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Hypnotic Chill! Monster Thrill!

This short article is in the spirit of the crowded ad-mat advertising blurbs that, once upon a time, would show up in the newspaper for horror related features. The particular composite above is a fantasy, but since all films back then were for General Audiences, a stack like it is entirely credible. Here, it’s an excuse for a trio of personal Savant anecdotes, vividly remembered from fifty-odd years ago.

Not Bad! Charlie Largent assembled this convincing triple bill ad paste-up,

customized for San Bernardino in 1964.

Don’t listen to Gen X’ers or Millennials, kids: the Real era to be an adolescent moviegoer was in the 1950s and 1960s, when downtown movie palaces had regular Saturday kiddie matinees, just as seen in the nostalgic Joe Dante movie. Theaters in most towns functioned as ad hoc babysitters, with kids dropped off in clumps. In many cases the oldest squab in
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Halloween 2017: 31 Horror Films You Can Stream on Amazon Prime This October

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Since I showed some love to Netflix yesterday, I thought it was only proper today to put the spotlight on Amazon Prime and their vast streaming library that features hundreds of genre titles.

There’s no denying that it can be an overwhelming experience to try and navigate your way through over 200 different pages of movies, so I went ahead and put together a list of 31 different films that should help you get into the Halloween spirit throughout the month of October. And since variety is the spice of life, I tried to give you guys an assortment of different sub-genres, so that you should be able to find something to fit any horror-loving mood! Happy October and happy viewing, everyone!

Madman

At a summer camp for youths, a cocky pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer "Madman Marz". Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various
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Horror Hall Of Fame 26-Film DVD Set to be Released This October from Mill Creek Entertainment

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Timeless titans of the horror genre—including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee—are featured in a new 9-disc, 26-film DVD set fittingly titled Horror Hall of Fame, coming this October from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Fright fans can keep an eye out for the Horror Hall of Fame DVD set (featuring over 35 hours of film footage) when it's released on October 17th. We have the cover art and full list of films below, and to learn more, visit Mill Creek Entertainment's website. Will you be adding this set to your home media collection this fall?

"Hungry for Horror? Stay glued to the edge of your seat with a 26 film bundle including some of the greatest works from the masters of Horror.

Bat, The - 1959 - Vincent Price

Before I Hang - 1940 - Boris Karloff

Black Room, The - 1935 - Boris Karloff

Boogie Man Will Get You,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Bug (1975)

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Known as the King of the Gimmicks, producer/director William Castle will surely be remembered for such B staples as House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Tingler (also ’59) and 13 Ghosts (1960), cheap but fun pictures with added pleasure for the moviegoer by the use of ingenious devices such as Emergo, Percepto, and Illusion-o. It’s only fitting that he ended his career as co-writer/producer of Jeannot Szwarc’s Bug (1975), a nature gone amok flick that becomes a Weird-o halfway through to detail a descent into madness.

Distributed by Paramount Pictures in June, Bug didn’t make much of a dent in the summer box office, bringing in a little over $3.6 million and infuriating critics. Richard Eder of The New York Times called it “sick, and literally sickening.” Some people just can’t handle arson prone killer cockroaches, I guess. Never mind them, because the rest of us get to revel in
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#Brainwaves Episode 44: Terry Castle on William Castle and the Curse of Rosemary’s Baby Listen Now

The latest episode of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio was one for the books, kids! Joining us was Terry Castle, daughter of the great William Castle, whose movies like The Tingler, The House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts, Mr.… Continue Reading →

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Tonight! #Brainwaves Episode 44: Terry Castle on William Castle and the Curse of Rosemary’s Baby

The next episode of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio will be one for the books, kids! Joining us will be Terry Castle, daughter of the great William Castle, whose movies like The Tingler, The House on Haunted Hill, 13… Continue Reading →

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#Brainwaves Episode 44 Guest Announcement: Terry Castle on William Castle and the Curse of Rosemary’s Baby

The next episode of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio will be one for the books, kids! Joining us will be Terry Castle, daughter of the great William Castle, whose movies like The Tingler, The House on Haunted Hill, 13… Continue Reading →

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‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks

‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks
A dream came true for John Waters in “Hagsploitation,” Episode 6 of FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.” For decades, the iconic director has been a vocal fan of William Castle, the B-movie king of showmanship whose promotional stunts remain legendary. In fact, “I wish I were William Castle,” Waters wrote in the 1986 collection “Crackpot.”

