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!

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The Cyber-Horror Elite Pick the Top 25 Modern Horrors

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About three weeks ago, the Vault of Horror blog owner B-Sol compiled the Top 50 Horror Films of All Time from the lists of thirty-two of the top horror bloggers and site owners (the "Cyber-Horror Elite"). The results were controversial, to say the least, although that was anticipated. One of the major points of discussion was that the list skewed towards older horror -- only 10% of the list came from the 1990s and 2000s. With that in mind, B-Sol regathered the Elite (with new additions) and embarked upon a new poll, this time to determine the 25 best horror films made since 1990.

The results of the poll, compiled from the lists of twenty-six contributors, were published on Saturday. The top five are below, followed by a link to the full list:(read more...)

Shiverin' 6: Horror Holiday Shopping List

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If you're struggling to think up a last minute present that will shock and delight the horror fan in your life, Classic-Horror.com has some suggestions that will give you the breakthrough you need!(read more...)

Shiverin' 6: Awesome Winding Staircases

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It's a sight both thrilling and familiar -- the winding staircase, especially when seen from directly above or below. Many directors and cinematographers use such shots for their guaranteed visual punch -- the landings create artificial frames, the spirals imbue the center of the screen with a sense of the infinite. Plus, the practical purpose of the stairway suggests a journey and not an easy one. Different films have used the winding staircase to evoke different things -- vertigo, insanity, a descent into hell, and even female genitalia. This Thanksgiving weekend, we give our gratitude to one of the great visual tropes in the horror-thriller by presenting six films with staircases we love.

As usual, click the thumbnails to open a larger version of the picture in a new window.(read more...)

International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival 2008 -- The Experience

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Last weekend, I was at the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival at Chandler Cinemas in Chandler, AZ. I met some incredible people, saw some great movies, and had an amazing time. Plus, as Classic-Horror.com was a sponsor for the event, I had the unique opportunity to see the site's name up in lights! What follows is the rundown on Friday and Saturday, the two days I was able to attend.

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Shiverin' 6: Great Italian Horror Movies

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When we decided on "Foreign Horror" as the overall theme for our Shocktober review marathon this year, we made a conscious decision to leave out Italy for the most part, despite it having the second-highest horror output for a non-English-speaking country (after Japan). The fact is, we have plenty of Italian horror covered on the site, and we devoted two and a half weeks of last year's Shocktober to two of the country's best-known horror directors, Lucio Fulci and Mario Bava.(read more...)

Shocktober Foreign Frights: Misc. Countries

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Unfortunately, we're not able to get to every single part of the world in the limited amount of time alotted to us in a thirty-one day month. For our final celebration of foreign horror, we've thrown it open, looking at films from five different countries, each one dealing with popular horror subjects like death, vampires, and zombies in their own way.(read more...)

Shocktober Foreign Frights: Southeast Asia

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As we head into our fourth celebration of international horror, we head to the Pacific coast of Asia. To be honest, it's probably unfair of us to lump Asian horror together into one big pot. Each country involved has its own unique identity and its own approach to horror. Japan has a long tradition of ghost stories that, in recent years, have melded with their increased dependence on technology to create such horrors as Ring and Pulse. Meanwhile, South Korea -- a deeply Christian country -- draws on religious themes of guilt and redemption for its cinematic tales of terror. Thailand's supernatural cinema is informed by a culturally-held belief that spirits are everywhere -- they even have a "ghost festival" every year.

Still, time in October is limited, so we are only able to present a very limited selection of the wide range of horror movies produced by Southeast Asian countries.(read more...)

Shocktober Foreign Frights: Germany

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For our third tribute to international horror, we set our reviewers on Germany. Arguably the country that lifted cinematic horror from the realm of melodrama, Germany's contributions to the genre extend from Expressionism to the krimi (in many ways a predecessor to Italy's giallo) and beyond. Here we look at two silent German horror, a krimi, a Gothic Poe semi-adaptation, and a remake of one of the greatest vampire films of all time.(read more...)

Shocktober Foreign Frights: Spain

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For our tribute to Spanish horror, we're focusing on the works of three of the country's best-known directors (Jesus Franco, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, and Paul Naschy) as well as two newer talents, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza.(read more...)

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...)

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