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Crypt of Curiosities: Something Fishy – A Look at “Gillsploitation” Films

Every horror fan has their favorite type of monster. Some people love shambling zombies, others prefer squid-faced aliens from beyond the stars, and I’m sure there are a few people out there who would swear that The Mangler is the greatest beast to grace the silver screen. But for me, one archetype has always reigned supreme: the scaly fish-man.

I can’t explain why, but ever since I was a kid, sea life has always interested me, so it should come as no surprise that as far as famous monsters go, the Gill-man’s always been my favorite. Unfortunately, being a fan of the Gill-man can lead to some issues. Unlike Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, the Gill-man was an original creation of Universal, and as such, was not in the public domain. So, while there are many great films bearing those iconic names, the Creature from the Black Lagoon only has three,
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DVD Review – Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxvii

Brad Cook reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxvii…

When I reviewed MST3K Volume Xxxv, I noted that you could divide Shout! Factory’s releases of the TV series episodes into the “good” and “great” categories. Volume Xxxv fell in the former category, as does the latest one, Volume Xxxvii (I skipped Volume Xxxvi). It’s certainly a worthwhile purchase for completists, but the bonus features didn’t quite hit the heights established by some previous entries in this series.

Here’s what you’ll find in this collection:

Invasion of the Neptune Men: This eighth season episode features a 1961 Japanese science-fiction movie that was later shown on American TV. It’s a great example of the nuances that exist when someone talks about a bad movie. Sure, there are bad movies like Plan 9 From Outer Space that are just ineptly made, but then there are bad
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Horror Highlights: The Wraiths Of War Exclusive Excerpt, The Shelter, IFC’s Horror Marathons, 360 Degrees Of Hell, Slimer & Sloth Pins

The Wraiths of War hits shelves from Titan Books tomorrow, October 11th, so we encourage our readers to continue reading today's Highlights for an exclusive excerpt from Mark Morris' new novel. Also: a new trailer for The Shelter, IFC's "Wake Up and Smell the Evil" Marathon, 360 Degrees of Hell Vr experience, and photos / release details for the Slimer and Sloth pins.

Exclusive Excerpt from The Wraiths of War: Synopsis: "Alex Locke is desperately trying to hold onto the disparate threads of the complex web of time he has created. He travels to the First World War, living through the horrors of trench warfare in order to befriend a young soldier crucial to his story; then to the 1930s to uncover the secrets of a mysterious stage magician. He moves back and forth in time, always with the strange and terrifying Dark Man on his heels, gradually getting closer to
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Flesh Eaters (1964)

Sometimes great little oddities will fly under the radar. And sometimes they barrel roll out of the sky and blast through the earth never to be seen again. The Flesh Eaters (1964) is a prime example of digging through the filmic wreckage and dredging up a low budget winner. Sure, it’s not Citizen Kane, but it’s probably the Citizen Kane of Killer Microbes Versus Buxom Blondes On An Island With A German Scientist movies.

The Flesh Eaters should be just more low budget fodder from an era when any flickering images were sacrificed to the Drive-In Gods (see the same years’ The Horror of Party Beach – or rather, don’t). The set up and pedigree sure don’t help the argument – five people stranded on an island battle a monster, it’s an independent production, and a first (and last) time director helms – but a convergence of actual talent
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Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Day Eleven

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Welcome back everyone for the final day of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Because it’s been an exceptional year for genre fans, we’re focusing today on recapping more books and films that would make for great gifts this holiday season and are perfect for all fans. We’ve also got another great find from over on Etsy and we’re celebrating a new subscription service from the fine folks over at Waxworks Records.

And be sure to check out today’s final Holiday Horrors trivia question below for your shot at winning some awesome merchandise from our fine sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Thanks so much for following along with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and I hope you guys had as much fun reading the series as I had putting it together!

Vendor Spotlight: Waxwork Records

Waxwork Records specializes in releasing horror,
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Discover Overlooked Fright Flicks In The New Book ‘Hidden Horror!’

