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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 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Six Recent Extreme Horror Films You May Have Missed [NSFW]

I’ve always been a passionate supporter of filmmakers who crash the ever-shifting boundary between art and exploitation, to push the envelope a little bit more with each effort, challenging our sanity and our definitions of artistic expression. Since the Latin phrase In Extremis translates as “On the Edge,” I thought Cinema In Extremis would be an […]

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The Most Chilling Horror Trailer Narrators of All Time

If you’re familiar with my editorial output on this site, you’ve probably become aware of my obsession with vintage horror movie advertising and promotional campaigns — particularly trailers, television ads and radio spots. Well, I’m about to take you on yet another stroll down Memory Lane… but this time I’m going to ask you to listen […]

Films 

Slashback! The Creepiest Pre-HALLOWEEN Slasher Trailers

In last week’s Slashback column, we took a controversial look at the cultural impact of the slasher genre through the eyes of two of its most famous detractors: film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. It’s interesting to note that when the pair ran their notorious SNEAK PREVIEWS “Violence Against Women” episode in 1980, the […]

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13 Classic Horror Teasers with ZERO Footage From Their Own Films

I really miss horror teasers. Not just the old trailers… I’m talking real teasers: promotional mini-movies designed to suggest the horrors awaiting audiences without actually showing any footage from the films they’re advertising. At their absolute best, teasers were full-motion versions of a movie’s poster art, giving you just enough information to tantalize your imagination, […]

Creepy Horror Book Trailers: Do They Really Scare Up Sales?

Over the last decade or so, a relatively new way to sell novels has expanded into the marketplace: Book Trailers. The thinking in the beginning was that if trailers sell movies, why wouldn’t they work for books? Suddenly self-proclaimed experts were dropping out of the sky with suggestions on how to make a fine book trailer that […]