through 8:5 of the Book of Revelation, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are one of the most enduring, and most feared, aspects of St. Johnâ€™s vision. For Biblical literalists, the Four Horsemen are real figures, part of a future apocalypse predicted by the exiled St. John, in which war, famine, disease, and death will visit those who do not follow the Christian god. For scholars … Continue reading
A most curious title, you most likely have seen one or more of these films. While there have been plenty of films that feature isolation, there has also has been a trend (motivated by the SAW movies success) that directly deals with the premise of locking, capturing, kidnapping or placing a group of individuals into a room (or like-location) for the sake of isolation and observation (hence to study or torment…or perhaps both).
In most … Continue reading