October 4, 2021.Reading time 13 minutes.
For nearly 20 years, Hammer Films was the preeminent studio for horror. Like Universal Studios before it and Blumhouse Productions today, Hammer’s Gothic brand of monsters (alongside some psychological thrillers) resulted in at least two of the more successful horror franchises from the era. Both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing emerged as genre stars courtesy […]
April 30, 2021.Reading time 10 minutes.
As vaccinations roll out across the globe, the hopes for a a return to normalcy are rising. And if you’re like a lot of people, there’s a good chance that you may be thinking about a well-earned vacation. Warm sandy beaches, crystal clear water, fine dining, and free drinks – a resort sounds inviting after […]
March 20, 2021.Reading time 8 minutes.
Today marks the official first day of spring. As the temperatures rise – even if just a little bit – and the snow recedes, people will be outside washing their cars, waling their dogs, and barbequing. Just don’t start raking your lawns or tending gardens yet. Experts warn that it could have a disastrously effect […]
April 16, 2019.Reading time 12 minutes.
Blumhouse Productions rules horror today. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, Universal Studios reigned with their monster lineup. But from mid-1950’s to the early 1970’s, Hammer Film Productions dominated the horror genre. The British studio made international stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. While Hammer Films rolled out dozens of Gothic horror titles, it was […]
July 20, 2018.Reading time 7 minutes.
This past weekend marked the birthdays of not one, but three icons of the horror genre. Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Vincent Price would have all celebrated birthdays over the last weekend of May. Throughout the 1950’s to the late 1970’s, all three performers defined the horror genre with their various roles. They are horror […]
May 24, 2018.Reading time 7 minutes.
The 1970’s was a landmark decade for the horror genre. William Friedkin’s The Exorcist showed that horror could be taken seriously. Just a few years later, Steven Spielberg filled theater seats over the summer months with Jaws. It was the decade that saw Halloween, Phantasm, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, and Alien released. Ken Wiederhorn’s […]
May 15, 2018.Reading time 10 minutes.
Anthology films in the horror genre have cycled in and out of style over the decades. Amicus Productions, for instance, was largely built around anthology films in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The success of Creepshow spawned a few attempts at re-visiting the anthology film in the 1980’s. And in the last decade, horror fans have […]
May 9, 2018.Reading time 9 minutes.
From the 1930s to the late 1940s, Universal Studios dominated horror with collection of Gothic ‘Monsters’. That reign ended with the comedy and horror pairing in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Gothic horror would subsequently give way to the atomic age and space invaders. But by the mid-1950s, British studio Hammer Films made the move […]