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Sun, Jun. 10th, 2007 04:51 pm

Hell yeah. A project that's been about 18 months in the making is finally coming to pass: the all-new Classic-Horror.com will be launching on June 15th at 11:59 PM PST.

What's different? For one thing, it looks and feels completely different, thanks to our sweet new database backend, run on Drupal. One of the big benefits of this is that we're able to deliver our content dynamically -- a news story goes up and instantly, all the pertinent listings are updated.

Oh, did I say news? One of the things that's been missing on Classic-Horror in its inception is a dedicated news section. We've made small efforts here and there, but with this new backend, we're finally able to deliver up-to-date headlines on horror movies new and old. Plus, you'll be able to comment on the news stories, bringing your personal perspective to the world of Classic-Horror.

We're not forgetting the reviews, though. They're all there, with a few swank additions -- larger DVD cover images, social bookmarking links to save favorites on sites like Google, Yahoo, and Del.icio.us. Plus there's something else pretty cool involving the Cast and Crew sections on each review... but you'll have to wait until we launch to find that out.

Anyway, check us out at http://classic-horror.com/ on June 15th just one minute before the stroke of midnight. We'll be waiting for you...


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Fri, Jul. 29th, 2005 07:58 am

You're about to get RSS spam. I neglected to update the RSS feed after Comic-Con, a situation which I'm rectifying now. However, it does mean that you'll be all these entries at once. Sorry.

Nate Yapp
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Wed, Jul. 20th, 2005 08:11 am

I have to be completely honest. When the publicity people for Rogue Pictures upcoming thriller Cry Wolf contacted me about doing an interview during Comic-Con, I was apprehensive to say the least. What little I'd seen so far did not say a lot to me, especially since I'm pretty burned out on modern horror and especially the slasher genre.

However, I ended up going (mostly because the woman from Rogue was super-nice) and I don't regret it for a second. If the film displays as much passion as these people obviously feel for it, then it's going to be at least a very watchable film. I have high hopes for it now. I've never been in a room with so many funny, interesting people who all had something to say not only about the film, but the genre itself. And so very, very pretty, the lot of them. I think the next time I have that many beautiful women all wanting to talk to me at the same time, it'll be never.

Twice during the interview I went off the record to be a fanboy, and at the end I had them all sign a Cry Wolf poster for me. Not very professional, I know, but... I'm a fan first and a journalist second. I think that's the best way to approach a site like this until I make enough money to not need a real job.

Anyway. Cry Wolf people were AWESOME. Look for the interview soon-ish.

Nate Yapp
Editor-in-Creep

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Sun, Jul. 17th, 2005 11:33 pm

I am completely exhausted post-Con, but I'm looking forward to posting all the coverage just as soon as it's written!

Nate Yapp
Editor-in-Creep

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Mon, Jul. 4th, 2005 09:59 pm

So, the big clever plan behind running three reviews this weekend was so that our 400th would be posted on the 4th of July.

Heh. You may have noticed that didn't so much happen. Various forces and me being lazy conspired to bring down this grand scheme. So, yeah. #400 will probably go up Wednesday. Or Thursday. I haven't decided.

Oh, and Classic-Horror will be at Comic-Con in San Diego from July 14th-17th. We don't have a table or anything. We (and by we, I mean myself, Emily, and possibly Jenn) will be wandering around the various horror panels. I'll be the incredibly tall, lanky fellow with the emo glasses looking lost, or at least misplaced. Feel free to stop me in the halls and say, "Hey," followed by whatever praise/criticism of the site you have a mind to tell me.

In the next couple of days, I'll post my tenative schedule so that I'm easier to track down.

Nate Yapp
Editor-in-Creep

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Mon, May. 9th, 2005 08:54 pm

First of all, longtime readers may recall that these used to be titled simply The Caligari Awards. Well, to my embarassment, I discovered the name had already been taken. It's a German award for excellence in design or somesuch. Whoops. So I had to quickly rethink the name of our awards scheme and retroactively change everything but the original graphics (which I may just take down).

The CC's were a particular joy of mine during the early days of C-H. Call me sick, but I loved tallying up those entries and seeing what was coming up the vine and what was slowly losing steam. Certain films made the list every year, but there were always surprises. In any case, I see the Awards as an opportunity to celebrate with our readers what the site is about: classic horror films that mean something to us.

If you haven't voted yet, do so now. The more votes we get, the more films we can celebrate!

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Wed, Apr. 13th, 2005 02:26 pm

Werewolf Week has been a really good reminder to me as to why we don't publish daily anymore -- I have the time, I don't have the sanity. Prepping, proofing, and publishing a review every single night of the week has really taken its toll, especially since I also have to juggle a burgeoning social life on top of that. I'll be happy when we go back to three a week next week (where you can expect reviews for The Exorcist II and III and Malevolence).

Nate Yapp
Editor-in-Creep

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Sun, Apr. 3rd, 2005 06:57 pm

Sometime in the near-future, we'll be running a Werewolf Week. Four or five reviews of werewolf movies, with a neat specialty logo and everything. I'm looking forward to it.

I haven't been writing any reviews of late, but I plan to hop back on the horse tonight. I still have to finish out the Frankenstein series with House of Frankenstein, and then I might hop onto some more Roger Corman classics. A shipment of some of my old stuff from back home revealed a treasure trove of horror videos, including The Witches, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Black Christmas (this last is a particular surprise, as I didn't even remember owning it). I also have a copy of Malevolence sitting on my coffee table waiting to be viewed and reviewed.

Hope everybody's having a spook-tastic April.

Nate Yapp
Editor-in-Creep

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Thu, Mar. 24th, 2005 09:43 am

Just spent a few days meticulously submitting links for each individual review to The Internet Movie Database. Traffic's taken a slight dip since January and I'd like to see it up again, because the staff's turning out some fantastic reviews that deserve to be read.

In other news, received a few new reviews in this morning, so looks like this streak of regular updates may continue. I have a few other reviews promised to me, so if they come in, we'll have enough material to carry us to mid-April. Now, that's organ music to my ears.

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Sun, Mar. 20th, 2005 11:08 am

Well, not werewolves so much as Joe Dante's The Howling. One of my favorite films from high school is finally getting the full Classic-Horror treatment, and it's been really tough going. How do you write about a film that accomplishes nearly everything it set out to accomplish, even though the sights were set lower than fabulous? I think I've found an angle I can work with, but this is my third attempt in the last six months to write this review, so I make no promises.

That said, we have some kickass reviews coming up, including Jacob's Ladder (which goes up tonight) and Phantom of the Opera '25.

As always, if you're a person with a love for horror films old and new, and you believe you can write to the standards of Classic-Horror, please shoot me an e-mail: nate.yapp AT classic-horror.com.

Nate Yapp
Editor-in-Creep

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