Friday, December 14, 2012

Beneath the Skin: How they Did the Transformation Scene in 'An American Werewolf in London'

"An American Werewolf in London" has one of the most realistic appearing werewolf transformation sequences that I have ever seen. The movie was made in a time when CG effects were very expensive, and practical effects were king. While some companies now solely rely on CG as a crutch for their movie monsters, I find that those that still do it old school tend to have monsters that are far more real looking and convincing than their digital counterparts.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Top 13 Scariest Ghost Movies

There are a lot of ghost movies in the world, and like ghosts themselves,  some are good, some are bad, and some are downright terrifying. The good ghost movies avoid cliches and get right into the suspense and horror of being haunted by the vengeful dead.

Here's my list of the top 13 scariest ghost movies. Enjoy!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Top 3 Scariest Zombie Mods

Some video games have become so popular and well loved that fans have gone out of their way to create mods, or modified versions of the game. Ever since the zombie mod, "They Hunger" for Half-Life was available for download, fans have been working on creating better, scarier zombie mods of popular games.

The zombie mod trend has caught on, and even the game developers themselves have joined in the fray to create utterly creepy and terrifying journeys into the realms of the undead.

Here's my list of the top three scariest zombie mods for video games.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

'The Walking Dead' Episode 304: 'Killer Within'

Episode 304 "Killer Within" starts with someone making a trail of blood and guts of a deer up to the prison and through an open gate. He is drawing the walkers in on purpose, to get rid of Rick and his group, and boy does it have disastrous results.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Watch the New Slender Man Video: 'Proxy: A Slender Man Story' Now!

I came across a new Slender Man video today made by BlackBox TV on Youtube called "Proxy: A Slender Man Story." It is filmed from the point of view of a Slender Man proxy-- which is a term for his agents; people who he has possessed or compelled to work for him and torment his victims when he is not around.

Friday, November 16, 2012

'The Walking Dead' Episode 303 'Walk with Me'

In this episode of "The Walking Dead" we have the return of Merle Dixon, we learn more about Michonne, and see that Andrea has not grown as a character in the slightest since last season. Sigh.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Return of the Top 13 Funniest Walking Dead Memes

After scouring the internet for the funniest new memes from"The Walking Dead," I have compiled a list of the top 13. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

'American Horror Story: Asylum' Episode 2 'Tricks and Treats'

"Tricks and Treats" begins with the lovely Jenna Tatum hysterically running away from Bloody Face while she attempts to find her lover's cell phone in order to call for help. She is chased into the room where her hubby had his arm ripped of, and manages to get the phone just as Bloody Face stabs the love of her live to death. Well, sort of.... Even after being repeatedly stabbed in the chest, and bleeding profusely from the gaping wound where his arm used to be, he manages to muster up enough strength to body check Bloody Face later on in the next episode. Must be all that adrenaline.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Top 5 Reasons Why 'Resident Evil 6' is a Train Wreck

Dear Capcom, You Can't Please Everyone, 
so why not just make a game that appeals to your own fan base and not another genre's?

While it is understandable for a video game company to attempt to create a product that sells to the broadest audience as possible in order to make the most money, what Capcom did with "Resident Evil 6" is a dismal attempt to make a game that panders to several audiences that exist outside of its survival horror niche.

Friday, November 9, 2012

'Silent Hill: Revelation' Review

"Silent Hill: Revelation" is a continuation of the first "Silent Hill" movie, and unfortunately, it pales in comparison to its predecessor. The ending was good though, with a monster fight that would make most Silent Hill fanboys have a geek-gasm over.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Let's Play 'Silent Hill' Part 3: The Nightmare Realm of Midwhich Elementary School

When we last left off in Let's Play Silent Hill Part 2, we had solved the clock tower puzzle and had just entered the Nightmare Realm of Midwhich Elementary School... man is this place creepy. You just never know when something is going to lunge out of the darkness and try to chew your ankles off.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

'In Fear Of' Director Mike Polizzi Talks About 'Selenophobia'

Very seldom do I come across a werewolf movie or TV show that is unique and entertaining. "Selenophobia: Fear of the Moon" is an episode of the "In Fear Of" Web series that tastefully portrays a woman's struggle to fight the best within, and the choice her lover has to make to end her life with silver bullets. I liked "Selenophobia" so much, that I decided to interview the director, Mike Polizzi. Check it out!

