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Have a SCARY New Year!

Ring in the new year (safely) and enjoy a whole new year of fear!

Preview of 2016's Scary Movies

As we slam the lid on 2015's coffin, it's time to look ahead (and behind you!!!) at the year of scary movies. Here's some of the most interesting trailers: Midnight Special stars Adam Driver (of that Star Wars movie) and Kirsten Dunst and deals with a father who is on the run trying to protect his special son. Opens March 2016. The Boy is about a woman hires by a strange old couple to take care of their son which happens to be a creepy life-size doll. Opens January 22. The Witch is about a family in 1630s New England who faces the terror of witchcraft and black magic and looks positively gorgeous. The Forest is set in the infamous Aokigahara Forest in Japan where people go to commit suicide and is said to cursed with lonely souls. Anguish is an indie inspired by true events and follows a teen diagnosed with an identity disorder that may be channeling an spirit inside her. This movie is being called 2016's "It Follows".

Have Yourself a SCARY Christmas!

Dear Fiends, Thank you for following and through another frightful year! Have yourself a SCARY Christmas!! Scary Jerry Editor-in-Mischief

Scary-ish Christmas Movies

Christmas is that time of year when Halloween fans patiently wait for the family to fall asleep, turn off Miracle on 34th Street , add some extra spirit into their eggnog, and relax with a yuletide scary movie. For me the perfect mix is something that isn't too bleak but still mischievous and entertaining. Perhaps I'm getting softer in my old age, or perhaps I enjoy Christmas more now. Anyhoo, serial killers are not my cup of bone tea and so many holiday horror films are instantly disqualified. Here are my absolutely favorites. 1. Krampus (2015) Yes, it's still in theaters but this instant classic is going into heavy holiday rotation. If you haven't seen it, get thee to a cinema immediately. 2. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) This Finnish film is one of the best holiday-horror hybrids. It tells the story of the "real" Santa and his demon elves. It's also a strangely touching coming-of-age story and feels like a lost early-S

Last Minute Shopping Guide

If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet – and have  Amazon Prime  – don't worry! You still have a few more days to procrastinate. Your best bet is books or calendars at this point, and really, who doesn't like to go all retro with printed books in the digital age? I personally love books as holiday gifts because they are easy to wrap. Anyhoo, here is some suggestions for your last minute shopping. For the Paranormal Fan Sir Simon Marsden's stunning photography captures the beauty of seemingly haunted castles and buildings throughout Europe, while Lisa Morton's scholarly and entertaining look at ghosts in popular culture is sure to please the most ardent fan. For the Movie Fan The films Crimson Peak and Krampus both feature incredible art direction and these books take a closer look at the making of the visual alchemy created to bring these features to life. For the horror culture fan If you love Halloween, chances are you probab

Krampus ~ Review

Holiday horror movies are a rare breed –– for good reason. Jolly and scary don't mix well, and the outcome is typically unenjoyable, awkward, or cynical. Holiday movies carry a certain amount of baggage with them, and the best horror movies are supposed to be fun on some level. Director Michael Dougherty understands this well and his movie KRAMPUS is the holiday gift that horror fans have been waiting for. It hits all the rights notes, and is equally funny and absurd, and it's wildly entertaining. From the opening montage, you immediately sense that the holiday is being skewered and there is some biting commentary on commercialism, family celebrations with obligatory joy, and the importance of believing in something good whether its Santa or just plain old hope in humanity. (It's the pervasive aroma of pessimism that calls Krampus into action.) The plot is fairly straight forward allowing the humor and characters to develop before the main assault. When the action sets