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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.

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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.

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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.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

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Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Horror Movies to Be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

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After you’ve gorged on your Thanksgiving feast and the L-tryptophan is kicking in, you’re probably thinking about parking your carcass on the couch and watching movie after movie. But not just any movie – this is a holiday, so naturally you want to celebrate on-topic and gobble some gore.

We’ve got you covered with this curated list of choices from a 25-item menu of Native American-themed thrillers and chillers.

Death Curse of Tartu (1966)

A group of students on an archaeology assignment in the Everglades decide to throw a dance party one night. The spot they choose happens to be the burial site of an ancient Seminole shaman named Tartu. He returns from the dead to take his revenge on those who desecrated his grave site.


Stanley (1972)

A Seminole Vietnam vet (Chris Robinson) goes on the warpath when a leather goods merchant (Alex Rocco) tries to grab his pet snake Stanley to turn him into a belt. A William Grefe cult classic!


Hex (1973)

Set on the Nebraska prairie in the immediate aftermath of World War I, the story follows the spiritual clash between the daughters of a recently deceased shaman and a gang of ex-aviators. Christina Raines, Scott Glenn and Keith Carradine star in this largely unknown, bizarre body-count thriller.


Shadow of the Hawk (1976)

A Canadian Indian (Jan-Michael Vincent) and a newswoman (Marilyn Hassett) join his grandfather (Chief Dan George) on a tribal walk among evil spirits.


The Manitou (1978)

A psychic (Tony Curtis) recruits a witch doctor (Michael Ansara) to get a 400-year-old Indian medicine man off his girlfriend’s (Susan Strasberg) back…. literally. The demonic Native American spirit is a tumor trying to reincarnate.


Prophecy (1979)

When a dispute occurs between a logging operation and a nearby Native American tribe, Dr. Robert Verne (Robert Foxworth) and his wife, Maggie (Talia Shire), are sent in to mediate. Chief John Hawks (Armand Assante) becomes enraged when Robert captures a bear cub for testing, but he’s not as angry as the mutant grizzly mom! George Clutesi plays an Original Person who believes the monster is the personification of the god Katahdin and is there to protect the land.


Nightwing (1979)

A policeman (Nick Mancuso), his girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold) and a scientist (David Warner) track vampire bats on a Maski tribe reservation. Abner Tasupi (George Clutesi) is the shaman who helps them.


Wolfen (1981)

A New York cop (Albert Finney) investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks. His hunt leads him to Native American high worker Eddie Holt (Edward James Olmos) to see if there’s any connection between the killings and old myths and legends from the area. Finney’s character refers to as “the Crazy Horse of the Seventies… the only one of our local militants left alive who’s not making money off of Levi’s commercials.”


Scalps (1983)

Hapless college science students go on a dig around a sacred burial ground for artifacts. Unfortunately, one of them becomes possessed by the evil spirit of Black Claw… and that means only one thing: Now he must slaughter all of his friends.


Eyes of Fire (1983)

Almost lynched in 1750, a preacher (Dennis Lipscomb) leads his followers (Guy Boyd, Rebecca Stanley) west to a valley whose dirt holds a devil of Indian origin.


Firestarter (1984)

Pyrokinetic protagonist Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore) is in trouble when an evil Native American named Rainbird (George C. Scott) wants to kill her because he is convinced her death would give him special power to take to the mystical other world of his ancestors.


Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986)

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces are not over. Whoops, looks like it’s another haunted Native American resting place!


Creepshow 2 (1987)

In the anthology film’s first vignette, “Old Chief Wood’nhead,” thugs who terrorize small-store grocers played by Dorothy Lamour and George Kennedy are attacked in kind by the general store’s wooden Indian.


Pet Sematary (1989)

After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside, life seems perfect for the Creed family…but not for long. Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children settle into a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery – built on an ancient Indian burial ground.


Ravenous (1999)

Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) is sent to investigate reports of missing persons at Fort Spencer, a remote Army outpost on the Western frontier. After arriving at his new post, Boyd and his regiment aid a wounded frontiersman, F.W. Colghoun (Robert Carlyle), who recounts a horrifying tale of a wagon train murdered by its supposed guide — a vicious U.S. Army colonel gone rogue… and who’s developed a taste for human flesh.


Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his Native American friend Mani (Mark Dascosos) of the Micmac tribe are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.


The Wendigo (2001)

Director Larry Fessenden movie uses the Native American Wendigo legend to tell an eerie and hallucinogenic tale about a family trapped in the woods with a dark force.


“Masters of Horror: Deer Woman” (2005)

A burned-out cop believes that a recent string of murders prove that the killer might be a deer-like creature in the form of a beautiful woman (Cinthia Moura) come to life from a local Native American folklore legend.


Skinwalkers (2006)

A 12-year-old boy and his mother become the targets of two warring werewolf packs, each with different intentions and motives. Based on the folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.


The Burrowers (2008)

A search party – played by Clancy Brown, William Mapother and Doug Hutchison – sets out to find and recover a family of settlers that has mysteriously vanished from their home. Expecting the offenders to be a band of fierce natives, the group prepares for a routine battle. But they soon discover that the real enemy stalks them from below.


The Dead Can’t Dance (2010)

Three Native Americans discover they are immune to a zombie virus in this whacky indie comedy.


Savaged (2013)

After thugs brutalize a deaf-mute woman (Amanda Adrienne), the spirit of an Apache warrior takes over her lifeless body and sets out on a bloodthirsty quest for revenge.


Volcano Zombies (2014)

Danny Trejo as a Native American who warns campers about the legendary and very angry lava-laden “volcano zombies.”


The Darkness (2016)

Peter Taylor (Kevin Bacon), his wife and their two children return to Los Angeles after a fun-filled vacation to the Grand Canyon. Strange events soon start to plague the family, and the Taylors learn that Michael brought back some mysterious rocks that he discovered inside an ancient Native American cave.


Mohawk

Mohawk (2017)

After one of her tribe sets an American soldiers’ camp ablaze, a young female Mohawk finds herself pursued by a ruthless band of renegades bent on revenge. Fleeing deep into the woods, Mohawk youths Oak and Calvin confront the bloodthirsty Colonel Holt and his soldiers. As the Americans seem to close in from all sides, the trio must summon every resource both real and supernatural as the brutal attack escalates. Mohawk is a dark, political drama with horror undertones. “While set 203 years ago, Mohawk is unfortunately a timeless story,” says director Ted Geoghegan. “It’s about marginalized people being decimated simply because they exist and scared white men who fail to realize that their racism and bigotry will place them on the wrong side of history.

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