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Michele Soavi
Jeez, this room is slow. Does anyone have any comments on anything horror-related?

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vampires
I can't be the only vampire nut on this group. Common, fellow nutcases. Let's talk vampire.

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Hurray for Hammer Films
I was lucky enough to see some of the 60s hammer films when they were in theaters, and caught others on tv, still others on video.

Horror of Dracula (1958) is a vampire movie so good it makes later movies of the same subject look sick. Compare its economy of plotting and effects with a baroque overstuffed film like Coppola's Dracula.

I am currently working on a critique of the deservedly lesser-known Hammer film Lust for a vampire. When it's finished, I'll figure out what to do with it.

Favorites: Old Universal horror films
Directors Paul Naschy, Jess Franco, Joseph Larraz, Jean Rollin, Michele Soavi.

Campy sixties crud like "The Corpse Grinders."

That's enough for a start.

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A Question for Horror Movie Fans
I just finished reading Good to Great for work, a book that I thought would bore me to tears. Instead, i was thoroughly engrossed, and even inspired, by it. In the book, they talk about how good companies became great companies. One of the things that made companies great was adhering to what they call the Hedgehog Principle, wherein you try to discover what you can be best at and stick to it, without getting distracted by other things. It is a little more complicated than that, but that is the gist of it. Do what you can be great at, do it consistently.

Now, it has always been a dream of mine to make my own horror movies. I think great horror movies are few and far between, but I think someone with the right passion could find a way to make more. So, I have a few questions for all of you horror movie fans.

What are your favorite top ten horror movies? What movies creeped you out the first time, and stuck in your mind? Do they continue to do so on repeated viewings? What made them so great, in your opinion? This is serious research here, not just a wank off. There are no right or wrong answers, just opinions. I kind of want to get a feel for what the real movie viewing public likes rather than what the critics or movie studios say we should like. Anyone who could help me by responding to this sure would be helpful!


Patrick
a.k.a Fringey, The Fringe Element
"A life lived without passion is a life not lived."
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SAW Actor Gives His Blood for His Art
Actors may have contributed sweat and tears to a movie, and now Advertising Age is reporting that one actor is also contributing blood -- his own. According to the trade publication, Tobin Bell, who plays the villain in the Saw movies agreed to provide blood for use on 1,000 posters Lionsgate is using to promote the third episode of the franchise, which opens Oct. 27. Some will be sold on the Lionsgate website for $20, with the American Red Cross receiving the proceeds. "This is likely the first time real blood has been employed as a buzz builder," AdAge commented. Lionsgate is also staging a blood drive in 25 markets in connection with the film's opening. Tim Palen, Lionsgate's co-president of marketing, said, "I didn't want [the promotion] to be blatantly gimmicky. ... I didn't want to do something weird just for the sake of doing something weird."

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Now, let me say that this may be the first time a [i:179f86ce93]movie has done this, but the members of the classic rock group [b:179f86ce93]KISS each donated blood to be mixed with the ink in the first printing of their first comic book, Marvel Super Special #1 way back in the 70's! 8)

Patrick
a.k.a Fringey, The Fringe Element
"A life lived without passion is a life not lived."
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Halloween is Coming....Tme for Sppoky Movies!!!
Does anyone have any movies they watch every Halloween? I have three:

Halloween (Naturally!)
Night of the Living Dead
Arsenic & Old Lace

I know the last one might sound strange for the list, but it IS set on Halloween and has murders, psycopaths, etc. Plus, it is one of the funniest films I have ever seen. I never get tired of it, and laugh just as hard every time I see it as I did the first time. Cary Grant's doubletakes are the epitome of the art! It is just a shame they couldn't get Boris Karloff to play cousin Jonathan, but Raymond Massey was excellent in the part. Karloff DID play the part on Broadway, but the stage producers wouldn't let him take time from the show to film the movie.

Patrick
a.k.a Fringey, The Fringe Element
"A life lived without passion is a life not lived."
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