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Take The Ultimate Horror Challenge!!! What's Your Score?

This isn’t a list of every horror movie ever made. Nor does it contain every major work of every horror auteur (you’ll notice we didn’t include John Carpenter’s They Live or Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left). Rather, this is a compendium of films that we feel – in one way or another – are essential viewing for every horror fan. Some are mainstream (Poltergeist), some aren’t (Cannibal Holocaust). It’s a broad sampling of key films from the genre.

But you don’t have to be a horror die-hard to take the challenge! If you’re comfortable being a “Soccer Mom”, simply clock how many of these you have (or haven’t) seen and let us know! There are 61 Films listed below the jump. Each film you’ve seen earns you 1 Point. Count out how many you’ve seen and let us know which category you fall into. You can give us your specific count in the comments or yell at us for the films we’ve left out!! The categories are:

1-10 Points: Soccer Mom

11-20 Points: Mildly Adventurous

21-30 Points: Casual Fan

31-40 Points: Hardcore

41-50 Points: Unstable

51-60 Points: Psychopath

61 Points: Special Circle Of Hell

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Two Clips Put New 'Jaws' HD Transfer On Display

Jaws – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water – comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever on August 14th, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the Jaws Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller!

One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, Jaws stars Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar for composer John Williams’ instantly recognizable minimalist score, as well as Oscars for Best Editing and Best Sound. When it was first released in 1975, Jaws smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary. Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history[1] and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster.

Jaws is one of 13 classic Universal films to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements as part of Universal’s ongoing 100th Anniversary celebration. The Jaws restoration began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Over the course of several months, skilled technicians at Universal Studios Digital Services meticulously balanced color, removed dirt and scratches, and repaired any damage to the film elements shot by shot and frame by frame. Following the picture restoration, Universal Studios Sound team up-mixed the iconic Jaws soundtrack to DTS-HD Master 7.1, optimizing the sound on the Blu-ray for the latest home theater technology. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s post-production team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg’s original vision remained intact.

Below you’ll find a second video and two examples of the new transfer, along with a behind-the-scenes doc! There we’ve also included the massive list of extra features, along with the release’s cover art. It’s time to celebrate the summer movie that started it all in crystal clear waters!! READ MORE

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[OMFG] Check Out This Amazing Custom 'Jaws' Drum Kit

Drummer Jake Massucco of Four Year Strong might have just scored one of the coolest custom drum kits I’ve ever seen. The kit, put together by SJC Custom Drums, is an homage to the 1975 Spielberg classic film Jaws. Massucco will be using the kit on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. Check out these awesome pictures and leave your thoughts!

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Jaws (2012) Blu-ray Trailer

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'Jaws' Swims In Crystal Clear Waters On Blu-ray!!!

Jaws – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water – comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever on August 14th, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the Jaws Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller!

One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, Jaws stars Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar for composer John Williams’ instantly recognizable minimalist score, as well as Oscars for Best Editing and Best Sound. When it was first released in 1975, Jaws smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary. Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history[1] and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster.

Jaws is one of 13 classic Universal films to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements as part of Universal’s ongoing 100th Anniversary celebration. The Jaws restoration began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Over the course of several months, skilled technicians at Universal Studios Digital Services meticulously balanced color, removed dirt and scratches, and repaired any damage to the film elements shot by shot and frame by frame. Following the picture restoration, Universal Studios Sound team up-mixed the iconic Jaws soundtrack to DTS-HD Master 7.1, optimizing the sound on the Blu-ray for the latest home theater technology. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s post-production team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg’s original vision remained intact.

Below you’ll find two examples of the new transfer, along with a behind-the-scenes doc! There we’ve also included the massive list of extra features, along with the release’s cover art. It’s time to celebrate the summer movie that started it all in crystal clear waters!! READ MORE

Dear Filmmakers: Subvert A Genre All You Want, But You Have To Respect It First.

 Dear Filmmakers: Subvert A Genre All You Want, But You Have To Respect It First.

A little while ago I tossed up an article about the sale of Black Rock at Sundance. In fact, it should be the piece right below this one.

Right after doing so I saw that Devin Faraci, one of my favorite critics, had already filed his review of the film over at Badass Digest so I headed over there to check it out. You can do the same by clicking here.

Now I’m gonna state in bold letters that I have not seen Black Rock. For all I know it could become my favorite movie of 2012. I don’t always agree with Devin (maybe 70% of the time), but he’s one of a handful of about 5 or 6 critics whose reviews are my “go-tos” when I’m deciding what films to spend my time or money on as a consumer (I don’t always see everything for free, especially non-horror stuff). Whether or not I ultimately agree with his take on something, he’s got a knack for thoroughly explaining the reasoning behind his reactions that’s in a language I can relate to.

So I was surprised to come across a couple lines in his piece on Black Rock that echoed something that’s been on my mind for sometime in regard to genre and people who think they’re slumming in it.

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[Random Cool] Fan Videos For New 'Jaws' Ride and 'Left 4 Dead'

Now that the holidays are behind us, I expected the news to pick up a bit quicker. It hasn’t. Therefore, we’re going to fill your morning with a few fan films, the first being the above promo for the new and improved “Jaws” attraction, which was shut down last month in Orlando, Florida.

