Entries by Larry Dwyer

Was 2013’s ‘Evil Dead’ a Sequel or a Remake? Director Fede Alvarez Finally Settles the Beef!

Anyone who knows me knows that I normally shun remakes, as do most loyal horror fans. That’s why friends of mine are so surprised when I say how much I adore Fede Alvarez’s 2013 Evil Dead. “But…you hate remakes almost as much as you hate “found footage” movies”, they say; well the fact is that I’ve always contended, as have other wise fans, that Fede’s film was not a remake but a sequel; Ash’s rusted out Delta 88 is sitting in front of the cabin, for god’s sake! read more read more

Counting Down the ‘Halloween’ Films from Worst to First

Hi everyone and Happy Halloween! On this, the most joyous of days, I figured that it would be appropriate to discuss the films that take their name from this most sacred of holidays: the Halloween franchise! Lists like this always stir up tons of emotions and cause arguments that may or may not result in fisticuffs but I’m going to throw caution to the wind and rate the franchise from worst-to-first.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Where to begin with Resurrection? How about we start with Busta Rhymes beating up Michael Myers with kung-fu? Nah…let’s get even sillier than that: Michael Myers gets his penis electrocuted…there it is. In this follow-up to the successful resurgence of the franchise with H20, the studio brought on original Halloween II director Rick Rosenthal to work on a god-awful script by Sean Hood and Larry Brand; they basically lifted the piece from The Curse of Michael Myers where the Howard Stern-like DJ wanted to broadcast from the actual Myers house and jammed it into this film – but instead of a live radio broadcast, Busta Rhymes hosts kids in a reality TV show in the Myers house. Whatever. The only saving grace here is that Jamie Lee Curtis is amazing with her ten minutes (even though her story is confusing as hell too); I suggest watching H20 and then the first ten minutes of this and then shutting it off forever. read more read more

Fangoria Magazine Vol. 2 Issue #1 – The Horror News Network Review

Every horror fan that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s lived by Fangoria magazine. That’s where we got our industry news, information about upcoming films, in-depth interviews with our favorite directors and we all probably ordered something from the ads that were scattered throughout those glossy pages of gore; I know I ordered a mask or two and more than a handful of t-shirts!

Then the internet happened.

With the birth of instant news at everyone’s fingertips and chatrooms brimming with horror fans spouting off industry rumors, print began to take a hit. Why wait for the magazine to slide into your mailbox when you could get your news right away? Fangoria stuck to their guns and kept putting out issue after issue even while the amount of subscribers and advertisers dwindled. By the time 2015 rolled around, issue delivery became sporadic and then died out altogether about a year later. read more read more

What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie? How About Your State’s Favorite?

Have you ever wondered what horror film is your state’s favorite? Me neither…until the fine folks over at Streaming Observer gathered the data to show us what is every state’s favorite! Don’t believe me? How did they do it, you ask? Well…science, of course.

According to their website:

Using data from Rotten Tomatoes, proprietary Amazon MTurk surveying, and other public sources, we compiled a list of the most popular horror movies of all time. Then, we partnered with Mindnet Analytics and used Google Trends data to determine which horror movie each state was most obsessed with relative to other states. read more read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Alum Scott Wilson Has Passed Away at Age 76

On the day that it was announced at New York Comic Con that Scott Wilson’s beloved character Hershel Greene would be making an appearance in this ninth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, it appears that Mr. Wilson has passed away at age 76. The first news of the passing seems to have come out of Alamo City Comic Con and then was semi-confirmed on Twitter via tweets from former TWD cast member Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) and actor Titus Welliver who starred alongside Wilson on Amazon Prime’s Bosch. read more read more

CT HorrorFest 2018’s ’40 Years of Halloween’ Panel with Nick Castle, PJ Soles and Nancy Loomis

On Saturday September 15th 2018, three of the cast members from John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 film Halloween delighted the crowd at Connecticut’s annual CT HorrorFest convention with stories about working on the popular slasher film. The three were busy most of the day signing tons of Halloween memorabilia for the thousands of fans who flocked to the Danbury Ice Arena in hopes of meeting stars from their favorite films/television shows. read more

The Tenth Annual Knoxville Horror Film Festival is Set to Melt Faces!

Just in time for Halloween, the Knoxville Horror Fest will be rolling out it’s tenth annual weekend of fears on October 18th through October 21st. Screening alongside legendary films like Fulci’s Zombie (a new 4K restoration) and Lustig’s Maniac (also a new 4K restoration) are up-and-coming films like Anna and the Apocalypse and The Ranger which have both been tearing up the festival circuit since last year.

From the press release: read more

USAopoloy Releases “Trivial Pursuit: Horror Movie Edition”

I haven’t played Trivial Pursuit in years but it looks like I’ll be taking another crack at it soon enough as the folks at USAopoly have released a “Horror Movie Edition” which I managed to snag today. While not like the classic version of the game that I grew up with (there’s no game board or dozens of multi-colored pie pieces to either lose or step on like legos), the game still calls upon that part of your brain that stores (mostly) useless knowledge; this time in the form of horror films. read more read more

New Trailer for ‘Halloween’ has Arrived

We’re just six weeks away from the release of Blumhouse’s new Halloween. Directed by David Gordon Green and written by him, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, Halloween is a direct sequel to the original 1978 John Carpenter classic. Disregarding all sequels, this latest Halloween takes place 40 years since the events of the 1978 film and finds a “Sarah Connor”-ish Laurie Strode preparing for an end-of-the-world-style showdown with her former attacker, and best-friend slayer, Michael Myers. read more read more

The New Poster Art for the ‘Suspiria’ Remake has Arrived

Suspiria, Suspiria, Suspiria…should we say it again? Why not, it seems to be all that everyone is talking about lately! Last week we brought you the newest trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s much-anticipated remake of Dario Argento’s classic (click here for that) and this week brings the latest bloody artwork.

From the official synopsis:

“A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director (Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf). Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.” read more read more