By Zena S. Dixon.
It’s time to go back to school! Get your pencils ready, dust your books off and lets bring out the horror! Maybe you’re starting school, maybe your kid is starting school…or maybe you don’t need school because you’re one of those rare, lucky individuals who excel without it. Depending on the position you’re in, this list will make you dread going back to school or happy to know you’re pretty safe…for now. Either way, let us all indulge!
Although there were many candidates for this list, I decided to go with these 15 films! As a bonus, these horrors contain survival tips for the school year. So let’s get ready for Back to School: TOP 15 School Horrors!
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Cancelled games. It’s a sad fact that they’re a thing. The developer might get shut down, its ambitions may outreach their available resources, they might even decide to move on to another project — whatever the cause, over the years we’ve seen a lot of horror games get canned. Some probably won’t be missed. Others certainly will. This list is dedicated to a handful of horror games that had definite potential before they were scrapped.
No, Guillermo Del Toro’s inSANE isn’t among them. I’m trying to keep an ember of hope alive for that promising horror game, despite numerous signs pointing to its seeming transition to the dreaded development limbo.
Read on for my list of six cancelled horror games that could’ve been amazing!
Last week I wrote a post called 5 Reasons Gremlins 2 Is A Masterpiece, and I often talk about my love for some of the Friday The 13th, Halloween and NOES sequels, so you know I’m not a hater when it comes to franchises. Not only do I have few hangups about sequels, I’m even looking forward to the NEXT Friday The 13th film – which is a sequel to a remake. I’m no snob when it comes to this stuff, I’ll take it when I can get it.
But the fact remains that a good deal of horror sequels (and sequels in general) are pretty terrible. So here I’m going to get started on what will surely be an ongoing and easily updated series of lists regarding secondary installments that betray key elements of what made the originals so great. I’m going to try to avoid stuff that’s merely disappointing and focus on films that really twist the knife into the back of the fans.
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Those of you who read my work on the site know that I’m a huge fan of Gremlins 2: The New Batch. While I won’t go as far as saying I like it more than the original Gremlins (though I know people who do), I think it’s equally as good in different ways.
While the original film is a family horror classic, impeccably crafted and audience friendly – the sequel is a different beast altogether. Warner Bros. was so jazzed on the idea of continuing the franchise that they gave director Joe Dante carte blanche to do whatever he wanted with a $50 Million budget and he went bonkers in the best way possible.
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I’ve scoured the Internet, along with my alarmingly poor memory, to find five of the best horror game trailers ever. We’re inundated with so many teasers, trailers and teasers for upcoming trailers — some good, some not-so-good and even a few that still make me wonder what the hell their PR team was smoking — each week that I think it’s important to really celebrate the successful ones. There are a lot to choose from, but I think I’ve found five that are each successful in their own way.
So what constitutes a “good” video game trailer? To me, it doesn’t necessarily need to have gameplay or gorgeous CGI. Really, all it needs to do is help me reach fanboy level excitement for the game its advertising.
Read on for my list of five amazing horror game trailers that did just that!
By Zena S. Dixon.
Sadly, we missed National Kiss Day. It was July 6th. But have no worries! I thought it would be extra awesome if I came up with a TOP 10 MAKE OUT SESSIONS GONE WRONG! A little dating advice to all the people out there who are single and ready to mingle: horror movies CAN make great date movies. With this list, your boo will definitely want to be all over you like melted cheese on a burger. You can thank me later!
Usually, kissing someone displays affection, maybe even love. However, many people may not realize that it is also the perfect opportunity to rip someone’s lips and face off in a single movement. For instance… READ MORE
Indie games are the future, man. It’s one of the gaming industry’s last remaining bastions of creativity, undiluted by the pesky hand of a marketing team, PR rep, or publisher. Last month we took a look at six indie horror games you really need to play, and because you all seemed to enjoy that, we’re doing it again. Today, we’re going to sneak a peek at another batch of indie horror games, only this time, they’re all free.
That’s right. Each of these games comes with a price tag of nada, meaning you can enjoy free scares — arguably the best kind — the only work you need to put into it is in downloading them. I’ve played them all, and I’ve decided to share my harrowing adventures with each with all of you. So sit back, snuggle under the covers and feel free to imagine me sitting in front of you with a flashlight under my chin.
Read on for my list of six free indie horror games you need to play!
Thrash metal Havok is rising higher and higher with each release, detonating listeners with their latest album Unnatural Selection )iTunes). And if the cover to that album is any indication, the fellas are big horror fans! I mean, just look at it and tell me that it doesn’t remind you pretty heavily of Re-Animator. Well, bassist Michael Leon is here with his Top 10 Horror Movies and it’s full of some classics, some lesser picked choices, and some good ole’ fashioned schlock!
