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Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Part Two of the Characters I Felt Sorry For article has been temporarily postponed to bring you this Special Thanksgiving Program!

Disclaimer: Indeed, I am aware that a lot of people, items and innovations are missing from this list. Most notably absent are directors and actors. The list would be impossibly long if I got into that. Additionally, though a few people on this list have appeared in films, there is only one true “actor” listed, and for good reason.

Behold and be thankful, you freaky beasts!

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

DVD

Some days, I stare at my horror section and can’t decide what movie I wanna watch. Too many good ones, and waaay too many deliciously bad ones. Same problem arises when I’m in the mood to just watch behind-the-scenes features. I usually wind up grabbing a handful of discs, and make an afternoon out of a Bonus Features Marathon. It’s a good life.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Lon Chaney Sr.

Literally a tortured artist, the man endured true physical pain to bring his contorted creatures to life. For us. Thank you, Lon – your discomfort changed everything.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Thomas Edison

Brought us the first filmed adaptation of Frankenstein, introducing audiences to an animated version of a reanimated character that pop culture will never, ever let die.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Tom Savini

We’re indebted to many fine makeup artists for bringing cinema’s finest nightmares to life. The Great Savini, however, is a rare genre icon: a mustachioed mad magician of the macabre, whose name alone brings to mind many of horror’s finest moments.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Big Box VHS

My generation’s introduction to the world of horror. How many filmmakers do we love today that grew up ingesting depraved VHS cover art, retaining it, then using those twisted memories to contribute to our beloved genre?

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Horror Toys

From the Aurora models of yesteryear to the Neca figures of today, even non-collectors adore horror toys. Admit it: if you can’t bring yourself to buy these things and prop them up in your office, you can’t deny the heartwarming sensation of realizing that someone, somewhere is putting in a ton of effort to make a Blair Monster action figure look as accurate as possible.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Turkish horror posters

The Turks dished out some extraordinarily wild promo art back in the day. Yes, that is a poster for Pumpkinhead you’re looking at. Though there aren’t a ton of examples online to enjoy, a worthwhile search will reveal some astonishing takes on films. Whether the art is accurate or not (check out some of their Friday the 13th sequel posters) doesn’t matter – it’s fuckin’ FUN.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

This Guy

He’s our buddy. Loves horror. Loves that we love horror. We love him. He’s creepy. He’s Uncle Creepy.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Pre-CGI

Gone are the days of yelping “how’d they DO that?!” We know how. We know everything now. But that doesn’t mean we can’t revisit good, bad and ugly moments in FX history and still gasp, marvel and laugh at past innovations.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Post-CGI

Prosthetics are a beautiful thing, and I miss them dearly. But when a film grasps proper use of today’s technology, I’m appreciative that I’m here to see it.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Conventions

There’s nothing like heading back to your hotel room, unloading all the stuff you bought on your bed, and rolling around in your awesome purchases while thinking about how cool it was to talk to Leatherface at the bar.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Other Horror Fans

Just look in the mirror and hug yourself, kiddo. “We accept you, we accept you! One of us, one of us!”

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Elvira

For those who may have been hesitant to reveal their love of the genre, this lady made it perfectly clear that it’s perfectly cool to dig horror flicks.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

All Hallow’s Eve

Trick or treating when you’re young. Trick or treating when you’re a teenager and shouldn’t. Your first wild Halloween party. This year’s wild Halloween party. AMC’s heavy rotation of horror flicks. Halloween outlet stores. Figuring out your jack o’ lantern design. Handing out candy to the young ‘uns. It’s beautiful.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Horror Soundtracks

My wife alternately hates and loves my iPod, depending on what soundtrack pops up. And 97% of my iPod library consists of soundtracks. Any given moment, John Harrison’s theme from “The Crate” may come on. Or maybe it’ll be a synth-y selection from Maniac. Who knows? All I know is that I love listening to movies in the car.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

Fright Flicks trading cards

I may lose some of you with this one, but if you’ve never seen these things, I’m tickled to introduce you. Produced by Topps in the 80’s, each pack came with cards featuring several films (with weird stories on the back!), a sticker (whose back was a piece of a jigsaw puzzle!) and a hard stick of delicious, powdered gum. These things were the reason I went to the grocery store with my mom, and are still the reason I look closely at the checkout aisle’s candy section, in the hopes that they’ll someday return to where they belong. In the meantime, I often fondle the packs my wife found for me on eBay and kiss the sky.

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Forry Ackerman

Though he was known to friends and fans as Uncle Forry, this gentleman was really the Granddaddy of Horror Journalism. Thanks for breaking that barrier and ushering us in, Forry – you are truly missed.

Editorial: What Horror Fans Should Be Thankful For

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  1. And with everyone else, I say:

    THANK YOU GUYS for everything you do!

    And I TOTALLY feel you on the soundtracks. I listen to the old school 70’s and 80’s Radio Spots commercials for old horror and exploitation movies all the time! Love it!

  2. Awesome editorial. I’d like to add I’m very thankful that to help lull myself through my itis into dreamland, DC has provided a new DFF. Keep up the great work, guys!

  3. I think I’ll go ahead and add Dread Central to the list. The other horror site I frequent is basically dead now..a few loyal posters keep it going in the forums, but otherwise it’s in limbo. DC, however, has become my new horror home over the past year and I couldn’t be happier (well, if George Romero and Stephen King showed up at my front door and said we were all gonna go out , get shitfaced then kick the crap out of the cast of Twilight before proceeding to crash a Stephanie Meyer book signing where we’d hurl copies of ‘Salems Lot at her while shouting gratuitously obscene comments to the effect that REAL vampires wipe out entire towns and are not sparkling, baseball playing pussies, that might make me happier,but otherwise…)
    Happy Thanksgiving to all and sundry at Dread Central, be it the masterminds behind it or my fellow posters. Have a good one folks.

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    “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

    • I’ll have to 2nd this one.

      DC keeps a steady flow of horror news available all year long. I’m especially fond of the euro horror updates; but can’t forget recent articles such as the interview with Craig Spector.

      Definitely one of the top 3 sites on the net period (though perhaps those less interested in horror wouldn’t agree).

    • Yes. Thanks to Dread Central and everyone who brings us all our horror news on a daily basis. I know you guys work hard and pour your hearts into this site,thanks!!!!!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

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      “Well, for one thing, I think he was probably a closet homosexual who did a lot of cocaine. That whole Yale thing.”

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