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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Classic-Horror.com on Hiatus

On Hiatus

As we announced back in September, Classic-Horror.com will be going on hiatus for six months, with only sporadic posts until our return in May. During this time, we'll be tinkering with the format of the site a little bit, mostly in relation to the Newsreel, which will morph into the Classic-Horror blog, complete with regular columns and musings on horror.

Believe me when I say that this hiatus is necessary. We've been going for over ten years now with very few breaks and it's starting to catch up to me. I have some outside projects that I'd like to work on, the most important of which is getting married to site photographer Erin Dow in December. I've also begun work on a book about horror which I'm hoping to have in shape to submit to publishers by May. (read more...)

Coming This October to Classic-Horror.com

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors poster

We have two big pieces of news -- one good, one not-so-good -- to announce for October. First the good news: we're preparing to unleash an all-new, all-terrifying iteration of our annual review marathon. Get ready for Shocktober: Staff Screams! The Classic-Horror.com reviewing team has been given free reign to choose the films they want to review for you this year, and we have some great ones on tap, including The Most Dangerous Game, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Virgin Spring, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, The Face of Fu Manchu, The Sorcerers, and more! We'll be posting a new review every weekday throughout the month of October, plus one on Halloween, so keep your browser pointed at Classic-Horror.com.(read more...)

Phoenix Comicon 2009: Horror Panels

Nate and Steve Ringgenberg at the Not Dead Yet Horror Classics panel

Apparently I know nothing of what a convention panel is supposed to look like. I'd always thought of them as marketing tools -- years of attending San Diego Comic-Con will do that. At Phoenix Comicon, however, the panels were more esoteric, devoted to actually fan discussion mixed with nostalgia. There were three panels devoted to horror movies -- one general horror panel, one on horror classics, and one (ostensibly) about horror comedy. I had the honor and joy of being asked to participate in the latter two.

Still Fresh: Horror Films

Panelists: David Hayes (actor/writer/producer, Back Woods), Erin Gray (actress, Buck Rogers TV series, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday), Dean Lorey (writer, Jason Goes to Hell, The Nightmare Academy novels)(read more...)

Phoenix Comicon 2009: Zombie Events

Zombie Walk #2

The 2009 Phoenix Comicon is over; the last of the attendees has stumbled away from the Mesa Convention Center, heavy with trade paperbacks, collectibles, and anime DVDs procured on the convention floor. This was my first year at the convention -- in the past, my own experience with such events was limited to San Diego's massive Comic-Con International, which annually boasts more con-goers than my old hometown of Davenport, Iowa had people.(read more...)

The Cyber-Horror Elite Pick the Top 25 Modern Horrors

Descent poster

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...)

Horror Critics and Bloggers Select the Top 50 Horror Films of All Time

The Vault of Horror blog logo

Over at The Vault of Horror (a blog of which I was previously unaware, much to my personal shame), the cheekily named "Cyber-Horror Elite," a gathering of thirty-two of the top horror critics and bloggers from across the web, have put together a list of the Top 50 Horror Films. Each of the participants were asked to submit a ranked Top 10, which Vault owner B-Sol then compiled into the resulting list of fifty. Among those who added their input: John Kenneth Muir (critic and author of numerous tomes on the genre), Brad Miska (editor of Bloody-Disgusting), Stacie Ponder (the Final Girl), and Max Cheney (the Drunken Severed Head).(read more...)

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

International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival

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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Happy Halloween from Classic-Horror.com

Halloween 1978 poster

A very happy Halloween to all of our readers! We hope that your candy bags are full, your costumes appreciated, and your parties rockin'. Be safe, have fun, and watch a lot of horror movies.

-- Nate Yapp and the Classic-Horror staff

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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...)

The Road Ahead: Comic-Con and Beyond

Comic-Con logo

You may have noticed a lack of news stories this month, despite a whole bunch of excellent discs coming down the way (new Alfred Hitchcock sets, Nightmare Castle restored, and Beyond the Door, just to name a few). That's because we've been deep in prep for the three major events that will define the second half of our year.

First up is San Diego Comic-Con International, which runs from July 24th through the 27th this year. We'll have a team of four there this year -- Julia Merriam, Emily Langton, new recruit Courtney Banach, and myself. Keep your eyes peeled to Classic-Horror for daily updates from the floor. We can't reveal all the goodies yet, but we will be looking at offerings from Lionsgate, Universal, Warner Bros., Troma, the BBC, Platinum Dunes, Dimension, and other fine providers of horror entertainment. (read more...)

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