Monday, October 29, 2012

'In Fear Of' Youtube Web Series Director Scott Perry Talks About 'Achluophobia'

Scott Perry directed three episodes of the new horror Web series on Youtube called "In Fear Of." They are "Thanatophobia: Fear of Death," "Achluophobia: Fear of the Dark" and "Monophobia: Fear of Being Alone." All three are very well done and manage to create a suspenseful atmosphere full of dread and terror. "Monophobia" is about a serial killer who acts a little like Ted Bundy, killing people just to prevent them from leaving her. It is full of dark humor and has a twisted ending that I just loved. "Thanatophobia" has a twist ending that is not easy to predict, something that is extremely hard to pull off and shows just how talented Perry is. "Achluophobia" is by far the best in terms of creating a suspenseful atmosphere. It has a way of getting to you that very few short horror films do, and is definitely a must see for anyone who loves to be scared.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Youtube series 'In Fear Of' Director Jeremiah Kipp Talks About 'Podophobia'

"In Fear Of" is a horror anthology Web series that goes live this week on Youtube on Halloween. I had the chance to catch a sneak peek at the series, and was really impressed with how truly terrifying this series is. In fact, I was so impressed that I decided to interview three of the directors from the series. My first interview was with Jeremiah Kipp, who I interviewed last year and reviewed his wonderful short horror films, "Contact" and "Crestfallen."

'The Walking Dead' Episode 302: 'Sick'

Previously on "The Walking Dead," Hershel had been bitten by a walker and Rick had brutally hacked off his leg with a hatchet. Hershel is bleeding out badly, and it may kill him, so time is of the essence to get the wound treated by Carol. Hershel taught Carol first aid, but she isn't a trained doctor, so her medical knowledge is limited.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

'American Horror Story: Asylum' Episode 1: 'Welcome to Briarcliff'

"American Horror Story: Asylum" can best be described as a horrible hodge-podge monstrosity of "Fire in the Sky" meets "The Island of Dr. Moreau" meets "Freaks" meets "The Magdelene Sisters" meets "Girl Interrupted" meets "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Throw in any title of a bad B-horror slasher movie with a killer that has an unimaginative name from the 1980s to get a premier episode that is just jammed to the gills with clashing fictional archetypes that have no business being in the same room together, let alone in the same episode, and you'll have the first episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

'The Walking Dead' Season Three Episode 1: 'Seed'

With much of season two of "The Walking Dead" being wasted on filler episodes and the search for Sophia (who was hiding the barn the entire time, tee hee!) I was a bit hesitant to allow myself to get all geeked up for the premier episode of season three. Thankfully, the first episode of season three of "The Walking Dead: Seed" does not disappoint.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The First Five Minutes of the Premiere of 'American Horror Story:Asylum' Available Now!

Today, the first five minutes of the premiere episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum" appeared on Facebook. It features the "lovers," a young married couple who are taking a honeymoon tour of the 12 most haunted places in America. The latest stop on their honeymoon tour is Briarcliff Manor Sanitarium, where they are going to explore the haunted abandoned building for some very sexy thrills. Sounds like my kind of honeymoon.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

'Resident Evil: Damnation' in Stores this September

A new CG animated movie for Resident Evil, "Resident Evil: Damnation" will be in stores September 25, 2012. It will be available in Blu-Ray and DVD. The movie is currently available for purchase on the Zune Marketplace on XBOX 360 and the PSN on PlayStation 3, so if you own those consoles, you can watch it before the release date.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Coolest Haunted Houses of 2012

According to the Haunted House Association Detroit, Michigan has the most haunted houses in America. Lucky for me, I live there and have gotten to experience some of the scariest haunted house attractions in existence. But Michigan isn't the only place in the U.S. that has really great haunted houses; Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida  and California have some too.

