Posters, when done right, are an art form. Sure, they’re advertisements, but they’re also such a great artistic challenge. Representing the identity of a movie – and getting people in the door – with a single image? That’s tough. Rendering that image in a manner that resembles actual artwork (or something you’d hang on your wall)? Even tougher.
I get why it goes wrong sometimes. Whenever a sh*tty poster hits a lot of people blame the artist, but they’re not the only ones at fault. Studio marketing departments emphasize their perception of the film’s commercial assets – often sacrificing a compelling key art campaign in the process. Today we celebrate the posters that made it out alive, the ones with flair.
Some of them are for great films and and others are merely great posters for “okay” films. And some of these movies haven’t even come out yet, but their posters have – rendering them fair game. Head inside and click on their banners to check ‘em out! READ MORE
2013 was an exceptional year for Blu-ray genre fare. Companies like Arrow Video, Shout Factory and Synapse Films stepped up their game, showing the industry that there is still plenty of life in the home video market. The love and care given to horror favourites, many that flopped initially is truly a beautiful thing to behold. Year-end “best of” lists can be especially hard to put together. None is more grueling than coming up with one dealing with home video releases. There are too many factors to consider: the film, the transfer, the special features, along with the packaging. This is my crack at it.
I encourage you all to please jot down your own lists under the comments since a) I haven’t seen every genre Blu-ray this year (Chucky: The Complete Collection & Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection are two biggies) and b) like yourselves and other B-D readers, we want to get your thoughts on what 2013 had to offer and find out what we missed out on. Long live hard copies! READ MORE
Since we started the site back in 2001 I’ve been sharing my picks for the best and worst films of the year. 2013 was godawful to me; it was easily one of the worst years of my life.
After 12 months of pure shit, I don’t really feel like going into 2014 with negative energy, so I decided to put something positive into the end of this dreadful 2013. Instead of sharing my picks for the worst of the year, I’ve decided to celebrate 20 awesome independent films that the horror community should really be supporting.
Looking back, there weren’t even that many terrible films, and for once it was hard to decide on which 10 to include in my “best of the year” feature. As I was digging through all the gems, I realized that 2013 was quite the year for independent film. I mean, we finally saw the release of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane(!), there were also the releases of bizarre documentaries Room 237 and My Amityville Horror, and Magnet released a ton of horror from our V/H/S/2 to the unique ABCs of Death.
If you haven’t been paying attention, there are so many tremendous films that are now available for rent on VOD, and even on Blu-ray and DVD for your collections. I hope that, even if you thought you’ve seen them all, we’ll shine the light on one or two that you missed. READ MORE
With 2013 being such a good year for horror films it’s only natural that there are a few great performances to celebrate as well. From intimate and personal, to hilarious, to tragic – there was a wide breadth of choices that pushed at the conventions people normally associate with the genre.
Horror films aren’t always full of one-dimensional characters being sliced and diced, there’s real humanity on display and these performances remind us of that.
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I really loved the past year of horror. Not only did independent films shine through the ever-growing VOD platform, but the studios took some big chances that landed them some mighty rewards.
The biggest hat-tip goes to Warner Bros. and New Line for having the guts to release James Wan’s The Conjuring in July, dead smack in the middle of summer. We haven’t seen a summer horror films succeed in years, and to see Conjuring become one of the top supernatural grossers of all time is huge for the horror scene. Until a few flop, expect the studios to take a chance in that July slot in the coming years…
It was also the year of the apocalypse, with not one but three end-of-the-world films landing in my top ten! This year also rocked with Metallica, got stranded in space, and shit out a stress demon in an homage to the 80′s (horror comedies are making a comeback!). It was so jam-packed with goodness that, for the first time in years, I had trouble narrowing down my list. But alas, only ten can be highlighted, leaving me with the following list of my favorite films of 2013… READ MORE
Hey do you guys remember 2013? That sunovabitch went by fast, didn’t it? As far as horror goes, I think it was a pretty solid year. This was the first time in a few years where I didn’t have any real difficulty picking my favorites. There are only a few that would be considered 100% horror films – the others are cross-breeds and genre mutts. Some strong indie showings made the list, some big-budget flicks, as well as the return to form for a master director. Overall, 2013 was a mixed bag, but in the best way possible.
