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What Is the Best Horror Movie Of The 21st Century? — IndieWire Critics Survey

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What Is the Best Horror Movie Of The 21st Century? — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best horror film of the 21st century?

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelancer for Rolling Stone, The Verge, Vulture

Everyone knows that the greatest Halloween film of all time is the 1962 nudie-cutie “House on Bare Mountain,” and my slavish devotion to giallo means that personal favorite horror movie of the new century is “Berberian Sound Studio”, but those are both answers to questions nobody asked. The finest horror film of the new millennium is “Cabin in the Woods”, both a dissertation on the history of the American scary movie and a chilling piece of work in its own right. With a fiendishly clever narrative hook,
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Kevin Kangas Opens His Garden of Hedon

Sex. It's our favorite 3-letter word, and we're sure that many of you echo that sentiment. Humping and horror movies go together hand-in-hand like a perfect marriage of sorts. And if you like both of 'em as much as we do, then you're gonna love Kevin Kangas' new flick... Garden of Hedon.

From the Press Release

Garden of Hedon, the noir-horror movie from the creator of Fear of Clowns and Hunting Humans, gets its Blu-ray release on February 17, 2014.

The movie starts with a classic mystery open: Owen wakes in a room with a dead body and no memory of how he got there. Where the movie differs is the supernatural element as he discovers there’s no way out of the mansion he finds himself in, and with no way to contact the police it’s up to Owen to find the killer… and the murderer’s only just begun.
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Michael Monahan Talks Horror Hosts and More

Horror fans today are spoiled. With the vast array of films available on DVD and Blu-ray via storefronts like Best Buy and Fye, online outlets like Amazon and Deep Discount, and rental/streaming services such as Netflix, there are few films that are unattainable. Virtually anything one might hear of is available some way, somewhere. But it wasn't always so...

Back at a time before disc (or VHS for that matter), the only way - and I mean the Only way - to see classic and not so classic genre pictures was on broadcast television. As a kid, I remember getting the local TV Guide and a yellow highlighter and systematically going through the listings, marking each and every show time of movies I'd heard about either from friends or ones that were obliquely mentioned in Forry Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland . I would meticulously go over each entry
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Shock It To Me! Halloween Spookenanny Takes San Francisco Oct. 31

Shock It To Me! Halloween Spookenanny Takes San Francisco Oct. 31
Here’s an event for those of you who will be in the San Francisco area on Halloween and are looking for a devilishly good party:

Haunting the historic Café Du Nord on October 31st, the Shock-it-to-me! Halloween Spookenany will, claws down, be the most insidious show in San Francisco this Ghoultide Season! Bringing back a real sense of old skool All-Hallows-Eve fun, event promoter August Ragone (columnist for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine), has sewn together a monstrous fright night of horror hosts, maniacal music, creepy contests, and more tricks ‘n treats than you can shake a bloody stake at!

After a ten-year ban in thirteen countries, Ragone is proud to announce the triumphant return of the legendary Rock n’ Roll Rasputin, straight from his heart-stopping performance at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans: Johnny Legend & His Naked Apes! Johnny’s latest musical incarnation (featuring members of The Mummies
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8th Annual Rondo Hatton Award Winners Announced

The eighth annual Rondo Hatton Awards have come to pass, and we have all the results for you, including one winner who we're kind of shocked about ... us!

That's right, kids, your love has carried us over once again, and we're both proud and humbled to announce that Dread Central has won the Rondo Award for "Best Website". Honestly? We were honored just to have been nominated. Being up against twenty-nine other quality sites, we never thought we'd win. You guys have no idea how much this means to us as we've always considered the Rondos to be reserved only for the very best in our genre. To be revered as one of "those" for even just a fleeting moment is something we consider to be prestigious in the highest regard.

But make no mistake ... even though technically we are the actual recipients of it, this award belongs very much
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Women Rondo nominees that deserve it; 'Final Girl', Jovanka Vuckovic, 'Medium', 'American Scary', and more

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The weirdly male, 50's-ish monster-kid-oriented Rondo Awards are happening yet again, and while no one really knows who would nominate almost unheard-of blogs like Obscure Hollow (really? last review on Dec 20, 2009? Is it abandoned?) or newbies like Dollar Bin Horror (seriously? two-paragraph, badly-written reviews?) there are some women nominated who really deserve a look before you vote!

First off is our pick for best blog, Final Girl, run by staff contributor Stacie Ponder. Funny, mostly sarcastic, silly, and much more enjoyable than the films reviewed, Final Girl has our official endorsement. There are also surprising nominees for best article, best TV episode, and more that you need to check out before you vote because they show that women have taken a really effective part in this year's horror phenomenon...

For TV: Medium, 'Bite Me,' CBS, 10.30.09. Allison's nightmares throw her into scenes from 'Night of the Living Dead.' Elvira guest stars.
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Horror Host Doc American Scary Heads Home!

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As a long-time horror fan, some of my best memories are growing up watching cheesy movies being hosted by Elvira and even Svengoolie, a Chicago horror host hero. So I was more than a little excited when I heard that the horror host retrospective American Scary was coming out on DVD February 17th, 2009.

American Scary is an independent documentary that takes a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting with interviews and footage from major hosts and enthusiasts from the last 50 years such as Forrest Ackerman, John Kassir (The Crypt Keeper), Vampira, Joe Bob Briggs, and others.

There are also a slew of fan interviews featured on the doc of people who were influenced by these hosts, and fans will get to follow along to see how the idea of horror hosts came to be from its glamorous beginnings through repeated waves of popularity in the 1960s and 1970s
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Reflection on Horror Hosts in American Scary

A nostalgic homage to the glory days of the late night horror shows, American Scary , comes to DVD on February 17th from Cinema Libre Studio. The documentary, from John E. Hudgens and Sandy Clark, looks at hte birth of the art of the television horror host in the late 1950s and its rise to popularity. Before syndicated programming and cable were introduced, hosts of locally produced shows were a staple of television. Local programs, such as "Creature Feature" and "Mystery Science Theatre 3000," launched a spectacle of beloved kooky TV personalities, who will forever belong in the horror "crypt of fame" with their unforgettable farcical make-up, grimy costumes, grotesque props, and even freakishly altered bodies. American Scary features...
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