Here's my list of the coolest haunted houses of 2012.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Top Six Best Found Footage Horror Films

Found footage films are the darling of the horror industry. The roots of the style can be traced all the way back to "Cannibal Holocaust"-- a mockumentary (i.e. fake documentary) that featured the real slaying of animals on screen.

In the 1990s the found footage film really started to make its mark with made for TV productions such as BBC's "Ghostwatch" and "Alien Abduction: The Incident in Lake County." Shortly thereafter, "The Blair Witch Project" appeared in theaters, and horror has never been the same since.

With so many found footage films being pumped out by studios nowadays (mainly because they are so cheap to make) we have many examples of movies that are really freaking scary, and ones that are so bad that they're boring to watch.

Here's a list of the best found footage horror films of all times.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

'Dead Island: Riptide' to Have Same Characters as 'Dead Island'

The latest news about "Dead Island: Riptide" is that it will pick up just where the first game (and the novelization of said game) left off, with the gang riding in a helicopter on their escape from Banoi as a powerful monsoon started to pummel the region.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Slender Man Video Game 'Slender' is Wonderfully Scary

A few weeks ago I came across a shareware Slender Man game called "Slender" by Parsec Productions.

Slender is a short, experimental horror game in which you must travel into a dark woods at night, with a simple goal: find 8 pages that are scattered across the woods. But as you are looking for them, you are being stalked by an entity that grows more persistent and relentless as each page is collected, an entity that you cannot even look at for long, let alone fight. Your only hope is to collect all 8 pages before it catches you...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Is 'Paranormal Activity 4' Ripping Off 'MarbleHornets?'

I am not a lawyer. This post is not legal advice, just an explanation of the Fair Use Act and Internet Copyright law. Do not use this to help yourself in a case. If you need help hire a lawyer. Kay? Great. Thanks.

The Internet is a tricky thing. Following copyright policies, such as the Fair Use Act, for work that you put up on the Internet is even more complicated than adhering to other copyright laws. So, when a meme goes viral and people start using it to make YouTube videos, can the original creator of the meme sue users for damages, or does the meme belong the Internet?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Top 3 Slender Man Series on Youtube

There are three big  Slender Man series on Youtube: "EverymanHYBRID," "TribeTwelve" and "Marble Hornets." Each series manages to terrify the audience in its own unique way, and each has added a little bit more to the Slender Man mythos to establish a horror setting that I like to call the Slenderverse.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What is Slender Man?

The creepypasta meme known as Slender Man has only been around on the Internets for 3 years now. It was spawned June 10th, 2009 for a paranormal pictures Photoshop contest on the Something Awful forums. SA forum user Victor Surge was the first person to post Slender Man pictures and coined the term "The Slender Man," which has since turned into just Slender Man.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

'[REC] 3: Genesis' Review

In "[REC] 3: Genesis," Koldo and Clara are getting married. The celebration of their big day is ruined when the demonic zombie plague begins to spread like wildfire and infects all of their guests and turns them into the ravenous undead.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Top 13 Funniest Silent Hill Memes

You know, it's actually harder to find funny Silent Hill memes than one might think. So, to save you the trouble, I've scoured the Internet and posted the top 13 funniest Silent Hill memes for you. Enjoy!

Monday, July 30, 2012

'Deadlight': Side-scroller Zombie Video Game

"Deadlight" by Tequila Works is a 2-D side-scroller survival horror video game for XBOX360.

