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While many may scoff when I say this, let me just go ahead and admit right here that I unabashedly love the Underworld movies, a series I once referred to as the “Lord of the Rings of Werewolf Movies.” The first Underworld came along right at the perfect time for me. I was still super into horror action cinema at the time (coming off films like Blade and The Matrix, whose influences were being felt industry-wide), and I just couldn’t think of anything cooler than watching werewolves and vampires kicking each other’s respective otherworldly asses.

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2017/01/03 22:37:19 UTC by Heather Wixson

This has easily been the hardest time I’ve ever had whittling down my favorite genre offerings for the year. I was fortunate to watch so many great movies throughout the course of the last 12 months (over 150—new and old!), and considering the quality of projects from both the studio and independent sides of the business was exceedingly high, I probably could have featured 20 films on this list, and still would have at least a dozen more I could recommend to fellow fans. 2016 was definitely one of the best recent years in horror and that’s pretty rad.

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Happy 2017, readers! With a new year upon us, that also means we’ve got a new batch of VOD releases to look forward to as we make our way through the month of January. For those who may have missed them earlier this year in theaters, both Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch and Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil are making their way to digital platforms over the next few weeks, as well as the latest from Bryan Bertino, The Monster, which arrives on VOD on January 24th.

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2016 has been an exceptional all-around year for horror and sci-fi films—from the indie realm, we’ve been gifted with an enormous amount of brilliant cinematic stories throughout the past 12 months, and we even saw studios step up their game with an almost unprecedented amount of quality releases.

And along with this wealth of top-notch entertainment, we also saw an incredible number of fantastic female characters over the course of 2016—some heroic, some villainous, but all endlessly engaging in their own right.

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Grief is easily the hardest emotion any of us will ever contend with as human beings. Whether its family or friends or loved ones, or even our non-human companions, having to say goodbye to someone (or something) you love can be just as hard to cope with as the harrowing grieving process that can follow such a loss.

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Hello, readers! Welcome back for another installment of one of our featured columns here at Daily Dead, Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema, in which we catch up with notable talent who have worked in the horror and sci-fi genres—both in front of and behind the camera—to discuss the films that inspired them to become the artists they are today.

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Arriving in limited theaters and on VOD platforms everywhere on December 21st is André Øvredal’s latest film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which stars Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as father and son morgue owners who have one night to piece together the puzzle of a mysterious female corpse that ends up on their slab. As they perform their examination of “Jane Doe,” the duo begin to realize there’s more than meets the eye to the young woman, and things only get weirder (and more horrific) from there.

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During a recent press event prior to a special screening of The Exorcist at the 20th Century Fox studio lot, Daily Dead had the opportunity to chat with the show’s creator, Jeremy Slater, who has done an incredible job of adapting William Peter Blatty’s novel for the small screen.

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Easily the biggest surprise of 2016 for me has been Fox’s stellar new series The Exorcist, which continues to raise the bar for genre storytelling on television with every single episode. Last night, the first season’s ninth episode aired and is leading fans towards an epic finale that airs next Friday.

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Welcome back for Day 12—THE FINAL DAY!—of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For our final Gift Guide of the year, we’re putting the spotlight on some upcoming horror Blu-ray releases, Star Wars gifts for kids, shirts from NeatoShop, an assortment of enamel pins and horror toys, and more!

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