Leon states, “Being as indecisive as I am, this list is in no particular order. Included in this list are a selection of horror flicks I always reach for when looking for a good old fashioned scare, or to quench my thirst for fictional violence!”
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This console generation has lasted long enough, I say. Let’s bring on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the bevy of amazing games and the jaw-dropping visuals they’ll undoubtedly bring with them. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have already given us plenty, let’s give them a break, they’ve earned it. Today, we’re going to chat about horror games I’d very much like to see on next-gen consoles. This is a part two, of sorts, so if you have a game you think deserves a mention, make sure it isn’t here first.
There’s a solid chance you won’t agree with every one of my picks, but then again, that’s the beauty of opinions — we all have one! It just so happens that yours is just as valuable as my own, so if you find yourself disagreeing with me, feel free to set me straight in the comments.
Read on for my list of six horror games we want on next-gen consoles!
Written by Jason Nawara, @JasonNawara
It’s only been a little over a year since the DayZ mod took the the gaming world by storm, but even with a little more than a baker’s dozen worth of months separating the release of the mod to where we are now in July, the fans are feeling like the DayZ standalone is the latest incarnation of Duke Nukem Forever. As unfair as that might be, the devs have kind of put themselves in that position by promising the standalone release for what seems like a never-ending amount of date pushes, but it is what it is. We can only get over it by pouring over what details we have, and I’m here to perpetuate this agonizing wait.
No matter what, with each passing day(z), the standalone gets closer. That much we can depend on, I hope. So with that logic guiding me, to pass the time I took it upon myself to list five of the best new features that is making DayZ worth these horribly awful, clock-watching delays worth it.
Last year I wrote a piece called 5 Horror Films With Amazing Endings. You guys wound up digging it so I did 5 MORE Horror Movies With Amazing Endings, along with 5 Horror Movies With Horrible Endings and 5 MORE Horror Movies With Horrible Endings!
So, having pretty much tapped out the ENDING thing for now, I figured I’d take a look at some BEGINNINGS. Some of these movies start strong and end strong but others, more often than not, never fully achieve on the promise of their initial 15 or so minutes.
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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This Is the End. Edgar Wright’s The World’s End. Marc Forster’s World War Z. Paul Middleditch’s Rapture-Palooza. All of these films deal with, or at least thematically hint at, the apocalypse. Hell, Craig Robinson was even in two apocalypse comedies this summer that opened in the same month!
With that in mind we thought it would be fun to take a look at some real-life end of the world scenarios with artist Ron Miller’s (via The Smithsonian) visual representations of what they might look like.
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More often than not, video game movies tend to suck. Few have seen much success, and fewer still have managed to successfully capture what made the game it’s adapting to the big screen so great. Of the myriad video game movies we’ve reluctantly watched, hoping, as fans of a novel-turned-movie have done for ages now, that this time, it has to be good.
To me, Silent Hill has been the only movie that’s retained most of what made the games great. The atmosphere, visuals, overly complex story were all there. Hell, even some of the monsters, music and camera angles were taken straight out of the games. So today, we’re going to flip the script and look at six horror films that would make great games. Because for every bad video game adaptation we’ve seen, there’s about a dozen awful games based on movies.
Read on for six horror films that would make great video games!
Back in August I visited the set of Screen Gems’ new remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop Loss).
My actual set visit you can find directly above this article, but I figured I’d publish a bullet point list for people who were too busy to read it right away and wanted to revisit the full report later in the day.
In theaters October 18, “A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.”
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Horror and musicals have, believe it or not, a great deal in common in that both require a complete suspension of disbelief. We know with the same amount of certainty that there is no superhuman killing machine like Jason in real life just as we know with completely certainty that people will not spontaneously break out into a perfectly choreographed song and dance routine (flash mobs don’t count as they prepare like crazy).
There are already a few that we know of: Rocky Horror Picture Show (which I cannot stand), Repo: The Genetic Opera, Evil Dead: The Musical, Cannibal: The Musical, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom Of The Opera, etc… But that got me thinking, “What horror movies would work as musicals?” Well, I came up with five of them and I want to share them with you below. So head on down for 5 Horror Movies That Would Make Great Musicals! READ MORE
Universal Home Entertainment released the trailer for Don Mancini’s Curse of Chucky, the sixth Child’s Play film following the 2004 Seed of Chucky, today. And it actually looks pretty good! I’m digging the return to horror form, albeit at a lower budget.
In the sequel directed by creator Don Mancini, “Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.” The film hits VOD platforms September 24 with a Blu-ray/DVD date slated for October 8.
So, what did we learn from the trailer? Head below to find out!!! READ MORE
Back in April, we looked at six upcoming horror games that look absolutely terrifying. That was only the half of it, literally, as I have another six games that promise to be equally as — or possibly more — terrifying than that first batch. If you need a few games to look forward to over the coming months, I suggest you read on.
