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Gorecast #64 - Horror Movies 101

What's up, guys and ghouls. Back again to fill you delightful folks on what’s coming up on tomorrow night's show. Sit and think about your favorite horror movie for a moment. Why do you like it so much, is it the music, the special effects, excessive amounts of gore. Well, that's the topic for this week's show genre-defining movies. Those special movies that are loved by the masses and we'll be getting into the nitty-gritty of why these flicks are so awesome.

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Starting with the most recent of the bunch Near Dark is a 1987 American western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by her and Eric Red. The story follows a young man in a small midwestern town who becomes involved with a family of nomadic American vampires. Starring the little-known actors Adrian Pasdar and Jenny Wright, the film was part of a revival of serious vampire movies in the late 1980s. 

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The movie performed badly at the box office, partially due to The Lost Boys being released 2 months prior and grossing just over $32million Near Dark was slightly overshadowed at its release. Despite this critic reviews were very positive and over the years, the film has gained a cult following and is the reason it's on our list the little unsung hero that it is.

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After that make sure you have an old priest and a young priest by your side as we're going into the dark depths of The Exorcist. The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name, directed by William Friedkin, and starring Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, and Jason Miller.

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The film is part of The Exorcist franchise. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism of Roland Doe, follows the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother's attempts to win her back through an exorcism conducted by two priests. The adaptation is relatively faithful to the book, which itself has been commercially successful (earning a place on The New York Times Best Seller list). The Exorcist is not only iconic for how it basically invented the supernatural horror genre but also for the effects it had on its audience with members fainting, vomiting and just plain legging it out of the cinema.

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The film experienced a troubled production; even, in the beginning, several prestigious film directors including Stanley Kubrick and Arthur Penn turned it down. Incidents such as the toddler son of one of the main actors being hit by a motorbike and hospitalized attracted claims that the set was cursed. The complex special effects used, as well as the nature of the film locations, also presented severe challenges. The film's notable psychological themes include the nature of faith and the boundaries of maternal love.

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Finally one of my all time favorite movies from one of my all-time favorite directors. Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is a 1963 American psychological horror-thriller film, loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.

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It focuses on a series of sudden, unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over the course of a few days.

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The film stars Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren, in her screen debut, supported by Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Veronica Cartwright. The screenplay is by Evan Hunter, who was told by Hitchcock to develop new characters and a more elaborate plot while keeping du Maurier's title and concept of unexplained bird attacks.

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This is an obvious addition to this week's topic list so much so that in 2016, The Birds was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.

So now you horror nuts are all briefed Up in tomorrow night's events make sure to join Johnny Deadly and The Giz 2300gmt/1900est on www.facebook.com/TheGoreCast and join in on the chat we will also have some announcements about our glorious return to American Horrors Roku.