Happy New Year from HorrorAddicts.net!

FinalFrontCoverHappy New year horror addicts. 2015 was a pretty good year for horror fans and here are five reasons why:

Horroraddicts.net publishing released its third anthology called Horror Addicts Guide To Life.  This book is full of articles by people who look at horror as a lifestyle and includes recipes, tips on fashion, info on your favorite books and movies,  instructions for some great party games and so much more. If you live the horror lifestyle this is a great book to pick up.

If you’re going to talk about what horror in 2015 you have to mention Ash Versus Evil Dead. Evil Dead is one of the most popular horror franchises there is and the new TV show based on it is a perfect mix of horror and comedy. Each episode is a reminder of how fun horror can be and what surprised me about this series was how they managed to make Ash into a deep character. In the first episode you see him as a 57-year-old teenager but as the series moves along we get more into what makes Ash who he is and you see him as much more than just a looser  with a chainsaw arm. This series was much better than I thought it would be and at 30 minutes for each episode it’s the perfect length.

Since we’re talking about TV shows you also have to mention Penny Dreadful. This series finished its second season and is another example of how good horror can be on the small screen. The sets are excellent, the acting is great and I think the writing is much better this season then season 1. Also its nice to see that Eva Green has been nominated for a Golden Globe. If you watch the Season 2 episode: The Nightcomers you will see why she deserves to win.

2015 saw some good horror films come out. One of the most anticipated movies of the year was Crimson Peak. With Guillermo del Toro attached to this movie, I think people had high expectations for it. I haven’t seen it yet but from what I’ve heard if you we’re expecting a bunch of jump scares and gore you wouldn’t like it, but if you like gothic romance and movies with spooky atmosphere then Crimson Peak is your kind of movie.

If I wanted to mention the most popular horror film of 2015 I would have to talk about Krampus but since I talked about that recently in another blog post, I’m going to mention The Visit instead. This is a simple straight forward horror film from M. Night Shyamalan. This is a low budget movie but in all honesty the best horror films are usually low-budget.

OUSLooking towards 2016, here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to. First of all the 11th season of the Horroraddicts.net podcast will begin in the spring and horroraddicts.net publishing will release its 4th anthology called Once Upon A Scream. This book will be edited by horror addicts staff writer Dan Shaurette and will be guaranteed to give you nightmares. Once Upon A Scream will be an anthology of fairy tales but all with a horror twist. There are some great stories in this book and I’m really looking forward to it coming out.

2016 looks to be another good year for horror movie releases and one movie that looks interesting is The Forest. This movie is based on a real place, The Suicide Forest in Japan. The Suicide Forest is a place where people go to end their lives and it is supposedly haunted. I like the subject matter in this movie but in all honesty the trailer doesn’t make it look that scary but I still want to give this movie a chance when it comes out. http://theforestisreal.com/

Another good-looking horror film coming soon is The Boy. Who doesn’t like a movie about a doll or ventriloquist dummy that comes to life, this one looks like it could be a good one. I love the house they show in the trailer.

If you have a list of horror movies that you think will be big in 2016, you have to mention Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I’m pretty sure this one will be one of the year’s biggest money makers.

So I could have made this list of movies for 2016 a lot longer but I decided I didn’t want to have the trailers for sequels or remakes on here but there are a lot coming out, including: Rings, Underworld: Next Generation, The Conjuring 2, Amityville: The Awakening and another reboot of Friday The 13th. The last movie I wanted to mention here is The Witch. Witches have been pretty big in horror for the last 4 years and it looks like that trend will continue in 2016.

So horror addicts what are you looking forward to in 2016? What movies do you want to see? What books do you plan on reading? What conventions are you excited about? Leave a comment and let us know.

 

B movie books

When I was looking for horror titles that fit into the B movie category for the newest episode of horror addicts, I tried to look for non fiction or fictional titles that fit the topic. I was able to find some good titles for both.

On the non fiction side one title that I’ve read is If Chins Could Kill, Confessions of a B movie Actor by Bruce Campbell. If you’re a fan of the Evil Dead movies you’ll probably like this one, Bruce gives a lot of details on the making of the Evil Dead movies and how he and Sam Rami got the funds together to make the classic film. He also has a lot of the stories form the set of Hercules, Xena and from all the conventions he has been to.  The best part of the book is when he talks about how much he hates the Hollywood system and the backstabbing that goes on. Bruce Campbell has a great sense of humor and it comes through in this book.

Bruce Campbell followed up If Chins could Kill with the fictional book, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way. In this book Bruce is unexpectedly offered an A list roll in a romantic comedy movie with Rene Zellweger and Richard Gere. He then has to go through several hilarious situations as he prepares for the role. This book is meant to be a parody of what its like to make a big movie.

There are several non fiction accounts out there on how to make B movies, one that has been on my to read list is Direct Your Own Damn Movie by Lloyd Kaufman. In case you didn’t know, Lloyd is the man behind Troma(The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo and Juliet). This book is all about making a B movie but with Lloyd’s raunchy sense of humor thrown in. This book would not be for everyone but it does look like a fun read.

One of the fictional books I’ve read is  called The Horror Movie survival Guide by Matteo Molinari and Jim Kamm. This one is a text book on how to survive monster attacks.  I got this book as a Christmas present from my boss at work a few years ago, while it does look like an interesting read it really does read like a text book you would have for school. The book looks at horror movies as if they were real documentaries and breaks down what you need to do to live if you are in same situation as the people in the movie, you also get a body count for each film and a recap of what the victims did wrong. This book was an ok read, it had some funny moments such as when the author describes how you would survive if attacked by the aliens from Independence day and then suddenly says oh forget it, its hopeless, you are all going to die. If you are going to pick up this book you should buy it used.

Another one  is The Amazing, Incredible, Shrinking, Colossal, Bikini-Crazed Creature from the Public Domain by E. Mitchell. This book includes all the elements that make a B movie fun and you cant go wrong with a title like that. A mad genius, a sex starved scientist and a beautiful lady assistant and mutant movie monsters on a rampage.

The last book I found is The Drive-In(A B-Movie with Blood and Popcorn Made in Texas) by Joe R. Lansdale. One night at a drive in movie in Texas, something falls out of the sky and strange things start to happen including a new god showing up called the popcorn king, this book also has a sequel called The Drive In: A Double Feature Omnibus.

Know of any other ones let us know on the fourms.