Called “A long overdue addition to the horror pantheon!” from Robert Englund himself, Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks features insights from 101 of the most passionate horror enthusiasts from all across the globe. From Aaron “Dr. AC” Christensen, the mind behind Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies, the film is composed of essays dripping with love for some of the most overlooked, forgotten, or dismissed horror films. This is a book that I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time, as I was fortunate enough to be asked to contribute. Contributors include Fangoria’s Tony Timpone and Chris Alexander, Rue Morgue’s Dave Alexander, Monica S. Kuebler and John W. Bowen, HorrorHound’s Kristy Jett, Kenneth Nelson and Nathan Hanneman, Videohound’s Mike Mayo, Twitch’s Dave Canfield, FEARnet’s Lawrence P. Raffel and John Squires, and many more.
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Uncover Hidden Horror in New Must-Own Book

I cannot tell you how often we here at Dread Central are asked to recommend some good horror movies. Most of the time when we answer, we're met with a kind of stunned silence because 8 times out of 10 the same people asking have never heard of our recommendations.

Now, instead of just naming titles, we can direct the inquisitive chill seeker to a single book... Dr. AC Presents Hidden Horror. Having had a chance to peruse this terror tome, we can assure you that it's nothing short of an indispensable resource to those new to the genre as well as those who are as jaded as they come. The holidays are coming, kids! We recommend this be added to the shopping list Asap. If not... Santa Will Punish, and rightly so!

Having covered the onscreen terror essentials with Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies, Dr.
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So What's The Worst Movie Of All Time?

That's right, "Disaster Movie," at least according to IMDb users who voted. The comedy, a send-up of disaster flicks, received 55,112 votes. But here's the more interesting part. Paris Hilton topped the charts with two movies appearing in the Top 10 namely "The Hottie & the Nottie" and 2006's "Pledge This."

So without further adieu, here's your Top 100 Worst Movies of All Time!

Rank Rating Title Votes

1. 1.9 Disaster Movie (2008) 55,112

2. 1.9 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 27,996

3. 1.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 20,247

4. 1.9 Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 27,348

5. 1.9 Pledge This! (2006) 13,121

6. 1.9 Die Hard Dracula (1998) 2,641

7. 1.9 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 4,842

8. 1.9 Anne B. Real (2003) 3,325

9. 1.9 From Justin to Kelly (2003) 21,887

10. 1.9 Going Overboard (1989) 7,713

11. 1.9 Track of the Moon Beast (1976) 2,272

12. 1.9 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) 2,021

13. 1.9 The Maize: The Movie (2004) 2,284

14. 1.9 The Pod People (1983) 3,089

15. 1.9 The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) 3,097

16. 1.9 Turks in Space (2006) 9,634

17. 1.9 Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 12,991

18. 1.9 The Creeping Terror (1964) 2,764

19. 1.9 Crossover (2006) 8,350

20. 1.9 Girl in Gold Boots (1968) 2,532

21. 2.0 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004) 1,945

22. 2.0 Space Mutiny (1988) 4,376

23. 2.0 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004) 12,159

24. 2.0 The Starfighters (1964) 2,726

25. 2.0 Fat Slags
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"Spring Breakers" or The American Way of Death

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“I'm very comfortable with the nature of life and death, and that we come to an end. What's most difficult to imagine is that those dreams and early yearnings and desires of childhood and adolescence will also disappear. But who knows? Maybe you become part of the eternal whatever.”

Hugh Hefner

There are films that bear in their frames the traces of an epoch, evoking the mythical dimension of collective memories, of mass-consumed rituals. Since its social origins as a marketable target group, adolescence, from the early 50s onwards, has been a repository for branded adventures, fabled romances and (un)forgettable first-times. Thanks to the hypnotic wealth a fattened middle class started to enjoy in the aftermath of a very profitable Second World War, for the first time in human history, a considerable slice of American youth had substantial spending power at its disposal. Family life and a steady, respectable
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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on the Pretty Terrible 'Horror of Party Beach'

Trailers from Hell: John Landis on the Pretty Terrible 'Horror of Party Beach'
John Landis starts the "Mutants, Ghosts & Devils" week with the trailer for "The Horror of Party Beach"... This mini-budget Connecticut-shot indie originally featured garbage-like monster designs that recalled the Mad Magazine character The Heap, but somewhere along the way these pollution-created monsters were re-imagined to look more like the rubbery "bears" familiar from The Outer Limits tv series. Some theaters encouraged customers to sign a "Fright Release" before they could see the picture. In any case it's a pretty terrible movie.
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B-Sides - Do The Zombie Stomp

We’re leaping into the Wayback Machine for this week’s B-Sides, way back to the surf rock days of 1964 when the beach party and horror genre collided head on in a creature feature called The Horror of Party Beach and a groovy garage band called The Del-Aires wanted us all to do the “Zombie Stomp”.

Nobody will ever confuse Del Tenney’s The Horror of Party Beach for a good movie but it is certainly one of your quintessential so-bad-it’s-good movies.

