While there was no shortage of successful horror films in 1999 (Sleepy Hollow, The Sixth Sense, The Blair Witch Project, Stigmata), teen-based films were on the wane. 1998 represented the financial peak of this subgenre, with only two miserable offerings crawling into theaters the following year.
What a difference a year makes. Opening less than 365 days after its predecessor, Scream 2 was perfectly poised to rake in the big bucks. For starters opening night at the local theater was no longer a "fans only" event.
DISCLAIMER: Help. Please help me. HELP. Never mind. That was a knee-jerk reaction to finally submitting this entry to you. See, I’ve been grappling with this article for months. Life interjected here and there, sure…but the real problem was realizing that I had bitten off much more than I could quickly chew. What was once a fun idea grew to Kongish proportions.
There was a time when the name Leisure Books was synonymous with horror novels. When it came to mass market paperbacks, Leisure ruled the horror world. Authors like Ed Lee, Craig Spector, Brian Keene, Richard Laymon, Graham Masterton, Jack Ketchum, and even Stephen King have published with Leisure, which was owned by Dorchester Publishing.
For a while, successful horror looked to be a thing of the past. With the close of the 1980s it seemed that audience fatigue had set in regarding reigning franchises. 1989 saw minimal box office returns for the Friday the 13th, Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, indicating that audiences might’ve had enough of these recurring bogeymen.
I’ll never forget reading about LaserDiscs in Fangoria magazine and frothing at the mouth as they described deluxe editions of my favorite films. Glorious widescreen presentations, commentary tracks, ‘making-of’ featurettes, special effects tests, theatrical trailers – all of it wrapped inside very cool packaging and priced to own for the smallest of the niche markets.
At first glance, I’m hard-pressed to pick a favorite when considering the list of amazing horror authors out there. There are plenty of writers in the fray whose work I’ll anxiously devour whenever a new book hits the shelves: Stephen King, Clive Barker, Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Skipp & Spector, Brian Keene, Edward Lee – the list is seriously endless.
Hello people. I come bearing a gift. If you’ve seen it, enjoy revisiting. If you haven’t, prepare to be as spellbound as I have been this afternoon. I present to you one of the most extraordinarily epic works of film art I’ve ever seen. From 1977 came: THE WHITE BUFFALO!
While I’m prepping some serious After Dark interviews for you folks, I wanted to address two things. Just two things. Bear with me with these two things. Journalism? I dunno. A bit bloggy? Sure. Okay – here we go. Scre4m
Well, folks, 2010 is officially in the can, and unlike 2009 horror movie fans took it in the can a lot less this year. Sure the last twelve months had its fair share of lows, but it also brought us a couple of new classics. As always we covered every single one of them mostly in great detail for you.
The year 2010 was a truly strange animal. Sure it was filled with the usual ups, downs, surprises, and letdowns, but it was also home to odd events we never saw coming like MGM nearly folding, Paranormal Activity 2 not being just a cash-in, and Uwe Boll actually making a good movie in the form of Rampage.
It's hard to believe another year is nearly over, and on this day of giving and receiving, don't think for a second that we don't realize you guys keeping us company day after day is the greatest gift of all!
As I’m oddly fond of sequels that don’t have much to do with the original film, here’s a disconnected sequel to this article. Oh, and I’d like to make it clear that characters from Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave naturally belong on both lists, but I didn’t feel like getting into the rape-revenge subgenre.
It's the last weekend before Christmas, but don't panic if you're still a few gifts short. As always I'm here to help you spread as much high-definition holiday fear as possible! Wondering what's worth the cash to get for the lucky horror-loving folks on your lists? Wonder no more!
Part Two of the Characters I Felt Sorry For article has been temporarily postponed to bring you this Special Thanksgiving Program!