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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John Carpenter Returns to Big Screen Horror with "The Ward"

John Carpenter

For the past seven years, the only way to see new material from John Carpenter was to tune in to the Showtime series Masters of Horror and its NBC spin-off Fear Itself. The last time the legendary Halloween director had his name over the title of a theatrical release was 2001's Ghosts of Mars. That's about to change now, as a number of online sources like The Hollywood Reporter and ShockTillYouDrop.com bring the good news that Carpenter has signed on to direct actress Amber Heard (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) in The Ward.(read more...)

Wil Wheaton Interview

Nate interviews Wil Wheaton

As an avid follower of author/actor Wil Wheaton's blog for the past several years, I've read all about his interest in science fiction, gaming, comic books, and other geeky pursuits. But until a casual conversation I had with him at Phoenix Comicon this year, I had no idea that he was also a fellow horror fan. Later that day, Wil graciously took a few minutes of his time to talk with me about his love of horror and some of his favorite films in the genre.(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...)

Zombies on the Highway: Hacked Traffic Signs Warn of Undead Uprising

Zombies on the Highway

Driving in downtown Austin, Texas, this past Sunday took on an apocalyptic vibe when unknown pranksters hacked road signs to warn of zombies, especially Nazi zombies. As it was apparently a slow news week, this was the top story at Austin's NBC affiliate KXAN on Wednesday night. The full report is embedded below:(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...)

Brian Pulido Interview

Brian Pulido at Phoenix Comicon 2009

Comic fans have known Brian Pulido for years as the co-creator of characters like Lady Death and Evil Ernie. He's also worked on tie-in comics for horror franchises like Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street. As a resident of Arizona, he helped co-found the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival in the Phoenix area. Now, he's turning his attentions to the realm of film direction, having just (and we do mean just) put the finishing touches on his feature debut, The Graves.(read more...)

Classic-Horror at Phoenix Comicon 2009

Phoenix Comicon

The 2009 Phoenix Comicon is this weekend at the Mesa Convention Center and Classic-Horror.com will be there. First off, we'll be covering the Zombie Walk and Zombie Beauty Pageant tonight during Preview Night. You can also catch editor-in-creep Nate Yapp expounding on all things horror at two panels:

Not Dead Yet: Horror Classics

Friday, January 23rd, 9:30-10:30pm in Palo Verde 2

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The Dead Strut Their Stuff at Phoenix Comicon

Do you think you're the most beautiful piece of dead flesh in the Phoenix area? If so, the Phoenix Comicon wants you for their Zombie Beauty Pageant! Even if you've reached your second expiration date, you can get your shamble on in the Zombie Walk. Both events go down on Thursday, January 22nd at the Mesa Convention Center. The full press release is below:

The Phoenix Comicon summons the dead, or undead to be exact, to walk among the living during the Zombie Beauty Pageant and the Zombie Walk at the Mesa Convention Center.

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Universal's "The Invisible Man" Joins National Film Registry

The Invisible Man 1933 poster

Every year, the Library of Congress chooses twenty-five films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant to be preserved in the National Film Registry. This year's selections, announced today, are a varied lot, ranging from comedies (So's Your Man) to film-noir (The Asphalt Jungle) to satirical dramas (A Face in the Crowd). Significant to genre aficionados is the inclusion of James Whale's 1933 sci-fi/horror romp The Invisible Man (1933). One of my favorites of Universal's golden age, the movie follows the transparent Dr.(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...)

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