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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Cropsey

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If you grew up in Staten Island up in New York, you might have heard the stories of Cropsey, an urban legend of a monstrous boogieman who kidnapped children. Imagine the shock of two documentary filmmakers who returned to their Staten Island home to find there was more truth than legend to the story. Meet me after the jump for my review of Cropsey.

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Scene Stealers: The Fearsome Five

Stephen King's It“Swear to me swear to me that if it isn’t dead you’ll all come back.” - Stephen King, It

Halloween is almost here – Hooray! I remember as a kid walking through the video store and as soon as my parents were distracted, I’d head for the horror aisle. I wasn’t allowed to watch them, but just looking at the boxes gave me plenty of nightmares.

Here’s to the horror genre that many of us are supporting this month and to the five scariest “Scene Stealing” stars of them all.

 

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Cat Peoples

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The genius of filmmaker Val Lewton is legendary. His themes and use of shadow evoked the German Expressionists of the silent era and brought on a new wave of thinking horror. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the first of his horrors, Cat People, its strange sequel and sexy remake.

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The Next Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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This afternoon, Marvel Studios held a press conference at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles to announce the next batch of movies in their ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. There were some surprises, some we already knew, but all of it is exciting. Meet me after the jump for all the news.

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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It’s so much fun expecting a baby, what with the shopping for little booties and preparing the baby’s room, a new mom-to-be is practically glowing with expectations. But when that little bundle of joy growing inside her is from Hell, she might want to rethink those birth announcements to friends and family. Rosemary’s Baby was birthed in the late sixties and we haven’t recovered since. Read the rest of this entry

31 Days of Horror 2014 – Underworld (2003)

Underworld Movie“I am a Death Dealer.” - Selene

Even though I’m a fan of pretty much all of the genres that exist within the Horror category, the ‘monster movie’ will forever be my favorite. I use the term ‘monster’ to define anything that’s non-human.

It started in my childhood with classics like “Gremlins” and “Ghostbusters”, and continues to this day with what has developed into one of the most entertaining ‘monster’ franchises, “Underworld”.

 

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Ravenous (1999)

ravenousDo you ever get those hanger pangs that are so deep, so full of want, that you could eat a whole steak (yes), a whole beef roast (yes!), a whole cow (YES!)?

No matter how hungry you get, there is one food source that is strictly taboo, firmly off-limits, and definitely not for civilized consumption. So it’s no wonder that gorging on human flesh is too harrowing and far too repulsive an act to ever consider – no matter how dire the (pardon the pun) stakes.

The idea literally turns our stomachs.

And that’s what makes the 1999 dark humour horror film, Ravenous, so much fun!

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Free Spirit: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Any film from Studio Ghibli is a treat. The Japanese anime house has put out some great movies over the years, including Hayao Miyazake’s films Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). Now officially retired, Miyazake’s worked slowly but steadily, putting out a film every five years or so. His Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata is even less prolific. The director of the masterful WWII story Grave of the Fireflies (1988) has only made three films since, his last My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) released over fourteen years ago. His return at age 78 with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) shows that Takahata hasn’t missed a beat. Beautiful and moving, he delivers another anime masterpiece.

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