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Halloween 2017: Hack, Slash, Stream: 13 Slashers to Watch on Shudder

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Of all the many sub-genres in horror, the slasher is probably my favorite. There aren’t many good ones, but even the bad ones tend to deliver exactly what we want from the formula. They’re horror movie comfort food, and Shudder is offering an entire buffet this October.

Black Christmas (1973, dir. Bob Clark) In many ways the first modern slasher film, Bob Clark’s holiday horror movie is, to this day, a genre masterpiece. From its chilly Canadian atmosphere to the disturbing obscene phone calls being made to a sorority house, Black Christmas is brilliantly constructed and hugely influential. It’s not just one of my favorite slasher movies, but one of my favorite horror movies of any type, full stop.

Blood Rage (1987, dir. Bruce Rubin) There are slasher movies that are tense and scary and stylish. Blood Rage is not one of them. Shot in 1983 but not released
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Influential Slasher ‘The House on Sorority Row’ Comes to UK Blu-ray!

Influential Slasher ‘The House on Sorority Row’ Comes to UK Blu-ray!
UK’s 88 Films is gearing up to release the 31st entry in their Slasher Classics Collection with The House on Sorority Row coming to region B Blu-ray on October 23rd! The film is now available for pre-order directly from 88 Films and they have an 88 webstore exclusive that includes a limited edition glossy slipcase and […]
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Review: Fox Trap (2016)

Slasher movies have always flooded the Dtv marketplace as they are quick to make and cheap to produce and ultimately the go to sub-genre for student filmmakers. With this easy access, the vast majority of these films are bound to be either completely unwatchable or so devoid of talent that you end up wondering why you bothered. I’d be lying if I told you Fox Trap breaks new ground or plays outside the box, it doesn’t, but what it does well is emulate the best aspects of past slasher favourites and provides a thriller that will surely please genre fans.

Keeping with tradition, Fox Trap opens with a prologue. It’s prom night and a group of friends prank one of their fellow classmates, naturally the stunt goes horribly wrong. Fast forward eight years later, and the same group of friends have all received invitations to a reunion
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November 8th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Bubba Ho-tep, The Initiation

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Tuesday, November 8th is a big day for politics, but on the home entertainment side of things, it’s a relatively quiet week for Blu-ray and DVD releases, as we have only a few bright spots to look forward to. Scream Factory has given Don Coscarelli’s modern classic Bubba Ho-Tep the Collector’s Edition treatment, and for you cult cinema fans out there, both The Initiation and Night Has a Thousand Desires receive a much-needed HD upgrade as well.

Other notable releases for this Tuesday include Halloweed, Bleed, Amigo Undead, and Gorgasm.

Bubba Ho-Tep: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness) "gives his greatest and most entertaining performance to date", (Premiere) as an aging and cantankerous "Elvis", in this "zinger-filled crowd-pleaser", (The Hollywood Reporter) from writer-director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, John Dies At The End)! When mysterious deaths plague a Texas retirement home,
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Full Release Details for Arrow Video’s C.H.U.D., The Initiation, and The Driller Killer Blu-rays

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This November, Arrow Video offers horror fans a wide variety of thrills and onscreen kills with their respective Blu-ray releases of C.H.U.D., The Initiation, and The Driller Killer, and the full release details for all three Blu-rays have now been revealed.

Press Release: Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with three great new titles in November. The month kicks off with The Initiation on Blu-ray, one of the best of the college-based slasher movies of the 1980s. One of the later entries into the genre, it had horror fans hooked with its tense stalk 'n' slash scenes and it's surprising twist of an ending.

The horror continues with C.H.U.D., the classic 80s horror featuring the Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers making their long-awaited debut on Blu-ray with a brand new restoration from original film elements.

