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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 »
- Tyler Doupe
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, »
- Tyler Doupe
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. »
- Gregory Burkart
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!
4 items from 2013
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