5 OF THE BEST HORROR-COMEDIES

Horror and comedy have always been the perfect combination of genres that have come together to create some truly funny and scary cinematic amalgamations. Horror often walks that fine line of sinister chills and tongue-in-cheek terror and has always been a genre to champion the fact that it sometimes tries to not take itself too seriously. And it has therefore left itself open to loveable parody and hilarious comedic movie moments over the years. We take a look at just some of the best.

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DEAD ALIVE (AKA BRAINDEAD)

Zombie-related movies are one of the most commonly used sub-genres of horror that welcome a mix of fear and funny. Long before he was dealing with Hobbits and dragons director Peter Jackson was dabbling in low-budget horror efforts in his native New Zealand, one of which was 1992’s ‘Dead Alive’ (better known as ‘Braindead’ in the UK). It’s one of the goriest films ever made and a brilliantly conceived horror-fare that is filled with twisted humour and sickening sequences.

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SHAUN OF THE DEAD

The expansion of a very short zombie sequence featured in their comedy series ‘Spaced’ was the catalyst for writer/actor Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright’s comedy-horror creation Shaun of the Dead. Loveable loser Shaun’s life can’t possibly get any worse until an unlikely zombie apocalypse gives him a shot at redemption with his one true love. It’s one of the most solid, finest and funniest horror comedies of all time filled with nods and references for horror fans to enjoy again and again.

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GHOSTBUSTERS

It’s one of the most iconic movies of all time and this 80’s cult classic comedy horror has quite literally become a template for how popular movies in this genre should be executed. With comic talent such as Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray at the height of their popularity and on top form it was a project that had obvious cache from the outset but no-one could have possibly predicted just what a film phenomenon it would have become.

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EVIL DEAD II

Following the success of Sam Raimi’s low-budget horror offering ‘The Evil Dead’ he was given the green light to follow it up in 1987 with ‘Evil Dead II’. The loveable Bruce Campbell returns as our hero Ash, the lone survivor holding up inside a creepy cabin in the woods as he fends of possessive spirits. Considered by many to be even better than the original the movie is more of a semi-reboot than a sequel with the opening scenes acting as a recreation and a retelling of the story more so than following things up. Even pratfalls, over-the-top gore, and obvious ‘Three Stooges’ slapstick don’t get in the way of the brilliant direction and the unforgettable horror scenes.

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HOCUS POCUS

Our next entry often features in many family friendly horror movie lists and is great fun for the whole family to enjoy. Bette Midler and ‘Sex and the City‘s Sarah Jessica Parker star as witches who find themselves resurrected in Salem on Halloween night. It’s a typically ‘Disney’-esque project that uses light horror themes to thrill young viewers whilst still appealing to the older generation.

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7 Horror Animals That Are Available for Adoption

‘Tis the season for gift giving and some may be wanting and/or getting a new pet. Animal shelters are overrun with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for their forever home and horror film animals are no exception. Here are some animals that are up for adoption due to supernatural, vampire or demonic possession circumstances and need their forever home.

Cujo – CUJO

Cujo was given to the shelter due to his owners failure to properly vaccinate him. He is currently receiving treatment and will be ready for adoption soon. Cujo would be a great addition to your family, although he currently has a drooling and foaming issue, but with patience and extra absorbent towels, he’ll soon be ready to leap through the window and into your heart.

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Max – MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Max is an advanced breed rottweiler, who’s loyal all the way through his genetically altered body. He was recently taken from an animal activist that kidnapped him, but sadly this did not work out for the owner or anyone around her. Max is very protective of his owner so, if you are looking for a great guard dog or a killing machine then Max is the dog for you.

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Siberian Husky – THE THING

This gorgeous husky was found in the snow after he ran away from his Norwegian research crew, but sadly all those members were killed by a mysterious unknown thing. He is a sweet and cuddly dog, although he shouldn’t be left alone. It also appears that other dogs do not get along with him. But, don’t let that discourage you from making him part of your family because he will blend right in!

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Church – PET SEMETARY

This poor cat has been to Hell and back and could use a nice and loving home. His name is Church and he came to the shelter due to his owners burying family members in the local Pet Semetary. Due to his circumstances, he’s a bit aggressive with others and he doesn’t like any food or treats that are steak flavored. But, with some tender loving care and constant supervision this little guy could be your new best friend.

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Zombie Doberman – RESIDENT EVIL

We are calling him Zomb and he recently escaped from the Umbrella Corporation where we believe they were doing research experiments on him. Which is why we really want him to find his forever home. He is a bit aggressive due to everything he has been through, but with some gentle guidance and a firm hand, Zomb could be a new resident in your home.

