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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PopMatters Presents a Week of "Night of the Living Dead" Essays

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In one of the most ambitious salutes to a single film I have seen in a long time, PopMatters has used the last week of October to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead with a series of essays. Not content with just one essay per day, however, they have organized their tribute into five themed days consisting of six articles each. (read more...)

Happy Halloween from Classic-Horror.com

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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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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...)

Pascal Laugier Tapped to Direct "Hellraiser" Remake

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The Hollywood Reporter has announced that French director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) is close to sealing a deal to write and direct Dimension's planned remake of Clive Barker's 1987 horror movie Hellraiser. Laugier described the remake as "a dream project" and promised that he would not betray Barker's original vision. The original Hellraiser deals with an unfaithful wife who kills to supply her brother-in-law/lover with the blood he needs to reconstitute his body after it was ripped apart by a group of demons known as the Cenobites.(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...)

Pictures from the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival 2008

International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival

The International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival was this weekend and I was on the scene, not only because Classic-Horror.com is an official sponsor of the event, but also because I'm a fan, dammit. Full coverage is upcoming, but here's some pictures to tease you (click a picture to open a larger version in a new window):


Friday the 13th star Adrienne King is being devious


By gum, that's us!


Classic-Horror Editor-in-Creep Nate Yapp with Friday the 13th star Adrienne King.
Photo by Bradley Thornber Photography

International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival 2008 Starts Tonight

International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival

Arizona horror fans will want to head to Chandler, AZ tonight for the first night of the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival 2008. They're kicking off with a showing of Sundance Selection Donkey Punch at 8:00PM.  Grab your tickets and head out to Chandler Cinemas (2140 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ) for the beginning of what promises to be an exciting (and deliciously sponsored-in-part-by Classic-Horror.com) festival.

We've included some of the highlights of the weekend below:

Thursday:

8:00 PM - Donkey Punch - 2008, UK. Dir: Oliver Blackburn. Theater 10.

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"The Strangers" on DVD

The Strangers DVD

I've been late with news before, but this is embarrassing. We've been tracking The Strangers for a while, ever since talking with writer/director Bryan Bertino about his inspirations and whatnot at Comic-Con 2007 (sadly, we never did get that coverage posted). The film, which follows a couple (Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman) who have their romantic evening is interrupted by masked strangers with sinister plans, had a great trailer but had trouble nailing down a release date before finally coming out last May. Somehow it totally passed me by that Universal put it out on DVD and Blu-ray disc two days ago, October 21st, 2008. Whoops.(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...)

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