Our editor-in-chief Nate Yapp is proud to have contributed to the new book Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks, edited by Aaron Christensen. Another contributors include Anthony Timpone, B.J. Colangelo, Dave Alexander, Classic-Horror.com's own Robert C. Ring and John W. Bowen. Pick up a copy today from Amazon.com!

Review: The Grapes of Death (1978)

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In an era of mainstream PG-13 horror, it's thrilling to delve back into the European erotic horror films of the 60s and 70s - films that gained their reputations by offering highly provocative images, if often at the expense of story. One of the most controversial filmmakers in this vein is Jean Rollin, best known for a series of surrealist vampire films that began with Le Viol du vampire (The Rape of the Vampire, 1968). In their best moments, these films offer images and scenarios worthy of Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali; Rollin strips vampire films (as well as voluptuous actresses) down to their essence - giving us a pure, strange and haunting beauty unencumbered with intellectual agendas.(read more...)

Review: Vampire Circus (1972)

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As the fortunes of Hammer Films began to dwindle in the early 1970s, they struggled to maintain relevance in the face of the shifting interests of their audiences. Their vampire movies were at the center of this struggle. While the existing Dracula series moved its setting to modern London with mixed results, another, more innovative approach emerged.  These non-Dracula vampire movies emphasized new stories and characters while tweaking the standard vampire mythos. Robert Young's Vampire Circus (1972) is one of the films, one that remains a rich, complex horror film, although it suffers a few stumbles that stem from problems in production.
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Pennywise Floats Again: Stephen King's "It" Coming to Big Screen

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The television miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It is one of the formative experiences of my horror fandom. Actually, it terrified my eight-year-old self so badly, it nearly prevented me from becoming a horror fan. That's neither here nor there. So when I read (over at The Hollywood Reporter) that Warner Bros. and Vertigo Entertainment are developing a new feature-length adaptation of It for theaters, my interest is piqued. I made my peace with Pennywise several years ago and I look forward to seeing how a new creative team will handle King's ridiculously long (1000+ pages) novel. One member of that team that's already signed on is screenwriter Dave Kajganich (The Invasion), who is apparently also writing the Pet Sematary remake for Paramount.

And remember, we all float down here.

Review: Ravenous (1999)

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It's amazing what movies slip through the cracks. Citizen Kane took years to be recognized for its achievements, Office Space was widely ignored until it was released on home video, and Antonia Byrd's Ravenous continues to be a dark comic gem seen and beloved by far fewer than it rightly deserves. While hardly as important to film history as Citizen Kane, this part Western, part horror film deftly weaves varying genres with a thread of black humor, tying together a package that is delicious to sink your teeth into.(read more...)

Review: Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

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Taste the Blood of Dracula, the fifth installment of Hammer’s Dracula series, is a well made but unfortunately routine affair.  We have all the trappings of a good Hammer film:  a red-eyed Christopher Lee, beautiful young women falling under his spell, a great deal of blood, and an intrepid seeker of good to put a stop to the vampire.  However, in trying to expand the story of Dracula, director Peter Sasdy and screenwriter Anthony Hinds make the Count almost a guest star in his own film. While Taste the Blood of Dracula does have certain positive attributes, ultimately it is a dreary chapter in Hammer’s Dracula saga.(read more...)

Review: The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

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This is the hardest type of movie to write about: one that has no particularly good or bad aspects.  The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake is simply there.  The only bad thing about it is it doesn't do what it aims at particularly well.  The only good thing about it is it has some elements that may have been frightening when the film was first released but that are not anymore.  If you're on a mission to see every horror film there is, watch it.  If you aim to watch only good movies and ones that are enjoyable awful, skip it.  It treads the middle path of monotony.
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Theme Week: Reader's Choice

Back in December, we asked our readers to tell us which movies they'd like to see us review. We received a good number of responses and now, three months later, we've completed reviews for five of the requested movies. Which flicks made the final cut? You'll have to keep your eye on Classic-Horror for the next five days in order to find out. We'll be unveiling one title a day this week, starting Monday, March 9th and running through Friday, March 13th.(read more...)

Review: I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

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There is a morbid curiosity that lingers over I Spit on Your Grave, a film that in the thirty-years since its original theatrical run1 has gained cult status for its depravity. I admit to being someone with such a curiosity, which began when I read that Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel had called it the worst film they had ever seen and launched a successful campaign to have the film pulled from the United Artist Theater in Chicago2. Something in me had to know if the film reviled so much could be that bad, if the controversy surrounding its depictions of violence and rape against women was appropriate or misconstrued, and whether or not the film needed to be discussed further.(read more...)

Bill Moseley's "H2" Make-up is a "Madhouse"! A "Madhouse"!

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Rob Zombie's always been a very Internet-friendly director, posting tidbits about his projects to his MySpace as he works. His approach to H2, the sequel to his 2007 remake of Halloween, is no different. This morning he posted a black-and-white picture of Bill Moseley done up as his character, horror host Uncle Seymour Coffins, and classic horror fans may note that his make-up and costume seem quite familiar. Read on to see what I mean.

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"Let the Right One In" Cleans Up at the 2008 Cyber-Horror Awards!

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Proving that one controversial list deserves another, list-making impresario B-Sol, owner of the Vault of Horror blog, gathered together the Cyber-Horror Elite, a motley collection of horror bloggers and site-runners, for his most ambitious aggregation of diverse opinions yet -- the 2008 Cyber Horror Awards. The nineteen participating Elite voted in twelve different categories, each one named in honor of a person who had contributed greatly to horror in the past (e.g. the Bernard Herrmann Award for Best Musical Score and the Jamie Lee Curtis Award for Best Actress). (read more...)