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Halloween 2017: Hack, Slash, Stream: 13 Slashers to Watch on Shudder

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Of all the many sub-genres in horror, the slasher is probably my favorite. There aren’t many good ones, but even the bad ones tend to deliver exactly what we want from the formula. They’re horror movie comfort food, and Shudder is offering an entire buffet this October.

Black Christmas (1973, dir. Bob Clark) In many ways the first modern slasher film, Bob Clark’s holiday horror movie is, to this day, a genre masterpiece. From its chilly Canadian atmosphere to the disturbing obscene phone calls being made to a sorority house, Black Christmas is brilliantly constructed and hugely influential. It’s not just one of my favorite slasher movies, but one of my favorite horror movies of any type, full stop.

Blood Rage (1987, dir. Bruce Rubin) There are slasher movies that are tense and scary and stylish. Blood Rage is not one of them. Shot in 1983 but not released
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Waxwork Records to Release Shock Waves Soundtrack on Vinyl

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Waxwork Records will resurrect the spooky sounds of Shock Waves with their newly announced deluxe vinyl release of the 1977 cult zombie film.

Scheduled to come out this Friday, the Shock Waves vinyl soundtrack features Richard Einhorn's entire score for the film, as well as liner notes by the film's director, Ken Wiederhorn, and new artwork by Sadist Art Designs and "Ghoulish" Gary Pullin, respectively.

Variant versions of the vinyl will also be released with "sea foam green" and "ocean blue splatter" designs. Below, we have official details from Waxwork Records and a look at the cover artwork and variant LPs.

From Instagram: "Coming this Friday, the vinyl debut of Shock Waves! This deluxe LP features the complete film score by composer Richard Einhorn (The Prowler, Don't Go In The House) along with his liner notes. Also includes Director liner notes by Ken Wiederhorn (Return Of The Living Dead 2), colored vinyl,
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Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter – Midnights This Weekend at The Moolah

“Jason’s body has disappeared from the morgue!”

Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter screens Midnights this weekend (May 13th and 14th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhousefilm series.

Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), the fourth film in the venerable franchise, is considered by hard-core fans of the series to be the best, although it was hardly the “final Chapter” (there were at least 10 more). Directed by Joseph Zito (The Prowler) directed, which is indeed far above average by slasher standards and features a good cast of recognizable 80’s brat pack wannabes, including Crispin Glover (Back To The Future), Corey Feldman (The Goonies), Lawrence Monoson (Last American Virgin) and Judie Aronson (Weird Science). It also ranks as one of the goriest in the series, thanks to the return of makeup effects legend Tom Savini,
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Late Nite Grindhouse Presents Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter – 5/13 & 5/14

1984’s entry into the popular slasher franchise, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, is one of the better Friday the 13th installments. It supposedly has the most nudity out of all the installments, it is more action oriented and this iteration of Jason Voorhees is pretty damn ruthless. Not to mention, tons of broken glass and Crispin Glover’s dance moves.

Personally, I bounce back and forth between this entry and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives as my favorite film of the franchise. After 5 years of doing Late Nite Grindhouse, we finally worked it out to show a Friday the 13th movie on Friday the 13th!!

Expertly directed by Joseph Zito (The Prowler, Red Scorpion), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter introduces a great group of kids that are relatable, likeable and humorous. Stuntman Ted White brings an unapologetic and vicious Jason Voorhees to the screen that, in my personal opinion,
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'All Through the House' movie review

Reviewed by Jonathan Weichsel

MoreHorror.com

All Through the House is written and directed by Todd Nunes. The film stars Ashley Nunes, Jessica Cameron, Melynda Kiring, Natalie Montera, Lito Velasco, Jason Ray Schumacher, and Johanna Rae

Being asked to write a spoiler-free review is always tough, because a large part of my job as a critic is to let you all know if the movie I am reviewing is something you'll all want to see, and a good critic generally does this by describing the film, and letting the reader make up his or her mind. When I'm limited in what I can say about a film, it limits my ability to accurately describe it. I don't think I am giving away too many spoilers though when I say that All Through the House is a Christmas themed slasher about a killer dressed as Santa who kills women and cuts off their boyfriend's penises.
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Favorite Slasher Movie Moments – Insert Scream Here: The Prowler

First, have you subscribed to our YouTube channel yet? Doing so puts you ahead of the curve because I'll sometimes upload videos there before running them here - mostly our original content, like Insert Scream Here, for instance. A new episode is here and, throughout the summer, I'm looking at some of my favorite slasher movie moments. So far, I've talked about my favorite scenes from The Burning and Friday the 13th Part 3. With episode 17, I'm focusing on Joseph Zito's The Prowler from 1981.

