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The Foywonder's Ten Worst Horror Films of the Decade

23 December 2009 8:31 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The first decade of the new millennium has come to an end, and that means it is now time for film sites all over the web to begin posting their various retrospectives and lists recalling the decade that was. I generally as a rule dislike such lists because they are always so subjective. Then I said screw it and took it upon myself to do one of my own naming the ten worst horror movies of the past decade. Besides, people love bitching on the Internet about lists like this, and who am I to deny readers yet another excuse to get into pointless flame wars over personal opinions.

Of course, this list is just my personal opinion which is not legally binding ... unless Proposition 304 passes. And we all pray that it will.

I set two rules when putting this list together: Only horror movies that received fairly wide theatrical »

- Foywonder

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Uncle Bob Martin: A Long Thank-You to Frank, Part One

16 November 2009 4:05 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The first that I heard of Frank Henenlotter was on a perfectly awful cable tv show that aired on Manhattan's Public Access channel in the 1970s.

"The Nikki Haskell Show" was a self-indulgent half-hour cable show hosted by Haskell, a wealthy socialite-divorcee and former stockbroker who now claims that her show marked the invention of "reality television." About a year ago, after her diet pill company got in trouble with the NFL over a "secret ingredient" that should have been labeled, Haskell signed up for an account at YouTube and started posting clips from the 30-year-old program, but she seems to have lost interest after posting just ten of them.

The main reason I'd tune in Haskell's silly show was the programming that followed it, "adults only" programming like Screw magazine publisher Al Goldstein's "Midnight Blue," porn performer Robin Bird's "Hot Legs" show featuring New York's leading "dance talent" and, »

- unclebob

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Exclusive Video: Hal Holbrook Stands in That Evening Sun

12 November 2009 6:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor Hal Holbrook has had a long and distinguished career. Best known for his legendary role as the Watergate conspiracy lynchpin Deep Throat in All the President's Men, the actor was introduced to an all new audience in 2007 when he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. A veteran of over one-hundred and twenty film and television projects, the actor has appeared in such movies as John Carpenter's The Fog, Capricorn One, The Star Chamber, Wall Street, Fletch Lives and The Firm, not to mention countless performances on popular television programs like Evening Shade, The West Wing and The Sopranos. It's safe to say that at age eighty-four, Holbrook shows no signs of slowing down as he is currently getting rave reviews for his performance as a Tennessee farm owner dealing with being forced off his farm and into a retirement home in That Evening Sun, »

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Trinity Of Terrors - Happening Now in Las Vegas!

31 October 2009 1:31 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The first-ever Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors has officially taken over the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, becoming The Place you want to spend your Halloween! Its 1:31am Vegas time as I type this and the party is continuing downstairs as Halloween has officially arrived in the city of Sin.

Opening night was a blast here, packed with film screenings, celebrity guests (including some unannounced surprises), horror, freaks, and rock. And to top it off, we're broadcasting the demonic debauchery Live!

Check out this clip from last night's Live webcast featuring John Kassir doing a little bit of The Crypt Keeper!

As the final screening of the night comes to a close with Black Devil Doll wrapping up in the Brenden Theatres, we're already prepping for the show floor to re-open at 10am. Tickets will be available at the door for only $20 beginning at 8:30am, and here's what horrors lie in-store for Halloween. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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Jamie Lee Curtis and moms everywhere think Halloween is too scary for kids. She's wrong.

30 October 2009 12:54 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Today on her Huffington Post Blog, Jamie Lee Curtis (best known to horror fans as the original Lori Strode in John Carpenter's Halloween, as well as the star of thr original The Fog, Prom Night and Terror Train), shows us she's actually very anti-horror on Halloween.

Her desire to 'tone down' the gore on halloween, especially when it comes to kids, just really gets my panties in a twisted, bleeding bunch.

"Halloween, the holiday, is a breeding ground for a seemingly unending gruesome gore fest," says Curtis. "Has it always been this way? I don't think so. I remember Halloween as a time to dress up in a costume other than myself. That was what was fun..."

"The fact that my film nemesis," she continues, "And if you ever see the forgettable Halloween 8, my subsequent murderer, Michael Myers (for the uninformed, he is the one in the gray jumpsuit and »

- Superheidi

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50 Influential Scream Queens: Part 1

27 October 2009 5:54 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Given man's unwavering fascination with woman, it's no surprise that the female star acts as the anchor to a dominant portion of horror pictures. I mean really, who wants to see a bare chested man tearin ass through the woods screaming at the top of his lungs while a bladed assailant nips at his heels? I don't - I know that much, although I'm certain there are plenty of men who would disagree (and that's okay with me, to each his own!). The simple fact remains however, women bring a unique appeal and certain sensual atmosphere to film that no man ever could. And it's not all about gratuitous T&A.

