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The importance of cats in horror cinema

Mark Harrison Oct 31, 2017

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This feature contains broad spoilers for several horror movies featuring cats, including Alien, Cat People, Drag Me To Hell, Fallen, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Pet Sematary and The Voices.

The relationship between humans and cats over time has given way to a number of cultural impressions and outright superstitions. Ancient Egyptians associated them with gods. In the Middle Ages, they were linked with witches and killed en masse, which probably hastened the spread of the Black Plague through the rodent population. And in the modern day, it's interchangeably lucky or not if a black cat crosses your path.

Like anything with such a wide array of symbolic links, movies have presented cats as characters in different ways over the years. It's their abiding association with the supernatural – whether as an omen
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Review: Dude Bro Party Massacre III

  • DailyDead
The title says it all.

When a movie is called Dude Bro Party Massacre III and there have not been two previous Dude Bro Party movies, you know one of two things: either you need to see this movie as soon as possible or it is not for you. It is the first movie from 5 Second Films (5Sf), a comedy site and collective of actors and filmmakers who have been posting short videos online since the mid-2000s but are finally branching out into features. It is gory and ridiculous and absolutely recommended for fans of '80s horror or absurdist comedy. It's even better if you're a fan of both.

The conceit of the film is that it's the second sequel to an '80s slasher called Dude Bro Party and that the only remaining copy left in the world exists because a kid taped it off of TV in the '80s,
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Your 2014 Halloween Season TV Preview with Schedules

The craft stores know something you don’t know. That’s right. It’s time for the 2014 Halloween Season TV Preview! This is where we let you know about the time and channel for everything we can find on TV having to do with Halloween or Horror for the month of October and sometimes late September. This will include holiday specials, horror movies, TV show premier dates and Halloween episodes of your favorite series as well as documentaries that might be considered scary. Anything and everything that might get your ghost good.

I always start with TCM because you can tell they take such care in developing their lineup. Be sure to check out their Thursday nights. This is truly a unique year for that station.

A quick note: We are not going to be able to get it all. So many different markets and channels and providers… it’s
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Thn’s Top Five Worst Movie Parodies

Yesterday, Scary Movie 5 oozed its way into cinemas and to celebrate… to acknowledge said release, we looked at the Top Five Movie Parodies (now see here) and it was a right laugh.

But today, we don’t just scrape the bottom of the barrel, we kick it over and investigate the turds beneath. For today, we look at The Top Five Worst Movie Parodies. We say five, there’s tons of them here, in fact the Top Three encompasses thirteen films.

This won’t be easy, so I just want to say good luck. And we’re all counting on you.

5. Not Another Not Another Movie

dir. David Murphy (2011)

You may not have heard of this, but I can assure you it’s extraordinary. Nanam is a comedy about parodies, and while it could have been a scathing attack on the slew of awful ‘Movie’ movies (more on them
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Michael Rooker Tries on Directing for Pennhurst

Michael Rooker ( Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer , Slither ) is sitting in the director's chair for Pennhurst , from Stonebrook Entertainment, the company that brought us this year's Open House . He has pulled in Haylie Duff, Beverly Mitchell ( Saw II ), Amanda Dunn, Robb Pruitt and J. Larose ( Saw III ) for a script penned by Joe Nelms and Sue Baily, the duo that gave us Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth . Read on for the full synopsis: For decades, Pennhurst psychiatric hospital has been haunted by turbulent supernatural forces. When a local TV show embarks on a mission to capture this paranormal activity, they discover something completely unexpected. As restless souls from the past torment the crew members, they fear for their lives as one by...
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Defending Bad Movies: 'Not Another Teen Movie'

  • Moviefone
Filed under: Cinematical

Spoof movies instantly get a bad rap. (And, for argument's sake, let's leave parodies like 'Mars Attacks!' and 'Shaun of the Dead' out of this.)

In this article, we're talking about the ones that go for pop culture's jugular and tear apart specific movies individually. The Wayans brothers kicked off the craze somewhat respectably with 'Scary Movie' back in 2000, but ever since, this type of film has been synonymous with critical panning. Even the 'Scary Movie' franchise plummeted from the first to second film. 'Scary Movie' nearly attained a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the second film came in with just a 14 percent. The third film did a little better, with a 36 percent rating, as did the fourth, with 37 percent, but we're still looking at a series that's just flat out not very good.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer may have
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Defending Bad Movies: 'Not Another Teen Movie'

Defending Bad Movies: 'Not Another Teen Movie'
Filed under: Cinematical

Spoof movies instantly get a bad rap. (And, for argument's sake, let's leave parodies like 'Mars Attacks!' and 'Shaun of the Dead' out of this.)

In this article, we're talking about the ones that go for pop culture's jugular and tear apart specific movies individually. The Wayans brothers kicked off the craze somewhat respectably with 'Scary Movie' back in 2000, but ever since, this type of film has been synonymous with critical panning. Even the 'Scary Movie' franchise plummeted from the first to second film. 'Scary Movie' nearly attained a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the second film came in with just a 14 percent. The third film did a little better, with a 36 percent rating, as did the fourth, with 37 percent, but we're still looking at a series that's just flat out not very good.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer may have
See full article at Cinematical »

'The 41-Year-Old Virgin' -- Not a Sequel But Now For Sale

'The 41-Year-Old Virgin' -- Not a Sequel But Now For Sale
Coming in on the Wtf wires is the appearance of a film that has to be seen to believed. You won't have that chance in theaters, but if you wait until June 8 you can take a gander at The 41 Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It. Yes, in the spirit of Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood and Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th, we have another entry in the post-Friedberg/Seltzer era of spoofs that promises to push Superhero Movie into the creme de la creme of its generation.

Peter Hall reported on the release of the trailer back in December and although it hasn't been a full year, the title of the film has aged as much. Universal is actually nowhere near this project. Nevertheless, the product is on
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Parody goes international with Spanish Movie

  • Fangoria
Parody goes international with Spanish Movie
People have been emailing about this one all weekend, and until now it's stayed off the radar - likely because it only opened in Spain. While the U.S. has been saturated with films like Scary Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Not Another Teen Movie, and the classic Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The Thirteenth, now the Spanish market has their own parody in the form of Javier Ruiz Caldera's Spanish Movie.

The film just opened on the 4th and features parodies of films such as The Orphanage, Pans Labyrinth, [Rec] and more.

Check out a trailer below the jump, and be sure to hit the official site for loads of clips and music videos - but beware, they're not subtitled.
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