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Comments: 0Monday, October 28, 2013 09:24:35 AM
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Sweden's first influential horror film was the innovative 1921 silent film The Phantom Carriage. From there the horror genre didn't really emerge until the late 1950's.Mannequin in Red (1958) was the second in the franchise about a married couple, the Hillman's, and their murder mystery solving ways but it's considered to be the precursor to Mario Bava's Blood & Black
Comments: 0Sunday, October 27, 2013 01:23:02 PM
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Today's destination is Spain. Spain like most European countries had a successful and fruitful silent era. Unfortunately during the civil war in the 1930's the industry took a hit. Only 10% of silent films made before 1936 have survived. During this period Spain most prominent director Luis Buñuel made the classic avant-garde film Un chien andalou.After Franco came to power things s
Comments: 0Saturday, October 26, 2013 10:16:14 AM
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Early silent Russian cinema has had a huge influence on today's modern movies. Innovative filmmakers like Eisenstein, Dovzhenko and Vertov changed the way movies were edited and their theories changed how films should be made. In the silent days before the Soviet Union there were a couple of horror films made but sadly these films are lost. After the Soviets came into power one of the things t
Comments: 0Friday, October 25, 2013 09:06:34 AM
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The first sound film in the Philippines was Ang aswang in 1933, a horror movie. The movie dealt with a Filipino folklore monster the Aswang, a vampire-like creature. I can't find much else about the film so I presume that it must be lost.The Philippines has had a long established film industry, like a few countries that I have already mentioned. It flourished in the 1930's but slowed down
Comments: 0Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:52:22 PM
Considering some of the stuff that receives theatrical distribution (Runner Runner comes to mind), The Frozen Ground is a surprising title to open directly to DVD. Starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack –previously seen together in Con Air- the film is a police thriller inspired by real events reminiscent of Zodiac. It’s not as great as those two, but it has its own merits.Set in Anchor
Comments: 0Thursday, October 24, 2013 09:31:53 AM
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Pakistan's film industry started in 1948, a year after the country was formed. It took a few years before the industry really took off.The 1960's were golden years of Pakistani cinema. The bulk of the content were comedies, musicals and dramas. In 1967 the first Pakistani horror was made.Zinda Laash aka The Living Corpse aka Dracula in Pakistan is about a doctor who tries to find an elixir
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 23, 2013 07:37:01 AM
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Today we head back to the Nordic countries and focus on Norway. The first film made in Norway (Fiskerlivets farer) was in 1907 and unfortunately it has been lost. One of the first horror films was in 1911 called Dæmonen. It too is mostly lost except a couple of minutes.Throughout the years there hasn't been a lot of horror movies made in Norway. The vast majority of films are comedies, d
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:53:13 PM
(Spoilers ahead)Sissy Spacek vs. Chloe Moretz: Moretz is competent at least during the set up, slightly less pathetic and ethereal than Spacek. However, once the shit hits the fan, Moretz’ derangement comes down to having her eyes as wide open as possible. Spacek makes the transition from mousy to dangerously unbalanced believable. Winner: No contest, old Carrie.The crazy mom: Both Piper Lau
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 22, 2013 08:39:36 AM
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I was shocked to discover that the fourth largest maker of films in the world is Nigeria. The country has only had a film industry since the 1990's but since that time thousands of films have been made there. The industry has been dubbed Nollywood. The majority of the film industry is direct to video but it has reached a point where the films are exported all over Africa and slowly all over th
Comments: 0Monday, October 21, 2013 09:19:04 AM
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New Zealand hasn't had much of a film industry even though its first feature film, Hinemoa, was made in 1914. Sadly most the early cinema of New Zealand has been lost due to unstable nitrate film base.The first full length feature film (Sleeping Dogs) was made in 1977. Up until then mostly documentaries and short films were made in New Zealand. A scattering of feature films were made throughou
Comments: 0Sunday, October 20, 2013 11:01:34 AM
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Mexico's film industry started in the late 1800's when filmmaker Salvador Toscano Barragán made several short films. As the years passed the industry progressed and the first sound film was Santa in 1932. It wasn't until the 1934 that the first Mexican horror movie hit the screens.El fantasma del convento aka The Phantom of the Monastery was the first horror film to hit theatres
Comments: 0Saturday, October 19, 2013 05:31:44 PM
For all his success on TV as the iconic Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini never achieved major notoriety as a movie actor. He was consistently good (his brief turns in True Romance and The Man Who Wasn’t There were tremendous), but seldom got an opportunity as a leading man. His passing last June seemed to leave his promise unfulfilled, but Gandolfini got to shoot a delightful little comed
Comments: 0Saturday, October 19, 2013 10:17:05 AM
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Korea's film industry started in the 1920's. The first sound film didn't happen until the 1930's. After Japan had occupied Korea in the '30s, the Japanese started a film studio to pump out propaganda films in Korea. After WWII there was little film production until after the Korean War.In South Korea things really started taking off with the government supporting the industry.
