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Warning:this Halloween blog post contains themes of adult horror which may not be suitable for all audiences.
Happy Halloween dear readers! This year I’m doing something a little different… I recently entered a Halloween flash fiction challenge, with the rules being the story must contain fifty words and be scary. You could enter as many times as you liked, so I’ve selected thirteen of my most gruesome tales which I’m reproducing here for TVTA’s annual Halloween party post!
To help entice an audience to the cinema, a horror film is going to require a striking and memorable poster. Not only that, it’s going to need a killer tagline which will aim to leave potential viewers wanting to know more.
Did you know that some films have used multiple taglines? For example, our opening entry – the 1971 Vincent Price horror The Abominable Dr. Phibes had eight different taglines across its various releases. Gremlins (1984) had nine. Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) had thirteen!
These multiple variations usually appear on special or later re-releases and can become more creative as time passes. Sometimes a tagline can be creative in enticing viewers by drawing simply on the reputation of its director, writer or producers (e.g., “From the director of…” or “From the team who brought you…” or “Based on the book by…”). And let’s not forget about the creativity required for foreign market translations – a whole new post probably!
Below is TVTA’s top thirteen horror movie taglines; our very own dastardly countdown of some of the best horror slogans ever.
Good morning vintage mates! Only one day to go till Halloween… I’m reblogging this tricky horror movie quiz for you to get your fangs into! Courtesy of fellow WP blogger VHS Revival. Enjoy!
Test your horror mettle with VHS Revival’s bumper Halloween quiz
It’s that time of the year again; I can feel it in the air. Lanterns are burning, leaves are plentiful and everyone is feeling just a little devilish as they dust off their favourite costumes and prepare to embrace the darkness. Halloween is a time for fun and thrills, an occasion to bask in the opulence of candy laced nightmares. More importantly, it is a time to celebrate the rich and wonderful annals of horror cinema, and what better way to prepare for your annual frightfest than with a little horror trivia?
Think you know your stuff? VHS Revival tests your mettle with its bumper Halloween quiz. Don’t get scared now!
I was sorting through my horror DVDs for some upcoming Halloween viewing and decided to scan a few of the cover images for today’s post. I’m itching to rewatch The Evil Dead, Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), Let The Right One In, Only Lovers Left Alive, and The Company of Wolves…
Not long now, dear readers, as TVTA crawls from its editorial swamp in time for one of its favourite events of the year… Halloween! And this year I have something special in store… something a bit different than my usual fare of gruesome printed matter…
They may only be short, but they’re long on scares… Something fiendish to digest before falling asleep… Grisly brush strokes… Thirteen (unlucky for some?)… Fifty (50-50 chance of survival?)