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Through a Window, Darkly

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Murder, mayhem, and blood by the bucketful. In any other

context, our fascination with horror would get many of the genre's

legions of fans locked up with keys no where to be found.


What's up with that?


In preparation for this publication, I asked several of horror's faithful

this very question. Their answers were as varied as the things that

go bump in the night.


Some alluded to the moment we as child conquer being afraid of

the dark. We dare ourselves to be subjected to that which scared

the bejeepers out of us. For your truly, it was the flying monkeys in

The Wizard of Oz.  For a friend of mine, clowns still make his

bladder unstable.

Perhaps for many of us, horror is a release valve, like punching a

pillow when we are angry. Our real life fears become afterthoughts

when fantastical bloodbathing burns the adrenaline out of us. We

leave the theater (or living room) happily exhausted. Somehow,

everything pales after watching chainsaws rip through someone's

flesh, right?

Need proof? While interest in westerns and period films wax and

wane, horror movies have never really gone out of style.

Generations of movie goers have pushed their endurance to the

limit with everything from the the silent version of Nosferatu to this

year's Candyman.  While they don't tend to be the box office

champs, they usually always pull a profit. The original Halloween

by John Carpenter was made for just $325K, and put $47 million

worth of butts in seats.


Rubber masks and blood are cheap, and fans are happy to

let that go. 

Doug Jones tells us in our exclusive interview his                                                                                      

favorites are the classics like The Creature From the Black                                                                        

Lagoon and Dracula

And it's all in good fun. As you will see in our story about the                                                                       

Horrorhound convention, there was more camp than in a                                                                          

national KOA directory.

Nowhere is that more apparent than Chris Dettone's look back at

the life and cinema of the late Midwest horror schlockmeister

Mark Burchett, whose Vamps series proved heartland indie

filmmakers could stab out a piece of  blood pie.

I ask that you indulge me as I reminisce about my Uncle Paul

Wegener's horror classic The Golem from 1920, and its influence

on my own Emmy winning feature film interpretation in 2000.

And don't miss former child actor Butch Patrick, who played Eddie

Munster in the '60's TV series The Munsters, as well as several

other local filmmakers talk about the horror film craze in a special

interactive collage of Horrorhound!

I hope you will pull up to a screen (the bigger the better) and enjoy 

our horrific digital offering to all of the bloodthirsty fans of the

Genre That Won't Die!

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