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Rottweiler – THE OMEN

This big boy will move Heaven and Hell for you….but probably mostly Hell. This Hellhound came to the shelter due to an unfortunate accident with his previous owner, who happened to be an American Ambassador. We are currently calling him Omen and he is great with kids, especially those who are on a demonic path. He is available for adoption and would make a great addition to any God fearing family.

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Nanook – THE LOST BOYS

This big bag of fluff is looking for his forever home. Nanook was given to the shelter after his owner’s home was demolished by vampires. He is a great ball of energy, who is always on high alert to protect his family from the undead. He has your typical Alaskan Malamute behavior and would make a great addition to your clan.

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If you are considering a dog or cat this holiday season, please consider adopting from a shelter. If you can’t adopt then consider a donation or just volunteer your time to them. You can make a difference!

Let me know which horror film animal you would like to adopt on Twitter @horrorevilqueen

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EvilQueenB’s Horrific Guide To Black Christmas Shopping

EvilQueenB just made you Black Friday shopping experience all the more easy with a list of suggestions on where to find the perfect gift for the horror fan in your life. She’s truly a lifesaver!! — Anything Horror Scott

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It’s that time of year again, when we as horror fans, must suffer with the end of October and move forward to the brutality of the Christmas season. So, I wanted to try and make it a bit more easier for you by sharing some of my favorite places to find collectibles, apparel and more online and for those braving the holiday crowds….remember stick to the moors!

Collectibles:

Entertainment Earth Do you have family and friends with varying areas of fandom who you want to get them something special, but you don’t want to endure the hassle of running all over hell’s half acre trying to find them something. Well, then this is the site for you! They have all things geek, which is sure to put an evil grin on the most hardcore friends on your list. I will tell you that there are so many items on this site that it can be a bit overwhelming, but if you navigate to the already established horror section it should be smooth sailing from there. Special Offers – Daily, Weekly and Monthly Specials Currently up to 95% off in their Pre-Black Sale.

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Big Bad Toys If you want figures and collectibles well then checkout this site! From NECA, Funko, Square Enix and more this place has a little bit of everything including a life size egg & face hugger! Now if that doesn’t scream Happy Holidays I don’t know what does! If you can’t find a figure to put under the severed tree then you can pick up a graphic novel or some apparel items. Either way this site can help with those black Christmas blues. Special Offers – Deep Discounts & Black Friday Sale on Transformers.

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Sideshow Collectibles If you want to drop some serious coin on that special someone or just yourself (hey, we’ve all been there). Then checkout Sideshow Collectibles for some absolutely drool worthy statues (the Hellraiser Pinhead statue makes me want to sell my plasma just to own it)! Although it’s superhero heavy I love that they didn’t forget about horror with their Predator, Rick Grimes, Dracula, Court of Death, as well as a new Alien girl statue and many more, none of the items on their site will need a gift receipt attached to them. Now, if some of the statues are a little too rich for your blood, most have payment plans…..so now there are no excuses to celebrate with a Sideshow Collectible this holiday season! Special Offers – Sign up for their newsletter and receive $15 off your purchase.

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Apparel:

Horrormerch.com What’s a horror fan without her horror merch! I first came across them at a Horrorhound convention and I really loved their items, large in part because they were the only place selling girly fit shirts, which is basically the equivalent of finding the Holy Grail in horror girl land. Pretty much any shirt they have you can get in a variety of apparel choices from long-sleeve, hooded sweatshirts and tank tops, which is a rare find. What is also great about their site is there seems to be a never ending variety of all things horror you can purchase. You can’t go wrong this horrific holiday season when purchasing from them and the horror fiend in your life will thank you. Special Offers – Buy 3 Shirts, get 1 Free or Buy 5 shirts, get 2 Free.

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Superherostuff.com I know what you are saying, “But Evil this a horror shopping article not a superhero shopping article!” I actually came across this place when I was at C2E2 several years ago, not only is their set up massive, but they have stuff for every nerd including horror nerds (hey we are rarely included in anything)! Their horror selection isn’t just t-shirts, it also has magnets, glassware, wallets, bags and more. This site has an abundance of everything nerdy for the holidays and like Entertainment Earth it’s one stop shopping for those that have several fandoms on their list. Their items are unique, fun and they also run different shipping and discount deals throughout the year. You can’t go wrong with a trip to this site. Special Offers – 13% off orders $35+.

