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MattFini's Halloween Top 10 Lists: Top 10 Gialli

Yesterday’s list of overlooked slasher flicks got me thinking about their European cousin, the giallo. Sure, most gialli were cranked out before the slasher craze was under way, but it’s hard to ignore the similarities: knife-wielding, black-gloved lunatics, tragic prologues often used establish our killer’s motivations and, of course, excessive female exploitation. In short: total bliss!

MattFini's Halloween Top 10 Lists: Overlooked Slashers

It’s hard to surprise people when putting together a list of the best slasher movies and, in the interest of doing so, I thought I’d exclude all the genre mainstays from the list. This list doesn’t necessarily represent the “ten best”, but rather some of the slasher subgenre’s more ‘overlooked’ offerings.

Uncle Bob Martin: Suffer the Little Children

Michael Weldon of "Psychotronic Magazine" praised this movie's awfulness to me almost 30 years ago, and I only caught up with it this week.

MattFini's Halloween Top 10 Lists: Best Sequels

Saw VI, much to my surprise, turned out to be one of the better films in the franchise, and in honor of it, I thought we’d look at some of the genre’s best sequels. They’re a fact of life when it comes to horror films so here's my take on some of the follow-ups that either usurped the originals or, at least, turned out better than expected. 10. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

MattFini's Halloween Top 10 Lists: Most Memorable End Credit Songs

I set out to create a list of the most memorable horror songs, which slowly morphed into a collection of the most memorable end credit horror songs. And now I suppose it’s a list of the ten most memorable 80s end credit horror songs. But I didn’t set out with that as a guideline. It just sort of happened that way.

MattFini's Halloween Top 10 Lists: Ghost Stories!

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're always on the lookout for good new writers here at Dread Central, and with the addition of MattFini we hit pay dirt! Matt's not only one of our best and brightest, but he's also as opinionated as they come. You're almost always guaranteed to be either infuriated or amused at his musings. Each day this week he'll be posting his own Halloween Top 10 lists. Agree? Disagree? Laugh! Cry! Sound off inside!

Halloween and Horror Books Every Fan Should Own

Horror fans love this time of the year. For those of us not living in LA, there's the chill in the air, the colorful leaves, pumpkins everywhere, dead cornfields to explore … if you dare. So, in honor of OUR official holiday, I have come up with a list of books and some movies every horror fan should at least take a look at, if not outright add to your book or DVD library.

Really Good Aural: 10 Podcasts You Shouldn't Miss

Ten podcasts and audio dramas to excite your incus, stimulate your stapes, and massage your malleus.

Horror's Recent and Future Box Office Showing

The box office results for current releases The Collector (review here) and Orphan (review here) are in, and although neither is burning up the charts, both are logging respectable showings.

Beauties and Their Beasts in the Horror Genre

Throughout history there have been tales, legends, what-have-you about beautiful women and their effect on creatures considered unworthy or dangerous or abominations. The “love of a good woman” scenario carried to an extreme as these women do indeed usually fall in love with their hideous “captors”.

The Weekly Wrap-Up: June 7-13, 2009

Most notable this week was all the back and forth about Creepy's review of the "Killer Cut" of Friday the 13th 2009 (which generated more comments than we've seen around here in quite some time).

Editorial: Is Horror Dying?

Following Drag Me to Hell's modest box office take, the folks at The Examiner have posted up an interesting editorial - "7 Reasons Why the Horror Genre is Dying".

The Weekly Wrap-Up: May 24-30, 2009

Memorial Day officially kicked off the summer movie season, but it's still several more months until 2009's most high-profile star-powered horror offerings like Zombieland, The Road, The Box, andThe Wolfman hit theatres in the late fall.

The Return of Analog Terrors!

I remember going to video stores when I was a kid and being fascinated by the horror VHS boxes. Some were cut and inserted into clamshells, while others went unsevered, poorly wrapped in plastic, splattered with stickers and stuffed with Styrofoam -- the true terror trash like The House that Dripped Blood (presented by Elvira) was hidden in big boxes. The art was lurid and a bit off in places (did the Trancers VHS illustration ever capture Tim Thomerson?). Names like Vestron, Wizard, Media, Medusa made up my childhood and scared me even before I fell under the spell of horror.

The Weekly Wrap-Up: May 10-16, 2009

Anyone who questions the health of the horror genre just needs to see how many stories we've put up over the past seven days. A full six and a half pages worth with no sign of a slowdown in sight. And this week is far from unusual as the news has been rolling in at a healthy clip for quite a while now.