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Ruminations on THE STRAIN season three, episode seven: “Collaborators”

After the full-throttle approach taken last week with the attack on Central Park and its aftermath, I figured THE STRAIN would need to pause this week for a breather, give us some more introspective, character-driven onscreen moments, to let the emotional involvement of the viewer catch up with the narrative. They did, and it sure…

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There’s no denying it. Roger Corman has made some really lousy movies, including what is arguably the worst waste of celluloid ever committed to posterity, CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA. (You can laugh at the ridiculously cheap monster when it finally shows up, but the remainder of the movie is downright painful to sit through….

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Let the Right One BACK In

Remakes have become the rule rather than the exception these days, for better or worse. Mostly for worse. Most remakes end up on the silver screen, but a few have found their way to television. Rarely—very rarely—a TV reinvention of a film ends up being better than the source that inspired it. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE…

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When Universal released their latest Dracula picture, an origin story for the character—actually just prior to their releasing it, if memory serves me correctly—they announced that it would NOT be a part of their forthcoming “shared universe” of monster films. Then almost immediately they changed directions and announced that it WOULD. I don’t think, in…

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The Case of the Missing Japanese Black Garlic Anti-Vampire Doritos

When I’m hanging ten on the trusty Interwebs and I chance across something that would make for a good post for this site or one of our sister sites (,, and, I add it to my favorites collection for later use. Such was the case when I chanced upon an article chronicling the…

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Catching up with Vlad Tepes on DA VINCI’S DEMONS

I watched a couple of episodes of the Starz television series DA VINCI’S DEMONS last year, and didn’t care for it at all. The story didn’t grab me, I found the gratuitous nudity a bit TOO gratuitous (if it becomes distracting, and not in a good way, it’s too much), and most importantly, I hated…

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THE STRAIN Animated and a Preview for Next Week

Have you seen the animated prequel for the hit FX TV series THE STRAIN? It purports to tell the story of the Necronomico…I mean, the Occido Lumen. You can indulge your curiosity here. I’m a tad late with this. Like, a whole season late. But I just watched it for the first time myself and…

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THE STRAIN -- "The Battle of Central Park" -- Episode 306 -- (Airs Sunday, October 2, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured: (l-r) Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders, Corey Stoll as Ephraim as Goodweather. CR: Michael Gibson/FX


Daaaaay-um! That was BRUTAL! They totally should have called this episode “The Strigoi Strike Back.” And a prominent character even got his hand chopped off, too! Speaking of which, I’m glad Dutch was able to get a little revenge on Eichorst. It was a small victory on a night when the vamps scored a MAJOR…

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VAMPIREBLACK: The fabric that doesn’t heat-up under the sun

We were sent this link from fashion designer Phoebe Heess. It sounds cool, and that is both a pun and an honest appraisal. This fabric, and the shirts that are fashioned from it, are supposed to keep you cool in direct sunlight. This sounds like a case of too-good-to-be-true, but who knows? I couldn’t say,…

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THE STRAIN – The Battle for Central Park

This site hasn’t turned into a fan site for THE STRAIN, despite appearances to the contrary. It’s just that we’re smack in the middle of the third season, which is really cooking with gas, everybody’s talking about it (well, every real vampire fan is, or every fan of real vampires, or both), FX is constantly…

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Book Review: HAINT BLUE

I learned about the case upon which this book is based online, reading that said case was featured on the television show PARANORMAL WITNESS in an episode entitled “Voodoo Preacher.” I did not watch this episode, and I wouldn’t have taken notice at all if the case hadn’t happened in my home state. Intrigued, I…

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More Spiffy STRAIN Stuff

Because alliteration is always en vogue, and because simplicity is sometimes the best approach, I chose to title this article as listed above. It’s succinct, it’s attention-grabbing, and it allows me to use the word “spiffy” which in my opinion isn’t used often enough in everyday conversation. Yes, this post is all about THE STRAIN,…

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