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The Blueprint to Horror Remake Success

I’m about to write a sentence I never thought I’d be writing. The remake of “The Thing” is actually pretty decent. While it still sounds weird to me to be reading this sentence, it’s true. The reason I’m so surprised to be writing that, is that I was one of the many who were ready to dismiss this film from the moment it was announced. I mean, how could it possibly get out from underneath the long shadow cast by the John Carpenter original? The answer is simple and also the blueprint that all remakes should follow in order to be worthwhile films in their own right.

Attention producers of "The River", you're doing it wrong

When "The River" was announced, I was cautiously optimistic. As I've written in the past, I personally love found footage/first person horror, so I was intrigued by the idea of a weekly found footage horror show. I was cautiously optimistic however, as I could certainly see the show having difficulties keeping the found footage formula fresh week after week. Now that the first two episodes have aired, I think it's safe to say that "The River" is doing it wrong.

Horror Gaming: "End Night", live out your zombie apocalypse fantasies on your iPad

Believe it or not, the iPad is a pretty solid little gaming device. While the iTunes app store is flooded with zombie games, there's little variety to these games and unless mowing through hordes of the undead is your cup of tea, you're kind of out of luck when it comes to scratching your survival horror itch.

"End Night" hopes to change all that.

10 Horror Heavy Music Videos NOT Named Thriller

Everyone has seen the video for "Thriller". Rightfully so, too, it's a great song and the video was truly revolutionary for it's time. However, it crowds out dozens of other music videos that have drawn heavily from horror films for their inspiration. Because there are so many of these other, lesser known, videos, here's a list of 10 of my favorites from a pretty diverse mix of genres:

Horror Gaming: "Resident Evil 6" Brings Series Back to it's Undead Roots

Believe it or not, there hasn't been a numbered "Resident Evil" game released in almost a decade that also feature zombies. At that, the last game that did was the pretty forgettable "Resident Evil 0", so you really have to go back to 1999's "Resident Evil 3: Nemesis" for the last time "Resident Evil" was simultaneously worth playing and featured zombies. Since then, players looking to get their fix of zombie killing have had to turn to ill-advised spinoff games like the Wii lightgun "The Umbrella Chronicles" or clunky, MMO-lite games such as the "Outbreak" series.

Horror Gaming: Sheep, Blocks and Stress... The Nightmares of "Catherine"

It was 1997 and I was a wee lad of only 11 years old. I had spent the day hanging out with my “cool” Uncle, and we had just gotten back from a late night (well, late night for an 11 year old) showing of “Starship Troopers”. Flush with energy from the large Cherry Coke, the box of Buncha Crunch and the gratuitous sci-fi violence I had just consumed, my Uncle realized that the only way this day could get any cooler was to introduce me to a little video game he had been playing recently called “Resident Evil”.

Five Found Footage Horror Films You Must Watch

When done right, first person films can be incredibly effective. By limiting the scope of the film to the perspective of one individual with a camera, these films can be incredibly tense and are generally the only type of horror film that can legitimately give me the creeps anymore. However, they also tend to be very polarizing, with many genre fans writing them off as no more than a gimmicky, flash-in-the-pan.

Netflix Streaming Friday: "Videodrome"

It's hard to believe growing up in the age of the Internet, but there was once a time when something as outdated and old-fashioned as a VCR was a luxury, pirate cable stations existed and viral videos were shared not with a link, but with a VHS tape. It was during this time that David Cronenberg made what is in my opinion his greatest film of the '80's, "Videodrome". James Woods stars as Max Renn, a programmer for a pirate cable station that primarily shows pornography and highly violent content.

Netflix Streaming Friday - "Birdemic: Shock and Terror"

Anyone left with a Netflix subscription after their egregious price hike equal to a gallon and a half of gasoline is in for a treat. Over the years, there's been many films that have fought for the title of "worst movie ever". For a while, "Plan 9 From Outer Space" had that title locked down. Then there was "Manos: The Hands of Fate". "Manos" had a good run, holding on to the crown until a little gem called "Troll 2" came around. The Italian masterpiece was finally dethroned by Tommy Wisseau and his disgustingly pale, pock-mocked ass in "The Room".

Netflix Streaming Friday - "Shark Attack 3: Megalodon"

From the looks of things, Netflix has had a pretty rough week. Despite not caring much myself, apparently the entire world is now mad at Netflix for separating their streaming and DVD-by-mail programs into two separate programs. Despite the maximum rate change being only six dollars, which is less than a burrito the last time I checked, you would think that they personally pissed on every last one of their customers' faces from the reaction online. You know, R. Kelly style.

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