As swinging teens beach party up a storm and face the pickle-mouthed terror of zombie gillmen spawned from toxic waste, a happening New Jersey surf band named The Del-Aires serenade them with a half dozen rockin’ ditties, the most famous of which, and arguably the film’s catchiest number, being a kitschy tune called “Zombie Stomp”.

Perfect for those of you heading out to the beach on
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Update on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes remake

A remake of John De Bello’s cult film Attack Of the Killer Tomatoes has been in the works for nearly 3 years, but nothing has been heard about it in a good while. However, Bello was asked by Undead Brainspasm about the status of the film. “No updates that I can share at the moment. I guess if they can remake ‘The Horror of Party Beach,’ then ‘Killer Tomatoes’ should be a lock, eh? Alas, even vicious veggies fall victim to the vagaries of Hollywood deal making. Anything is possible with ‘Killer Tomatoes’… while a remake remains a tantalizing possibility, to paraphrase William Goldman: ‘Ya never know’,” he said. So, it looks as though this film is safe from the remake disease running through Hollywood.

The film began a cult hit after its release and spawned several sequels, video games, an animated TV series, toys, comic books, and other merchandising.
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The Greatest American Hero to Fight The New Horror of Party Beach

The Horror of Party Beach is one of those beloved old flicks that are so ridiculous it's nearly impossible to resist the wiles of its charm. And like any movie that's ever made us happy in any way, a remake is of course on its way with someone super tackling the directorial duties.

Fangoria reports today that William Katt (House, Mirrors 2, "The Greatest American Hero") will be bringing us a remake of this timeless tale of men in rubber suits attacking jovial dancing teenagers.

I didn’t realize that it had quite an extensive fan base — it’s kind of a drive-in cult classic — and it has a real pizazz", says Katt of the original film. "Kind of an old-fashioned word, but I don’t know how better to describe it. So our job as filmmakers is to try and pay homage to the film and update it at the same time.
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The Horror of Party Beach getting remade

On Fangoria, Willaim Katt (Greatest American Hero) stated this about his upcoming directorial stab at the remake of 1964′s The Horror of Party Beach (aka Invasion of the Zombies): “One of the things we’re doing here to pay homage to the original is, these kids are throwing a ’60s-themed party on the beach, and everybody is dressed in that style. They’re modern kids who are fans of that era, and having fun with it, but they’re getting killed at the same time.”

The original was directed by Del Tenney, who wanted to spoof the beach film craze of the late 1950s. The film was wildly forgotten until it gained a cult status from being ripped apart by Mystery Science Theater 3000. Here’s the goofball plot of the 1964 original: “[from Wiki] A small U.S. East Coast beach town experiences a wave of attacks from water plants and
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Fangoria Musick: Weekly Chopping List 01/12/2010

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Fangoria Musick: Weekly Chopping List 01/12/2010
At the request of our readers, we recently brought back the Music version of the Chopping List after an extended hiatus, and while the past few weeks have been light on the music front, this week changes that in a big way. Below the jump you'll find this week's list. With so many genres to cover, this is in no way comprehensive, but features 21 highlights we think you're gonna dig. We've hand-picked an assortment that runs the gamut from Soundtracks to metal, goth, alternative, punk, and more.

What will you be listening to this week?

The Book Of Eli - Soundtrack - Reprise Records

The Book of Eli Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features an original score by composer/musician/producer Atticus Ross, marking his third collaboration with the Hughes Brothers and his first feature film score. Ross' music is a unique hybrid score of electronic and organic elements; writing with
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We demand a sequel! Review of Doctor S Battles The Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie

Year: 2009

Directors: Bryan Ortiz

Writers: Bryan Ortiz & James Hartz & Evan Boston & Peter Egly

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: projectcyclops

Rating: 8 out of 10

Bryan Ortiz treats his audience to a bewildering array of false starts, adverts, infomercials and 1950's style premieres before the real meat of his extremely ambitious project is offered, he then sets out to satirise and entertain with a bewildering little comic/horror gem that is far better than it perhaps deserves to be. Doctor S Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie (phew!) is a lovingly crafted and utterly bizarre homage to the wrong end of drive-in cinema and midnight movies. Shot in black and white and with a rocking surf-guitar soundtrack straight out of The Horror of Party Beach, it's a grindhouse influenced gem of a film with comic moments and sly nods, winks and subtle (and not so subtle) references to the films of the era,
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