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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?

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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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Top 10 New Year’s Horror Films

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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” horror 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

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Top 25 Coolest Unique Horror Movie Characters

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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

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Cat III Asian Films – Category 3 | Extreme Asian Horror | Hardcore Violence

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A  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

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Top 5 Horror Villains that Won’t Die

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We all have people in our lives that just won’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

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Comedy Gone Horror by HorrorNews Staff

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Welcome to our December HorrorNews Staff project, “Comedy Gone Horror” 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

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Top 10 Hottest Sexiest Female Zombies

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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).

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Creature Profiles: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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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. John’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

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Top 15 Group Isolation Horror Films

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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).

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Permuted Press: Making the Apocalypse Fun

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It’s all very well to be critical of the output of publishers and movie studios, but sometimes some simple praise is needed. Permuted Press deserve some kudos for what they’ve been doing in recent times for horror fiction. Be they printed or ebooks, the releases from Permuted Press offer a different take on the apocalyptic fiction which has seeped into the horror genre over the past decade.

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Convention Report: Rock and Shock 2012

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Rock and Shock is an annual horror convention that takes place every October in Worcester, MA. Its ninth incarnation occurred on October 12-14, and I was on hand for all three days. Perhaps the biggest draw this year was former Kiss drummer Peter Criss, who had his own private signing room. Other celebrity guests included Danny Trejo (Machete), Tony Todd (Candyman), Doug Bradely (Hellraiser), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s … Continue reading

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Top 10 Horror Movies NOT to Watch Before Going into the Woods

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I found it hard to choose just ten films that would cause enough fear to keep people away from densely wooded areas. As I was organizing a list, digging through the hundreds of films that send their protagonists into the woods, I wondered: Are films that are based out of camps really films that take place in the woods, or do the films have to be set totally in the deep wood, away from all … Continue reading

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The Cube Movies Explained: Analysis | Meaning of the Cube Movies Franchise

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The Cube Movies Explanation

The Cube series is highly regarded as a fantastical and complex franchise that bases its films around the intricacies of a mystery cube. The initial cube is a 6-sided room that offers small doors on all sides (leading to other cubes) with lethal booby traps awaiting in some of them. A pattern to “which” rooms had traps was never established, though we know that they were activated with either motion or … Continue reading

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The Work of Carlos Gananian (an look at his horror short films)

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Carlos Gananian’ short movies deserve respect not only for they amazing production values, but also for being Brazilian movies that take a chance outside of the country’s usual horror themes and scenarios, and instead pay homage to more universal horror themes. They are subtle, silent and introspective little films, and considering that and the fact that the first two are actually film student shorts, most people will run scared, ready to hear the pretention … Continue reading

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