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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...)

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...)

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