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Films Scary Fun 

Ten of the Most Terrifying Horror Trailers Ever Made

Word of mouth will ultimately separate the great from the average, but strong promotional points are a necessity in getting the initial word out. When it comes to film, that key marketing launches when a well-cut trailer hits the web. You could call the trailer the appetizer… and if you choose to do so, you […]

Films Scary Fun 

Watch Horror Films and Live: A Survival Guide

Every now and then, a random fact picked up very unceremoniously and unintentionally along the way can come in handy — for example, I once got a free cup of coffee because I knew what the capital of South Dakota was. It’s a fleeting but magnificent feeling of vindication when all that seemingly superfluous knowledge […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

The Chainsaw was Invented to Help in Childbirth. Seriously.

In my role here at Blumhouse.com, I do an insane amount of research, often spending multiple hours each day studying horror films, weird history, and morbid curiosities.  A few weeks back, I was researching the origins of the chainsaw while working on a piece about early slasher films. I became curious as to when the […]

Films 

This Week On SHOCK WAVES, We’re Talking Social Commentary And Political Horror!

This week on Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry, Ryan Turek, and special guest co-host Brea Grant (BEYOND THE GATES, DEAD AWAKE, HALLOWEEN 2) as the group analyze social commentary and political horror in the genre! But first, the latest horrors! Bekah checked out the 80’s horror anthology DEADTIME STORIES […]

Films 

We Chat With Seth Sherwood, Writer Of The Upcoming LEATHERFACE

What do you do when you’re asked to pitch your take on a franchise that is known for being quite disjointed to say the least? If you’re screenwriter/director Seth Sherwood, you take a swing for the bleachers and try something very different yet completely respectful to the films that came before it. That’s what Sherwood […]

Films Real Life Scares 

The REAL Story Behind THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: The Notorious Killer Ed Gein

In 1974, director Tobe Hooper revolutionized horror with his film “inspired by a true story,” THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Almost immediately after the film’s release, rumors began to circulate that there was an actual chainsaw wielding madman living with his deranged family in the town of Poth, Texas. The inspired events were also said to […]

Films Music 

Ten Classic Horror Movies That Scared Me With Sound

We’ve written a great deal about the role of a truly great musical score in crafting a memorable horror film, but today I’m going to dig a little deeper into what makes a movie sound terrifying. Along with dialogue and practical sound effects, there are often dozens of layers to a film’s sound design, and […]

Films 

Never Forget Your Mama: Looking Back at the Still-Controversial MOTHER’S DAY

Sure, there’s a dedicated day for it on your calendar, but you really shouldn’t need a reminder to do right by your mom… even if you’re a homicidal inbred psycho who collects human heads and eats cereal and cat food from a bucket. That’s the gist of Charles Kaufman’s controversial backwoods horror and rape/revenge flick MOTHER’S DAY — […]

Films 

Slashback! Is ALIEN Actually a Slasher Movie in Space?

Okay, before you start sharpening your knives over that headline, be sure to actually read the article first. You’ll see that this is more of a thought experiment in honor of LV-426, a.k.a. “ALIEN Day,” than a slasher-skewed review of a film which I’m betting you already love every bit as much as I do. […]

Films 

#RESPECT To Leatherface’s Most Worthy Adversary, The Unstoppable Benny!

Sometimes, there are characters in genre pictures that are so darned righteous and awesome, you can’t stop thinking about them or their amazing feats long after the movie is over. This column is dedicated to those cinematic bad-asses that keep us coming back for more. And this week, I’m bowing down to the man that […]

Films 

Got To Give Our #RESPECT To The One & Only Morgan Stewart

Sometimes, there are characters in genre pictures that are so darned righteous and awesome, you can’t stop thinking about them or their amazing feats long after the movie is over. This column is dedicated to those cinematic bad-asses that keep us coming back for more. And once again, I’m dipping into a comedy that features […]

Films 

Slashback! Something Not Quite Human is Waiting in THE FUNHOUSE (1981)

While horror maestro Tobe Hooper never managed to top the groundbreaking brilliance of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE or the box-office success of 1982’s POLTERGEIST, I think he deserves far more acclaim than he gets for the films he made in the interim: 1977’s EATEN ALIVE, which retains the backwoods sleaziness of its predecessor while […]

Films 

Giving #RESPECT To Freddy Shoop, Cinema’s Greatest Teacher Ever

Sometimes, there are characters in genre pictures that are so darned righteous and awesome, you can’t stop thinking about them or their amazing feats long after the movie is over. This column is dedicated to those cinematic bad-asses that keep us coming back for more. And although SUMMER SCHOOL is a comedy and not necessarily […]