It's 1986.
The world has fallen to a zombie apocalypse.
Can Canadian forest ranger Randall Wayne make his way through zombie infested Seattle, WA and find his missing wife and daughter?

Let's Play Silent Hill Part 2

When we last left off in Let's Play Silent Hill Part 1, I somehow managed to run away from the murderous dogs and pterodactyls roaming the streets of Silent Hill and quickly made my way up the steps of the front entrance of Midwich elementary school.

Schools are always unsettling at night. If you have ever stayed after school for a function (in my case it was play practice) you would know that once the school has been vacated of children and teachers alike, it turns into a different, more sinister, place. In Silent Hill, an empty school at night turns into a hellish nightmare haunted by demonic children.

Friday, July 20, 2012

'Silent Hill: Revelation 3D' Nurses Revealed

The first clip from Silent Hill Revelation 3D has surfaced, and boy am I impressed. It is a scene from the hospital, complete with creepy demon nurses.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Top 13 Alien Movies

There are alien movies that are strictly in the fuzzy, feel good Sci-Fi Star-Trekkie sickeningly sweet category and then there are alien movies that scare the living crap out of you because the aliens are ALIEN-- their actions motivations that drive them to kill, maim, consume, abduct and experiment upon our fragile flesh are inconceivable and incomprehensible to our logical, pattern seeking human minds.

For horror buffs that are xenophiles, it's the scary alien movies that matter.

So, here's my list of the top 13 scariest alien movies of all time.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Top 13 Extreme Horror Movies

To further expand upon my definition of extreme horror movies I've put together a list of the top 13 extreme horror movies that aren't strictly torture porn. All of these movies have a plot, character development and emotional depth to a story that adds to the overall terror provided by the no-holds barred, renegade approach to filmmaking, where everything and anything occurs on-screen and the audience is forced to witness the entire bloody process of terrible mutilation, dismemberment, rape and even the most brutal of murders.  While some of these may shock you, all of them have a good amount of blood and gore, and most will definitely be nightmare fuel for days to come.

Monday, May 21, 2012

What is Extreme Horror?

The term Extreme Horror is a bit ambiguous and it means different things to different people. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines extreme as A. Existing in a very high degree B. Going to great or exaggerated lengths, or C. Exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected.

After looking at a bunch of different lists online put together by movie buffs, I have found that many movies that are listed as extreme horror are actually fit in the Splatterpunk or torture porn category. To help define extreme horror I have come up with five elements that most, if not all extreme horror movies have in common.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Top 13 Psychological Horror Films

To further understand and get a better grasp on what makes a good psychological horror film, I've compiled a list of the best and scariest psychological horror movies I have ever seen. Some of these movies use monsters to create the overall mood of horror and dread, some only hint at the monster's existence and it's unclear if it is real or not, while others make you question the perceptions of the characters as the story unfolds. Some of these movies use elements of psychological horror, others may be considered psychological thrillers, but all of them explore the inner workings of our minds to scare us to death.

But be warned, these scary movies will stay with you for a lifetime.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

What is Psychological Horror?

There are a lot of phrases and words used to describe  horror films. Most if not all of them are misunderstood and terribly misused on the Internet.

For instance, home invasion and torture porn movies have been given the label psychological horror by some well meaning, yet uninformed reviewers when it is clear that they are not, in actuality, psychological horror.

From  [Tribeca '12] What Sets ‘Replicas’ Apart From Other Home Invasion Films post by Bloody Disgusting's John Marrone:

Would you pull your own front tooth out with a pair of pliers? Of course not. But what if your child was tied to a chair, with a razor held to their face? Well – OK! Yes! That’s the sort of psychological horror that home-invasion films bring to the table. 