And thus, Ryan Murphy asked Waters to appear in “Hagsploitation,” which opens with Waters as Castle, introducing an axe-wielding Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange) during a promotional tour for the 1964 film “Straight-Jacket.”

“It was an honor to be asked to do it, because I’m such a fan of William Castle,” Waters said about the unannounced cameo. “I had to keep the secret for so long because we shot it a long time ago. And the secret kept. I was surprised, because there were 100 extras there.”
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‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks

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‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks
A dream came true for John Waters in “Hagsploitation,” Episode 6 of FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.” For decades, the iconic director has been a vocal fan of William Castle, the B-movie king of showmanship whose promotional stunts remain legendary. In fact, “I wish I were William Castle,” Waters wrote in the 1986 collection “Crackpot.”

And thus, Ryan Murphy asked Waters to appear in “Hagsploitation,” which opens with Waters as Castle, introducing an axe-wielding Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange) during a promotional tour for the 1964 film “Straight-Jacket.”

“It was an honor to be asked to do it, because I’m such a fan of William Castle,” Waters said about the unannounced cameo. “I had to keep the secret for so long because we shot it a long time ago. And the secret kept. I was surprised, because there were 100 extras there.”

Read More: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: Alison Wright
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They’re Re-remaking ‘House on Haunted Hill’

They’re Re-remaking ‘House on Haunted Hill’
In a press briefing that revealed writing team Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman (Project Almanac, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) would be developing Unexplained Phenomenon for Amblin, it also dropped the bomb that the duo are developing a second remake of House on Haunted Hill over at Warner Bros. House on Haunted Hill is William Castle’s classic 1959 film starring Vincent Price as a millionaire […]
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‘Jerry Maguire’ Star Joins the ‘Circus’

‘Jerry Maguire’ Star Joins the ‘Circus’
Things are about to get very strange for Jonathan Lipnicki as he’s nabbed the lead role in indie horror film Circus Kane, which sees a reclusive circus master invite a group of social media stars to his house of haunts, THR writes. In a nod to Vincent Price’s House on Haunted Hill, anyone who can make it out […]
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The Nine Greatest Horror Film Stars of All Time

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Halloween is almost here. This is the time of year for putting your favorite horror films in the DVD player. When you think of horror movies over the decades, there are certain actors whose names are indelibly linked to the horror genre. In honor of Halloween 2016, Cinelinx looks at the nine greatest horror films stars of all time.

9) Robert Englund: He made a name for himself as the burnt-faced dream demon Freddy Kruger. His body of horror work includes...A Nightmare On Elm Street, Anoes 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Anoes 3: Dream Warriors, Anoes 4: The Dream Master, Anoes 5: The Dream Child, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Freddy Vs. Jason, The Phantom of the Opera, Nightmare Café, Night Terrors, Mortal Fear, The Mangler, Urban Legend, Sanitarium, The Funhouse Massacre, etc.

8) Jamie Lee Curtis: The woman who created the trend of females
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Halloween 2016: 31 Great Horror Movies Available on Amazon Prime This October

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For those of you with Amazon Prime benefits, you may or may not have realized just how many great, free horror movies the site’s streaming service has to offer for members (something I sadly didn’t realize until late last year myself). I recently spent a few hours combing through their entire library and came up with this list of 31 horror movies (spanning several different sub-genres) that are sure to make for fun and fright-filled ways to get you ready for Halloween.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, three scouts and one badass cocktail waitress will fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Interview with a Vampire (1994)

Box office superstar Tom Cruise ("A Few Good Men," "The Firm") stars in the hotly anticipated adaptation of Anne Rice's gothic novel.
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Blu-ray Review – Matinee (1993)

Matinee, 1993.

Directed by Joe Dante.

Starring John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub and John Sayles.

Synopsis:

An enterprising film promoter capitalises on the hysteria during the Cuban missile crisis and introduces the idea of live props and special effects to a Florida town during a horror movie showing.

There is a theory that horror movies tend to thrive and become popular with mainstream audiences during times of social upheaval. Joe Dante’s Matinee is a comedy that has this idea at its core and, amongst other things, plays with the notions of horror movie making in a love letter to 1950s/1960s creature features and growing up during a time when everything seemed so much more innocent.