Comments: 0Friday, October 18, 2013 02:16:51 PM
Now a full-on subgenre, the veteran super-team movies have never deliver to its promise. The Expendables saga deals with so many egos, the plot is buried under dozens of face-offs in which no one can come out poorly. There is an image to protect.Escape Plan doesn’t have that burden, even though two of the Expendables are the leads. Ray Breslin (a low key Sylvester Stallone) makes a living ou
Comments: 0Friday, October 18, 2013 09:34:24 AM
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When it comes to horror movies, Japan is one of the masters. One of the first horror films in Japan was a 1926 silent film called Kurutta Ippēji aka A Page of Madness. It was a surreal story told in flashback about a man who works as a janitor in an insane asylum where his wife is locked up. The movie was once thought lost but a version of it was found minus some footage but at least it still exi
Comments: 0Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:12:10 AM
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Italian cinema was ground-breaking in the early days of film. Italy's first full-length feature film in 1911 was Dante's Inferno which depicted scenes in Hell. In the late 1920's, the Italian Futurism movement had a huge influenced on the upcoming German Expressionist movement.There wasn't much in the way of the horror genre until the late 1950's. Once the '60s hit the genr
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 16, 2013 07:28:27 AM
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Iran has had a long and interesting film industry. The first Iranian movie was a silent film in 1930 (Haji Agha) and the first sound film hit theatres in 1932 (Lor Girl). Once the industry got started the majority of Iranian films were mostly dramas and comedies.The 1950's to the 1960's saw a flood of commercial films. During this period the first horror films started to appear. After the
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 15, 2013 07:25:50 AM
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The second biggest film industry in the world is India and it is massive. It's so massive I can't really do the entire industry justice with this short little horror blurb, one could spend years writing about India's film industry. More than just Bollywood, there is at least 17 different languages and cultures which encompasses the Indian film market. There's Tamil Nadu, Assam
Comments: 0Monday, October 14, 2013 11:27:05 AM
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The Hong Kong film industry is one of the few film industries around the world that doesn't have any sort of main government financial support. It's also one the bigger and more productive film industries behind the U.S., India and France. In Asia it's so domineering that it almost wiped out the Taiwanese film industry in the early 1990s.Unlike mainland China, Hong Kong has been produc
Comments: 0Sunday, October 13, 2013 02:01:10 PM
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It was tough to find a decent Greek horror movie. Several have been set there and there has been more than a few made but actually finding them in English speaking North America is another story.Greece's film industry has had its ups and downs. Several times during wars and regime changes, the industry has had to flee and work in other countries. The golden years of the industry (1950s to the
Comments: 0Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:46:12 PM
In the best tradition of Canadian cinema with commercial aspirations, here comes a homegrown movie with a ringer as the lead. The Right Kind of Wrong is a charming romantic comedy that avoids the genre’s cliches by going overboard with the eccentricities.Leo (Ryan Kwanten, True Blood) is not having a good year. Not only his wife has left him, she has written a widely acclaimed
Comments: 0Saturday, October 12, 2013 09:37:20 AM
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No other country has had a bigger influence on the horror genre than Germany. In the early days of film, the rise of German Expressionism had a huge influence on horror and several classic pieces of cinema were created during this period. The films went on to influence Hollywood and golden age of Universal Horror movies benefited from the influence.Once Nazi Germany came to power, the horror genre
Comments: 0Friday, October 11, 2013 03:35:55 PM
The Sheepblog!  A guest blog from Sam Corbett of The Sheepdogs.  Brought to you by Planet S Magazine, Craig Silliphant, and the letter "B!"  Making words like 'bus stop' --- Letter B!Over to you, Sam!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Over the past year, probably the most common quest
Comments: 0Friday, October 11, 2013 09:24:01 AM
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France is the third largest market for films in the world behind the U.S. and India and the largest in Europe. It has also influenced generations of filmmakers and some of the greatest of emerged from there. Jean Vigo, François Truffaut, Jean Renoir, Louis Malle, Michael Haneke, Jean-Luc Godard and Marcel Carné just to name a few.That said it has also produced some of the all time gr
Comments: 0Friday, October 11, 2013 12:22:45 AM
Better as a concept than as an actual movie, the law of decreasing returns has caught up with Machete. The angry Mexican Federale was at its best as a fake trailer for Grindhouse. The movie that ensued was middling at best and yet, still better than the sequel.Machete Kills revolves around a nuclear missile in hands of a Mexican cartel. The chase becomes an excuse for Danny Trejo to dispatch recog
Comments: 0Thursday, October 10, 2013 09:55:21 AM
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We now travel to north to Finland. Finland has a long history with cinema and has produced some excellent films. The works of Aki Kaurismäki for example.The first Finnish horror movie was a 1927 silent film Evil Spells about a curse. In the 1950s there was a boom in the horror genre and in more recent times there has been a plethora hitting the screens. It was really tempting to pick one of m
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 9, 2013 09:11:09 AM
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Egypt is one of the most productive countries for film in the Middle East producing almost three quarters of Arab production. Like most countries, the genres are varied but horror has quietly existed throughout the years.While there is a plethora of films out there, it's kind of hard to discover the horror cinema of Egypt. The IMDb is kind of useless when it comes to countries that aren't
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 8, 2013 09:54:56 PM
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Denmark is a country whose horror films I have written about in previous 31 Days of Horror. Awesome films like Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr and Lars Von Trier's The Kingdom.Dreyer's work is legendary, his 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc is considered one of the greatest films of all time. And more modern filmmakers like Von Trier, Lukas Moodysson, Susanne Bier and Nicolas W
Comments: 0Monday, October 7, 2013 11:09:26 AM
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The Czech Republic and Slovakia have a long history of producing excellent pieces of cinema. From the days of the former Czechoslovakia where it produced such classic films as Closely Watched Trains, The Shop on Main Street, Kolya and The Fireman's Ball to the present day where both countries have gone on to produce their own separate film industries.The list of great filmmakers that have emer
Comments: 0Sunday, October 6, 2013 10:59:29 AM
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I was originally going to lump the cinema of Hong Kong in with the cinema of China and after a little research, it's pretty evident that both industries have grown at completely different paces. So today's 31 Days of Horror is going to focus solely on mainland China. I will get to Hong Kong when I reach the h's.China's film industry started off early and strong but has been influen