There's a comforting quality in the hands of the heroine; a fascinating maternal strength that, as a man I cannot genuinely relate to. I can however admire, and in many cases it's nearly impossible to not admire the lone »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Matt Molgaard)

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MattFini's Halloween Top 10 Lists: Ghost Stories!

26 October 2009 4:47 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Editor's Note: We're always on the lookout for good new writers here at Dread Central, and with the addition of MattFini we hit pay dirt! Matt's not only one of our best and brightest, but he's also as opinionated as they come. You're almost always guaranteed to be either infuriated or amused at his musings. Each day this week he'll be posting his own Halloween Top 10 lists. Agree? Disagree? Laugh! Cry! Sound off inside!

Without further ado ... the man, the myth, the lunatic, our very own Masked Slasher, MattFini!

This past weekend saw the upset of the ages as sleeper hit Paranormal Activity bested the reigning champion that is the Saw franchise at the box office. So, in honor of one of the scariest films to come along in a while, we thought it’d be fun to offer a countdown of the 10 greatest ghost films ever made.

In the end, »

- Masked Slasher

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Win a Fangoria 30th Anniversary Prize Pack! 30 DVD's + More!

24 October 2009 10:02 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Our year-long celebration of Fangoria's 30th Anniversary continues with a phenomenal Prize Pack from Fangoria Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Horror Unleashed!

One lucky Fangoria reader will win 30 DVD's from the Horror Unleashed Series (including the new Night Of The Creeps!) and a copy of the Fangoria #284  30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition Magazine!

The following titles will be included on DVD

13 Ghosts Blood & Chocolate Bram Stoker’s Dracula Candyman Christine Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Prom Night (remake) Fright Night Ghostbusters Ghostbusters 2 Hostel Hostel part II I Know What You Did Last Summer Jason and the Argonauts John Carpenter’s Vampires Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Night of the Creeps November Secret Window Silent Hill The Cave The Covenant The Exorcism of Emily Rose The Fog The Grudge The Return of the Vampire The Revenge of Frankenstein Underworld Underworld Evolution Zombie Strippers To Enter: Send an email to fango30@fangoria. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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First Look: Trinity Of Terrors Programming Schedule!

24 October 2009 4:29 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The inaugural Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors roars into The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas next weekend (October 30-November 1), and for those looking to plot out their weekend, we've got your first-look at the programming schedule for the Trinity.

With a massive list of celebrity guests, film screenings and premieres, musical performances, a VIP Party, Costume Contest, Tattoo Contest, Fango Foto Features, Autograph Sessions, and so much more - we want you to know the lay of the land so that you don't miss a single thing.

If you don't have your tickets for our massive Halloween Weekend yet, there is still time to pre-order online through http://www.trinityofterrors.com and through Vegas.com. You may also order tickets from Vegas.com by phone - 1-888-las-vegas (527-8342) 24 hours a day. Tickets Will Not Be Mailed - You may pick them up at the Trinity registration booth (next to »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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The Fangoria Trinity of Terrors Begins this October 30!

24 October 2009 10:52 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The Trinity of Terrors hosted by Fangoria will kick-off during this Halloween Weekend! The Trinity movie and music festival will take place in Las Vegas and start Friday October 30 with several movie premieres. Some of the screenings include House of the Devil, Smash Cut, Sea of Dust and several more listed below. If you are a fan of horror, and in Vegas on the 30th then check out the celebration throughout the Halloween weekend. Have a look at the full event schedule inside with a list of some of the actors and crew members in attendance i.e. Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Chris Jericho (Albino Farm), Tom Atkins (The Fog), Jake Kennedy(Penance), and many, many more!

Halloween Weekend

Friday, October 30-sunday November 1

Friday, October 30

8:30am Registration opens

4pm Event doors open

4:30pm Opening Greeting & Future Fears Film Preview- Brenden Theaters #2

4:30pm Sea Of Dust »

- Michael Ross Allen

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John Kassir + More join the Trinity Of Terrors!

21 October 2009 6:21 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The guest list for the inaugural Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors (to be held October 30 through November 1 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas) just keeps getting bigger!