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Thinkgeek.com This a great place if you are looking for some exclusive geek gifts to give. Although their horror section is rather small consisting of zombies and The Walking Dead there are still some great holiday items to be found. Special Offers – 20% off orders of $40+ (until Nov 24th), Doorbusters & Free Shipping on Orders over $75.

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Fright-rags.com This is one of the best places to find those one of a kind crafted horror shirts. Instead of just poster images or screenshot these horror shirts have been taken to a new level, that you really have to see for yourself. Their inventory including girl shirts, horror shirt collections that consist of Day of the Dead, Trick r Treat, Halloween and more as well as posters, hats, socks, stickers and more. I’ll warn you choosing what to purchase will be a hard decision to make. Special Offers – Join their mailing list and get 10% off your first purchase.

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Teefury The t-shirt a day concept is a great one and I’ve enjoyed picking up those unusual and creative shirts. What some may not have realized is that they also house a huge collection of shirts, which includes horror t-shirts, horror zip-up hoodies and horror artwork. If their horror section doesn’t tickle your dismembered brain then check out their Villain collection, which also consists of horror villains, because all villains need a loving home this holiday season. Special Offers 30% off leggings.

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Hot Topic – Sure it’s the Gothic wasteland that teenagers worship and parents loathe, but even at my age (yes I’m old) I still love the store. I like that once you get past the mind numbing blaring music (hey I said I was old) their various fandoms are nicely sectioned out and even with all the Harry Potter, Anime, Doctor Who and Batman, horror is still there loud and proud. With Supernatural, American Horror Story as well as horror icons Jason and Freddy, you can always find that special someone something horrifying.  Specials Offered – 25% off Clearance (online only), $15 in Hot Cash for every $30 Spent and Buy One Get One 50% (in-store only)

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Home Decor:

allposters.com We have all been there where you want to give someone a really nice gift, but you are low on funds and maybe ideas too. This site is a great place to pick up a great piece of horror art at a low price. If you also wanted to jazz it up, you can take advantage of their framing and matting services or you can, go to your local Hobby Lobby (or other craft store), which usually has their frames 50% off or higher off, pick up a matte, which usually only runs a few dollars, put them all together and you have a really amazingly matted and framed piece of horror art for that special horror friend in your life. Specials Offered – Currently none, but they usually do daily discounts so check back.

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Horrordecor – If you are looking for some rare horror decor that screams I bleed for horror then horrordecor.net is the place for you. With pillows, candles and more, it’s like a small slice of Martha Stewart, if Martha Stewart had homicidal tendencies. You will want to note that their items are custom and can take up 3-4 weeks to receive so get ordering now! Special Offers- Currently none available.

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Let me know where you will be shopping this Black Christmas season. If you need additional gift giving ideas, you can always give the gift of games. Check out these Christmas-themed games. I’d love to hear from you. Hit me up on Twitter @horrorevilqueen

25 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Horror Films

Most people assume horror films have no redeeming value, which couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, horror can actually teach you some great life lessons, such as you probably shouldn’t touch that strange blob or unknown substance you and your friends just came across. Or if you’re out on a date with a guy that works at a motel and he says he really loves his mother then you may want to rethink a second date. So, here are some of the life lessons I’ve learned from horror!

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  1. Never pick-up a hitchhiker.

  2. Always have your cell phone charged, bring a power cord and check your signal quality.

  3. Whether it be an ocean, river, lake or stream any kind of water can always pose a threat.

  4. If your home alone, never investigate the strange noise you hear.

  5. If your home alone, never answer the phone when it rings. If it’s important they will leave a voicemail.

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6. Anyone can be a killer.

7. Any party involving sex, drugs and drinking will probably end up badly.

8. Always aim for the head.

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9. If your friend starts acting weird after being bit by anything, lock them in a room and go for help.

10. Never plan a getaway to a cabin in the woods.

11. If you or someone you know has a premonition about impending doom, you may want to believe them.

12. If a stranger tells you they can make all your wishes come true, don’t believe them! There’s always a catch!

13. You’re always taking a chance when showering in a motel room.

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14. Be weary of children’s dolls. They can always be turned into a psycho killer.

15. If someone breaks into your house don’t go upstairs go out the front door.

16. Never open a book you find in an abandon building/cabin that has been barb wired covered or has been locked in any other means. Just leave it be.

17. On a road trip never take the scenic route, a shortcut, the long way or directions from a friend’s uncle’s cousin’s roommate’s boyfriend.

18. Never play with a Ouija board.

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19. When traveling in a foreign country, stay on the moors and don’t assume everyone is being nice to you just because they want to be.

