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THE LOST BOYS Get All Literary

When I first saw THE LOST BOYS on VHS—I rented it shortly after it was released on video, not being yet old enough (or licensed to drive) to go see it in the theater—I found it entertaining, enjoyable, but I dismissed it as, for lack of a better word, “fluff.” For one thing, in those…

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Trampires

I have to credit a friend of mine for coming up with this term. She’s a sweet lady, but rather stodgy. She came to see my theatrical group’s production of my original play DRACULA: LORD OF THE VAMPIRES in 2010, I believe it was. In the play, I greatly enlarged the roles of the three…

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Conjecture Castle

Did you know you could sing the title to this article to the tune of “Conjunction Junction” from Schoolhouse Rock? Admit it, it immediately popped into your head when you read it, same as it did with me. So. Bran Castle in Romania. That’s Dracula’s Castle, right? According to the tourism authorities over there, it…

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Director Gets Crewwoman Killed

I am, as anyone who knows me, or anyone who has read a significant amount of my online work, either here or on one of our sister sites (werewolves.com, zombies.org, darkness.com, and topcomics.com), can attest, a huge Ed Wood mark. I can totally get behind guerilla-style moviemaking. You pursue your vision. You get the job…

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Help Send Dracula to Transylvania

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I posted my glowing review of DRACULA: LORD OF THE DAMNED, the neon-flashy, bite-taking, refreshingly frenetic but suitably subtextually grounded interpretation of the classic Dracula story by writer/director/star Theodore Trout. The film is a must-see for all vampire marks, and has, and deservedly so, been accepted…

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Review: ABATTOIR

This one just released on video, and having read the premise I was intrigued enough to bump it to the top of my Netflix queue. Let me share that premise with you: Somebody is buying up houses where gruesome crimes occur, then removing the specific room where said crime took place. Over the course of…

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Sanguivorous: Silent but Deadly

In a separate article this week, I mentioned my love of silent Horror movies, even offering to the reader a handy compiling, in order of their appearance in theaters, of all the notable genre efforts created before the advent of sound in film. I wouldn’t want you to think, however, that the creation of silent…

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Silent Timeline

I wouldn’t expect that you, my faithful, would be interested in all the same things I am, or vice versa. I aim to hit the target as often as I can, and I expect I do; in other words, as we are kindred spirits, I expect the things that I find intriguing enough to cover…

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Review: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

For a theatre person (NOTE: If you’ve missed it on those occasions where I’ve explained it before, “theatre” with an R-E at the end denotes live theatre, stage theatre, as opposed to “theater” with E-R at the end, which means a movie theater.) I’m in the minority in that I don’t care for musicals. There…

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The Skeleton People

This article refers to them as the “Omo Masalai.” This other article refers to them as the “Chimbu.” Which is it? Are they two separate peoples, two distinct tribes, or is one a subset of the other? Both the former and the latter are said to live in Papua New Guinea, and they both LOOK…

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Zombies or Vampires?

I reported on this news story last week, on the discovery in Yorkshire, England of the island nation’s first “aberrant burials”; these latter, dating back to the Middle Ages, featured skeletons that displayed signs of postmortem mutilation and burning. That this was done is clearly indicative that the living feared these deceased might possibly come…

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How Bela Got Shafted

After the massive success of DRACULA, Universal Studios naturally wanted Bela Lugosi for its upcoming FRANKENSTEIN. Bela wanted to play the crazed scientist, but the studio wanted him for the Monster. Much has been said about Bela’s refusal to play the part, but it isn’t true. Granted, he wasn’t thrilled with the prospect, not because…

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