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Shocktober Foreign Frights: Mexico / South America

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Each week in October this year, as part of our Shocktober Classics event, we'll be spotlighting different regions of the world that have significantly contributed to the horror genre, with new reviews for that region's films from Monday to Friday of that week(read more...)

Announcing Shocktober Classics 2008: Foreign Frights

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Last year's Shocktober Classics marathon of 23 reviews (plus three bonus reviews) dedicated to four of horror's greatest directors was a raging success, turning out some of the site's best reviews and drawing a ton of new readers. This year we're doing it again, but with a much broader theme.

Shocktober Classics 2008 will be devoted to Foreign Frights, with theme weeks devoted to the thrills and chills coming from four different areas of the world, plus a fifth week of reviews devoted to various other countries. Even with a new review every Monday-Friday, there's just too much to cover, so expect bonus reviews and features throughout the month.

Here's what the month looks like:(read more...)

Review: Pathology (2008)

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Pathology is a solid little thriller that doesn't quite enter the land of horror. That's fine, of course – it doesn't appear to have been specifically tailored as a horror film to begin with. I review it here not because of its genre, but because its subject matter lends itself to easy appreciation by horror aficionados. In brief, Pathology is about how a group of young people turn death into a pastime and a pastime into an obsession.(read more...)

George A. Romero Filming New Zombie Movie

George A. Romero

Great news from the Great White North -- Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that George A. Romero is working on a brand-new zombie film in Toronto. Little is known about the project, except that it stars Alan Van Sprang (Land of the Dead, Saw III) and that is not a direct sequel to Diary of the Dead. We'll have more on this new film as we get it in.

Review: The Skull (1965)

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The films of Freddie Francis have always shown the work of a skilled visual craftsman -- one of the very best, in fact -- but also one who performs better when others provide him a creative vision and context from within which he can do his work. I find it rather telling that many of the best films that Francis worked on -- Glory, The Straight Story, The Elephant Man -- were those in which he acted as cinematographer to a visionary director, years after he gave up regularly directing himself. The Skull, made for Amicus in 1965, is a particularly effective case for Francis's talent with a camera and against his knack for creating his own stories. Although the film is hampered by a lackluster script and poor casting choices, its ultimate chance at success rests on Francis's shoulders – for better or for worse.
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New "Repo! The Genetic Opera" Trailer

Anthony Stewart Head and Ogre in Repo! The Genetic Opera

Other than horror, my favorite film genre has to be the musical -- from Top Hat to Singin' in the Rain to Tommy to Moulin Rouge. I especially love a good rock opera, which is why I'm especially excited for the upcoming limited release of Darren Lynn Bousman's Repo!(read more...)

Trevor Matthews and Jon Knautz (Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer) interview

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The horror-comedy Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer just wrapped up a three-city limited release in preparation for the DVD from Anchor Bay which hits shelves October 7th, 2008. The film, directed by Jon Knautz from a screenplay he co-wrote with John Ainsley, stars Trevor Matthews (who also has story and producer credits on the flick) as a plumber who must battle horrific beasties unwittingly unleashed by Professor Crowley (Robert Englund) upon a junior college. At Comic-Con this year, we had the opportunity to sit down with Matthews and Knautz (as well as the non-talkative composer Ryan Shore and producer Patrick White) and ask them about their wild and crazy film.

Classic-Horror: Who wants to tell me a little bit about what Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer is about?

Trevor Matthews: I don't think anyone wants to tell you anything about that.

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Classic-Horror Editor-in-Creep Quoted in Chicago Tribune

I'm about a week and a half late reporting this, but I just recently found out that the story had gone to print. Back in June, Josh Noel, a reporter from the Chicago Tribune contacted me to see if I could provide some quotes on the enduring power of the horror genre to supplement a story he was writing on a series of double features in the Chicago area. I obliged him with 45 straight minutes of what can only be described as undiluted horror geekery.(read more...)

New Sister Site: The Sci-Fi Block

The Sci-Fi Block

Classic-Horror review writer Robert Ring has been hard at work since January 2007 on a secret project that he is finally unveiling to the public at large: The Sci-Fi Block. Very much like Classic-Horror.com for the science fiction genre, The Sci-Fi Block takes a measured, analytical view of fantastic cinema from yesteryear to today.(read more...)

Tribute Video: Universal Monsters

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Under my vidder alias "Jetpack Monkey", I recently created a fanvid for Universal's classic monster movies, set to Rob Thomas's "Ever the Same." I chose the song because I wanted something modern and poppy to create a juxtaposition with the Gothic imagery (in point of fact, I really kind of hate the song). I've embedded it below.

If you have trouble viewing the video on Classic-Horror, it is also available as a 26MB Quicktime file (right-click the link and select "Save as..." from the menu).(read more...)

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