The post Favorite Slasher Movie Moments – Insert Scream Here: The Prowler appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Five More Fun Horror Movies That Received Rotten Reviews

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Five More Fun Horror Movies That Received Rotten Reviews
We frequently disagree with movie critics on their critiques of horror films. It seems that the majority of mainstream film critics are not able to accept horror films for what they are intended to do: scare the audience and entertain. For a lot of fans, horror films are a form of escapism; they give viewers with an outlet to relax and unwind. We think it’s important for critics to consider the intent of a film when providing criticism. Not every horror film is meant to be taken seriously or to make a profound statement and we think that’s ok.

We are left wondering if mainstream film critics dismiss horror features as a lesser art form and perhaps tend to view them as not worth their time. In light of that, FEARnet has been running a recurring a piece exploring good horror movies that received ‘rotten’ reviews on the
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Our Favorite Practical Gore Effects Created by Tom Savini

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Our Favorite Practical Gore Effects Created by Tom Savini
Tom Savini is a make up effects legend and an original badass. He is responsible for making the demise of hundreds of fornicating teenagers look realistic as well as bringing all sorts of disfigured monsters to life. Tom Savini was in love with horror before it was en vogue to work in genre film. He has pulled off some of the most realistic looking and insanely difficult practical effects ever. In addition to being responsible for some of the most epic impalements, exploding heads, decapitations, and stab wounds, Savini also acts and runs a make up effects school for aspiring FX artists. As a “thank you” to one of the most respected men working in fright films today, we are paying tribute by highlighting ten of our favorite special effects created by the renowned make up artist himself.

Friday the 13th: Decapitation of Mrs. Voorhees

This scene stands out in my mind,
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Slasher Cinema Showcase: 'The Prowler'

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Slasher Cinema Showcase: 'The Prowler'
With today's new installment in our slash-flashback series, we'll leave behind the summer camp slaughters of The Burning and Madman, which mainly take their cues from the Friday the 13th series, and instead visit the time-tested formula laid out by John Carpenter's Halloween: that is, the old “X years later” theme, wherein our killer, driven by obsession, revenge or supernatural forces, returns after a couple of decades to the scene of his original crime to take out his frustrations on fresh new prey (sure, that's also the motivation for Jason's mom in the original F13, but let's not nitpick). Revenge is the key to Joseph Zito's 1981 flick The Prowler, which would be a fairly mundane slasher entry if not for the excellent photography and some seriously inventive and horrific makeup effects by the great Tom Savini. Originally titled Rosemary's Killer, the film opens – as most films of this formula do – with a flashback.
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Jason Christopher on the 5 Films that Inspired Nobody Gets Out Alive

This week up-and-coming indie filmmaker Jason Christopher's latest, Nobody Gets Out Alive, arrived on DVD everywhere courtesy of Image Entertainment. Since it's a film we've been covering here on Dread Central since the very beginning during Indie Horror Month 2011...

...when it went by a different title, we thought for the home release we'd switch things up a bit.

With Nobody Gets Out Alive, Christopher crafted a modern homage to some of the greatest slasher flicks we all grew up loving so to celebrate his directorial debut, we asked the writer/director to name five classic horror films that influenced him as a life-long horror fans as well as his work on Nobody Gets Out Alive.

Read on for all the classic horror goodness straight from Christopher himself!

Black Christmas (Original): Let's start this list off right and talk about my favorite horror movie of all time, Black Christmas.
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Revisiting The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

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Revisiting The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
“After a decade of silence… the buzz is back!”

It’s surprising that it took as long as it did, but The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 didn’t arrive in theaters until a good 12 years after the original. At the helm once again was director Tobe Hooper, but this time screenwriting duties went to L.M. Kit Carson whose prior credits included Breathless and Paris, Texas. And because of the fast paced nature of the shoot which went into production almost immediately after being green-lit, Carson was on-set rewriting the entire time, in particular when at the last minute, a million dollars from the budget was cut forcing the filmmakers to implement changes while shooting and to make due with whatever they had.

You wouldn’t be able to tell any production problems with the finished product which at this point only gets better with age. The official sequel to Texas
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Exploitation Alley: The Burning!!!

This week we’re taking a break from my usual barrage of Satanic cult and/or biker movies and instead jumping into one of my favorite genres: the slasher film, and a movie that in my opinion is a great example of a well-executed, cleverly written and acted movie in that genre: 1981’s The Burning. While I wasn’t an instant fan of it the first time I watched it (about half a decade ago) , and dismissed it as just another Crystal Lake ripoff, over the years I’ve grown quite fond of The Burning and would even go as far as saying it’s a superior film to the original Friday The 13th . So watch out for those mischievous teenage campers or worse yet, Cropsy, and let’s head to Camp Stonewater for The Burning.