While I’m not a purist on this (I don’t care if a movie is missing scenes from the trailer if the film itself ends up being good), I know that misleading trailers can irk quite a few people. Remember the woman who sued the distributor of Drive because she thought she was seeing a Fast & Furious style movie? While that’s a bit extreme, I sort of understand some other cases of this – the most recent example being a highly anticipated horror remake that neglected to include a certain chainsaw scene that featured heavily in its trailer.
I personally don’t think this stuff is worth getting super upset about, but on the off-chance you decide to see a movie based on one shot in the trailer and they don’t include that shot – you’re gonna be pretty pissed. Either way, I think this stuff is fascinating. I don’t believe that directors should be beholden to the studio’s marketing decisions when it comes to fine-tuning their movie (which often happens way later than the trailer’s release) – but it’s interesting to see what gets dropped along the way.
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Indie horror. It’s a thing. For every excessively big budgeted AAA horror title, there’s a dozen indie games that manage to be many times scarier. Think about it. What are some of the scariest games you’ve ever played? If you were to ask me what games scared me the most, I’d be able to list off a slew of titles that forced me to keep the lights on, and few would be from big developers. Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Slender: The Eight Pages, Paranormal, Kraven Manor (more on those last two in a bit), they’re scarier because they don’t need to check every box on a list of features that are required for a game to sell well, likely provided by their marketing department.
That’s why I’m such a fan of indie games, because the developers are free to be creative, to think outside the box. They’re making games they would want to play, rather than what some bigwig exec thinks we want from a horror game.
After the break I’ve compiled six incredible indie horror games I’ve played that I think are more than worth your time. If there’s a particularly enjoyable game you think I missed, feel free to set me straight in the comments!
It’s fairly common knowledge at this point that dogs, for the most part, are way cooler than people. In the words of Ellen Ripley, “you don’t see them f*cking each other over for a godd*mn percentage.” Granted, she was talking about Aliens, but that sentiment captures a few of their biggest qualities – loyalty and priorities.
Dogs also happen to be honest, somewhat intelligent and great companions. They remind us that love, fun and playfulness aren’t societal constructs – they’re universal truths. This all might be a reason why we can stomach human death after human death in films, but we lose our sh*t when a dog is placed in peril.
As awesome as dogs are, there’s not enough of them in horror. So let’s encourage more canine inclusion in the genre and celebrate a few of the ones that rise above the pack with 6 Of The Cutest Dogs In Horror!!! READ MORE
Back in March of 2012 I visited the Montreal set of Riddick, the third film in the Pitch Black franchise. While you can read PART ONE of my lengthy set report today, you might want to check out this piece if you’re on the go. It even has some info the set report doesn’t have (but then again, there’s plenty of stuff in the bigger piece that’s not here either, so carve out some time to come back to that).
In theaters September 6, “Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.”
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If you’re a gamer, you’re undoubtedly already fully aware of how stupefyingly awesome last week was. If you’re not a gamer, than let me take a second to fill you in. Last week, nearly every video game company in the country migrated to Los Angeles so they could spend a few days blowing our minds.
They did this by showing off new hardware — including a saucy battle between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — and announcing tons of exciting new games. Among these big reveals were a myriad horror games, both from indie developers and high profile publishers, that all look absolutely terrifying. Unfortunately, even though we saw from the likes of Daylight, Outlast, Dying Light and Dead Rising 3 — there were still many highly anticipated games that didn’t make an appearance.
After the break I have eight horror games I really wanted to see more from last week, but didn’t. Check them out, and let me know what I missed in the comments!
I’m one of those rare breeds that enjoys a long song. I’m not talking five minutes long. No, I’m talking those songs that take their time, that build up passage after passage, that come to a climax that is so strong and beautiful that it sends shivers up and down my spine and goose bumps cover every inch of my arms. So I’ve decided to share some of those with you! Head on below to see my list of 8 Great Songs Over 8 Minutes Long! READ MORE
Last week it was announced that Paramount had regained the rights to the Friday The 13th franchise, and they have a five year window to make things happen. I’m not sure if this means that the rights will expire if they don’t make a movie in the next five years (deals like this are common) or if they simply have five years to make as many of these suckers as they can. If the latter is the case, and if their initial foray is lucrative enough, they can certainly get four out there if they follow the “one a year” release pattern from the 80′s.
It’s too late for them to make one in time for December 13th of this year, so I imagine that they’ll be aiming for the next available date – June 13th, 2014 – which gives them some time to get it right. While I genuinely dug the 2009 remake (and wouldn’t at all mind getting that rumored Shannon/Swift snowbound sequel), there are some ground rules we need to establish before moving forward in order to ensure we get the best F13 possible.
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