20. In the event you start to see dead people. Please tell a family member or friend.

21. That gorgeous guy or girl checking you out at the bar is probably just figuring out the best way to kill you.

22. Always follow all protocols for containment when someone has been exposed to an infectious substance or an alien.

23. Anyone can take charge in a situation and be the hero or the final girl.

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24. Be careful who you talk to or what you post on the internet.

25. Don’t ever assume the killer or a zombie is dead…..always double tap.

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What life lessons have you learned from horror? Let me know at @horrorevilqueen

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What Scares Horror’s Biggest Stars?

Happy Halloween!! October has come to an end and the best time of the year is finally here (although I’ve been celebrating Halloween since October first in my home). I came across this article from TheWrap.com about what horror films scare some of the genre’s biggest stars and knew I had to share this with you all. The article is written by  and can be found here. This is a great list of horror celebs and it is nice to know they all have great tastes in horror films!! Here is the original article, unedited and unaltered. Enjoy, and have a great Halloween!!!

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24 Scary Movies That Terrify Jason Voorhees Actor Kane Hodder, Other Horror Stars

TheWrap delves into the spookiest films that haunt some of the biggest stars the genre has ever seen

Halloween is Saturday, which means it is time to watch all of your favorite scary, gory, and all around creepy movies.

In honor of the ghoul-tastic holiday, TheWrap spoke with several legends of the horror genre to find out what movies will be keeping them up with the lights on this year.

Check out each horror star’s list and why they like each film below.

Kane Hodder (“Jason X,” “Jason Goes to Hell”)

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-“The Exorcist” (1973) — “Best horror movie of all time! Untouched subject matter at the time. By the time you reached the theatre, you were already scared.”

-“The Shining” (1980)– “I would like to say one word: Nicholson!”

-“Poltergeist” (1982)– This started my interest in the paranormal world and inspired me to form the Hollywood Ghost Hunters.

-“Frankenstein” (1931)– “I patterned Jason in “Friday the 13th” (somewhat) after this character

-“The Birds” (1963– “The first movie that scared me as a kid.”

Bill Moseley (“Texas Chainsaw Masscare 2,” “House of 1000 Corpses,” “Devil’s Rejects)

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-“Night of the Living Dead” (1968)– “The first of the ‘modern’ horror films I saw as a youth scared me as a story and captivated me as a brilliant vessel of scathing social commentary. George Romero really is the godfather of the modern horror movie. Casting an African American as Ben, the movie’s stalwart & resourceful hero, was a master stroke.”

-“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)– “Scared the crap out of me when i first saw it on the tail end of a double bill featuring Bruce Lee’s ‘Enter the Dragon’ at the old Paramount Theater in Boston’s Combat Zone back in the summer of ’76. The fear finally left me when I joined the Sawyer family as Choptop in the spring of 1986!”

–“Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942) — “Bela Lugosi steals the show as Igor, Dr. Frankenstein’s not-so-trustworthy assistant. Moody, wonderful sets, score & cinematography, but the non-Dracula Bela is the standout here!”

-“Carnival of Souls” (1962) — “A B&W indy gift from Herk Harvey by way of Lawrence, Kansas, and Salt Lake City, Carnival stars the oddly fetching Candace Hilligoss as a church organist who is stalked by a strange & frightening fellow with black rings around his eyes. Climax at SLC’s old Saltair Pavilion. Spooky, scary, cheesy- how would you like to be locked in a department store changing room and no one can hear you scream?!”

Michael Berryman (“The Hills Have Eyes,” “The Devil’s Rejects”)

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-“The Hitcher” (1986)– “Captivating and very intense”

-“Silence of the Lambs” (1991)– “Disturbing and eerie.”

-“Dracula” (1992)– “Dreamscape, omnipresent, mystifying”

-“The Hill’s Have Eyes” (1977)–“Gritty, honest, in your face.”

-“The Exorcist” (1973)– “Got on my knees and prayed with a conscious effort!”

Allison Tolman, star of FX’s “Fargo” and Legendary’s Upcoming Horror Comedy “Krampus”

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-“The Descent” (2005)– “Surprisingly feminist ass-kicking shit show.”

-“The Babadook” (2014)–“A perfect combo of psychological and literal horror and Essie Davis is the KWEEN.”

-“The Orphanage” ( (scary that melts into heartbreak is the best you guys).

Colin Geddes, TIFF Midnight Madness Programmer and Lead Curator of Horror Streaming Service Shudder

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“An American Werewolf in London” (1981)– “Rick Baker’s Oscar award-winning transformation certainly is one of the main attractions of the film, but I am always struck by our hero’s loss of control and helplessness in the situation. Plus, the best double nightmare sequence featuring Nazi werewolves!”

