It’s More than Just a Movie: The Legacy of ‘The Last House on the Left’

Fear is assumed in horror. Moreover, fear is an expectation. Fear, by even the most layman filmgoer, is intrinsically tied to the definition of what a horror film is.

To broadcast to your potential audience that your film is ‘only a movie’, is to suggest something more than fear. The unnerving concern, it would seem, is that you’ll walk away… different. Changed, somehow.

That is, unless you can convince yourself that what you witnessed was simply fiction.

But, still… can you?

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The Zombie Chronicles: A Tribute to George A. Romero

When I was 19 I filled a large section of a college ruled notebook with a zombie epic that was as terribly written as it was derivative of other people’s work. It was cliched, hackneyed but, dammit, it was something I cared deeply about.

It was called THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES (Yah, I know…) and it was the first long form effort I had ever made in writing. I stayed in every night for months writing it. I skipped out on parties, hang outs, dates, and every imaginable teenage social obligation just to complete this novella I was so sure would catapult me to a career as a respected author.

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Horror Down Under: CUT (2000)

I think that it’s pretty safe to say that if you asked any horror fan to write down a list of horror films that they believed had the biggest impact on the genre over the pass 25 years, one of that would definitely be on there would be Wes Craven’s classic 1996 slasher film SCREAM. When you think about it, it’s not hard to understand why.

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Vestron Video Announces THE WARLOCK COLLECTION!!!

We had heard word that Lionsgate were going to be releasing Steve Miner’s 1989 film, WARLOCK, to Blu-ray as part of the Vestron Video Collector’s Series, but Bloody-Disgusting posted some even better news today: Vestron officially announced that they will be issuing all three movies in HD as THE WARLOCK COLLECTION!

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Kino Lorber Digs Up RAWHEAD REX for 4K Restoration, Blu-Ray/DVD Release, and Theatrical Re-Release!

I remember being about nine-years-old, and my dad rented a movie that I saw TV ads for a few months earlier. Judging from the promos, I thought it was going to be the gnarliest monster movie ever. After I saw it, I thought it was really, really lame. That film was 1986’s RAWHEAD REX, and it was the first time I was ever disappointed by a monster movie. I have not watched it since then.

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Horror Down Under: WOLF CREEK (2005)

If you asked any Australian what their favourite Aussie horror film would be, I guarantee you that the first answer would be WOLF CREEK. If you have seen the film, it’s not hard to understand why that is. Before the film was released in 2015, Australian horror films were basically dead at the cinema. Sure there were some still being made but they were few and far between and they sadly a lot of them didn’t do well either critically or commercially. When WOLF CREEK was finally released in Australia after being played at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, it became an instant box office hit that was praised from both Aussie critics and audiences. Although when he film was released in the rest of the world, the reaction was definitely mixed to negative (legendary critic Roger Ebert gave the film a ZERO star rating in his review and it’s one of the only few films to receive a F rating from Cinema Score). While I definitely understood the negative reaction that he film has received but for me personally, I think it’s one of the best horror films made in this century so far. When I first saw the film back in 2005, it absolutely floored me. Seriously while I was watching it, my heart was pounding in my chest the entire time over how terrifying it was. I’ve seen the film many times over the years and it’s still just as intense today as it was when it came out 12 years ago. There’s a lot of reasons why I think the film works as well as it does overall and I believe it’s all due to one man: writer/director Greg McLean, who made his directional debut with this film.

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