Set against the backdrop of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, Matinee stars John Goodman (Arachnophobia/10 Cloverfield Lane) as Lawrence Woolsey, a movie producer/promoter who
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It Came From The Tube: Ghost Story / Circle Of Fear (1972)

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There’s the usual stockpile when we mention horror anthology TV series. Twilight Zone sits firmly on top for most, and then follows Outer Limits, Thriller, Tales from the Crypt, Masters of Horror, Night Gallery, and on and on. (The rankings are up to you.) And sometimes, way down in the pile of yellowed TV Guides lays one that time forgot (and Nielsen killed). Witness NBC’s Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972), a one season and done series that provided solid stories well told over 23 episodes.

If the title seems confusing, it’s because it was known as Ghost Story for the first 13 episodes (plus pilot), and then Circle of Fear for the last 9. Low ratings prompted the name change, which proceeded when the show returned from the Christmas break. Rotund host Sebastian Cabot also didn’t survive the retooling.

So what sank the show? ABC aired Room 222/The Odd Couple opposite it,
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From Cameron to Boll: Four Action-Horror Hybrids

Any horror fan knows that for a lot of movies in the genre, it can be hard to sell non-enthusiasts on having the wits scared out of them. Thankfully, the genre covers so much ground and incorporates so much of the best of other kinds of film that it’s not hard to find something that can appeal to everyone while still satisfying those looking for scares. These are a few of the best movies that combine our favorite aspects of both action and horror.

Aliens

James Cameron took Ridley Scott’s tense and atmospheric 1979 thriller and put his own spin on it by applying his successful trademark Terminator-style action sensibilities. The result was an action-horror classic that holds up incredibly well today and remains wildly influential across pop culture. Aliens introduced the concept of the space marine as we know it today and paved the way for countless future science-fiction franchises.
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Arbitrary Cinema: “I Saw What You Did (And I Know Who You Are!)”

Join me in the confines of my house on the hill, where every week I’ll be sharing with you a seemingly random review of a movie that’s come across my horror-nerd radar in the middle of the night. So come join my on the couch. It may give you some insight into the way our referential minds connect films, it may introduce you to something you never knew existed, or it may give you a rash that requires a 7-day ointment treatment. Or, maybe none of that matters in the end–because this is Arbitrary Cinema..

I Saw What You Did – Bluray Review

William Castle warns you: This Picture Is About Uxoricide!”

Disclaimers like this regularly adorned the posters and lobby cards of master showman William Castle’s films. To boil him down to just “shlock” though, doesn’t give his legacy the due-justice it deserves. Sure, his
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May 17th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Witch, Southbound, I Saw What You Did (1965)

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For those of you looking to live a bit more deliciously, May 17th is certainly going to be your day, because Robert EggersThe Witch is finally making its way onto Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. Scream Factory also has two releases that genre fans will certainly want to keep an eye on this week: William Castle’s cult classic I Saw What You Did and the recent thriller Dementia, which stars The Sacrament’s Gene Jones. The killer anthology Southbound is also coming to DVD on Tuesday, and Universal has several four-title collections that might be worth your time as well.

I Saw What You Did (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A simple prank call turns into a night of person-to-person terror in I Saw What You Did, a movie that dials up the suspense.

Teenagers Libby and Kit have found a new way to entertain themselves: by calling
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Contest: Win I Saw What You Did (1965) on Blu-ray

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Two teenagers pick the wrong person to prank call in I Saw What You Did (1965), hitting high-definition on home media this Tuesday from Scream Factory, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of I Saw What You Did.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “I Saw What You Did Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 22nd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the Press Release: “It starts as a game… and there’s no end in Fright! A simple prank call turns into a night
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I Saw What You Did (1965) Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Starring Joan Crawford, the Blu-ray release of I Saw What You Did (1965) is around the corner (May 17th), and Scream Factory has released two Blu-ray clips and the official trailer for the film.

From the Press Release: “It starts as a game… and there’s no end in Fright! A simple prank call turns into a night of person-to-person terror in I Saw What You Did, a movie that dials up the heart-stopping suspense! Scream Factory presents the Blu-ray debut of William Castle’s I Saw What You Did on May 17th, 2016, complete with an all-new high definition transfer.

Teenagers Libby and Kit have found a new way to entertain themselves: by calling up random strangers and tormenting them with a warning: “I saw what you did, and I know who you are.” But when a man who has recently murdered his wife becomes their latest victim, the tables are quickly turned…
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