R.A. Mihailoff (“Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III”)

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-“Freaks” (1932)– “This is the inspiration for the TV show ‘American Horror Story.’”

-“Carnival of Souls” (1962)– “Very atmospheric and spooky.”

-“Theatre of Blood” (1973)– “How can you go wrong with camping horror revolving around Shakespeare?”

-“Night of the Living Dead” (1968)– “First modern classic horror film ever. Created a genre still thriving today.”

-“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)– “Another game changer in modern horror”

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As always, I’d love to hear what your favorite horror films are. Sign off below in the comments section.

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Interview with Horror Filmmaker Jill Sixx Gevargizian

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From her first horror short CALL GIRL, to POLICE BRUTALITY and indie Kickstarter short THE STYLIST, Jill Sixx Gevargizian is killing it in horror and has become one of the front running faces of female horror directors. So I was excited to have the opportunity to catch up with horror director Gevargizian. We had a chance to discuss her new horror film short, GRAMMY, which will be debuting at Spooky Empire in Orlando this year, as well as giving us an update on THE STYLIST and she also lets us in on how much really goes into bringing a horror short to the screen. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the horror goodness of Jill Sixx Gevargizian.

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EvilQueenB: Congrats on the success of all of your short films! How do you balance the cons, screenings, filming and being a hairstylist?

Jill Sixx Gevargizian: Thank you! I’m not sure how I balance it honestly. I do hair full-time and spend almost all my free-time on filmmaking stuff. That is my only means for making a living–movies only cost me money! Every part of filmmaking costs–making it, submitting it to festivals, traveling to those festivals. It’s a never-ending money sucker.

Evil: THE STYLIST, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter is being completed, can you tell us about that and when we will be seeing it?

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Jill: To be frank, our Kickstarter only funded 1/3 of that project. Another third came from a private investor and the rest from myself. I produced the film with director of photography Robert Patrick Stern and production designer Sarah Sharp. Thanks to their talent and experience I think we created something really special. We will soon start submitting to film festivals and hope to premiere somewhere exciting in the Spring. Najarra Townsend (CONTRACTED) stars in the film as Claire; a hairstylist obsessed with the notion of perfection. She was a true pleasure to work with and her performance brought this character to life in way I could have only dreamed. THE STYLIST is a very emotional film, which is a first for me. I have never felt so connected to something I’ve made and I want to continue to feel that way about my work.

Evil: How much pre-production goes into bringing a short film to the screen?

Jill: I, personally, spend a shit load of time in pre-production. Everyone is different. On THE STYLIST I spent 4-5 months on prepro and I think it shows. The less you prepare, the sloppier the final product is. Prepping is my thing and most important in filmmaking- or anything really!  It also depends on the project–THE STYLIST I knew was the film I wanted to change the game for me, so I hired an all-pro crew and spent a lot of time preparing with them. That film is 15 minutes long. And to give you an idea how long the entire process takes–we shot it in February and we’re just now doing the final assembly. That 8 months of post-production! It’s taken me over a year to complete THE STYLIST. It takes a lot of focus and passion to finish a film. It’s full of up and downs, but you just have to keep going. In comparison, GRAMMY is only 2 minutes long and it took only 2.5 months to complete from beginning to end.

Evil: Now that you have tackled short films will a full length horror film be in your future?

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Jill: People ask this so often–it’s a matter of opportunity and money. I would LOVE to make a feature-length! It takes so much money just to make a short and it’s very hard to find the money. I just can’t see how one would find enough to make a feature, without a big company behind them forking out the money. One day, I hope!

Evil: Tell us about your newest short film, GRAMMY which will be screened at Spooky Empire.

Jill: GRAMMY is a micro short that I made for Crypt TV–which is a online distributor of horror content owned by Eli Roth. It should premiere on their platforms later this year. So, I thought I’d try to get it into a few festivals prior. I wrote GRAMMY with my good friend Jill Towerman and it was inspired by the pressure society places on women to wear makeup. The short itself is fun and bit silly. I can’t say too much without spoiling the film. It’s about a little girl (Hala Finley) who wakes up from an overnight at grandma’s house to discover there’s more to Grammy (Marilyn Hall) than meets the eye. I doubt people will pick up on my political subtext, but it’s there! HA!

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Evil: So far, what has been one of your best moments working in the horror genre?

