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“Interview” is dead. Long live “Interview!”

This will either serve as a cause for celebration for you, bringing with it a sense of relief, of unclenching musculature (probably of the southernmost part of your anatomy) or else you’ll take it as bad news and grieve hearing it. Even if you are one of the few who falls into the latter category,…

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What Dracula Really Looked Like

That’s the LITERARY Dracula, the “creation” of Bram Stoker. “Count” Dracula. Not to be confused with the HISTORICAL Dracula. Although, always to my mind, the two look, and are, one and the same. Look at that famous painting of Vlad Dracula, the “Impaler.” Give him a haircut and a shave and he looks just like…

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The Vampire Children go to Camp

They aren’t immortal and they don’t drink blood, but one thing they do have in common with real vampires is intolerance for the sun; specifically, sunlight can kill them. Sure, that whole thing about vampires crumbling into dust wasn’t originally a part of he folklore; it originated largely by the silent classic NOSFERATU, providing a…

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Cursed Real Estate

If you aren’t interested in historical horror stories, and if you don’t want to be the focus of attention from strangers, why would you buy a house so well known, arguably the most famous haunted house in the world? The previous owners of the Amityville Horror house were such types, if the reports are to…

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Divorcing Bran from Dracula

First off, don’t try reading this article unless you read Romanian. (I think it’s Romanian. I couldn’t say for sure, being uni-lingual. It LOOKS like Romanian.) Because it’s written in Romanian. You can, if you want to, do what I did: copy and paste the article through a translator. The results will be far from…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE BLACK CAT

Two things: First off, this is the film of that title starring Bela Lugosi that does feature Boris Karloff, not the film starring Bela Lugosi that does NOT feature Karloff. The former is a Universal Pictures release dating from 1934. The latter is also a Universal Pictures release and was released in 1941. Got it?…

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Review: THIRST

First off, they really should have come up with a better title for this film. There are, what, about two dozen movies called THIRST out there. How to make this one stand out from the rest, as it deserves to do? No alternate titles are readily apparent, but I’m sure they could have come up…

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The Lesbian Vampire Who Predated DRACULA

This one is more or less a given to vampire fans. The article, titled “the lesbian vampire story that came before Dracula,” is clearly referencing CARMILLA by Irish author J. Sheriden Le Fanu and is written primarily for the layman, the interested outsider seeking a little lurid titillation but unwilling to delve too deeply into…

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Cursed Library Books

I admit it. I’ve done it. It isn’t something I’m proud of, but I did at least PAY for them. What I’m talking about is library books. As a helpless, hopeless bibliophile in the days before the Internet, I on rare occasions (twice, I think) found it necessary to use my local library as a…

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The Gorbals/Glasgow Vampire

Let me paraphrase Sophia Petrillo, the character portrayed by Estelle Getty in the 1980s sitcom THE GOLDEN GIRLS. (Yes, THE GOLDEN GIRLS is one of the few sitcoms, and certainly one of the even fewer geared towards female viewers, that I will admit to liking. I was a little kid and it was on the…

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Why Garlic?

This is one that I thought for certain I knew the answer to. Why was garlic believed to repel vampires? Because Bram Stoker said so, of course! Stoker didn’t make it up, though; garlic is commonly cited in vampire folklore as a means to repel the pesky revenants. Why? What was the source of its…

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NOSFERATU Times Two

I came across a bit of news this past week that was confusing for me, so I figured it might be confusing for you, my dear followers, as well. Allow me then, to elucidate and illuminate for you. Yes, Robert Eggers, the writer and director of the extraordinarily atmospheric and shockingly straightforward THE WITCH, which…

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