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Interview with Richard Sammel and Ruta Gedmintas of THE STRAIN Part Four

Ruta Gedmintas (Dutch) and Richard Sammel (Eichorst), as those who watched the latest installment of THE STRAIN already know, just finished an intense, emotionally grueling episode between the two of them, with Dutch being held prisoner and tortured by Eichorst. While both commented on how daunting the scenes were to perform, and admitted being equal…

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Interview with Richard Sammel and Ruta Gedmintas of THE STRAIN Part Three

I found Ruta Gedmintas, as much as one can gauge from a telephone interview conducted over a short period of time, not much at all like her onscreen persona, Dutch Velders. Both have the same charming accent, but that’s about it. Whereas Dutch is a brassy tough chick with jaded street smarts, Ruta struck me…

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Interview with Richard Sammel and Ruta Gedmintas of THE STRAIN Part Two

So when I got to ask my own question with stars Richard Sammel and Ruta Gedmintas ofTHE STRAIN, what did I want to know? I asked them collectively if they were fans of the Horror genre, or, if not, had appearing on THE STRAIN turned them into fans. I found their responses not atypical from…

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Interview with Richard Sammel and Ruta Gedmintas of THE STRAIN Part One

I was thrilled to take part in another conference telephone interview with THE STRAIN stars Ruta Gedmintas (Dutch) and Richard Sammel (Thomas Eichorst) this past week. Again I wasn’t provided with a transcript, so I had to take copious notes and write them down quickly so as not to miss anything pertinent. Credit the wonders…

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VAMPLETS are back!

I’m a sucker for things cute and horrific. In an earlier article I mentioned my fondness for botanical oddities that lend themselves to the creepy side, like Zombie Cucumbers and Skeleton Flowers. But spooky plants have got nothing on Horror-themed stuffed animals and cartoon characters. The latest addition to my personal collection, which sits and…

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Interview with a Vampire (Author)

I was contacted by representatives of novelist Alistair Cross (Cool name, dude, though I doubt it’s the one you were born with.) asking me if I’d be interested in conducting an interview with him. Amused at how the roles have flip-flopped (having spent so much time as an author myself, trying to get people to…

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SINISTER Intentions

Caution. Children at play. I had overlooked the 2012 movie SINISTER. There was some blurring in my mind between this film and the other one-word titled, similarly themed INSIDIOUS. And, too, I dislike Ethan Hawke, so I skipped it. The sequel opening in theaters this summer also failed to catch my eye—at first. Credit Bughuul…

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Da Vinci’s Dracula

To the writer’s credit, the word “vampire” is never mentioned in reference to this incarnation of Vlad Tepes, despite his overwhelmingly more well-known literary counterpart who shares his name. I found out there was this show called DA VINCI’S DEMONS. It had totally slipped under my radar, not that I would have been watching it…

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Light ‘em up!

Did Mary Clues receive a nocturnal visitation from the Devil or was her bizarre death an early case of Spontaneous Human Combustion? The Wick Effect took the starch out of Spontaneous Human Combustion for me. Whereas before documented cases of supposed SHC seriously creeped me out—the idea that a person can just burst into flame…

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The Anguished Man

Although you may have read that The Anguished Man, supposedly one of the world’s most haunted paintings, is for sale, apparently that’s not the case. Unfortunately, you’ll have to spend your nickels and dimes on another piece of possessed artwork. I think I smell a rat. And I mean that in the best possible way….

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Tutankhamen’s Magical Meteorite Medallion

Geologists have determined the scarab on King Tut’s brooch was made from meteor glass formed 28 million years ago in the Saharan Desert. My fascination with ancient Egypt goes back as far as my love of the Undead—which is to say it’s lifelong. I must have seen some documentary special on Egypt before I was…

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New Feminist Dracula

Many and varied are the stage adaptations of Bram Stoker‘s famous novel. Most famous of course is the Balderston-Deane version that brought stardom to Bela Lugosi, Ted Miller’s Count Dracula, the Frank Wildhorn musical (perhaps most famously done in Japan with a female Count), even Orson Wells’ radio adaptation. Theatre 68 (which produces works for…

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