Thursday, November 1, 2012

Italian Horror Blogathon: Postscript

Well, that seemed to go by fast. I want to thank everyone for their participation in this year's blogathon. Every year I do this blogathon, I am amazed at the amount of participation and enthusiasm for it. I had a horribly written, humble little blog that started in 2008, and after a year of figuring things out (and another two before I finally figured how I wanted to write), I decided to run a blogathon. My first love has always been the horror film, specifically the Italian horror film. So when I decided to run an Italian horror blogathon (thinking that it would just be my brother and myself participating), I was shocked to find two things: 1. People read my blog. 2. These people were interested in participating in a blogathon about Italian horror. I had to postpone the blogathon the second year, but I brought it back last year and was, again, surprised and humbled by the interest people seemed to have in it. This year was no different. I don't know if more people read the entries of those that participated (or if more people read my entries), but I know that I took to Twitter to help promote it in hopes that more eyes would be reading all of the great submissions that came my way.

And this is really what I want to get across in this post: Thanks for helping me promote this thing. I'm not the best at self-promotion. It's nice to know that people read the blog and comment on it, but I don't do what I do on here for page hits. And so I've never been one to go out of my to promote things; I'll do the basics needed to get the word out. My horrible MS Paint created blog banners promoting the blogathon should be proof that this isn't some kind of professional movie blog; however, what I lack in professional photoshop skills I'd like to think my effort more than makes up for. And so I thank you all for helping me promote this thing, for helping me feel good about putting the effort by participating, and, more than anything, thanks for the quality of these pieces. I feel luck to have people that want to do this every year, but I feel even more fortunate that the quality of the submissions are always top-notch. So, thanks! Let's do this again next year.

In case any of these got buried on the front page, links to all of my reviews are after the jump. You can check out all of this year's submissions here.

- Blood and Black Lace
- Seven Blood Stained Orchids
- A Blade in the Dark
- Contamination
- Anthropophagus
- Aenigma
- The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
- Opera


  1. A great time as always, and I greatly appreciate the work you do in assembling this thing every year. Sorry that my last two were a bit rushed, but it's not like Mother of Tears deserves any better...

    1. No, no...Mother of Tears does not deserve better, ha. Your last two didn't read as being rushed, so no worries considering all of the other things you were doing for your blog (especially since this falls during the Chicago International Film Festival). Really, I'm just thrilled to get a mention on your blog. I've noticed some new readers/contributors thanks to your help in promoting this thing. It's always an honor to have bloggers of your stature contribute to this humble little thing. I'm not a numbers watcher, but I always notice an uptick in site traffic during the blogathon, and I know you're promotion of the blogathon is one of the primary reasons. So, thanks, Tim! Next year should be a good one.

  2. Thanks for putting this blogathon together, Kevin! I had fun participating (even if events caused my entry to come in a bit closer to the deadline than I had planned) and reading the other cool posts. I'm a relative newcomer to this subgenre (mostly familiar with Bava and Argento) and so am glad to learn from all of you like-minded and knowledgable enthusiasts.

    Look forward to the next time!

    1. Jeff, I hope to see you around next year. I love introducing people to the other contributors of the subgenre. I usually hear about people knowing only Bava and Argento, so it makes me happy that people who participate in this thing get to know other filmmakers. Thanks for participating. Here's to next year!

  3. I'll definitely be up for it again next year if I'm still blogging then. I've definitely had more traffic on my postings for the blogathon than I'd usually get.

    1. Thanks, James. I appreciate your enthusiasm throughout the blogathon. I'm glad to hear that more eyes traveled to your site because of this thing. That makes it worth it. Thanks for helping me out with so many quality entries. I appreciate it!