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Shawn's best and worst of the year

Shawn's best and worst of the year

Greetings everyone, despite what you may have heard I am very much still alive and here to give you my best and worst of 2014 list. Let’s start things off with the best. DISCLAIMER, some of these may not have been released in 2014 but are movies that I saw for the first time this year.   10. Oculus – This movie had some strengths and weaknesses but when it was on, oh MAN was it on. Add to this…

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Horror on Steam contest

Horror on Steam contest

Greetings all,   Now that I’ve made my (not so) triumphant return to the website, I’m feeling generous. Use our newly installed comment section to tell us what your favorite horror video game is and why. It’s that simple. I’ll pick a winner and that person will receive a copy of a horror game on Steam.

Welcome to the new Horror-Writers – Beta

Welcome to the new Horror-Writers – Beta

Hello folks,   Welcome to the beta version of the new  horror-writers. Here’s Changelog 1.0 from the previous version. We’re now going forward with the Disqus commenting system. We’ve had a lot of people ask us to turn commenting back on and after researching it, this seems like the best way to weed out spam and let our readers comment on our articles. Commenting doesn’t seem to work on all old articles at the moment but it will be active…

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Bell Let's Talk

Bell Let's Talk

Today is Bell Let’s Talk here in Canada. For every text message sent from a Bell phone or tweet using the tag #BellLetsTalk they will donate money to mental health initiatives. I’ve already tweeted using the tag a few times but my phone is with a different company so I can’t help them out that way. Bell Let’s Talk was started by Olympic Medalist Clara Hughes, who admitted to suffering from depression and various mental health disorders despite being on…

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Dario Argento: Nature's Greatest Monster

Dario Argento: Nature's Greatest Monster

My views on the last few films by Mr.Argento are well known. Dracula 3D gave me a mental breakdown that I almost never recovered from. Mother Of Tears or whatever the hell it’s called was no better. There was a time when I actually enjoyed Argento’s movies. I used to stay up late re-watching Suspiria, Inferno, Deep Red and Phenomena. I remember watching Suspiria one night with a friend and talking about the gore after the movie. My friend then…

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The best villain of all time is clearly Kefka

The best villain of all time is clearly Kefka

                    Yep. That guy. He is the very definition of a psychopath. There is no tragic back story, there are absolutely no attempts to redeem the character, he starts off as comically evil and gets much darker from there. For those who don’t know, and great shame on you, Kefka is the main villain in Final Fantasy 6 (or 3 if you’re a purist douche). Our introduction to this little ball…

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Shutter vs Shutter

Shutter vs Shutter

I tend to approach the subject of remakes differently. Instead of instantly dismissing a film, I wonder what exactly will be different about the American version to warrant a new version. There have been times when I’ve preferred the remade version of a film to the original. A good example of this is with the film Dark Water. I found Jennifer Connelly’s performance to be vastly superior. She made the character so fragile and broken that I sympathized with her…

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Shawn's Best/Worst of 2013

Shawn's Best/Worst of 2013

Shawn’s 10 Best Movies of 2013       10.  The Conjuring — Useless doll subplot aside, this movie had tension to spare 9.  Insidious Chapter 2 – Only slightly better than the original Insidious. 8. World War Z – I watched this with Ms.Horror-Writers and we enjoyed it. Go in expecting it to be completely different than the book. 7. State Of Emergency – Best Zombie movie in the last few years. Character driven. 6. All The Boys Love…

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Interview with Jack And Laura of What's Next

Interview with Jack And Laura of What's Next

  Recently, I was able to interview Jack and Laura, two young Paranormal Investigators from the U.K. They’re both very kind and you can follow them on twitter here     You’re both pretty young,  what made you decide that this is something you’d like to do? We started the series when we were in high school, and you can imagine we were the ‘weird kids’, for that and some other things we thought were fun and cool. We’re both…

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Shawn's 24 Hours of Halloween

Shawn's 24 Hours of Halloween

If I had the ability to stay up for 24 hours and could start a movie at 12:00am on October 31st and continue right until 11:59 on November 1st, these are the movies I would watch. I’m going to assume that the running length will be around 2 hours each so I’ll pick 12 movies.   1st movie-  SAW The first Saw is near perfection for me. I was lucky enough to see it in theatres before the franchise exploded…

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Congrats to Anthony Crowley

Congrats to Anthony Crowley

Our friend Anthony Crowley who has previously had a short story published with us is featured in the newest edition of Sanitarium Magazine. We couldn’t be more proud of Anthony for his new success. You can find him on twitter here  

Standards of Living movie review

Standards of Living movie review

Standards of Living is a 2013 film written and directed by Aaron Mento. The entire film was shot on an iPad2 which is pretty incredible considering the final output. As a personal note, I couldn’t take a clear video with my iPad if my life somehow depended on it, so to see an ambitious little film like Standards of Living use it to film their entire movie is neat. The story is about a failed comedian named Peter. He gets…

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Thank You

Thank You

Hello Friends, I just wanted to say THANK YOU! to all of our guests for making Women of Horror Week 2013 a huge success for us. In no particular order I would like to thank Danica Deering Suzanne Bell September Carrino Chassity Merritt Tabitha M Kim Culpepper L.C Fremont Dusty Evely Charity Langley Renfield Rasputin. We would also like to thank all of you for visiting our website and leaving encouraging comments for the writers. It has always been our…

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Women of Horror Week- Details

Women of Horror Week- Details

Greetings Friends, Starting Monday August 19th we will be doing a Women of Horror Week. All week we will be featuring guest articles written by Women about the horror genre and why they love it. We will also be reviewing horror movies featuring lead Female characters. Here are some of the movies we have planned for review Martyrs, The Descent, American Mary, The Hatchet trilogy and The Evil Dead. We will kick things off on Monday with an excellent article…

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Horror as an emotion

Horror as an emotion

Recently, the great Renfield Rasputin wrote a piece in which he mentioned Horror as an emotion. I had never considered this before and found it to be a beautiful concept. I will touch on this some more today while sharing some examples from my life for context.   I previously mentioned that Evil Dead was the first horror movie I was ever allowed to watch. What I did not mention was the roller coaster of emotion that was my first…

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