Last but by no means least comes Arrow Video's
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Arrow Video’s November Blu-ray Releases to Include C.H.U.D., The Initiation, The Driller Killer

Arrow Video has now given horror fans several big reasons to look forward to November, as they will keep the scary spirits alive post-Halloween with Us / UK Blu-ray releases of The Initiation and The Driller Killer, a Us Blu-ray / DVD release of C.H.U.D., and a UK Blu-ray / DVD release of Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf.

From Arrow Video’s official Facebook page: “New Us Title Announcement: C.H.U.D Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

The ultimate underground movie experience

North American Blu-ray pre-order link should be live soon!

They’Re Not Staying Down There, Anymore!

From the subterranean depths it crawls! Finally making its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray, director Douglas Cheek’s cult ‘80s favorite C.H.U.D. is the ultimate underground movie experience.

In downtown Manhattan, a police captain’s hunt for his missing wife leads to the discovery of a series of mysterious disappearances in the area.
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'Sorority Row’ (2009) Review

Reviewed by Jesse Miller

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Based upon the 1983 horror The House on Sorority Row, this remake loosely takes the original’s idea of a prank gone horribly wrong and delivers a new take on the moral dilemma among its cast of colourful characters.

So after a prank to get back at a cheating boyfriend of one of the sorority girls goes wrong and she’s accidentally murdered, the other sisters and the boyfriend all vow to keep her death a secret and label it to the authorities as a disappearance.

Eight months later, something or someone is not too pleased with the secret, as they are killing off the group of girls one by one in rather nasty and effective ways. But which one of them is the killer? And have they lost their mind with guilt?

Sorority Row has a lot of things going for it. It’s
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Editorial: An In Depth Look At Why TV’s Scream Queens Matters by Leonel VHS

Lately I’ve been reveling in the fact that horror has made a huge resurgence on the small screen within the last few years. Back when I was a youngster in the late eighties, horror had a small presence on television, but albeit in a different form. Most of what was on the air then were memorable anthology series ranging from the wonderful reincarnation of the beloved The Twilight Zone to Tales From the Darkside and Amazing Stories to series based on well-known horror franchises: Friday the 13th begat its own series and A Nightmare On Elm Street brought forth the ultra-cheesy and fun Freddy’s Nightmares. I love that there are quite a number of series now on the air to choose from. But unfortunately, the quality varies between them on a great scale. With some of them now having established loyal audiences and rabid cult followings, in their
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Scream Queens spoiler-free episode 1 review: Pilot

Our Us chums were at the world premiere of Ryan Murphy's crazy, fun new horror comedy series, Scream Queens at Sdcc 2015...

Before the world premiere of the Scream Queens pilot at San Diego Comic-Con, Jamie Lee Curtis emceed the event like it was last call the night before the Navy leaves the Golden Coast, and there was still plenty of partying to do. By the time Curtis had introduced the cast, including Emma Roberts and Lea Michele, and paid her respects to Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy, the mood in the room was wild, jubilant, and maybe a little nuts. So in many respects, it reflected the tone of the maniacally entertaining television series they were about to watch.

While I have vowed not to give away any spoilers for the first hour of Fox’s high-concept slasher/comedy/soap opera/mystery thriller, I can definitely say that at
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The Scooby-Doo Gang Collide With Maniac Cop, Bloody Valentine, Sorority Row

Back in August, Shock first introduced you to the works of Travis Falligant, an artist who introduced the Scooby-Doo gang to a variety of horror movie villains in a series of fun illustrations. He's still at it, recently revealing three new pieces that draw inspiration from My Bloody Valentine, The House on Sorority Row and Maniac Cop 2. Check 'em out in the gallery below along with his previous art.

The post The Scooby-Doo Gang Collide With Maniac Cop, Bloody Valentine, Sorority Row appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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The Dark Half and Monkey Shines Blu-ray Bonus Features Revealed

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Though he’s best known for his legions of the living dead, George A. Romero has captured other deadly forces with his camera, including a psychotic pseudonym come to life in The Dark Half (based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name) and a murderous primate in Monkey Shines. Scream Factory is bringing both films to Blu-ray with bonus features, including new audio commentaries by Romero.

