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31 Days of Horror: Alone in the Dark (1982)

“All right, they’re crazy. Isn’t everybody?” – Dr. Leo Bain, Alone in the Dark

I’m a horror fan, but I’m not that crazy about slashers. That’s what makes 1982’s Alone in the Dark so special. Directed by Jack Sholder (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), the film mixes black humor with genuine scares, both of which elevate it far above the average slasher.
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31 Days of Horror presents The Week In Horror: Halloween, Friday the 13th + more

Friday the 13th actually brings Jason back to life, Stranger Things comes to Blu-ray, and lots more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror

Friday the 13th fan film released

Fan films can either be really good or, you know, not so much, but after nearly a decade of no Jason Voorhees in cinemas, fans have been anxious for any sort of return. This past Friday the 13th not only saw the release of the previously digital-only Friday the 13th video game on multiple platforms, but a new fan film started making the rounds, gaining lots of kudos and support. You can watch Never Hike Alone below:

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31 Days of Horror: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

This article is part of Biff Bam Pop’s ongoing “Now Streaming on Shudder” series.

The reputation of a horror film can often loom so large that even the thought of watching it elicits fear. Such is the case with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. After years of hearing it was one of the most realistic and shocking cinematic depictions of a serial killer, I purposely avoided it.

After growing fond of Michael Rooker as an actor over the years, I was also worried that he would be so believable I wouldn’t be able to watch him in anything else. I finally got the nerve to tackle Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer a few weeks ago.
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New Trailer for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Shows a New Sinister Entity


And everything happens for a reason. On this Friday the 13th—just 13 days from launch—experience the second and final trailer for the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things 2 here:

It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived. Visit Stranger Things on Netflix. Stranger Things 2 debuts on October 27th.

What do you think of this new trailer? Are you excited about Season 2?

31 Days Of Horror: Tomb Of Dracula: The Complete Collection Vol. 1

The fall season.

It is a time when the leaves turn shades of red and yellow and brown, then die and pile forlornly on the ground below. It is a time when the wind blows sharply stronger while the sky turns a gray overcast. It is a time when the days become shorter and the nights become longer and malevolent shadows seem to lurk around every corner.

Every day of October, and especially the last day of the month, deserves a dose of classic horror! Whether you’re a fan of film, television, art, music, books, or comic books, there’s something for everyone’s thirst for the darker elements of pop culture mythology this time of year.

During the early part of the 1970’s, comic book publishers pushed and pulled and railed against the yoke of the Comics Code Authority – and horror-themed comics were on the front lines of that war, growing increasingly popular by readers.

With Tomb of Dracula, originally published in 1972, Marvel Comics brought horror to the masses! Drawing upon Bram Stoker’s classic character, here was a comic book version of Dracula like no other: creatively cinematic in scope, dreamily horrific in the telling, Dracula was an antagonistic and charismatic title character that a reader could both fear and root for!

And now, Marvel Comics publishes those classic tales again in a new paperback volume called, appropriately enough, Tomb Of Dracula: The Complete Collection Vol. 1!

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31 Days of Horror 2017: Creations of Chaos: Four Creepy Animated Shorts

On this special 31 Days of Horror edition of Creations of Chaos, it’s changeling foxes, voodoo dolls, mean girl regrets, and my least favorite thing ever, eyeball stuff. It’s Four Creepy Animated Shorts.

Animation shorts collage

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31 Days of Horror: The Asphyx (1973)


Although reminiscent of the films in the Hammer Horror canon, The Asphyx was not made by that renowned studio, which makes this 1973 film an underrated curiosity from horror’s hallowed halls.
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31 Days of Horror: In Praise of ‘Pumpkinhead’

Special effects artist Stan Winston made his directorial debut in 1988 with the cult favorite Pumpkinhead. Winston is best known for SFX behind Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Terminator 2, and Jurassic Park. He had a hand in some of the most iconic genre moments in cinema history and moving into the director’s chair seemed like a logical next step. Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero have both done it as well.
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31 Days Of Horror: The Wednesday Run Enters The Muck With “Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus”

You’ve probably figured out by now that Biff Bam Pop! is celebrating our favourite month of the year (October, ‘natch) with articles, editorials and other purposeful writings form the darker corners of the pop culture world.

This weekly column gets in on the act with a very timely focus on the only mucky monster that matters in comic book lore!

Swamp Thing!

Here’s a character that was first inspired by the EC Comics stable of horror-themed comic books in the early 1970’s, who disappeared from publication for the better part of a decade, came back, but waned in popularity in the early nineteen eighties.

You’d think ‘ol Swampy would just slink back into the muddied waters of forgetfulness. But something happened in the mid nineteen eighties, a literary miracle of sorts, that would change Swamp Thing and comic books for all time.

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus, out today, takes readers from those humble, frightening, exciting beginnings to the moment of that miracle!

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31 Days of Horror 2017: Join Mike Thorn in His Darkest Hours

Horror fiction, regardless of how well it is written, often goes exactly where seasoned reader expect it to go. It’s rare that a writer in the horror genre hits us with a perspective or idea that we didn’t see coming. Nor is it unusual for a story or novel to haunt us with creepy images, vivid descriptions of gore, or a heartbreaking death. How often, though, does an author pull this off with superior literary quality?

This is the territory the reader will find themselves in with Mike Thorn’s Darkest Hours. It’s apparent from the opening tale of this 16-story collection, “Hair,” that Thorn has aspirations beyond a simple spooky yarn. When you open with body horror hair fetish, it’s safe to assume you’re in not in Kansas anymore.

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