The Psychic — via Really Awful Movies

Fulci-lite, is like lite-beer. Still a beer. And as such still enjoyable. The Psychic, aka, Sette note in nero (Seven Notes in Black) has that usual bit of Italian flare, wobbly-pop narrative and other-wordly dreamscapes that make these kinds of flicks enjoyable. Virginia has psychic visions, stemming from girlhood when she has a harrowing hallucination of […]

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via Horror Writers Association Blog – 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Preliminary Ballots for the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA (see http://www.horror.org ) is the premier writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with over 1,300 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards in various categories since 1987. Works on this ballot…

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BAVA WEEK: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

“Hercules movie” and “Mario Bava” – two phrases I did NOT expect to see in the same sentence.

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Using some of the same sets from Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis, Mario Bava (Blood and Black LaceBlack Sunday) created a masterpiece with this film. Featuring Reg Park (who appeared in four Hercules films and was considered a mentor to Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Christopher Lee (The Satanic Rites of DraculaThe Wicker Man, everything good and right about horror movies), this would influence every sword and sandal movie that would follow, as well as films like Flash Gordon.

Despite the size of the budget and the cheapness of the sets, Bava crafts a totally unique world, filled with rich colors and billowing smoke. And with Lee as King Lico, there’s finally a villain that feels worthy of Hercules’ bold heroics.

As Hercules returns from many adventures, he discovers that the love of his life,  Princess Deianira, has lost her memory. Unbeknowst…

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Horror Freak News – Roger Ebert’s 11 Most Hated Horror Movies

Despite going on a crusade against slasher movies with his At the Movies co-host Gene Siskel in the 1980s, Roger Ebert wasn’t a horror movie hater. Even though he opined that Child’s Play 2 was “malignant” and made him feel “unclean”, he objectively declared it an effective, and therefore successful film. Genre offerings Ebert extolled…

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Sixteen Out of 30 ‘Aint Bad – Thrillist’s Best Horror Movies of 2017 Challenge Results

[Featured image – The Devil’s Candy courtesy IFC Midnight]

Another year, another bumper crop of horror movies. As always, the horror genre continues to provide truckloads of cash receipts to studios. 2017’s horror releases provided their own unique road-map of scares – from faux documentary (Creep 2), to Stephen King coming of age tale (IT), to social satire (Get Out). In a pleasant change of pace for horror fans, some of the highest grossing genre titles also earned critical raves to go with the oceans of green (IT and Get Out earning 84 and 99 percent Fresh ratings respectively at Rotten Tomatoes).

Late last year, Thrillist’s Best Horror Movies of 2017 (So Far) by Scott Weinberg inspired me. How many of the listed movies could I watch before January 1, 2018? How would my opinions agree or clash with Mr. Weinberg’s? I started off with House on Willow Street (here at F&S) and The Void (reviewed at SciFi4Me). However, due to things like “work” and “going to Urgent Care“, I only managed a total of 16 out of 30 movies.

Detailed reviews of my arbitrary groupings will follow. For starters, here’s my ranking of the sixteen movies I managed to watch, with Scott Weinberg’s ranking in parenthesis.

The Top Tier
1 – Raw (5)
2 – The Devil’s Candy (8)
3 – Creep 2 (16)
4 – The Void (28)
5 – Split (15)
6 – Get Out (1)

Fun Creature Features 
7 – Life (17)
8 – Alien: Covenant (23)
9 – Annabelle: Creation (27)

The Stephen King Afterschool Specials
10 – Gerald’s Game (4)
11 – IT (2)
12 – 1922 (13)

Beautiful, but Remote
13 – It Comes at Night (22)
14 – A Dark Song

OK for a Matinee
15 – Cult of Chucky (30)
16 – House on Willow Street (29)