Press Release - “This fall, Scream Factory will release The Dark Half and Monkey Shines, two horror favorites from acclaimed director George A. Romero. Making their Blu-ray debuts on November 18th, 2014, each release also boasts brand new bonus features including all new audio commentaries with George A. Romero, new retrospective featurettes with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes and much more! In addition, fans who order their copies from ShoutFactory.com will have their order shipped three weeks early!
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Scream Factory Gives Fans The Romero/King Treatment With Upcoming Monkey Shines/The Dark Half Blurays; Full Specs!

Making good one their Comic-Con announcement back in July, the gang at Scream Factory have announced the full specs for the upcoming Bluray releases of two of George A. Romero’s non-zombie films (and two Stephen King adaptions), 1988’s Monkey Shines and Romero’s 1993’s The Dark Half. Both releases boast new retrospectives, as well as various other goodies (including new commentaries by the man himself, George A. Romero), and hit shelves on November 18th. As an added bonus, people who order their copies directly from Scream Factory will receive their copies a full three weeks early!

I happen to love both films, so the release of brand new Blurays featuring new content is right up my alley. I’ll be picking them up, will you fright fanatics?

The Dark Half

“Based on the best-selling book by Stephen King, The Dark Half tells the story of horror writer Thad Beaumont
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Contest: Buy Under the Blade, Enter to Win Slasher Blu-rays and DVDs!

My new novel, "Under the Blade" came out last week, and as a way of promoting the project, I put together a fun contest that asks you to buy my book and enter an awesome giveaway with multiple winners. Of course, you gotta do a little work for this one, but only a little!

From now until the end of summer, September 22, 2014, you have an opportunity to enter my "Slasher Summer" contest. By entering, you can win a bundle of slasher films on Blu-ray and DVD. These are some of the films that inspired "Under the Blade," so the tie-in feels appropriate.

Please note this contest isn't sponsored by the labels whose discs I'm giving away. I purchased these titles for the purposes of this contest. Think of this as my advertising budget.

What You Can Win

First prize takes home a bundle of Blu-ray discs valued at $80. These films
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Review: Haunted House On Sorority Row

I am ride or die for indie horror films. When I say “indie,” I’m not referring to films with only one million dollar budgets in comparison to $100,000,000 budgets. I’m talking about the films that won’t show up on Netflix instant watch and the films that you can only find if you buy directly from the director at their convention table. I’ve spoken many times before on the incredible experience that is the Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo. It’s a convention devoid of guests that charge insane amounts of money for signatures because they’ve been on One horror related television show, but rather a place to celebrate the people that starred in the roles of yesteryear that we’ve worshiped over time. Cinema Wasteland is also a breeding ground for some of the most unique films that would otherwise go completely unnoticed. Thanks to the Wastelanders,
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DVD Review - The Initiation (1984)

The Inititation, 1984

Directed by Larry Stewart

Starring Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Daphne Zuniga, James Reed

Synopsis:

Kelly Fairchild has become a college student and a member of the Delta Ro Kai sorority. During all her life, she has suffered from a nightmare where a man is burning. She meets an assistant professor who can help interpret the dream. The sorority's initiation ritual is a nighttime breaking-and-entering into her father's department store.

Slasher movies and college kids tend to go together like peas and carrots. Throughout the 1980s there was a slew of these 'over-sexed teenagers getting axed' flicks that more often than not fell into the lower half of the quality scale. The Initiation is one such film, but there are some redeeming factors.

Directed by Larry Stewart (in his only feature directorial role), The Initiation tells the story of sorority girl Kelly Fairchild who is plagued by constant nightmares
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"American Horror Story: Asylum" Recap: Dark Lady

Confession time, y'all: I have no idea what the f*ck is going on. This week's American Horror Story: Asylum has had the effect on my wee brain of a Jolt Cola-sponsored 48-hour horror movie marathon held in an operating steel mill. I'm no longer able to discern heroes from villains, the dead from the living, or a fake Boston accent from a real German one.