Jill: I’d have to say it was seeing my first film, CALL GIRL, adapted into a comic by Japanese artist Daiju Kurabayashi and producer Hiro Fujii. Not only is the the most flattering thing that can happen as an artist–to inspire more art–but it’s better than my film! And anyone can download it for free–in English or Japanese–here: http://callgirlcomic.curse.jp/

Evil: What’s your next project?

Jill: I do not have another project slated as of now. I will be focusing on submitting THE STYLIST to festivals all over the world and writing. Next year I plan to travel a lot with THE STYLIST. I think that is an important to enjoy all the work you put in. I also find that my work has a much bigger effect on people if I am at the screenings. Rather than just finishing a film, putting it out and moving onto a new project. It shows a whole other level of dedication. But I hope to be working on something new soon and am open to any possibilities! I would really love to work with Robert Patrick Stern and Sarah Sharp again.

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5 Must See Subtitled Horror Films on Netflix

by EvilQueenB

I have touted the greatest of subtitled horror films, although most people are quick to dismiss them. With reactions being no one wants to read and watch a horror film at the same time! Well these 5 films will help re-evaluate your thoughts on subtitled films by showing you horror comes in all different film forms!

Please note some of these trailers have been English dubbed, but these are subtitled on Netflix.

I SAW THE DEVIL (2010)

This Korean film tells the story of a secret agent whose fiancee is killed by a serial killer. Consumed with rage and grief, Kim Soo-Hyeon goes on a sadistic rampage in order to track down the killer. This film is bloody, gory, suspenseful and has one of the best endings I’ve seen in a long time.

THE HORDE (2009)

This French film tells the story of a group of less than lawful police officers looking for revenge against a gang who murdered their colleague. What starts out as a strategic plan turns into a bloody fight for survival against a horde of zombies. The film is fast paced, action packed and gives a new spin on zombies.

HIGH LANE (2009)

When a group of friends go rock climbing in a closed off part of Croatia they get more than they bargained for when their only way back home is destroyed and they end up being hunted in the forest. Although this is not a new concept in horror of stranded friends in a forest being hunted it is however one of the better done horror films on the subject.

DEAD SNOW (2009)

A group of friend’s snow getaway is interrupted by a group of Nazi zombies. This Norwegian film is a great installment in the zombie genre. It’s fun, it’s blood soaked and the sequel, DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD is a rare example of sequel that is better than the first film (plus it isn’t subtitled).

[REC] 4 APOCALYPSE (2014)

The [REC] franchise to me is one of the best foreign subtitled series in the horror genre. If you haven’t watched the first 3 films I recommend watching those first and then moving on to this newest installment. Angela the reporter from the [REC] and [REC] 2 returns, but she is now quarantined on a boat, but she is not alone in this voyage. Even with a 4th installment, this series is still going strong and how many American horror films can say that!

Did EvilQueenB miss any great subtitled horror on Netflix? Let us know!!

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17 Fun Horror Trivia Facts

by EvilQueenB

Horror is littered with fun facts, folklore and urban legends so what better way to celebrate the month of horror than with some fun horror trivia.

1. During pre-production of JAWS producers believed you could just capture a great white shark and train it to do the shark stunts in the film.

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2.In Steven Jay Schneider’s book 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die, it does not list either Ridley Scott’s ALIEN nor James Cameron’s ALIENS.

3. PET SEMATARY’s, Victor Pascow (played by Brad Greenquist), the runner who was struck by a truck, killed and came back to warn Louis Creed is categorized as a zombie in John Landis’s Book of Monsters.

4. In Michael Bay’s remake of the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, Jessica Biel’s character, Erin was actually suppose to be pregnant. In a deleted scene she tells Kemper before they pick up the female hitchhiker. It was scrapped because they felt Biel’s character being pregnant and battling Leatherface would not garner a good audience reaction. This was also done for the shark film DEEP BLUE SEA, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Janice Higgins was also pregnant, but again that scene was left on the cutting room floor for fear of audience reaction of a pregnant woman being killed by a shark.

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5. Although many think that Tim Burton directed THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, it is actually just based off his story and characters, but it was Henry Selick who directed the film.

6. In FROM DUSK TIL DAWN, when Salma Hayek is dancing on the table in front of George Clooney you can see George Clooney raise up his hands in an attempt to brace Salma because he thought she was going to fall off the table.

7. Neil Marshall director of THE DESCENT, DOG SOLDIERS and DOOMSDAY directed an episode of the tv show HANNIBAL (Season 3) entitled “The Great Red Dragon.”

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8. Robert Kirkman has stated in interviews had he known the success that THE WALKING DEAD would have achieved he would have not killed Shane off so early in the comic.

