Category Archives: Horror Movies

10 movies that wouldn’t be scary if you watched them on mute

Horror films rely on all sorts of tricks to induce their frights: jump scares, atmosphere, and creepy or gory visuals. They also rely on something else that’s often overlooked: sound.

Sound, including music, can play a key role in how scary something is. Consider, for example, Robert Wise’s 1963 The Haunting; one of the most terrifying moments in that film is the scene in which the girls huddle in their room as an infernal banging roams the hall. We never see the ghost; we simply hear it—and if one turned down the volume and watched that scene without any noise, it would just look like two women making goofy faces in a room.

That said, here are ten films that rely so heavily on sound or dialogue Read the rest of this entry

Starts this week!

Dark Discussions takes the plunge and dives deep into six films of aquatic terror in our Killer Fish Fest!

We are not going to tell you which films we’re going to cover; you’ll have to find out as we go, but all of our episodes released in August will have to do with some kind of scary aquatic horror movie.

New episodes of Dark Discussions are released every Thursday on I-Tunes, Stitcher, and at http://www.darkdiscussions.com/. To get release announcements and to talk all things horror film with other DD fans (quite a knowledgeable, busy, and fun bunch), join the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DarkDiscussionsPodcast/

Get out those bathing suits and take a dip with us!

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DARK DISCUSSIONS on THE CONJURING 2; resources for exploring the story behind the film

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Nathan Schoonover (occult specialist, paranormal investigator, co-host of The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show and my husband) joined us on Dark Discussions for an in-depth look at The Conjuring 2. We had a total blast! We discuss Amityville, Ouija boards, the real Enfield Poltergeist, DBox (and if you don’t know what that is you’ll just have to check it out) and more!

You can listen through I-Tunes and Stitcher or you can simply download it right from the Dark Discussions website here: http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_238.html

Below, a very basic (I do mean VERY basic) list of resources in case you’re interested in exploring the real stories behind the film. This has already Read the rest of this entry

SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO AIRS TONIGHT (oh, hell yes!)

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In case you’re dying to know, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! will air tonight on the SyFy Channel at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

The Sharknado series has taken pride not in how good it can be, but how bad. Tonight’s installment promises loads of overdone cheese from the likes of David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, and even Jerry Springer. However, tornados really can make animals fall from the skies; snails, worms, cows, frogs, even fish have been reported in the past. For a brief overview, check out National Geographic‘s article here, and don’t call me after 9 p.m., because you know where I’ll be!

Horrorfesting It!

My cousin Maryanne and I used to enjoy a horror movie or two following our annual excursion to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival or before one of my famous (or infamous) parties. We enjoyed the chance to share our favorites with each other (and play catch up on things we wanted to see but hadn’t yet) so much we decided to get together a couple of weekends a year and make films the focus.

Here’s what we’ve seen so far and what we thought…what will we watch this weekend? Time will tell. We tend to get a giant stack and pick according to mood.

 

Love Bigfoot? EXISTS on DVD/Blu-Ray today…hear all about it on DARK DISCUSSIONS!

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Exists, the new Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) found footage piece about Bigfoot that’s one hell of an edge-of-your-seat ride, is available today on DVD. I don’t know if it has any special features — and that’s usually how I judge whether or not I’m going to own the disc — but this movie is so good I’m getting it regardless. Here’s the Amazon link: http://amzn.com/B00Q582P5E

Need a fix? In the meantime, check out Dark Discussions Episode 162 by clicking here…I was lucky enough to get to guest to discuss this movie that’s so wonderfully reminiscent of The Legend of Boggy Creek. In case you’re wondering whether or not this thing is terrifying? It’s made several 2014 Top Ten Horror Movie Lists:

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Enjoy!

 

Let It Snow…

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Snow. It can drive a person mad.

Snow! I luckily missed the [non-blizzard for my area just north of NYC] Juno because I was down in Walt Disney World, but I didn’t miss this one! Luckily, a friend of mine from around the local theater community (more specifically, TheatreWorks New Milford) has a wicked sense of humor and cooked this up just in time. I couldn’t resist sharing it. Snowbound or Snowbird, you’re sure to get a chuckle out of it! Enjoy!

Watch SNOW here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lz6fxUUcog&index=3&list=UUcKNahAGn1tK9xfCtV7wlxQ

 

 

Surprising thoughts on ANNABELLE: DARK DISCUSSIONS Episode 157

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A scene from ANNABELLE which, curiously, copies from THE GRUDGE…

Whether or not you thought Annabelle was crystal or crap (or you’re on the fence about going to see it), this prequel to The Conjuring has been much anticipated and much talked about. But just like anything, there’s more to the story.

Nathan (occult specialist and also my husband) and I join Philip, Eric, Mike, and Abe on Dark Discussions to explore the truth behind the real case and the film’s dogma–and share a few spooky tales of our own (two words: chicken feet!). You can listen on ITunes and Stitcher, or here at the Dark Discussions website, or click here to play it directly: 

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Shed light on scary movies with REVIEWS FROM THE SHADOWS

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Craft and subtlety exist in both good and bad horror movies! On the new Reviews from the Shadows podcast, the Paranormal Eh? Radio Network’s Terry Konig and I talk story (strong or not!) and bring those little things you might have missed to light in two horror movies each month.

You can listen in on the first three episodes of Season 1 below! Read the rest of this entry

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