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Halloween Hotline A Howling Hit
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Halloween Hotline A Howling Hit

Halloween was a special smash this year at Shudder as our head curator, Sam Zimmerman, took to the phones with our brand new Halloween Hotline. Fans of Shudder could call in to get a personalized recommendation from the Shudder library to fill their Halloween weekend with scares, splatters, and terror. The hour flew by, with …

3 Reasons We Love ROGER CORMAN, JORDAN PEELE Breaks Another Record, and More!
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3 Reasons We Love ROGER CORMAN, JORDAN PEELE Breaks Another Record, and More!

Corman’s claim to fame is as the greatest B-movie producer of all time (with 415 producing credits!) and the director of the best string of Edgar Allan Poe movies ever (most starring Vincent Price), but he’s so much more than that. Here are three reasons — other than the films themselves — we love the guy.

Why THE BIRDS is a Masterpiece, JORDAN PEELE’S US Crushed Its Debut Weekend, and More!
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Why THE BIRDS is a Masterpiece, JORDAN PEELE’S US Crushed Its Debut Weekend, and More!

The unexpected beauty of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, released this week in 1963, lies in two things it doesn’t have: a soundtrack and an explanation.

Horror Hits the Mall, GREG NICOTERO’S Birthday, and More!
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Horror Hits the Mall, GREG NICOTERO’S Birthday, and More!

“What the hell is it?”
“Looks like a shopping center. One of those big indoor malls.”
This exchange is an amusing reminder that one of the many ways Dawn of the Dead (1978) was revolutionary was its setting.

Why THE HOWLING still Matters, Behind the Scenes on PAN’S LABYRINTH, and More!
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Why THE HOWLING still Matters, Behind the Scenes on PAN’S LABYRINTH, and More!

This month marks the 38th anniversary of the New York City premiere of The Howling, the first great modern werewolf movie (it beat both An American Werewolfin London and Wolfen into release by a few months).

How CREATURE from THE BLACK LAGOON Inspired Guillermo del Toro, and More!
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How CREATURE from THE BLACK LAGOON Inspired Guillermo del Toro, and More!

Today’s the 65th anniversary of the release of Jack Arnold’s Creature from the Black Lagoon. That film, along with Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), mark the last great Monster Movie franchise from Universal, the studio known for its Monster Movie franchises, like those featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and the Wolf Man.

Deleted Horror Scenes that were ‘Too Much’ for Audiences, and More!
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Deleted Horror Scenes that were ‘Too Much’ for Audiences, and More!

Editing can make or break a film, which means scenes are often deleted for reasons ranging from the mundane (continuity, running time) to the desired aesthetic (mood, pacing). And editing within the horror genre adds its own parameters, as the history of famous deleted horror movie scenes reveals.

ARMY OF DARKNESS and Other Horror Movie Game-Changers, HELLBOY Beer, and More!
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ARMY OF DARKNESS and Other Horror Movie Game-Changers, HELLBOY Beer, and More!

Army of Darkness turns a groovy twenty-six today! (In North America, that is.) Happy birthday, Ash (and Evil Ash, and all those Mini Ashes).

DRACULA’S Love Story Origins, Behind the Scenes on CHILD’S PLAY, and More!
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DRACULA’S Love Story Origins, Behind the Scenes on CHILD’S PLAY, and More!

“The story of the strangest passion the world has ever known!” That’s the slogan the horror classic Dracula bore when Universal first rolled it out. The film starred Bela Lugosi as what later marketing would call “the epitome of evil!” But in 1931, Universal was anxious about their first major monster “talkie.”

Remembering GEORGE ROMERO Rarities, ZACK SNYDER’S Zombies, and More!
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Remembering GEORGE ROMERO Rarities, ZACK SNYDER’S Zombies, and More!

This week would have been George A. Romero’s 79th birthday. The father of the modern zombie movie, he also made classics like Creepshow, Knightriders,Code Name: Trixie (aka The Crazies) and Martin. But some of the maestro’s less well-known, non-zombie projects are just as interesting.

THE THING’S Frigid Fears, Behind-the-Scenes on DAY OF THE DEAD, and More!
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THE THING’S Frigid Fears, Behind-the-Scenes on DAY OF THE DEAD, and More!

Winter is when the world is trying to kill us. When the air hurts our face. When getting to work feels fraught with fatal peril. When everything humans have built — roads, infrastructure, capitalism, indoor heating — seems fragile and dangerous.

Celebrating TOBE HOOPER, Behind the Scenes on THEY LIVE, and More!
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Celebrating TOBE HOOPER, Behind the Scenes on THEY LIVE, and More!

On January 25, we’ll celebrate the birthday of the late, great Tobe Hooper, the filmmaker who disturbed theater-goers in 1974 with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Why We Love SCANNERS, WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Hates EXORCIST II, and More!
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Why We Love SCANNERS, WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Hates EXORCIST II, and More!

This week’s the 38th anniversary of David Cronenberg’s Scanners, a horror/sci-fi classic about pharmaceutically induced telekinesis that helped define “Body Horror.”

19 Horror Movies and More to Look Forward to in 2019 and More!
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19 Horror Movies and More to Look Forward to in 2019 and More!

2018 was another great year for horror. Three films — A Quiet Place, Halloween, and The Meg — made it into the top 20 at the box office, TV shows like Stranger Things,American Horror Story, and Twin Peaks scored major award nominations, there was a new Stephen King book (The Outsider) in the year’s top 20 bestsellers, and horror games like Agony and Days Gone racked up high scores.

2018 Year in Review, JORDAN PEELE’S Terrifying new Trailer, and More!
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2018 Year in Review, JORDAN PEELE’S Terrifying new Trailer, and More!

When film historians look back on 2018, they’ll likely cite our divisive political climate as the reason why horror had such a glorious year. Our normal stance would be to argue that horror is always great; the only thing that changes is how much attention the mainstream pays it. That being said, this year has seen some epic, defining moments in the genre. Here’s a look at some of 2018’s biggest horror highlights:

YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER and Other Meta Horror Movie, and More!
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YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER and Other Meta Horror Movie, and More!

In the new release You Might Be the Killer (now streaming on Shudder), Buffy the