Mostly known for being the film debut for various actors such as Jason Alexander (George mothereffin Costanza!
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Greatest Slasher Films (1970 – 1990)

The definition of a slasher film varies depending on who you ask, but in general, it contains several specific traits that feed into the genre’s formula. Author Vera Dika rather strictly defines the sub-genre in her book Games of Terror by only including films made between 1978 and 1984. In other words, she saw it as a movement. When someone describes Brick, they don’t define it as a noir, but instead neo-noir . In other words, it’s a modern motion picture that prominently utilizes elements of film noir, but with updated themes, content, style, visual elements or media that were absent in those from the 1940s and 1950s. So does one consider Scream a slasher film or a neo-slasher, or simply put, a modern slasher?

Some consider Thirteen Women to be the earliest slasher – released all the way back in 1932. Personally I think that is rubbish. Thirteen Women is more like Desperate Housewives on sedatives.
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Red Scorpion Blu-ray Review

It's quite easy for people to wrap movies of their youth up in nostalgia. My generation (late 20's/early 30's) continues to have an almost manic appreciation for the bombastic and over the top action movies of the 80's, and will defend said movies accordingly. Whether they are bad or not, nostalgia clouds genuine judgment. I say all this to preface that, as a kid of the 80's, somehow I completely missed Red Scorpion. Having seen it for the first time as a 31-year old with no sense of childhood attachment, I can honestly say that I loved every minute of it.

Red Scorpion tells the story of Lt. Nikolai Rachenko (Dolph Lundgren) who is sent on a mission in Africa to take down a local spiritual leader that has received a mass following and is on the verge of starting an uprising. His journey leads him to befriend his target's closest confidant,
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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 1

For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.

Ricky D – 14 Viewings

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The Exorcist

Directed by William Friedkin

One of the few horror films that really gets under my skin. Essential viewing for any cinephile.

The Exorcist 3

Directed by William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty,
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Weekend Horror Trivia

Reader and contributor Gemma St. Clair returns this weekend with a new list of horror trivia:

1. The Phantom of the Opera: There are multiple versions of this film, including the original silent 1925 release (107 minutes long) and the 1929 re-release (98 minutes long). There was a third version with talking scenes, but it is now considered lost.

2. Cat’s Eye: Stephen King wrote the part for Drew Barrymore in Cat’s Eye because he was so impressed with her in Firestarter.

3. Freaks: This film was banned in the UK for nearly 30 years after its release.

4. Willard (2003): A picture of Willard’s Father in the film is actually Bruce Davidson who played Willard in the 1971 original.

5. House of the Dead: The Sega logo can be seen in the background of the rave.

6. Alone in the Dark (1982): The house that was used for Dr. Potter’s home actually belonged to a psychiatrist.
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Dread Central: Six Sites Remember the Class of 1981

When Lucio Fulci concluded The Beyond with the words "And you will face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored", he might as well have been referring to the banner year of 1981.

Whatever your genre poison, 1981 delivered it in spades. Werewolves ruled the box office with films that not only redefined special effects artistry but remain stellar examples of modern lycanthropic horror – even today. Elsewhere, Satan's son reared his ugly head for a final conflict while David Cronenberg explored factions of warring psychics with Scanners. Sam Raimi's Candarian demons were unleashed in a Tennessee cabin while seemingly endless droves of slashers stalked theaters across the country. Wes Craven doled out one hell of a Deadly Blessing while The Boogens broke free from a Colorado silver mine, endearing themselves to a whole band of cult aficionados who've remained loyal to a film that, thirty years later,
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15 Great Horror Masks

Last weekend brought the release of Scream 4, and the return of one of horror’s most recognizable villains. Ghostface has been many different people, but the face always remains the same – that elongated, black-and-white mask, inspired by the figure in Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream.” Wes Craven turned that boring Halloween store mask into something truly iconic. Of course, Ghostface was not the first or last horror baddie to don a scary mask. Here are some other villains whose fake faces have haunted our nightmares.

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The Shape/Michael Myers, Halloween (1978)

This infamous face is one of the plainest masks in horror history, and yet it remains the most terrifying. Perhaps William Shatner is to blame for that, as the mask was created in his likeness. Fashioned from a Captain Kirk Halloween mask, the pale, emotionless face perfectly matches the cold, soulless demeanor of “The Shape” (as
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Rest in Peace: Farley Granger

The world lost another film legend today with the passing of Farley Granger at the age of 85. Granger, who died of natural causes at his Manhattan home, was best known for his roles in two Alfred Hitchcock films, but he also appeared in several Italian horror movies in the early 1970's.

Hitchcock cast the American actor first in Rope in 1948, following that up with Strangers on a Train in 1951. Granger played the part of tennis star Guy Haines at the mercy of a psychotic socialite (Robert Walker) who is convinced he had struck a murder deal with the athlete. In addition to the Italian genre films Something Is Crawling in the Dark; Amuck; So Sweet, So Dead; and The Coed Murders, he portrayed the sheriff in Joseph Zito's The Prowler.

Per Yahoo! along with his roles in dozens of films through the 1970s, Granger also entertained a significant acting career on and off Broadway,
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