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What are the highest grossing horror films shot in cities around the world?

Scene From 'The Exorcist'

Sophie Weiner via Hopes&Fears:

What most scares us is the unknown, which is why so many horror films feature small, anonymous towns, abandoned houses in the woods, and foggy cemeteries at night. Cities, on the other hand, feel ordered, controlled, full of familiar locations and sensible designs. Yet some of the most famous and successful horror films have been shot in cities, and those locations often become a character in their own right. Think of the backdrop Florence provides for 2001’s Hannibal, or Washington, DC’s architecture in The Exorcist. On the week of Halloween, we rounded up the highest grossing films shot in cities around the world.

The majority of blockbuster films are shot in multiple locations. For this list, we tried to pick films for each city that had a significant portion of the film shot in that city. For example, we didn’t list Jaws, one of the most successful horror films of all time (grossing $470,653,000) as shot in Los Angeles; it was shot in Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts though a scene involving a severed head was reshot in a movie executive’s LA pool.… Read the rest

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The Wendigo (1910)

Matt Fox's Wendigo

Matt Fox’s Wendigo

Courtesy of The Project Gutenberg.

The Wendigo

Algernon Blackwood



A considerable number of hunting parties were out that year without finding so much as a fresh trail; for the moose were uncommonly shy, and the various Nimrods returned to the bosoms of their respective families with the best excuses the facts of their imaginations could suggest. Dr. Cathcart, among others, came back without a trophy; but he brought instead the memory of an experience which he declares was worth all the bull moose that had ever been shot. But then Cathcart, of Aberdeen, was interested in other things besides moose—amongst them the vagaries of the human mind. This particular story, however, found no mention in his book on Collective Hallucination for the simple reason (so he confided once to a fellow colleague) that he himself played too intimate a part in it to form a competent judgment of the affair as a whole….… Read the rest

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The First Horror Film: George Méliès’ The Manor of the Devil (1896)

George Méliès, the preeminent cinemagician, gave us the world’s first horror (and vampire) movie, “Le Manoir du Diable.”

The film was actually presumed lost until 1988, when a copy was found in the New Zealand Film Archive.

Via YouTube:

The Haunted Castle (French: Le Manoir du Diable which means “The Manor of the Devil”) is a 1896 three-minute-long French film by Georges Méliès and number 78-80 on the Star Films catalog. The film contained many traditional pantomime elements and was intentionally meant to amuse people, rather than frighten them. Nonetheless, it is considered by many to be the first horror film, as well as the first vampire film.

h/t Open Culture.

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The 25 Most Important Zombie Movies Ever Made

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Jim Vorel via Paste Magazine:

From the living dead to the walking dead to the typing dead, zombies have completely and utterly suffused 21st century culture. And that’s a pretty weird phenomena, when you think about it.

It’s not like this was always the case. Go back to the ’80s, and to wax poetic about George Romero-esque zombie films would have been the hallmark of a nerdy, acne-ridden high school student in a John Hughes movie. The idea that a TV show like The Walking Dead could be one-upping Sunday Night football in TV ratings? That would seem patently impossible.

Yes, zombies have come a long way, as has our appreciation for them. We live in a society that has become profoundly geekier in the last 15 years, and adopted the once secretive and insular totems of geek culture as its own. But it’s not just us who has evolved, it’s the zombies themselves—the creatures, their films and the people who made them.

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Why horror movies are obsessed with creepy kids, dolls and clowns


Alison Nastasi writes at Hopes&Fears:

Not all children are sugar, spice, and everything nice. In the realm of horror movies, the creepy kid trope is king. Some tiny terrors are born evil (The Omen) while some suffer from a supernatural affliction that threatens to engulf everyone around them (The Exorcist). The uncanny appeal of a small hand gripping a butcher knife (Child’s Play) or a ghostly girl back from the grave for revenge (The Ring) has obsessed horror audiences for decades.

Nothing is more potent for fright fans than when innocence is corrupted or lost—and the underdeveloped brain of a child becomes a primal force of evil, blurring the line between victim and monster. Whether these fears of unhinged tykes stem from real-world fears about parenting, gender, and social responsibility, or folkloric myths passed down in different cultures, the appearance of pint-sized fiends in horror films evokes the darkness of a juvenile psyche that remains mysterious.… Read the rest

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The spooky, twisted saga of the Deep Web horror game ‘Sad Satan’

Remember the so called “scariest thing on the Internet,” the Sad Satan game? The Kernel takes a deeper look at the Dark Web phenomenon:

It came from the Deep Web. That was the hook for the earliest reports of Sad Satan—“A Horror Game Hidden in the Darkest Corners of the Internet,” as Kotaku’s Patricia Hernandez put it. The game, she recounted as if intoning the opening lines of a ghost story, could only be found on the parts of the Internet where search engines fear to tread, on the Deep Web: sites, for example, accessible only using Tor anonymizing software. Supposedly, the operator of the YouTube channel Obscure Horror Corner (OHC), acting on a reader tip, dove into the Deep Web to retrieve it; he soon posted a series of video walkthroughs of the game he’d recovered.

Still from Sad Satan - Deep Web Horror Game - Part 1 (YouTube)

Still from Sad Satan – Deep Web Horror Game – Part 1 (YouTube)


This origin story alone, reminiscent of creepypasta (those blocks of spooky text cut-and-pasted on forums across the Internet) and The Ring, would have been enough to entice many readers.

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New Psychedelic Vampire Sexploitation from Director Phil Mucci

Longtime readers are probably aware of my fondness for the uber trippy metal videos of director Phil Mucci, whose work I stumbled on last autumn through one of my all time favorite bands Monster Magnet (more on them soon). As a matter of fact, if you haven’t read my top 5 list of his micro-films or the interview he was kind enough to do with me earlier in the year, I highly recommend checking those out ASAP.

In the meantime, dig on his new gore-tastic short for the song Sorrow by the amazingly dialed-in metal outfit Huntress. The whole thing is sort of a mash-up between the classic 70s sexploitation flick Vampyros Lesbos and the bleak as fuck Witchfinder General, which I synchronously ended up watching several months back. Another way of putting that would be, it’s awesome. Props to Phil and his crew at Diabolik and maybe, just maybe, we’re inching closer to someone finally giving this guy the keys to a full length.… Read the rest

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Original Psycho Door from Wisconsin Funeral Home Up for Auction


The iconic door from Norman Bates’ home in Psycho will be going up for auction next week with an estimated buying price of anywhere from $20-$30,000.

Up until recently, the Dallmann-Kniewel Funeral Home Rib Lake, Wisconsin was using it as the front door.

Charlie Hintz via Cult of Weird:

At the end of this month, Profiles in History will be auctioning off a trove of Hollywood history. Many are props from beloved horror movies – things like a monster from Ghoulies, the Hellraiser puzzle box, Herman Munster’s head, the mask of Frank the Bunny from Donnie Darko.

But one in particular is worth taking a closer look at, not only because it is a great piece of film history, but because it has an odd connection to the story it was used to portray…The original door from the house of Norman Bates in the 1960 Hitchcock classic Psycho.

And up until recently, it was being used as the front door of the Dallmann-Kniewel Funeral Home in Rib Lake, Wisconsin.

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