August 21, 2010

Best of the Dark Side: 13 Spookiest Goth and Horror Movie Links A-M

This isn't a list of my favorite horror movies, it's a list of some of the older pre-2008 horror movie websites I enjoyed sharing with my readers.

Trivia: Defunct Links

Over the years there were popular movie trends with fansites that sprung up by the hundreds: Blair Witch Project, Blade, Child's Play, The Craft, Friday the 13th, Army of Darkness, The Crow, and Interview With the Vampire come to mind.

Of course, my job at Dark Side of the Net was to weed out the handful of really good sites for every movie, but I still ended up with lots of yucky Geocities sites just as a matter of completeness. So now looking at what's left of my movie links database, there isn't much usable here and now in 2010. Some of the dead links I have been unable to replace today include Beetlejuice, a movie with many passionate fans but none of which maintain a decent, updated 2010 web fansite on the film.

1. Alien Movies Resource

For 14 years this site has been offering comprehensive information on the "Alien" series of horror/sci-fi movies. Now updated to also cover the "Aliens Vs. Predators" series as well. The scripts are here, plus bloopers, cut scenes, FAQs, trivia, music, trailers, and cast info. I'm delighted to see this site is still operational and relevant.

2. Deadites Online

The center of the "Evil Dead" movies' universe. Covering Army of Darkness, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and even "Within the Woods." The site also features info on the Evil Dead games, movie posters, trivia, info on collectibles, info on props, fan art, and active forums. A lot here to enjoy if you're a fan of the films.

3. Constantine

Constantine is one of the few official movie sites that's left up, usable and interesting years after the movie has been out and hit DVD. Most modern "official" movie sites degenerate quite quickly into just advertisements for the DVD. This one still offers photos, desktop backgrounds, and the trailer.

4. Coraline

Another official site that's still got cool things to offer. Look for the "entire site" button at the top of the screen, ignoring the Buy DVD stuff on the front page. Inside, you can view the trailer, check out the cool Flash or Shockwave animation on the front page, browse info on the cast and director, and visit Coraline's garden. Also check out the very cool "Evil Buttons" blog.

5. Corpse Bride

The Corpse Bride's official site offers desktops, buddy icons, a poster, behind-the-scenes video, photos, and the original extremely cool site. I can't find a trailer here, but I probably didn't spend enough time clicking around and looking.

6. Crow

Amazingly, still being updated with recent news. There's a gallery of Crow related pics, active forums, a fan directory, and a couple of interviews.

7. Friday the 13th

A long-running fan website that now incorporates a blog and a wiki. There's also a gallery and an archive so you can find everything you needed to know about Jason, sequels, and upcoming remakes.

8. From Dusk Till Dawn

Mark Stewart's fanpage for the Rodriguez movie. Updated this month! The screenplay is here, plus info on the prequel and sequel, FAQs, cut scenes, interviews, links, and info on the comic book.

9. Ghost Ship

Altogether crappy movie, but a nicely designed promotional site. (Plus the film had some really impressively gross visuals). You can drool over photos of Gabriel Byrne or Julianna Margulies (take your pick), watch the trailer, peek behind the scenes, and download desktop wallpaper.

10. Halloween

Fans of Michael Myers flock to this site, with its messageboard, news, blog, and comprehensive overview of all the Halloween-branded slasher films.

11. Hellraiser: The Hellbound Web

The Hellbound Web was one of my earlier and favorite dark movie websites. Everything you want to know about the Hellraiser films. A very well cared for, well thought out site that's kept updated. Love it!

12. The Lost Cave

A Lost Boys fansite that operated for over ten years. It's a bit out of date now, and hasn't been updated in a year, but I wanted to show it to you anyway. There are still FAQs, images, fan fiction, and info you might like to look through if you're a fan of the movie.

13. MirrorMask

A very cool Flash site for the Neil Gaiman-written film. Previews, photos, and downloads.

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