9. Bill Moseley from HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA and countless other horror films graduated from Yale University.

10. Fede Alvarez, director of THE EVIL DEAD remake used a huge amount of practical effects for the film and only used CGI in order to remove equipment or anything else that was used during the practical effects,

11. HATCHET II director, Adam Green used 136 gallons of fake blood for the movie.

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12. Margaret Hamilton who played the iconic Wicked Witch of the West in THE WIZARD OF OZ, also played Morticia Addams’s mother in episodes 2 (“Morticia’s Romance Part 1”), 3 (“Morticia’s Romance Part 2”) and 22 (“Happy Birthday Grandpa Frump”) of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

13. Bruce Campbell from EVIL DEAD fame had a bit part as a guardsman in OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.

"OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL" Bruce Campbell ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

14. Elsa Lanchester, who played the iconic Bride in THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN was an oscar nominated actress for the movies COME TO THE STABLE and WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION.

15. The lips in the opening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW are Patricia Quinn’s, who played Magenta.

16. Kevin Grevioux, who played Raze, Lucian’s second in command, in the Vampire Lycan franchise, UNDERWORLD actually created the series and holds a degree in microbiology and studied genetic engineering in graduate school.

17. HELLRAISER’s Pinhead’s original name was Priest.

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Share your horror trivia with me @horrorevilqueen

Stay Bloody!!!

5 Ways to Make Found Footage Films Better

by EvilQueenB

Much like with any genre when they find what works they overwork it to death and found footage films are no exception. The explosion of The Blair Witch Project in the 90’s and the success of the Paranormal Activity franchise, found footage films have been the new “it” film for awhile and I have watched my fair share of them. Most of the results being a mixed bag of good, bad and the ugly. This over saturation has left a lot of horror fans in found footage fatigue. But, I believe there is still hope for this sub-genre and here are just a few suggestions on revamping it.

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Make likable characters – When was the last time you watched a found footage movie and you came away really enjoying a character(s)? Probably not a lot. Watching more than a few found footage films myself, it feels like almost everyone has the same kind of stereotypical characters. Now, as horror fans we know stereotypes are no stranger to our genre, but found footage seems to take these and in the concept of making them “real” they somehow make them worse. Take either the group of friends combo, the couple on an adventure or the exploration team it all eventually adds up to unforgettable characters or wanting them all dead within the first 15 minutes of the movie. The range of emotions shown by these characters falls into, the super cheeseball excitement of adventure, holy crap something is going down let me start arguments with everyone so I can drop the “F” bomb a pointless amount of times to show my frustration and there is the exhaustion expression while looking blankly into the camera at the end of the movie. I understand that unlike a studio presented horror movie that has better character development, this is suppose to be “real” with real personalities and emotions. But, sadly I have seen better redeemable characters in reality tv than in found footage. So, expand the characters out and give them a little more depth than just the ability to smile, laugh and cry at the camera.

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Don’t make it 80% of nothing – How many times have you sat through a found footage film and thought it’s been 45 minutes and nothing is happening! I have seen these characters do chores, have an argument and if you are watching PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 you have lost count on how many times you have watched the pool being vacuumed. Why does found footage have to have this turtle style pace with the last 10-15 minutes ending up like a race to the finish? Just to do a quick comparison, although I didn’t really like the film Exist, which was a found footage film about a group of campers who encounter a Bigfoot. I do appreciate the fact that there wasn’t these long drawn out scenes of basically nothing, instead they gave an opening to introduce the characters and then moved on with the plot and action of the film. Whereas WILLOW CREEK, which was also a found footage film about encountering a Bigfoot, went on with a lot of miscellaneous dialogue and scenes, which culminated with the last few scenes having all the action of the movie. Due to all this miscellaneous non-progressing story lines or scenes I was ready for these characters to die. Found footage viewers shouldn’t have to spend time on a linear storyline to have an unsatisfying pay out at the end.

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Broaden your horizons – I think we have run the gamut on found footage subjects, aliens, zombies, Bigfoot, ghosts, possession and random supernatural occurrences. I would like to see found footage take a turn with something more creative than just the standard fare. Much like how THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN started out as a documentary about a woman who her family believed to be the stages of Alzheimer’s, but the film progressed into something much different. Afflicted had a similar approach, where you believed you were being lead down one path, but it took you in a completely different direction. Found footage can do the twists and turns of a great horror flick and I would love to see more of them do that.

