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With the iHorror Film Fest recently concluding in Tampa, contributor/horror enthusiast Matthew Kaiser takes us behind the scenes to share what you missed.

There may not be a chill in the air in the sun drenched city of Tampa, but if you attended the 1st annual ihorror.com film festival on October 5th, you just may have gotten a chill to the bone. I about jumped out of my skin when I turned around to see a girl dressed just like Samara, from the movie “The Ring,” hovering over my shoulder, watching every move I made. This was the perfect scene setter for a horror film festival that honors new, up-and-coming, and seasoned horror filmmakers alike. It provides not just a place to view and reward them, but make more connections in an industry in which that can be difficult.

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For many, summer movie season is the best time of the year. Most of the high-profile sequels and spinoffs come at a time when it’s hot outside, cool inside, and the theater has new movies every week that you can’t wait to see.

No studio, of course, plays to the crowd better than Disney, which holds the record for the most money a studio has grossed in a single year, just north of $3 billion. It crossed that threshold twice, in 2016 and 2018. It may cross $3 billion again in 2019 – by the end of the summer!

Consider: “Avengers: Endgame” has already grossed more than $800 million, “Aladdin” just hit theaters, and “Toy Story 4,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “The Lion King” (which is expected to have the highest grossing opening weekend of the summer) are still to come. With “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” arriving in October, “Frozen II” in November and “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” in December, the heretofore unheard of $4 billion is certainly within reach for the year.

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"Roma," "Black Panther," and Best Picture winner "Green Book" took home three Oscars apiece, while crowd favorite "Bohemian Rhapsody" led the way with four wins. All of the Best Picture nominees won at least one Oscar, with the biggest shock of the evening coming as Olivia Colman from "The Favourite" won Best Actress instead of Glenn Close for "The Wife."

During each commercial break, I noted what struck me while watching the 91st Annual Academy Awards:

-The opening of the show was safe but enjoyable. Queen and Adam Lambert didn't quite bring the energy one would expect, in part because that energy is hard to convey to a home audience, and in part because it's odd to open the Oscars with such well-known rock ballads. A little riffing from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph is always good for the soul, but I was surprised to see tradition break as they presented Supporting Actress to Regina King for "If Beale Street Could Talk" (usually last year's acting winner presents to the opposite gender). Kudos to the filmmakers of Documentary winner "Free Solo" -- it's risky filmmaking at its finest.

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The 2019 Oscars will showcase an industry in transition and turmoil. As the Academy’s desire for inclusivity broadens to include more minorities and international members, the show’s producers are promising fan-friendly changes that they hope will raise viewership numbers well above the 26.5 million viewers from last year, which was the lowest-rated telecast in Oscar history.  

How do you bring back an audience that, at least in part, tuned out because it was tired of political talk from celebrities? Producers promise to keep the show to a maximum of three hours, for one. There’s no official host this year, which should spare us silly gags like feeding the audience. It will certainly also help that Best Picture nominees “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” earned more than $200 million at the box office, and “Black Panther” reached $700 million.

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