When the Cinemasters told me it was my turn to do a Film Blog Group Hug, I knew it was time for some of the horror-heads to get a little extra time in the spotlight. Of all the most popular movie genres, few seem to inspire as many blogs, websites, fansites and message fora as Horror ... but it takes a helluva lot more than a creepy background and an affection for Fred Krueger to impress me. So to those blogs/writers who are listed below, I say thanks for maintaining an air of creativity, intelligence and passion for an oft-maligned genre. Lord knows horror could stand to get a little more respect.
- It's pretty tough to come up with five or six movie titles that I've never even heard of, but the crew over at Twitch does it at least three times a week. Showing a devotion to genre flicks of all shapes and sizes (not to mention nationalities) that borders on obsessive (which is meant as a compliment), Twitch is where you go when you need some information on that new zombie flick from North Korea, or that sci-fi soft-porn flick from the southern coast of France. And yes, they show love to the English-speaking genre fare, too. Plus, and this is a big one for me, those Twitch guys really know how to write, as evidenced by this excellent feature entitled The Five Films That Made Me Love Movie Gore.
- HorrorsNotDead.com is a one-man blog that's run by one of Cinematical's regular readers/commenters, Peter Hall (which is how I came across his bloggo in the first place). Full of wonderfully opinionated reviews, helpful DVD buying guides, and tons of random news updates, HND is a best-scenario example of what happens when one articulate horror geek decides to kick-start his own blog. And best of all, Pete's no fawning fanboy who blindly adores every piece of gore he sees. That kind of stuff gets real old real fast, and he avoids it with an impressive consistency. Check out Hall's recent reviews of Evil Aliens (Brit indie), Hollow Man 2 (DTV sequel), Monster House (big-budget cartoon) and Strange Sunset (grass-roots mega-indie) to get a taste of the guy's admirably eclectic perspectives.
- Focusing almost exclusively on slasher films, the lovely Stacie Ponder at Final Girl is the sort of woman I've been searching for. She knows that Jason's cooler than Freddy, that The Descent rocks the subterranean house, and that John Carpenter's The Fog is an underrated mini-masterpiece. I wanna marry this girl!
- One of my new favorite horro-blogs is Exclamation Mark's Vintage Sci-Fi/Horror Review, which (obviously) focuses on the scary stuff from yesteryear. Mark covers it all, from the Universal Monsters to Hammer Horror and everything in between. It was his fantastic review of The Incredible Shrinking Man (one of my all-time favorite sci-fi films) that first caught my eye, but Mark's also done some great pieces on The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Village of the Damned, It Came From Beneath the Sea, and dozens more. If you're looking for old-school genre analysis from a guy who loves the stuff -- but still knows crap when he sees it -- bookmark this blog.
- Last but in no way least is the aptly-titled The Horror Blog, which not only offers tons of nifty updates from the genre world, but also brings a lot of horror-lovin' bloggers together for a regular feature called Horror Roundtable. Equal parts news, reviews and opinion, THB is a site I just recently chanced upon while doing a little extra research for this Group Hug ... and suffice to say it's earned a prime spot in my favorites file.