Horror

10 Must-See Movies by American International Pictures

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American International Pictures conjures images of bold poster art, outrageous taglines, and weird movie titles. After all, this is the film studio that brought us movies like High School Hellcats, I Was a Teenage Werewolf (starring Michael Landon as a bad boy), How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (the studio is credited for inventing the beach party genre), and Yog, Monster from Space (surprisingly, not a Scientology thing).
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Flavorwire Interview: Legendary Filmmaker and “King of the B’s” Roger Corman on Feminism, Poe, and the State of Independent Filmmaking

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Roger Corman has earned his title “The King of the B’s” after making movies for more than six decades. A quick search on IMDb shows that the filmmaker has more than 400 movies to his credit. He’s known for his cult low-budget films and exploitive storylines, featuring colorful characters and sensational titles, and his eight acclaimed pictures inspired by the literary works of Edgar Allan Poe. Corman has been an invaluable mentor to many up-and-coming directors and helped start the careers of some of cinema’s finest, including Francis Ford Coppola and Martin …Read More

10 Essential One-Film Wonders

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Anthology Film Archives kicked off a new series this week about the underappreciated and forgotten “one-film wonders” — those movies made by filmmakers who “[established] a fully formed cinematic vision with their first full-length credit, only to never make another feature.”
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More Horror Films You Didn’t Realize Were Based on True Stories

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Earlier this week it was reported that a New Jersey family abandoned their new $1.3 million home after receiving a series of threatening and terrifying letters from someone calling themselves “the Watcher.” In one letter, the unknown creep writes: “[The house] has been the subject of my family for decades. I have be [sic] put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming. My grandfather watched in the 1920s and my father watched it in the 1960s. It is now my time.” The strange case has all the makings of a horror movie. Previously, we wrote about horror films that you probably didn’t know were based on true stories. And today we bring you ten more movies inspired by real-life terror. Good luck sleeping tonight.
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10 Films That Capture the Surrealness of Sleep

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From the director who brought us the wild conspiracy theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in Room 237 comes Rodney Ascher’s new film, The Nightmare. After a bout of terrifying sleep paralysis, the filmmaker decided to document the similar experiences of several people for a surreal and eccentric journey through the subconscious. Anything can happen in a dream — and the hazy space between sleep and reality is great fodder for filmmakers. Here are just a few films that explore the subject of sleep in compelling ways.
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Cinema’s Craziest Possessed Teens

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Neu horrormeisters Jason Blum, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell are at it again. This weekend, the third chapter of their Insidious film series opened in theaters. The new movie is a prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family. In the film, psychic Elise Rainier, played by the great Lin Shaye, uses her abilities to help a teenage girl who is the target of a dangerous supernatural entity. Cue jump scares and spooky music. Possessed teens have always been popular in horror cinema, a metaphor of sorts about the threat against innocence and the dangers of those raging hormones. Here are some of the crazier examples of teens who met their fate with demons from the beyond. Feel free to share your own picks, below.
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Revealing Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

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It’s hard to believe that a horror cinema masterpiece like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining opened to mixed reviews, with outlets like Variety calling out Jack Nicholson’s “jumpy” performance for “[destroying] all that was so terrifying about Stephen King’s bestseller.” The 1980 film was also nominated for two Razzies — for worst director and worst actress, awarded to the unfairly maligned Shelley Duvall. Contemporary audiences have a different, far more positive, take on the chilling tale, and the film’s psychological and supernatural thrills have become embedded into the American subconscious. This month marked the 35th anniversary of The Shining. We’re celebrating with some fantastic behind-the-scenes photos that reveal the dedication, artistry, and antics that went into the making of the …Read More

10 Horror Movies That Were Really Cursed

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The Hollywood remake machine shows no signs of stopping — if this weekend’s latest big-screen retelling is any indication. A 3D remake of the horror classic Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper and produced/co-written by Steven Spielberg, hit theaters. The film has garnered mixed reviews, but the movie’s presence recalls stories about the original Poltergeist, which has been dubbed cursed by fans and critics. Read on for the spooky real-life story behind the original film — and several other terror tales that were really haunted and …Read More