Horror and Music at the Oscars

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When I sat down to enjoy Sweeney Todd again the weekend before the Oscars, I was under the impression that it had won in 2007 for Best Picture. I was wrong: that honor went to No Country for Old Men, another film with a high creep score. Of course, for pure spine tingling, it’s hard to […]

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GenreList V: Massive Monsters!

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This time, on GenreList: Gather your families and run for your lives! From the depths of the sea, the hollows of the earth and the blackness between the stars come mountainous menacing monsters, bent on carnage and destruction!

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Horror Films for the Jaded

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Every fall at the first whiff of mulled cider I get excited about the prospect of the season’s new crop of horror movies. “Prepare to be scared!” states the promotional poster of one. “Simply terrifying!” intones the voiceover on the trailer of another. However, as horror film aficionados well know, it is the rare film that lives up […]

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Some Chilling Euro-Horror Movies

Barbara Steele in "Black Sunday" (Mask of Satan) 1960

   After World War II, the horror film genre was nearly dead.  Hollywood was producing comedic satires of movie monsters like “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and dozens of nuclear-fused, giant bug and outer space films. Beginning in the late 1950s, British, Italian and French movie makers delved into fresh re-workings and re-imaginings of the gothic […]

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Historical Horror: The Work of Dan Simmons

Antarctic painting

Reading just one genre can get boring, am I right? OK, maybe that’s not true for everyone, but I definitely like to switch it up. When I find a writer who can blur the lines between genres, I am in reader’s heaven. Enter author Dan Simmons. Simmons writes award-winning horror and science fiction, even a few […]

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