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Shudder Arrivals: What’s Coming To AMC’s Horror Streaming Service In June 2019
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Shudder is bringing it this June, scaring audiences with tons of new additions to their plentiful horror catalogue along with plenty of new original content. AMC’s streaming genre service never disappoints and there is tons to be excited about for horror fans as we inch toward the end of the school year and the start of summer.

The good news started last week when it became official that Joe Bob’s Last Drive-In would be returning for a second season. Joe Bob Briggs returned for a drive-in overnight marathon last summer that literally broke the internet and the fan support swelled from a one-off special, into holiday marathons and finally a full weekly double feature on Friday nights. While you are waiting for Joe Bob and Darcy the Mailgirl to return, Shudder is loading up the schedule in June.

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Interview: Jeremy Holm Of ‘The Ranger’
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Jeremy Holm interview

This week on May 9th, Jenn Wexler’s indie punk horror film The Ranger premieres on AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder. The film debuted last summer and ran through the festival circuit. Wexler, who cut her teeth producing at Glass Eye Pix, co-wrote the script with Giaco Furino and the film feels like Wolf Creek by way of Return of the Living Dead. A film called The Ranger is only as strong as its titular villain and that role went to veteran actor Jeremy Holm (House of Cards, Mr. Robot). I got a chance to speak with him as the film prepares to make its streaming debut.

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Shudder Acquires Mexican Horror Film ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’
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Few word pairings have gained the increase in stature in the horror community over the past few years as “Shudder Exclusive.” AMC’s horror streaming service has quickly become the go-to destination for genre fans, acquiring original films and foreign films at a rapid pace. Last year, several Shudder exclusives made my year-end Top Horror films, including Mandy, Revenge, Terrified, Satan’s Slaves, and The Witch in the Window. After recently acquiring the rights to Japanese zom-com One Cut of the Dead, the network just acquired all the rights to Mexican horror film, Tigers Are Not Afraid by writer/director Issa Lopez.

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Monster-Mania Con 42: My 8-Year-Old Daughter’s First Horror Convention
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I saw my first horror movie at age 7 and was hooked ever since catching A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors on television. I started attending horror conventions over 15 years ago when my friends and I went to Monster-Mania Con 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. Last weekend, I took my 8-year old daughter Charlotte to her first horror convention, Monster-Mania Con 42, at the same hotel my friends and I waited to meet our horror heroes nearly two decades earlier. While she had a great time, being there to experience this with her was a parenting dream come true for me.

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Horror Movie-Themed ‘Dead Meat Podcast’ Turns 1!
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Horror fans have it good these days, as new content and analysis is available at the click of a button. A few years ago, James A. Janisse started the Dead Meat YouTube channel quickly building a strong audience with the Kill Count series: videos breaking down horror films and franchises, sometimes scene by scene and enumerating the deaths.

Janisse’s weekly videos quickly became viral sensations and he currently sits with an incredibly impressive 2.3 million subscribers. The success of the Kill Count series allowed him and his girlfriend/collaborator Chelsea Rebecca to branch out and create more content, including crossovers with Crypt TV, fan convention/travel videos, and interviews with horror icons. One year ago last week they started their own Dead Meat podcast available both on YouTube and Soundcloud.

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Film Review: Last One Screaming
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Last One Screaming
Written and Directed by Matt Devino
Starring Camilla Greenberg, Olivia Mackenzie Smith, Derek Weston, Nick Biron
Runtime: 10 minutes
Assorted Kinds
Released date: February 18, 2019 (YouTube)

Horror short films have become a passion of mine as I began attending more film festivals. Matt Devino’s Last One Screaming played back in December at the New York City Horror Film Festival, continuing a successful festival run. The film takes only ten minutes to leave its mark on a horror fan, playing with genre tropes and conventions and treating the fan with respect. It begins its run on YouTube today.

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Horror Short ‘The Last Seance’ To Premiere On Alter
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Last December, at the New York City Horror Film Festival I met filmmaker Laura Kulik, and experienced her short film The Last Seance. The film runs 15 minutes, but packs a punch, reminiscent of Insidious and Ouija 2: Origin of Evil. Alisa Levinson is Anna, a young girl who’s been connected the other side since youth and Lauren Finley is Grace, her sister using her sister’s abilities to run scams on grieving families. That is until Anna comes face to face with something real and sinister.

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Dr. Zaius’s Top 20 Horror & Genre Films Of 2018
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Top Horror Movies of 2018

This past year was one of the best for horror. In the world of film there were big-budget blockbusters and critical and financial successes. On TV and the various streaming services we were treated to a bevy of soon-to-be classic series. Eli Roth hit it out of the park with his phenomenal History of Horror on AMC. Netflix went back to the Mike Flanagan well and struck gold again with The Haunting of Hill House. Hulu is releasing new horror films every month as part of their Into the Dark series, along with the Stephen King-inspired Castle Rock. Shudder is dominating the horror streaming world providing the horror fan the closest experience to walking the video store aisles (you’ll hear the words “Shudder Exclusive” a few times in this list). Speaking of Shudder, we got the epic return of Joe Bob Briggs, who did three separate Drive-In marathons for the network, breaking the internet with his first. We even got the return of horror-staple Fangoria magazine!

Compiling my top genre (horror/sci-fi/thriller/etc.) list of 2018 proved difficult. The original idea of a Top 10 quickly spiraled out of control and ballooned into a Top 20, plus Honorable Mentions. In an amazing coincidence, a ton of these films were done by first-time feature directors. So without further ado, let’s get to my list of Top 20 Horror & Genre Films of 2018.

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Blu-ray Review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (Collector's Edition) starring Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Kim Henkel
Screenwriter: Kim Henkel
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Jacks
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 87/94 Minutes
Release Date: December 11, 2018

Written and directed by Kim Henkel (co-writer of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is the fourth installment in the series. Originally screened as The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the movie, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger, was shelved by Columbia Pictures until 1997 when it was re-cut and released as Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

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NYCHFF 2018: ‘Candyman’ Actor Tony Todd Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
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NYCHFF Tony Todd Candyman NYCHFF 2018: Candyman Actor Tony Todd Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year for over a decade and half, the New York City Horror Film Festival has handed out its Lifetime Achievement Award to an icon of horror cinema. The festival was created and organized by the late Michael J. Hein back in 2002 and the first two recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award were George A. Romero and Tom Savini.

Perhaps fittingly this year’s recipient was Tony Todd, who broke into the horror genre in Savini’s 1990 remake of Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. Two years later, he became a true horror legend when he played the titular hook-handed Candyman in Bernard Rose’s film based on the Clive Barker story The Forbidden. Since then Todd has used his massive 6’5″ frame, size-16 shoe, and deep voice to leave a lasting impression on the horror industry with appearances in the Final Destination franchise, Hatchet 1 & 2, Masters of Horror, and more. Saturday night at the Cinepolis Chelsea, The Candyman showed up to a sell-out crowd (with probably 50+ others standing in the aisle) to accept his award and partake in a Q&A.

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