John Kassir, best-known as the voice of The Crypt Keeper from HBO's Tales From The Crypt has joined the Trinity, and will be appearing all weekend!

Tickets for our massive Halloween Weekend are now available online through http://www.trinityofterrors.com and through Vegas.com. You may also order tickets from Vegas.com by phone - 1-888-las-vegas (527-8342) 24 hours a day.

Other recent additions to the Trinity's massive guest list include:

Charles Cyphers - Sheriff Leigh Brackett in John Carpenter's original Halloween and it's 1981 sequel Halloween II; along with The Fog, Escape From New York, and more! Ed Neal - The Hitchhiker from Tobe Hooper's 1974 splatterfest The Texas Chain Saw Massacre! Teri McMinn - Pam from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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John Carpenter to Appear at Tfw! Convention Pulls off Huge Guest!

9 October 2009 4:57 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I didn't think I'd ever see it.  I thought it couldn't be done.  I considered it impossible.  But my friends at the Texas Frightmare have pulled off the biggest guest in all of conventions.

John Carpenter.

I don't know how Tfw got him, but John Carpenter will be at their 2010 show.  Read that again.  John Carpenter.  Director of some of the greatest horror films of all time.  HalloweenThe ThingEscape From New YorkBig Trouble In Little China.  His earlier efforts read like a litany of horror's most accomplished films.  For the covention-goer, it doesn't get any bigger than this.

Here's Twf's press release.  If you have any love of horror, this is a tremendous to you:

 Join us April 30-May 2, 2010 in Dallas as Texas Frightmare Weekend salutes legendary filmmaker and composer John Carpenter! This movie maverick staggered audiences in 1978 by unleashing suburban boogeyman Michael Myers into our collective nightmares with Halloween. »

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Movies We Love: Halloween

7 October 2009 10:58 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Halloween (1978) It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare. Why We Love It This film scared the poop out of nearly everyone who saw it. If it didn't scare you when you were a kid, you probably grew up to be a serial killer (in which case the movie initially played like an instructional video for you). With October gently nipping at our heels, I feel it's the perfect time to celebrate the genius of this horror classic. Halloween reinvented the slasher film even as the genre was in its infancy. John Carpenter created a landscape of pure terror that feels inescapably tangible. Nothing in this film resides outside the realm of possibility and the honesty of the violence is striking. Carpenter took a simple story about a madman stalking babysitters and turned it into not only a legendary horror film, but one of the most successful independent films of all time. Actually »

- Brian Salisbury

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Tom Atkins & Adrienne Barbeau coming to the Trinity Of Terrors!

28 September 2009 2:57 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Genre favorites Tom Atkins (Night Of The Creeps, Escape From New York, The Fog) and Adrienne Barbeau (Swamp Thing, The Fog, Escape From New York) have joined the lineup for the inaugural Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors, to be held October 30 through November 1 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas!

Both stars will be attending all weekend to meet with fans in our massive exhibition hall!

In other Trinity guest news, Fairuza Balk (The Craft) has been forced to bow out of the event due to accepting a film role which will be shooting at the same time as the convention. We wish Fairuza the best with her new role!

Fangoria Entertainment, publisher of the world’s best-selling horror magazine and industry leader of all things horror since 1979, is proud to announce the Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors---a brand new multi-media horror event presented in association with 5B Artist Management and sponsored by Hot Topic®, Vegas. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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The 10 Sexiest Scream Queens

10 September 2009 5:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

One of the things I love best about the internet is that people post movie-related lists and then other people get to comment on all the things the lists did wrong (or, sometimes, did right). Today, in anticipation of this week's Sorority Row, Moviefone posted a list of the ten sexiest scream queens. It's a fun list, and it's wise enough to go all the way back to Fay Wray (King Kong) and Janet Leigh (Psycho), and it includes two essentials: Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) and Marilyn Burns (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). It also includes Shannon Elizabeth, a dubious choice for films like Jack Frost, 13 Ghosts and Cursed (although I'm glad someone has thrown Cursed back into the ring; it's silly but it's also sexy, well-acted and very sharply directed by Wes Craven).

