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Posts by Nate Yapp

Review: The Devil's Rejects (2005)

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Creating a follow-up to the ghoulish spookshow feature House of 1000 Corpses would be a difficult job by anyone's estimation. While House is not without its own particular charms, it contains little of the depth, if you can call it that, of the 1970s grindhouse flicks it seeks to emulate. Writer/director Rob Zombie, however, has learned some lessons since the release of the first film and crafts an interesting experiment in audience sympathies. Whether that experiment is enough to satisfy the hardcore horror fan remains to be seen.(read more...)

Ken Foree Interview

Ken Foree at the Devil's Rejects premiere

Ken Foree broke onto the horror scene in 1978 with George A. Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead. Since then, he's kept pretty close ties with the genre, including a part in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects. While signing autographs at San Diego Comic-Con International, he took a moment to answer a few questions for us.(read more...)

"Cry Wolf" (Cast and Crew) Interview

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Children shouldn't tell lies, and big teenaged children shouldn't make up stories about people dying. Such are the lessons in the upcoming horror-thriller Cry Wolf. Classic-Horror sat down with the cast and crew during San Diego Comic-Con International 2005. In attendance were co-writer/director Jeff Wadlow, co-writer/producer Beau Bauman, and actors Lindy Booth (Dodger), Julian Morris (Owen), Sandra McCoy (Mercedes), and Kristy Wu (Regina).(read more...)

Hey You! Get Outta My Soul!

With the September 9th release of Lakeshore Entertainment's The Exorcism of Emily Rose coming up, I thought it'd be a good time to take a look at the history of exorcism in the modern horror film. My research revealed something that I really should have figured out sooner -- with few exceptions, every single exorcism film made after 1973 is either a rip-off or blatant cash-in on The Exorcist.

No country put out more of these rip-offs than Italy. The following is just a brief listing of the Italian exorcism films that came in the wake of The Exorcist. This is by no means definitive, and I encourage any oversights to be e-mailed to me through our contact form.

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Review: Land of the Dead (2005)

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I'm not a huge rap fan, but the latest slew of zombie flicks (Resident Evil, House of the Dead, the Dawn of the Dead remake) kind of reminds me of that Dr. Dre song "Forgot About Dre." With all the undead brouhaha, seems like Hollywood forgot about the progenitor of the modern zombie film - George A. Romero.

Well, now he's back with a brand-new film in the Dead series, Land of the Dead. The good news: it's a welcome addition to the genre, especially in an era where American horror has become so watered down and unexciting. The less-good news: it's not as successful as I'd hoped.
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The 2005 Caligari's Cabinet Awards

Voting in the 2005 Caligari's Cabinet Awards occured between May 10th and June 10th, 2005 and was open to all readers of Classic-Horror. Results were posted June 2005.(read more...)

Review: Fall of the House of Usher (1960)

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In the early 1960s, low-budget filmmaker Roger Corman convinced American International Pictures to give him enough money to fund a movie based on Edgar Allan Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher." The film would be entirely in color, a first for AIP, and would also feature something unheard of for such a low budget studio: a star.
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Review: Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

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Plan 9 from Outer Space flies in the face of all conventional wisdom. How can a film this incompetently produced feel so good? Edward D. Wood, Jr. gives the world another truly great bad cinematic experience and it must be celebrated.

Flying saucers over Hollywood! People in panic! Yes, dear friends, aliens have rather indiscreetly shown themselves to the public, and they're fighting mad. Humanity is filled with morons and that makes Earth dangerous. In order to stop us from developing sun-exploding superweapons, the aliens reanimate three corpses as part of their ninth plan.(read more...)

Review: Malevolence (2004)

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Malevolence commits what is, to my mind, the worst sin a film can commit - it's boring. Just competent enough that it's not bad, and just pedantic enough that it will never be any good, Malevolence is a stalk 'n' slash movie that exists in that demilitarized zone of the truly uninteresting.

The opening exhibits a certain minimalist style that is actually quite effective. A boy is forced to watch the murder of a woman by a methodical killer. Writer/director Stevan Mena understands the basic brutality of the scene, and doesn't go in for a lot of additional flash. The creepiness speaks for itself.(read more...)

Review: House of Frankenstein (1944)

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By 1944, the Universal monsters had become too familiar to be truly frightening. The Frankenstein monster alone had already appeared in five films. Universal's solution was to treat their gaggle of ghouls as old friends. The Frankenstein series evolved into an elaborate excuse to paste as many recognizable faces into a single film as possible. The trend began in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, but really blossomed into a cornucopia of creatures with House of Frankenstein.(read more...)

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