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Posted on Sunday 11th October 2009 When the first Saw movie sliced and diced its way into theatres back in 2004, no one was prepared for the blood drenched impact it would make. It also heralded a new style of movie making now classed as “torture porn”. Shot for a pocket friendly million dollars, it made low budget horror cool again and delivered a story that was so intense it sent people screaming from theatres. And boy, didn’t we love it? In fact there’s a saying in ...
SHARE: READ MORE Are You Ready For Freddy? Freddy's Nightmares Comes To Horror
Posted on Tuesday 2nd June 2009 If there is one horror movie character that stands above all others from the last thirty years or so it has to be Freddy Krueger. This monster from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise became a global horror phenomenon during the ‘80’s and ‘90’s mainly thanks to an amazing central performance from character actor Robert Englund. Now the critically acclaimed ...
SHARE: READ MORE Sam Raimi - Hail to the King Part 2
Posted on Sunday 31st May 2009 It’s been years since Evil Dead director Sam Raimi has helmed a real horror movie but on May 27th he returns to the genre with the critically acclaimed shocker, Drag Me To Hell. Here in the second of a two-part feature we take a look at his Hollywood career and how he helped form one of the most successful movie franchises ever After Raimi impressed audiences with his super hero movie Darkman (1990) and ...
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Posted on Sunday 17th May 2009 It’s been years since Evil Dead director Sam Raimi has helmed a real horror movie but on May 27th he returns to the genre with the critically acclaimed shocker, Drag Me To Hell. Here in the first of a two-part feature we take a look at his early career and how he inadvertently influenced a generation of horror moviemakers. Samuel Marshall Raimi is probably one of the most unassuming figures working in...
SHARE: READ MORE Witchblade - The Series
Posted on Tuesday 14th April 2009 Very few comic book creations transfer to the big or small screen successfully. One only has to recall such duds as The Phantom, Daredevil and The Fat Slags (!) to hammer this point home. But every now and again someone absolutely nails the idea the printed page was trying to bring to life and Witchblade: The Series is such a title. Based on the hit comic book series of the same name, which was co-created by Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin, Christina Z and Michael Turner in 1995 the show had to impress a very loyal fan base as well as make the elaborate premise accessible to a mains...
SHARE: READ MORE Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth - Pinhead Unleashed
Posted on Monday 9th March 2009 Over the last few weeks I’ve be looking at the Hellraiser phenomenon as well as each of the three Hellraiser movies that Zone Horror will be broadcasting. We continue with how the third part of this franchise came to life and how it was the last time Pinhead was to venture into the cinema. After the critical success of Hellbound: Hellraiser II one would have expected part 3 to have followed pretty quickly. In fact fans had to wait until 1992 for Pinhead and his paranormal crew of evil Cenobites to return to the big screen. This wasn’t due to lack of interest but because the ...
SHARE: READ MORE Hellbound: Hellraiser II - Inside the Lament Configuration
Posted on Friday 27th February 2009 We continue our look at the series at how the second part of this franchise came to life and how it changed the idea of horror sequels forever… After Clive Barker’s Hellraiser became a critical and commercial success the idea that a sequel would occur was really a no-brainer. In fact the studio executives were so convinced Hellraiser would be a success that they set in motion the sequel before Hellraiser hit theatres. From the start it was decided that Hellbound would grab the Hellraiser mythos and delve into its shadiest places. The focus of Hellbound was different to th...
SHARE: READ MORE Hellraiser - Sadomasochists from Beyond the Grave!
Posted on Monday 16th February 2009 Over the next few weeks I’ll be looking at the Hellraiser phenomenon as well as each of the three Hellraiser movies that Zone Horror will be broadcasting. We start by reminding you what horror cinema was like over twenty years ago… In the late 1980’s UK cinemas were swamped with horror movies. Most were riding the coat tails of the slasher phenomenon that had started with such films as Halloween and Friday the 13th. Freddy Krueger was starting to haunt people’s nightmares and would be around for a long time and a famous psycho was also stalking the silver screen...
SHARE: READ MORE Friday the 13th - A Horror Channel Tribute
Posted on Thursday 5th February 2009 We’ve decided to take a quick look at the Friday the 13th movie franchise and how Jason carved up the cinema in the 1980’s. By 1979 the “slasher movie” phenomena had taken hold thanks to such movies as Black Christmas (1974) and John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978). Sean S. Cunningham, producer of the notorious Grindhouse movie Last House on the Left, decided on a new date for terror, Friday the 13th. He populated the movie with a fine looking cast (including Kevin Bacon in his first screen role), set it at a remote location and made sure that the effects wo...
SHARE: READ MORE My Bloody Valentine 3D - A New Dimension in Horror
Posted on Wednesday 7th January 2009 The horror film has long played a leading role in the evolution of 3-D cinema and on January 16, My Bloody Valentine 3D becomes the latest horror movie to benefit from this process. The controversial low-budget original gained an enormous cult following when released in 1981, something which shocked even its creators. My Bloody Valentine 3D promises to bring the fear factor to a new level with an immersive and utterly terrifying remake of the ultimate campfire story. The visceral nature of the horror genre and the format’s immersive effects go together like, well, slashers and scream que...
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