I like Adrienne Barbeau as a choice, too, even though she's really only a "scream queen" in one movie, »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Greatest Scream Queens

1 September 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Debbie Rochon, often described as a scream queen herself, wrote in an article originally published in Gc Magazine that "a true Scream Queen isn't The Perfect Woman. She's sexy, seductive, but most importantly 'attainable' to the average guy. Or so it would seem." Nastassja Kinski Films: To the Devil a Daughter (1976) [1] Cat People (1982) [2] The Day the World Ended (2001) [3] Inland Empire (2006) [4] Kinski will always be remembered for the iconic photograph shot by Richard Avedon (with a snake coiled around her body) and her role in Paul Schrader's (not so good) remake of Cat People. Needless to say, it was a hit at the box office and Kinski deservingly received a Saturn Award for Best Actress. Caroline Munro Films: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) [5] Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) [6] Dracula A.D. 1972 [7] Maniac (1980) [8] Faceless (1987) [9] Demons 6 (1989) [10] Caroline Munro seduced audiences in her Hammer roles in films like Dracula A.D. 1972, but for gore hounds, »

- Ricky

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Unaired Fear Itself Episodes Hitting FEARnet in September

6 August 2009 1:12 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

"Fear Itself" should be pretty fresh in your minds considering it's hitting DVD soon with some very bitchin' artwork. The short-lived show was like the unofficial third season of "Masters of Horror". For various reasons it was pulled before it could run its final five episodes. FEARnet is out to fix all that.

Starting on September 2nd the final five will begin being aired. Below you'll find a synopsis of each episode and when you can tune in to see them.

"Something With Bite," directed by Ernest Dickerson (NBC’s "Heroes"), is a reinvention of the classic werewolf story from writer Max Landis ("Masters of Horror"), the son of John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"). When a veterinarian (Wendell Pierce, “The Wire”) is bitten by a large, strange animal brought into his clinic, he begins to see the world and his stale life differently. Paula Jai Parker (“Side Order of Life, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Icons Exclusive: Unaired Fear Itself Episodes Debuting On FearNET This September!

5 August 2009 1:46 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Fear Itself, the unofficial 3rd season of Masters Of Horror is finally coming to DVD on September 15th courtesy of Lionsgate. And with the boxed sets release, we'll finally get to see 5 episodes that were never aired during the show's initial run on NBC. Well, we just got the exclusive word that you'll get a chance to see those 5 episodes even earlier now.

FearNET will be debuting all 5 unreleased Fear Itself episodes starting September 2nd and leading up to leading up to the release of the DVD set. Below we've got the complete schedule for FearNET's broadcast of those episodes. Check it out!

From Showtime’s Masters of Horror producers Keith Addis, Andrew Deane and Mick Garris comes a horror anthology series like no other. Fear Itself is a provocative series set to push the boundaries of this classic genre through a host of award-winning, provocative talent, both in front of and behind the camera. »

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Badass Geek Stuff: Dutch Southern Stock Carpenter T-Shirt

4 August 2009 8:58 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If you know anything about me, then you know that I am a huge John Carpenter fan.  Everything the guy has done, I have to watch and I’m predestined to enjoy it.  Even schlock like ‘Ghosts of Mars’ and miserably directed pieces of work like ‘Pro-Life,’ I can’t help but enjoying on a principle level.

So you can imagine the tears of joy when I was directed to the new t-shirt from Dutch Southern.  It honors some of the best of Carpenter’s work, and creates the basis for what I think would be the perfect movie.

Here’s the description:

And they’re off.  A stock car race with some of the best from John Carpenter’s cannon.

1st Place: Dr. Loomis driving Burton’s rig, MacReady riding shotgun, Nada and Burton standing guard, and Lo Pan just seconds away from eating the Pork Chop Express.

2nd »

- Kirk

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You Know You Want This 'Stock Carpenter' T-Shirt

29 July 2009 1:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

(From SciFi Squad)

Our good friends over at Dutch Southern are always sending us their latest movie-related t-shirt designs, and so we're back pimping out another piece of their fantastic geeky film gear -- this time it's a t-shirt honoring some of John Carpenter's best. Here's the description:

"It's a stock car race featuring some of the best from John Carpenter's cannon. 1st place: Dr. Loomis driving Burton's rig, MacReady riding shotgun, Nada and Burton standing guard, and Lo Pan just seconds away from eating the Pork Chop Express. 2nd place: the Duke in his Lincoln, Starman serving as co-pilot, and Snake surfing.3rd place: Christine, manned by an Alien and a Thing with Michael Myers making an escape from Smith's Grove. And if you look close enough in their dust you'll see The Fog people, the Statue of Liberty, the Three Storms, and a jack-o-lantern."

The t-shirt was designed by Ray Frenden, »

- Erik Davis

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