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Are There Too Many Horror Films in Theaters?

Recently, I read a great article written at Flixchatter, run by Ruth Maramis. The article outlined Ruth and Ted’s 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Hollywood–ten resolutions that they wish the movie industry would live by in 2012 (and coming years). One, in particular, grabbed my eye:

Less horror/slasher flicks and more other sub-genres please. There are so many subgenres worth exploring that we rarely see in Hollywood, such as romance thrillers, sci-fi love stories, mob movies, etc.

It grabbed my eye because, honestly, I’d like to see more horror movies in theaters, not less. Of course, I also really enjoy the horror genre, so we’ll have to take out my bias and look at this objectively. 2011 was a fine year for small budget, independent horror but was a miserable year as far as wide-release horror was concerned. The Wikipedia entry for 2011 in film lists only 15 films categorized as “horror”, and only 12 of those received a wide release in the U.S. However, that’s mostly anecdotal evidence. Wikipedia’s listings for previous years don’t include a breakdown by genre, so we really have no way of knowing if the 12 wide-release horrors is a large, small, or average number. And I am a fan of numbers. Fortunately, a site called The Numbers has a great deal more information in this vein, going all the way back to 1995. Let’s go a little deeper using clean data, and determine if Hollywood is oversaturated with horror. Continue reading

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Europe: The New Cradle of Horror

There’s been an interesting movie phenomenon taking place over the last 10 to 15 years. American horror films have started to lose the battle for horror supremacy. The horror genre in America has become fast food, unappealing and bloated. The same handful of plots and foreign remakes are twisted up and offered again and again under different names from different studios with different directors. Occasionally, the films are entertaining if uncreative (prime example: Paranormal Activities 1, 2, and 3). And there are plenty of talented up-and-coming low-budget horror filmmakers who, unjustly, aren’t being trusted with wide releases. But make no mistake–viewers are being fed the same synaptical mediocrity. Obviously, there are a few exceptions to this phenomenon, but that’s not what I’d like to talk about. Namely, I’d like to talk about the new cradle of good horror. Asia has certainly made a mark, but the real king of Horror Mountain right now is Europe. Continue reading

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The (Improbable, Incredible, Overwhelming) Grinch That Stole Halloween

October is a bit of a sacred month. It’s so sacred that I start preparing for it in the middle of September. It’s the month and a half out of the year that I can put the Criterion Collection away. I can put all of the new releases aside. I stop thinking about the top shelf of cinema. That particular month and a half is dedicated to horror. Continue reading

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Flowchart: Which Horror Movie Should You Be Watching?

October is in full swing. That means that Halloween is quickly approaching, and movie watchers everywhere are looking for a good scare. There are thousands of excellent selections to choose. Just in case you’re still undecided, I’ve created a flowchart to help you narrow down exactly which movie you should be watching this month. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Cheeeez Nuts, Part 1: The Cheesiest Movies I’ve Seen on Netflix

By the time you read this, I’ll be on vacation in Wisconsin. I’m not going to be blogging while I’m away but I still want to give content to my readers. In anticipation of my trip to the land of cheese, here are some quick-hit reviews of the wackiest, goofiest, cheesiest movies I’ve ever rented from Netflix. They’re all horror films, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Continue reading

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Horror Movies About Lesser Holidays

After New Year’s Day, the holiday season is officially over. We now have to wait for the Martin Luther King holiday, and then Groundhog Day. I’d probably be a lot more excited about those days if there was a corresponding horror movie associated with them. After all, New Years Eve and Day, Christmas, and obviously Halloween all have horror films associated with them. You can also add President’s Day (The Tripper), St. Patrick’s Day (The Leprechaun), Thanksgiving (Thankskilling), and even April Fool’s Day (self-titled). Which horror movies need to be made about the lesser holidays? Continue reading

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