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The Haunting

I, like you, love really good horror.  We’re talking mean, really scary, make you pee your pants, hide behind shit cause the boogeyman might jump out of that screen, leave on all the lights horror.  It’s like a drug to most of us fans, and no matter how hard we try, we haven’t been able to get enough of it.

The Haunting

I have been “chasing the dragon” since the first time I injected horror into my mind, and the drug was the 1963 movie The Haunting, which scared the living fuck out of me.  At only about 7 years old when I saw it, it was impossible not to think that damned ghost was going to come into my room that night and kill me.  It was scarier than shit, but the rush was beautiful, and I had to have more.

Next there was a movie called Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957).  Yeah, yeah, I know that it was a comedy/horror movie, but when you’re a little kid and you see those out of control heads on those alien fucks, you about shit your pants and hide behind your mom’s old stereo.

Upon finding Vincent Price, he became my “drug dealer.”  He was a genius. He had the best stuff, and the one movie of his that kept me high as a kid was The House on Haunted Hill (1959). Here’s a movie had everything any fan could ask for: Vincent Price, his voice, and murderous ghosts.  The mere thought of staying in a haunted house for one night for $10,000 was so hot to me.  Hell, most horror buffs would do it now for free.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) was a mind-fuck and so amazingly frightening.  The thought of dead people walking the earth eating people is undeniably frightening, and this film continues to both gross out and scare the fuck out of people to this day. Romero’s film is the very definition of the term “classic.” Besides, I’ve never been able to look at chicken, ham, and chocolate syrup the same way again.

John Carpenter’s Halloween ruined babysitting for the majority of my gender, and rightly so.  Speaking as someone who has babysat, I’ll be damned if I wasn’t looking over my shoulder at every noise out there.  Lord help the kid who came up behind me after I thought they were sleeping.

Night of the Demons may have been cheesy, but that bitch Angela was scary with a capital “S.” That face only a mother could love, that voice, and the way she just floats along like she doesn’t give a shit combine as the perfect recipe for a fine case of the creeps.

Anyone who has seen this movie knows the creep factor in it. The video that they find of the crew that was there before them is enough to make you say “nope” and turn it off, but neither the film’s stars nor the viewers have the power to do so.  You just keep subjecting yourself to the brilliant evil that is Event Horizon.

Burnt Offerings is worth the watch just because of the late Oliver Reed’s overacting that he does so well. And we can’t forget about Karen Black and those eyes of hers. The creep factor goes off the scale when you find out what is in Mrs. Allardyce’s room.

Bruce Campbell, demons who are just dying to take your pathetic soul, and a rape tree.  Nothing more needs to be said about The Evil Dead.

The Shining is another brilliant mind-fuck.  I don’t know what’s scarier: Jack, those little twin girls who desperately wanted to play with Danny, or that lovely lady in Room 237. What say you?

There are so many good horror movies out there, but the great ones are few.  To this day the search continues for a movie that will scare the shit out of us all, but damn it’s hard to find.  Sadly, I find myself craving that fix, and the “drugs” just aren’t like they used to be. A good one though? That high can last for days.

What are your horror movie “drugs” of choice?  What gets you off and satisfies you for days on end?  Tell us in the comments below. I’ve shown you mine; now you have to show me yours.

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Dread Central Presents The Lodgers – Vegas Screening and Wider Release

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Last weekend fans got their first taste of the next Dread Central Presents film, The Lodgers (review); and we’re not done yet! There’s another Dread Central Presents screening TOMORROW, February 22nd, at 7:00 PM at the Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas, Nevada (tickets here); and then the flick will be opening wider the very next day!

To see if the film will be playing near you, click here for a list of cities The Lodgers will be haunting!

Directed by Brian O’Malley and starring Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner, the film made its worldwide premiere at 2017’s Toronto International Film Festival and has since won many awards across multiple festivals.

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In this Gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.

While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local soldier (Eugene Simon), Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity.

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Exclusive Clip: Primal Rage – Bigfoot Causes Chaos!

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Ever been driving in the woods and see or hear something that you cannot explain? Something so shocking that it makes your skin crawl off of your spine? Yeah, those moments, that usually chalked up to something completely innocuous, can be mucho unsettling. Such is the case with our bloody exclusive clip from the latest sliver of Sasquatchploitation, Primal Rage, which illustrates what can happen when you play with your food.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton. You can also catch this one of the big screen as on February 27th, Fathom (tickets here) will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage.

Enough talk! Get your Squatch on!

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Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Set Visit Part 2: Screams and Flames

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[SPOILERS] As mentioned in our earlier set visit story, The Strangers: Prey at Night maintains the same feeling of isolation as the original. Even though a full-fledged production was going on in Gatlin Lake Getaway, it is hard to shake that feeling of being totally alone once wandering away from the set lighting. The dark surround woods start to close in and threaten to swallow any who stray too close to the tree line. Then the silence is broken as a beat-up 1972 Ford Ranger’s engine revs and a scream slices through the night.

Back on the lit street, the familiar looking truck has collided head-on with the side Wagner County Sheriff’s SUV. At the driver’s seat of the Ford is a man sporting a white cloth bag as a mask. The Bagman has returned. His appearance has not changed. The empty sockets of the mask still glare ominously and the painted smile poorly hides the stranger’s murderous intent.

An air of frustration surrounds the Bagman as he attempts to free the truck from the SUV. In vain, the Ford revs and struggles to no avail. Bad news for him, but good news for whomever the Bagman was pursuing. The law enforcement vehicle, with its lights flashing, had been driven by a young woman decked out in a black Ramones t-shirt and blood-splattered jeans. Her hair is jet black. The woman’s skin is streaked with dark blood and open slash wounds. The dark punk eye makeup is running, but the wearer is not.

It is obvious that this woman has been through a lot as she limps from the wreck. The context of her current state is not clear, but the shrieking that emanates from her as she produces a lighter and throws it to the ground under the collided vehicles speaks volumes. It can only be assumed that she has been chased, slashed, and emotionally beaten for hours. The scream is packed with emotions from fear to outright spite and rage. It is so powerful, in fact, that the crew members uttered stunned laudations.

As the gasoline ignites, the flames climb and spread of the mangled metal of the two collided vehicles. The Ford’s engine still violently revs as the Bagman emotionlessly tries to break free. The young woman is slowly backing away, unaware of the chain reaction occurring. The darkness of 1 AM is broken by two giant fireballs that erupt, engulfing the metal mayhem in the middle of the street. The surroundings fall silent, cut is called and the crew erupts in exclamations at the awesome spectacle.

This powerful moment was brought to us by Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark).

The Strangers: Prey at Night was now on its twenty-second day of shooting and only eight more days remained. The cast and crew are well accustomed to their routines and the late night shoots have become second nature. When asked if the constant schedule of night shoots had been difficult, Madison elicited some of the virtues that the darkness has to offer, “There’s something very vulnerable about night shoots. You are emotionally in a different place when you’re awake and rested in the daytime. I think for something traumatic like this, you need to be able to access different emotions; at night you’re a lot more capable.”

At this point in production, Bailee’s character has seen a lot of action. A heavy amount of blood adorns the actor’s arms and a thick clotting mass of the red stuff covers most of her forehead. Keeping track of that damage for continuity from day to day looks like a grueling task, and makeup department head Jodi Byrne dropped some details about the process, “We have continuity photos and we take pictures of Bailee constantly throughout the day … We have to determine which takes are actually going to be used in the film and we move from that point.”

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive..

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