Sorry Mr. Marrone, but that is NOT psychological horror.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Let's Play Silent Hill Part 1

With the release of the digitally remastered HD editions of "Silent Hill 2" and "Silent Hill 3" for PS3 and "Silent Hill" available for purchase for PS3 on the PlayStation store, I suffered a fit of nostalgia and decided that I'd play my way through the first three installments of the Silent Hill franchise. I'll be starting at the beginning of the series with the original PlayStation game and will drag you with me on my descent through madness and down into the hellish landscape that is Silent Hill.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Cabin in the Woods Review

"The Cabin in the Woods" is a Lovecraftian love/hate letter to horror films. It has some suspenseful moments, but for the most part, it's a fun romp through slasher flicks, giant monster movies, creature features and foreign horror films. "The Cabin in the Woods" is clever, snarky and constantly pokes fun at just about any horror convention or cliche you can think of, which makes it the best deconstruction of horror movies since "Scream." In fact, this movie invokes more stereotypes and horror tropes than even "Scream" was capable of doing. And for this reason, "The Cabin in the Woods" is freaking hilarious.

There are major SPOILERS AHEAD after the jump, so if you don't want this movie spoiled before you get a chance to see it, stop reading here.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Lovely Molly: 13 Years after The Blair Witch Project

This July 30th year marks the 13th Anniversary of The Blair Witch Project. "The Blair Witch Project" co-director Eduardo Sanchez has once again brought us a movie and sets the stage by creating a mockumentary about the movie to set the mood for his horror film.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Top 15 Funniest Walking Dead Memes

Looking for a laugh to get you through suffering from "The Walking Dead" withdrawal? Here's the top 15 funniest Walking Dead memes on the net.

15. Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy

Friday, April 6, 2012

Top 6 Zombie Movie Cliches We Could Do Without

A cliche, like the monster that will just not die, is an idea or expression that has been so overused that it has lost its strength of emotional impact. A cliche can also be a character stereotype whose actions are predictable and superficial in nature. The zombie horror movie genre is chock full of animated rotting corpses, and with any over-saturated market, it has developed its own cliches that, like the zombie itself,  really needs to be shot and put out of its misery.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dead Island 2 to be Released in 2012

This teaser picture for "Dead Island 2" from Dead Island's fan page showed up on my Facebook Page today. Last year in November there were rumors about a sequel to "Dead Island" being made when Techland and Deep Silver filed a trademark for the title "Dead World." Is this a hint of things to come?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Six Things that make Silent Hill so Wonderfully Scary

"Silent Hill" came out in 1999 and since then the franchise has spawned four games that were true to it's core themes and way too many that aren't. The last three to come out, "Silent Hill: Homecoming," "Silent Hill: Shattered Memories" and "Silent Hill: Downpour" pale in comparison to the original three installments. It's like the game developers read the really, really crappy Silent Hill comics they put out and decided that they were so brilliant that they just had to imitate them.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Worst Zombie Movies Ever Made

There are plenty of lists out there about zombie movies. This one is about the worst zombie movies ever made. And while there were a lot of contenders, these four are the worst of the lot: "Survival of the Dead", "Zombie Apocalypse," "Steve Niles' Remains" and "Deadlands: The Rising."

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 13: Beside the Dying Fire

The episode starts out back in Atlanta, where walkers are eating a dog. When the helicopter flies overhead, gets their attention, and they follow it. The walkers head out of the city and keep gathering more of their number as they continue moving. The herd piles up at a wooden fence and the weight of their numbers breaks it and they stumble through.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 12: Better Angels

"The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 12: Better Angels" starts with a flash forward of Andrea, Shane, Daryl and T-Dog go out hunting walkers and fixing the fence that is intertwined with Rick giving Dale's eulogy at his funeral. He talks about honoring Dale by doing things his way, so that they don't lose their humanity. He wants to fix the group, and believes that they can makes things right.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Character Autopsy: The Walking Dead's Shane Walsh is a Shakespeare Villain

Something's rotten in the state of Georgia Horatio. And it's not the zombies. It's Shane Walsh.

