via Horror Freak News – Jason Blum’s Top 10 Tips for Aspiring Filmmakers

The rise of Jason Blum is a Hollywood success story worth telling; his Blumhouse Productions has become the bar against which other independent studios are measured. As opposed to those who trudge through the Hollywood machinery abiding by previously established stepping-stones, Blum rose to the top by breaking all traditional rules. Related Article: Latest Casting Info…

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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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