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Turn off the Night Vision – I understand there is no good way to film night scenes when you are being chased by Bigfoot other than using night vision to show the action. But, how about limiting the amount of usage of it especially when you are really not showing anything other people looking like raccoons. I’m not blasting all use of night vision, [REC] did a great job of using it, but their use of it added to the story rather than just fill the story. It doesn’t have to be completely eliminated from a film, but not everything in a horror movie has to be visual. Perfectly placed audio suspense can do more for a film then watching everyone glowing green.

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Give me a reason – I know this statement is being a bit nit picky, but I believe in the fantasy of watching a horror movie so when the opening credits state “based on a true story” I don’t believe it really is, but I like to believe in the fact that it could be true, it gets me in the mind set to be involved in the film. Now, some found footage do put in a blurb stating either the people are missing or they found this footage in some random place, but for the most part it is an opening scene of the characters either in a car driving, packing bags or someone doing an interview on someone. I know it’s a bit weird to say that, but when I watch a horror movie I want to take in all the fantasy of it. Just starting off the film with characters and no semi-backstory or a small narration of the path ahead for the characters I’m left with filling in the blanks myself. I realize that to some people this is really a non-issue, but I want to have some mythology as to what I am seeing.

Let me know some of your reasons to make found footage films better on Twitter @horrorevilqueen

Stay Bloody!!!

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15 Horror Movies to Watch this Halloween Season

EvilQueenB as Arkham Harley Quinn
EvilQueenB as Arkham Harley Quinn

I’m really excited to introduce to you EvilQueenB–someone who I hope will be a frequent contributor to Anything Horror in the coming weeks and months. Besides being a great writer, EvilQueenB is also a diehard horror fan from a young age and fits in perfectly with Deggsy and myself. EvilQueenB is currently fast at work writing an article about the found footage genre, and while she’s putting the finishing touches on that article, she sent me over this tasty little morsel of her favorite films to watch every Halloween season. Be sure to check out EvilQueenB’s bio at the end of her article, and to check out her other sites and social media pages!!

EvilQueenB’s first article is about her favorite horror movies to watch during the Halloween season. It is a great list and includes many films that I too enjoy every year around Halloween. And to make the Halloween season even more fun, enjoy playing a bunch of Halloween-themed games. Just click here for more info.

Welcome, EvilQueenB. You are the female voice of horror I’ve been looking for!!!

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15 Horror Movies to Watch this Halloween Season

by EvilQueenB

We are just a few days away from the most glorious horror filled month of the year…..October. The month of horror always spawns horror themed festivities, horror oriented food, decorations, costumes, art and of course horror movie watching!

In the last few years I have participated in the 31 Day Horror Movie Challenge. This is a great opportunity for horror watching and what better way to jumpstart the season then to recommend 15 horror movies that you should watch this season. Now I know what you’re thinking “But, B October is 31 days why aren’t you recommending 31 horror movies?” Because October is the greatest opportunity month for you to really expand out your horror watching, by watching horror that you have never seen, re-visit classics, try out a new sub-genre or view a forgotten horror film…..the remaining 16 films are in your bloody hands!

This month is also a great opportunity for horror fans to really show their love of horror by suggesting great horror to those that are not familiar with the genre. I have found the reason why most do not like horror is because they are misinformed about what the genre is really about. What better time than October to help a first time horror viewer have a great experience. Who knows maybe some of my suggestions can help open that horror door!

  1. EvilQueenB as Cassie Hack!!
    EvilQueenB as Cassie Hack!!

    Jaws

  2. Dog Soldiers

  3. The Babadook

  4. Affliction

  5. Housebound

  6. The Shining

  7. Evil Dead (remake)

  8. Silence of the Lambs

  9. Shaun of the Dead

  10. American Mary

  11. Eden Lake

  12. Frontiers (subtitled)

  13. Psycho (original)

  14. Creepshow

  15. [REC] (subtitled)

Did I miss something on the list (because it’s really hard to pick just 15)? Let me know what I missed or what you’re planning to watch this Halloween season by hitting me up @horrorevilqueen

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EvilQueenB’s Bio:

I’ve been a loud and proud horror fan since the age of 8. My favorite horror film is Jaw, with my favorite sub-genre being creature features. I love all things horror….movies, comics, video games, art, figures and everything else in between. To further show my love of horror I cosplay at horror conventions and comic cons. I believe that horror is a genre for everyone and I want to help dispel a lot of the misconceptions it has! I have my own horror blog Welcome to the Asylum: You Know You’re Certifiable and I also write for The London Horror Society. My Twitter & Instagram pages are usually always horror filled!

Stay Bloody!!!

EvilQueenB (middle) with the Soska Sisters
EvilQueenB (middle) with the Soska Sisters