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Best Scary Movies of 2018

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The horror renaissance continues in 2018 with some fantastic films, thanks largely to streaming channels and video on demand (VOD). As theaters are steadily becoming relics of the past (only a handful of films on my list are wide releases), VOD is the way to go. Casualties like Overlord  and Suspiria  both inexplicably opened after Halloween and died quick deaths. I should also note that some of these movies premiered in 2017 (at film festivals or internationally) but didn't become widely available in the U.S. until 2018. The BEST of 2018 1. Hereditary - Ari Aster's debut film is a family drama with a sickening, dreadful atmosphere that slowly suffocates viewers in it's crazed third act. This is a horror masterpiece. 2. Suspiria - This reinvents every aspect of the original and adds a hypnotic, unsettling menace and epic grandeur. Tilda Swinton is spectacular, and this art film, though quite long, is beautifully conceived. 3. A Quiet Place is a monster movie w

Best Scary TV Shows of 2018

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The cold, dark days of January finally give me time to catch up on scary tv and movies. We don't get snow here but lots of overcast skies and rainy, foggy days so the atmosphere is set for some awesome marathons. Here's a list of my favorite 2018 tv shows (my movie list is coming soon!). The Best Scary TV Shows of 2018 The Haunting of Hill House is fine horror literature with a brilliant story, direction, and acting. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is wickedly good fun and one of Netflix's all-time best series. The Terror is heady horror for adults with a top notch cast and production. Who doesn't like a good naval yarn? Ash Vs. Evil Dead ended its short, glorious run with a bloody hilarious season. Goodbye Ash–forever and ever! Preacher added Betty Buckley as a swamp witch – and God as a dog! – and cast a fantastic, fun spell. Castle Rock is a slow burn that doesn't quite catch fire but is rich with characters and story. Eli Roth's History of Ho

How to Build a Monster House

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One of my nightmares is a house that comes to life. From the stretching hallway in Poltergeist (1982), to the transforming walls in The Haunting (1999), to the animated motherload of Monster House (2006), to Christine McConnell’s monstrous creations, houses that should be safe havens can be scary monsters.  My Monster House Halloween 2018 display was a very simple concept but on a very large scale and created entirely from scratch. The horns on the roof are 4 feet tall, and the mouth is 8 feet tall and about 14 feet wide, complete with an 7-foot tongue. The eye in the window is an animated projection (from AtmosFX) which made this monster come to life. Finally, red lights flowing on the bone littered porch suggest a river blood of blood to lead trick 'r treaters to the front door – and their doom! I should also note the video above is the very first video I purposefully shot (with help from my friend Ariel Germanaz) and edited (after learning Adobe Rush), so it's a bit