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Beware the SIREN!

If you’ve seen the super-duper Indie Horror flick V/H/S—and if you haven’t, you need to get on that right now—you’d probably agree that the most memorable of the shorts that made up the anthology (not necessarily the best, although it was certainly one of them) was “Amateur Night.” Like all the shorts in the collection,…

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Ed Wood: In Celebration of a Genius

The title of this article, “Ed Wood: Not Actually The Worst Director in History,” is a given to those sufficiently aware of the man’s work. (As all vampire fans should be, due to his work with the legendary Bela Lugosi and Maila “Vampira” Nurmi, if for no other reason.) The subheading proclaims: “Stop calling Ed…

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TCM’s Monster of the Month: Christopher Lee

I don’t watch movies on television. Like, ever. As a little kid, we seldom got to go to the theater, so I saw a lot of films for the first time on network television, on a TV set with rabbit-ear antennas. That’s how I saw STAR WARS the first time, HALLOWEEN the first time. It…

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I’m a Big Ol’ Sucker

I’ve written before about my love for the county fair. The overpriced but abnormally delicious food—candy apples, corndogs, funnel cakes, fresh-squeezed lemonade (which is really just canned lemonade with half a lemon dropped into it, but who cares)—the glorious cacophony of squeals, laughter, the rumbling of rides, calliope music, the futile barking of the carnies,…

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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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Retro Review: PREMATURE BURIAL

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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A sequel to DRACULA UNTOLD

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 (werewolves.com, zombies.org, and topcomics.com), 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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Ruminations on THE STRAIN: THE TAKING OF CENTRAL PARK

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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