Asylum, you have finally broken me with these four simple, yet impossibly beautiful, words:

We begin with a bit of background nunsense: two smiling nursing sisters titter about Lilies of the Field as they arrive for their shift through Briarcliff's front doors. I'm half expecting them to punch a clock on the way in as a sheepdog punches himself out. ("Mornin', Sam." "Mornin', Sister.") They arrive in the medical ward, where a very grey, very sweaty Grace (Lizzie Brochere) lies barely conscious under a sheet.
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Greatest Slasher Films (1970 – 1990)

The definition of a slasher film varies depending on who you ask, but in general, it contains several specific traits that feed into the genre’s formula. Author Vera Dika rather strictly defines the sub-genre in her book Games of Terror by only including films made between 1978 and 1984. In other words, she saw it as a movement. When someone describes Brick, they don’t define it as a noir, but instead neo-noir . In other words, it’s a modern motion picture that prominently utilizes elements of film noir, but with updated themes, content, style, visual elements or media that were absent in those from the 1940s and 1950s. So does one consider Scream a slasher film or a neo-slasher, or simply put, a modern slasher?

Some consider Thirteen Women to be the earliest slasher – released all the way back in 1932. Personally I think that is rubbish. Thirteen Women is more like Desperate Housewives on sedatives.
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Questioning Murderous Motivations with The Sleeper: A Movie Review

*here be minor spoilers. Director/writer: Justin Russell. Cast: Brittany Belland, Tiffany Arnold, Riana Ballo, John Bloom, Jessica Cameron, Jason Jay Crabtree, and Ali Ferda. There have been many films in the past that involve serial killers and sororities. From Black Christmas (1974) to The House on Sorority Row (1983) and even to The Sorority House Massacre (1986), there are sorority sisters living in fear of a nameless killer. Justin Russell's debut is reminiscent of all of these. However, The Sleeper is most similar to When a Stranger Calls (1979). You just never know were the killer is in these films. That killer brandishes a smallish looking claw hammer. He babbles into his rotary phone of "girls" and "coming to get you." The girls at the sorority house, to whom he is talking, take little interest. There is partying to do after all. Oblivious to his actions, the killer gets closer and closer to the sorority house.
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Thoughts on... The House on Sorority Row (1983)

The House on Sorority Row, 1983.

Directed by Mark Rosman.

Starring Eileen Davidson, Kate McNeil, and Lois Kelso Hunt.

Synopsis:

A house on sorority row finds itself home to a series of murders after a prank goes terribly wrong.

Much like Black Christmas (1974), this movie concerns itself with the fate of a group of girls living in a sorority house. When an ill-judged prank goes predictably wrong, seven girls find themselves attempting to cover up a murder. Unfortunately for the girls, it appears that someone is aware of what they've done - and someone isn't very happy about it.

As far as slasher movies go, The House on Sorority Row is fairly standard. The girls are led by Vicki (Eileen Davidson), the brains behind the prank that gets out of hand. She decides it would be best to hide the body since the sorority house will soon be hosting a graduation party,
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100 Best Films of the 80′s – The Missing 50

Earlier today the folks over at EatSleepLiveFilm put up a list of what they called the ’100 Best Films of the 80s’ and whilst their list was full of awesome films – covering a plethora of genres and touching base on a number of the decades best and most-loved movies – upon reading it, and as a 80s aficionado, I found there to be quite a few glaring omissions. Hence this “rebuttal” – a list of 50 films (in no particular order) that Didn’T make Eslf’s Top 100 that I think are some of the best of the 80s, including some that might surprise you…

Weird Science One Crazy Summer How I Got Into College The Burning Class of 1984 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane The Beastmaster The Sword and the Sorceror Hiding Out Battle Beyond the Stars Home Front (aka Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home) The Blob Dance Til’ Dawn My Science Project
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