After the break you’ll find a fan film based upon Valve’s video game franchise “Left 4 Dead”. From Northern Five Entertainment and Airsoft GI, the short was directed by Adrian Picardi.

In a short span of 2 weeks we created a ‘Left 4 Dead’ fan film from start to finish for only a couple thousand dollars by connecting with artists, video game fans, film enthusiasts, and friends from all across the United States,” stated the director. “The entire cast and crew donated their free time, props, costumes, film equipment, and talent for next to nothing but two freezing nights of filming over their weekend.READ MORE

'Jaws'. Blu-ray. August 2012.

 Jaws. Blu ray. August 2012.

Easily the most important news of 2011 is The Digital Bits landing early word that Universal Home Entertainment is slotting Steven Spielberg’s classic 1975 summer blockbuster Jaws for a Blu-ray release on August 14, 2012. Spielberg told AICN earlier this year that the release (thankfully) won’t be amended (like he did with E.T.) in any way leaving in all wires and other visible bruises.

They’ve also been told that at least some of the sequels may be released on Blu-ray on the same day, including Jaws 3D on Blu-ray 3D.

In other brief HD news, they also report that Universal is working on plans to release a Blu-ray box set of the classic Universal Monsters films in time for Halloween 2012! AWESOME. READ MORE

A Universal Tragedy: Orlando Park Closing 'Jaws' Attraction

 A Universal Tragedy: Orlando Park Closing Jaws Attraction

There’s nothing that stings more than having a childhood obsession destroyed at the hands of corporate greed. I’ll never, ever, ever, everrrr forgive Disney for retooling the Journey Into Imagination ride at EPCOT, and I’m still burning over the loss of Back to the Future for the lackluster Simpson’s Ride. What Universal has planned next may be even worse as they’re tampering with a historial element that defines both parks. What is Universal Studios without King Kong or Jaws’ presence?

Tampa Bay Online reports that Universal Studio’s Jaws ride, one of the Orlando theme park’s original attractions, will close January 2 to make room for a new attraction, Universal Orlando announced. Universal Orlando did not give details of what would replace Jaws, which opened in 1990 and was based on the 1975 horror film of the same name.

On the ride, guests take a leisurely boat tour off the coast of Amity that is interrupted by terrorizing 32-foot-long great white shark. The ride and surrounding Amity area will close at 9 p.m. January 2.

We know it’s hard to say goodbye, but we can’t express how excited we are about the new, innovative and amazing experience we’re going to be bringing you,” said some asshole who is probably an intern on the studio’s Facebook page. Can’t wait for them to open the Transformers ride in Florida, you know, a ride that nobody will care about come 2014.

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Spielberg Still Thinks About Future of 'Jaws' Franchise

With Jaws celebrating its 36th anniversary, AICN‘s Eric Vespe (aka Quint) recently got to chat with the man himself, Steven Spielberg, about the film and his career in general. We got a tidbit from the interview last week, when word got out that the Blu-ray is in the works without any sort of digital alterations (!), and now you can read the interview in its entirety right here.

Jaws is easily one of the most memorable films of all-time and it’s always been assumed that Spielberg was asked to come back for the sequel (which he turned down because hates shooting at sea). He moved onto greener pastures and left the franchise, but it seems as thought the shark that refused to work is always on his mind.

When asked about how he would have approached making a sequel, Spielberg responded, “No, no idea at all, but I have a very, very good scene which I thought would have been good for a sequel someday, which I will tell you someday because I don’t want it in print. But I’ll tell you my scene some day. Every time I think of this scene I think, ‘Hmmm, could this be another Jaws movie?’ and I have to immediately stop myself and immediately pull myself back down to Earth.

Now, the odds of him actually returning is probably slim to none, but the world would certainly be a better place for it. Each of the three follow-ups Universal made during the late 70′s and 80′s are either unwatchable or unintentionally hilarious (check past the break for the alternate ending of Jaws: The Revenge to see what I mean), and seeing him return would at least end the franchise on a sweet note – and not one that sounds like a mentally challenged lion.
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BD Exclusive Interview: Tom Hajdu 'Tomandandy' Talks Resident Evil: Afterlife

In excitement for the release of Resident Evil: Afterlife, Bloody Disgusting scored an exclusive interview with Tom Hajdu, one of the composing duo of Tomandandy, about his work on Resident Evil: Afterlife! Tomandandy’s movies credits include The Mothman Prophecies, The Strangers, Killing Zoe, The Hills Have Eyes (remake), and many more. Here, I got the opportunity to ask Tom several questions about the composition process for Resident Evil: Afterlife, working with Paul W.S. Anderson, the impact of scoring for a 3-D film, and his thoughts on the future of entertainment. Check after the jump to check out this Bloody Disgusting exclusive and let us know what you think!

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The Island

Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Trilogy) stars as Blair Maynard, an investigative writer who takes on one of the most baffling mysteries – the disappearance of boats and their passengers in the Caribbean. During his investigation, he and his son are captured by raiding pirates, lead by David Warner (Time After Time). When his son is converted to the pirates’ barbarian ways and turns against him, Blair must come to his recue in this action-packed thriller written by Peter Benchley (Jaws).

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A police chief, a scientist, and a grizzled sailor set out to kill a shark that is menacing the seaside community of Amity Island