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THE STRAIN – Coming Attractions

With the untimely cancellation of PENNY DREADFUL by series creator John Logan— because the pampered diva got bored, or got offered more money for a new project, or both, and prematurely pulled the plug on the show and royally screwed his fans over…but we’re not bitter…you’re a bastard, Logan!—Okay. Focus. *ahem* Lacking the competition from…

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THE STRAIN amps up the action

If you watched the season three premiere of THE STRAIN this past Sunday night, you probably noticed the new opening credits. I say “probably” because there are some folks who are just the unobservant types. Noticed or not, the new opening sequence represents a distillation, if you will, in the action and intensity of the…

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Color the Strain


The rest of the world, as it so often does, as is so often the case, has come around to my way of thinking. Coloring is now considered hip, Zen, therapeutic. “Adult” coloring books sell for ten bucks a pop at the department stores, and the only differences betwixt them and the kiddie variety are…

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THE REAL VAMPIRE: Is it the real deal?

We will begin with a quote from Paul Voodini, creator of the upcoming independent web series FOUL BLOOD: THE VAMPIRE GIRLS OF THE NORTHERN MILL TOWNS: “This is very much an indie production and a labour of love, and Penny Dreadful it isn’t (I wish!), but I hope that with the right support I can…

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Never take DRACULA into the bathroom!

I have OCD. If you don’t know what that is—and I’m talking about the actual condition, here, not the catchphrase version you may have heard—google it. It’s way too complicated to go into here, and not relative to vampirism—actually, I’m wrong. It is TOTALLY relatable. That thing about a vampire having to stop and pick…

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LOST BOYS TV Series in the Works

It’s a sad commentary on the state of entertainment these days that I have become conditioned to react a certain way, with negativity and derision, to almost any news concerning an established property being “reimagined.” Like tapping the old knee causes the foot to give a little kick. That was my response when I read…

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Review: THE STRAIN Season Three Premiere

Now THAT is how you do a season opener! My only complain is that it was too short. I wanted more. I wanted two hours, for sure. It seemed we’d just gotten started when the closing credits started scrolling across the screen. Tempus sure did fugit during that show, which I suppose is as good…

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THE STRAIN is being pimped hard

Producers of the FX series THE STRAIN, which returns to television sets around the world this coming Sunday (Huzzah! Suck on it, John Logan! You can’t cheat me out of THIS one!), have gotten creative with their marketing for the show’s third season. (See, Logan, this is how you do a third season!) There was…

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Thieves steal the True Cross – True Story!

Let me state here at the outset that if I honestly believed, at all, that the relic that had previously been on display at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco WAS a piece of the True Cross, I wouldn’t be so glib in tone with this article. The True Cross is the actual structure…

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It’s Fun to be a Strigoi

If you lived in the world where THE STRAIN takes place, would you choose to voluntarily become a Strigoi? This new promo (available via bloody-disgusting at the source link below), which is a clever ad for the upcoming season of Guillermo del Toro’s ass-kicking vampire TV series on FX, encourages viewers to do just that….

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A Vampiric Plea for Tolerance

A man from Blackburn, England named Darkness Vlad Tepes—And no, that isn’t the name on the guy’s birth certificate; I wonder if he pronounces “Tepes” correctly?—claims that he has been living the life of a vampire for the past thirteen years. He drinks blood: cow’s and pig’s blood, as well as human “blood substitute.” (What…

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I do hope you all will pardon me, dear readers, for focusing so much this week on myself. I don’t usually do that, but I am celebrating a special occasion, my first, ahem, “victimization” at the fingertips of an online troll. One of the tacks my erstwhile little troll utilized was to mention my original…

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