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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February 2007 DVD Preview

Welcome to a special edition of the Haunted Newsreel, sponsored (for we must all eat) by Anchor Bay Entertainment's upcoming discs for Masters of Horror: Pelts, Devil's Den, and Night of the Living Dorks. In this installment, we'll be dishing information on the joyful cornucopia of Region 1 DVD releases heading down the pike in February 2007.(read more...)

Apples and Blood Oranges: The Texas Chainsaw Article

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 poster

With the prequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning coming out on October 6th, 2006, I thought it was just about time to take a look at the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its 2003 remake (The Beginning is connected to the remake).

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake (henceforth referred to as TCM03) should come with a warning label on it. "Do not consume within 2 months of ingesting 1974 version." The problem is that if you look at TCM03 up against the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (TCM74), the newer film will appear to be complete crap. The social commentary is gone, the story is juiced up with sex and drugs, and it misses the almost nihilistic "s**t happens, then you die" philosophy of Tobe Hooper's seminal classic.(read more...)

San Diego Comic-Con International 2006 Report

Comic-Con logo

Yes, the Haunted Newsreel is back for a one-shot look at the news and highlights of San Diego Comic-Con 2006. This week, we'll be looking at Skinwalkers, Grind House, The Reaping, Pan's Labyrinth, The Wicker Man, Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, and, oh yes, Snakes on a Plane.

The Con:

The 2006 San Diego Comic-Con was held from July 20th to July 23rd at the San Diego Convention Center in sunny Southern California. Each year, tens of thousands attend, and 2006 was no exception. The Fire Marshal actually shut down onsite registration on Saturday because there were simply too many people in the building (online registration had been disabled the previous night).(read more...)

Ken Foree Interview

Ken Foree at the Devil's Rejects premiere

Ken Foree broke onto the horror scene in 1978 with George A. Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead. Since then, he's kept pretty close ties with the genre, including a part in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects. While signing autographs at San Diego Comic-Con International, he took a moment to answer a few questions for us.(read more...)

"Cry Wolf" (Cast and Crew) Interview

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Children shouldn't tell lies, and big teenaged children shouldn't make up stories about people dying. Such are the lessons in the upcoming horror-thriller Cry Wolf. Classic-Horror sat down with the cast and crew during San Diego Comic-Con International 2005. In attendance were co-writer/director Jeff Wadlow, co-writer/producer Beau Bauman, and actors Lindy Booth (Dodger), Julian Morris (Owen), Sandra McCoy (Mercedes), and Kristy Wu (Regina).(read more...)

Hey You! Get Outta My Soul!

With the September 9th release of Lakeshore Entertainment's The Exorcism of Emily Rose coming up, I thought it'd be a good time to take a look at the history of exorcism in the modern horror film. My research revealed something that I really should have figured out sooner -- with few exceptions, every single exorcism film made after 1973 is either a rip-off or blatant cash-in on The Exorcist.

No country put out more of these rip-offs than Italy. The following is just a brief listing of the Italian exorcism films that came in the wake of The Exorcist. This is by no means definitive, and I encourage any oversights to be e-mailed to me through our contact form.

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A "Totally" Cool Chat with PJ Soles

PJ Soles

You know her voice instantly, especially when she says "Totally!" PJ Soles made her mark in two of the best horror films of the late 1970s, Brian de Palma's Carrie and John Carpenter's Halloween. She took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with our very own Jenn Dlugos about those films and her experience with Rob Zombie while filming a part in The Devil's Rejects.(read more...)

The 2005 Caligari's Cabinet Awards

Voting in the 2005 Caligari's Cabinet Awards occured between May 10th and June 10th, 2005 and was open to all readers of Classic-Horror. Results were posted June 2005.(read more...)

"Land of the Dead" Collectible Figures from SOTA

Dread Central recently reported that SOTA Toys will include four Land of the Dead characters as part of their ongoing Now Playing line, which has featured insanely detailed versions of unforgettable cult classic characters such as The Toxic Avenger, a Killer Klown from Outer Space, Darkman, and more. The Land characters set to appear as part of the line are Big Daddy, Blade (Tom Savini's character in the film), and Cholo (as portrayed in Land by John Leguizamo).

The Inevitable "Day of the Dead" Remake

They messed with Night of the Living Dead, and it wasn't half-bad. It had a good cast, and didn't change too much of the formula. Then, they provided a "redux" of Dawn of the Dead. It was okay, but Romero's trademark extreme gore and social commentary was lost and replaced by a new, hip, action-oriented formula. But I can deal with that.(read more...)

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