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Some directors make low-budget horror films because they love the excitement, the transgression, and the lack of boundaries that are inherent in working with such an unregulated arena; some directors make low-budget features in the hope of creating a calling card for their skill and work their way up into big-budget, mainstream filmmaking. And there are those rare occasions when someone works in low-budget horror, gains the notoriety and mainstream success, and comes back to low-budget horror simply because they still love it. Sam Raimi is one of those rare occasions.

While tallying the final votes for the annual BGH Top Ten countdown, one trend became immediately clear, even if it wasn’t obvious as the year progressed: 2013 was the year of the alt-horror movie. Some may argue the point, but depending on your tally, we’re looking at roughly three of the top ten and six of the top 15 films that could be considered “true” horror -- that is, film’s whose primary aim is to scare and excite.

The reality is that starting with the number one film, and moving down the top ten, most of these films come with caveats or tongues planted firmly in cheek.

Top 10

10. Dark Skies
Simple but effective. 'Dark Skies' is a derivative alien invasion film but strong performances and solid effects combine for a decent horror romp.

9. This is the End
A riotous good time with a slew of famous faces keep this apocalyptic comedy generating laughs and fun throughout.

8. The World's End

Fede Alvarez, the fella who wrote and directed the "Evil Dead" remake has dropped word that if a sequel does happen it won't be with him involved. No word on if the producers will still move forward with the project but if I was a bettin man I'd say they most likely would. Cause ya know, money and stuff right?

Because it's Halloween and because it's spooky time here's a video from the folks over at Funny or Die. It's called "Are These Tales Spooky to You?". Those of you who are old might catch on the resemblance to the old "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" show that was on Nickelodeon. Those of you who are old and didn't get laid in high school might remember the host of the video as Marilyn Manson, of music old ladies used to protest fame. Enjoy.

While I was on my crazy leave it was announced by Michael Dougherty that "Trick R Treat 2" was in fact moving forward. No other details were really given but now it looks like that Michael has let out that we'll for sure see some witches in this next installment, we'll get just a touch of Sam's back story and there will most likely be a third film to complete the trilogy. He also said that I'm his muse and that he thinks I've lost weight and that I look perfect. That part didn't make it into the interview but I'm sure it was said.

According to Ridley Scott he's already got "Prometheus 2" and "Prometheus 3" written and ready to go. He plans on them seeing the light of day in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He's also apparently completed his taxes for the next 5 years and is actively working on that model ship that's been sitting in your closet for three years.

It’s that wonderful time of year again! Horror movies playing 24/7 on cable, the masses planning their Halloween party costumes, and the theme parks turning their family friendly parks into blood and gore infested lands of horror!

If you didn't watch "Bates Motel" then I'm not really sure we'll have much to talk about when things get into a lull and I say, "hey did you hear about how the second season of 'Bates Motel' is going to feature a few more members of the Bates family according to the show's creator Carlton Cuse?". Then I'll probably get kind of pissy and say something about you looking fat and then we won't talk for a while. See how just watching the show could have avoided this whole thing?

We all went a little gaga over the "Evil Dead" remake on the podcast so I'm kind of looking forward to the Blu-Ray dropping so I can relive all the memories at home, minus the 8 year old crying 4 rows behind me. The disc will drop on July 16th and be chock full of behind the scenes features and a commentary track with everyone and their mother on it. It will not unfortunately feature a commentary track by the god awful parents trying to quiet the earlier mentioned 8 year old.

I never thought Steven Spielberg and the "Leprechaun" remake would be mentioned in the same sentence but color me wrong here. It turns out that Zach Lipovsky, the winner of Spielberg and Mark Burnett's "On the Lot" reality show will direct the Lionsgate/WWE reboot. I guess that doesn't really mean Speielberg has anything to do with the film so I can see why you might be annoyed by my misleading intro there. But on the other hand, you're a prick.

Melissa Leo, who is in no way related to Jay Leno and now that I see this typed out doesn't even have the same last name, has signed on to M. Night Shyamalan's "Wayward Pines". The TV series stars Matt Dillon as a secret service agent investigating the disappearance of two federal agents. Leo will play a nurse who lives in the town of Wayward Pines where Dillon is investigating. She doesn't even have a giant chin. I don't know what I was thinking.

Did you guys hear they remade The Evil Dead?

It looks like "Bates Motel" will continue to take reservations now that the show has been picked up for a second season by the folks at A&E. Season 2 won't hit the small tube until sometime in 2014 so enjoy what's left of season 1 while you can. This might be the most competent news item I've ever written.

Sad news indeed folks.Richard Brooker, best know for playing the role of Jason Voorhees in "Friday the 13th Part 3", passed away on Tuesday at the age of 58. Brooker was the first Jason to don the classic hockey mask and appeared in a number of documentaries over the years chronicling his time as the masked one.

So apparently if you sat through the end credits of the "Evil Dead" remake, which I didn't, you got to see some cool crap that I wont spoil here. But apparently there was plans for some even cooler crap to happen, which I will 100% try not to spoil right now. So I'm not saying someone survives all the demon happenings. But if someone did that someone might have gotten picked up by some folks driving down the road she was wondering down. She or he might have then passed out in the back seat and then possibly woken up as a deadite. That is if someone did make it through the night. I can neither deny nor confirm.

"Dracula Year Zero" is still apparently a movie. I know I'm just as surprised as you are. The latest on the film is that it's title is now simply "Dracula" and Luke Evans has been confirmed to play the lead in the film about the first vampire. Not going to lie, I feel like at this point in time if you name your film "Dracula" you're just asking to be lost in some sort of long IMDB search. You've kind of given up. Just name it "Vampire Movie" and get it over with.

At a certain point while watching "Evil Dead" I thought to myself that this might just be the goriest film I have ever seen in theaters. That's a caveat worth noting. I would expect that most people visiting this site regularly have absolutely seen gorier films, but I can confidently say that there are things in "Evil Dead" that your average movie-goer has never before seen on a big screen. It's this ability to mimic, and at times honor the splatter-house roots of the original "Evil Dead" that makes this remake such a success.

Who gives a crap that there's already a movie called "Dark Skies", lets make a different one and let's make it about sharks. F the system! Let's also get Tara Reid, because she is surprisingly available, and let's toss in Cassie Scerbo and Ian Ziering, two people I don't know but look like they're pretty close to doing soft core porn. Let's make it about LA being flooded and people fighting sharks. Let's just say F you logic and reasoning.

I have always been baffled by the music in the original "The Last House on the Left" but I'm guessing some people love it so the folks at One Way Static Records are releasing the soundtrack on vinyl for the very first time. For those of you not in the know, the soundtrack was composed by David Hess, who played "Krug" in the film. He's also the same guy who had an hour long conversation with Jon from the podcast about baseball at Horror Hound Weekend a few years back and then shot him down for a photo. He's also dead.

Sony has bumped up the release of the upcoming "Evil Dead" remake to April 5th. The move is mostly due to some other film's release date shifting but still, let's call this a good thing. Let's also agree to ever talk about the one night we both went to Hooters and ended up going to the bathroom at the same time and may or may not have compared sizes. No one should ever know about that.

So "Wolf Creek 2" is happening and it looks like John Jarratt, who played the creepy killer in the first flick, will be returning. Some other Australian folks who no one knows (sorry Australian readers) will also be in the flick which will follow a group of backpackers who encounter a strange local, so pretty much the same plot as the first film.