While I didn’t have trouble picking my 10 favorites, actually ranking them in order would probably give my a full on panic attack. So my list is presented in alphabetical order for my sanity’s sake. READ MORE
In retrospect 2013 was spectacular for horror, proving that the genre continues to progress in both the independent and studio worlds. We were treated to some instant classics that delivered conventional horror, while others explored new territory and challenged the concept of what it means to be a “horror” movie. I keep hearing people say, “film is dead,” and I cannot disagree more. Genre cinema has always thrived off of passionate filmmakers, and every film on my list bleed with passion and love from its creators.
Narrowing down a best-of-the-year list is a trite exercise, as is ordering them in some sort of countdown, but the ten films listed below left a mark on me in 2013. Each film stuck with me for one reason or another throughout the year, and I imagine they will stay with me for a long time to come. READ MORE
It’s no secret that there are a lot of bad horror movies, but I prefer not to shit all over beginning filmmakers or those who are still learning the tricks of the trade. So for my “worst” list, I focus on filmmakers who really should know better. These are definitely not the worst horror movies of the year, but they are some of the most disappointing. READ MORE
Let me start by saying there are still many films that came out this year that I have yet to see. However, when first considering my Best list, I was almost concerned I wouldn’t be able to produce enough films that were good enough. 2013 wasn’t very kind to the horror genre, in my opinion. Sure, we had a few big name releases this year and quite of few of them were remakes. But even with these, I wasn’t sure I could pull a top 5. After looking at every single movie released this year, I was finally able to scrape up a few that definitely stood out. What were they?
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How was I able to cut down the worst films of 2013 to this simple list of 5? Well, friends, it was extremely tough. I could have easily made this a list of 10…15…20. I want to reiterate that I personally believe that this year was extremely unkind in the horror department. Sure, we had some great movies this year as noted in my Best list. However, the abundance of bad movies was overwhelming for me, and interestingly enough, a lot of the big name films of the year ended up on my Worst list. Which ones?
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2013 was an absolutely killer year for horror films. There were so many movies that were on my mind while making this list that I had a genuinely hard time leaving a lot of them off. From amazing horror comedies like This Is The End to straight up brutal fare like Maniac.
In fact, there were so many great films I had to add a much longer honorable mention section than normal! I really feel like horror fans were blessed in 2013. With so many wonderful films that were amazing for totally different reasons, it felt weird to rank them in order from 1-10. So this is a list presented in no particular order.
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I sure do hate writing end of the year lists. It’s not so much that I don’t like looking back on the best (and worst) films that have come out during any given year, but there’s no way I could have seen EVERY movie that came out in 2013. Especially with the rise in movies going straight to DVD and VOD, there are so many more ways to see movies. I do also sometimes get to see movies before they are officially released and I’m not very good about holding on to my excitement for a time when the movie is “officially” released but I always look like a dick for saying, “Oh well I really liked ________ but you haven’t seen it because it’s not out yet.” Real cool, Wolfman. Real cool. However, I did get to see a LOT of great genre movies this year by attending South by Southwest and Fasntastic Fest in Austin, TX. Every movie on this list played at one of those festivals, some of them have already been released, some of them have release dates, some will just be coming out in the near future. Another cool thing about movies at festivals is they blur and bend genre lines, so even if some of these films might not fit into the “horror” genre in the strictest of senses, they all played at festivals! There! I am playing by the rules! I win! READ MORE
With the increasing popularity of e-readers and lit websites, is has become harder and harder for good horror fiction to go unrecognized. Nevertheless, I’m grateful to the various bloggers and Tweeters and genre authors who shared their fiction recommendations as I was compiling this list. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading a 6-pound Justin Cronin hardcover or Gillian Flynn’s latest on a 2-ounce e-reader, the fiction market flourishes through word-of-mouth. Sure, e-readers don’t have a wicked cool cover you can sneak a glance at, but if the owner looks engaged, reach out, ask what they’re reading. Personal recommendations are the internal combustion engine of the fiction market.
With that in mind, approach the following list of novels as my personal recommendations for 2013, rather than the best of the year. A couple of colleagues have stated that this was a somewhat shitty year for horror fiction, but I disagree. There was plenty of good stuff out there. But it helps if you ask around. READ MORE
If you’re planning on keeping the ole’ boob tube set on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve ’11 for New Years, then here is what you can expect: Musical performances from Backstreet Boys, New Kids On The Block, Ke$ha, Train, Taio Cruz, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, Drake, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield, and Far East Movement.
Also, Jenny McCarthy will join Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest for the New York broadcasts while Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) will be hosting the Los Angeles segments. The shows will begin at 10pm EST on ABC.
Me personally? I plan on being well and drunk by then and ignoring the TV to find some hot girl to kiss to usher in the New Year. What?? I’m a lech and I fully admit it!