In an interview with AMC, Jon Bernthal stated that he feels that Shane shares traits with three characters from Shakespeare's Othello.  He has Iago's villainy, Cassio's nobility, and Othello's jealousy."

For those of you that don't know, the works of William Shakespeare have a huge influence on Western culture. Shakespeare's complex characters have a depth of emotion similar to those found in people you'd meet in real life. The Walking Dead's Shane Walsh is, like a Shakespeare villain, a very complex character with a deep seated fear that drives every single choice he makes; whether it is pre-meditated or not.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cast Member Quits "The Walking Dead"

Back in November, reported that one of the main cast members wanted to quit the show when Frank Darabont was fired. This past week, one of the characters of "The Walking Dead" was killed, and the actor that played him had previously worked with Darabont.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 11: Judge, Jury, Executioner

"The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 11: Judge, Jury, Executioner" was a combination of "12 Angry Men," "Survival of the Dead," and a "Very Special Episode" for Carl, in which we learn that actions have consequences.

Someone just shoot me already...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 10: 18 Miles Out

There are only three more episodes left of Season 2 of The Walking Dead and things are finally starting to heat up!

"The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 10: 18 Miles Out" is framed somewhat like the episode in which Shane killed Otis and starts out in a "flash forward" with Shane running away from walkers on what appears to be a fenced in school grounds. Shane is being chased by walkers. Rick sees one fall out of the window and a tied up Randal is wriggling like an inch worm towards a knife. Shane runs into a school bus and struggles to keep the door shut as the walkers attempt to get in.

Friday, February 24, 2012

World War Z Movie Teaser Trailer and Preview Pictures

The popular book "World War Z" by Max Brooks consists of a series of interviews with survivors of a zombie outbreak. The  movie rights to the novel were purchased in 2007 by Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B Entertainment.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Best Zombie Movie Opening Ever

Like the different takes of slow and fast zombies that are now prevalent in the genre, some zombie movies start slow and some start fast. Then there are fast zombie movies that have such incredibly intense openings that they stay with you for years. Such is the case of Dawn of the Dead (2004), which has the best zombie movie opening ever.

The screenplay was brilliantly written adaptation of George A. Romero's original "Dawn of the Dead" script and was penned by James Gunn. It was so good in fact, that it was nominated for the 2005 Bram Stoker Award for Screenplays.

"Dawn of the Dead" starts out innocently enough, all the while cleverly leaving little hints that begin to add up and point to zombie apocalypse that I just love.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 9: Trigger Finger

"The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 9: Trigger Finger" is by far one of the best episodes of the season.  It had a lot of action, a lot of zombies, and a heck of a lot of character development. Conversations that should've happened several episodes ago finally happen and we got to see the reason why Lori ran off like she did...

Episode 9: Trigger Finger starts out with Lori unconscious in the wrecked car and a walker trying to get in to eat her. It shoves its face through the broken windshield, ripping off flesh around its mouth and chin in an attempt to get at her. (Which was pretty awesome if I do say so myself.)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 8: Nebraska

When we last left the group, Shane had rallied the group to his side and broke open the barn where they were storing the walkers. After they gunned the walkers down like a line of gunmen at an execution, poor Sophia appears at the barn door, and we learn that she had been attacked and turned into a walker. With everyone stunned by her appearance, Rick steps up and kills her.

Everyone is in shock over Shane's violent outburst. He finally got his way, drew the group to follow his lead, and left a pile of corpses in his wake.

Carol pushes Daryl away, angry at him- Daryl was an agent of hope for her and her daughter, but it appears that hope is a dangerous thing to have in a zombie apocalypse. Carol runs to the RV, where she had been sitting, waiting for them to find Sophia.

Beth, Hershel's youngest daughter, runs to her mother's side (she was one of the walkers that was in the barn), calling out her name and crying. When she turns her over, her undead mother attacks her, and she screams. Andrea, Glenn, T-Dog come to her aid and Andrea drives a scythe through the back of the walker's head.