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THE WALKING DEAD Is Dead

Talking about the comic book series, here, not the TV series, which will never end. You remember what I said a couple’a weeks ago, about how Robert Kirkman, creator of the THE WALKING DEAD comic book series, is keeping the series going now only because he wants to? Well, he no longer wants to. The…

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Not By Blood Alone

This linked BBC article asks the question “Could I live as a vampire by just drinking blood?” I’ll save you the trouble of reading it if you really don’t want to, and just answer the question for you. No. You cannot. Unless you are a *real* vampire, in which case you would already be “dead”…

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DARK WATER and the Hotel Cecil

The Cecil Hotel has a kinda silly name, but there’s nothing funny about its history. Sixteen people have died there of non-natural causes. Murder victim Elizabeth Short, the “Black Dahlia”, was reportedly seen at the Cecil shortly before her murder. Serial killers Jack Unterweger and Richard Ramirez both lived there. The Cecil Hotel inspired the…

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TV Review: NOS4A2 Episode 7

“Scissors for the Drifter” We finally got to see what that particular game entailed—although I’m betting you, like me, had already figured it out. I wonder why they went with scissors and not just knives. Probably Joe Hill in the novel provides some reasoning behind it. Maybe scissors just look creepier in the hands of…

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Vigo the Carpathian, Klaus Kinski, and Mr. Potato Head

Writing about the 30-year anniversary(!) of GHOSTBUSTERS 2 last week got me to thinking. Upon rumination I began to wonder if they had ever made any action figures of Vigo the Carpathian. I didn’t recall that there were any, but perhaps I missed them. If they did in fact exist, as Vigo was inspired by…

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LOST BOYS is Dead. Long Live the Pizza!

The CW has scrapped its pilot episode of the prospective THE LOST BOYS television series. It plans to re-film everything with an all new cast, excepting a couple of people. No word on whether or not the pilot episode will be rewritten, or whether or not they will give the proverbial boot to director Catherine…

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TV Review: NOS4A2 Episode Six

“The Dark Tunnels” Vic spent only a portion of this episode trapped in the psychiatric hospital, escaping with Jolene to those titular “dark tunnels” via Jolene’s “blade”—a wheelchair. We learn that Jolene was once the prospective fiancée of Charlie Manx, before he tried to run her down with the Wraith after she rebuffed his proposal….

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What is a Vampire?

Let us begin with the dictionary definition: “Vampire: noun (vam·pire) 1: the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep 2a : one who lives by preying on others b : a woman who exploits and ruins her lover” Really, Mr. Webster?…

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Did The Rook Do That?

As I sit typing these words, my most recent theatrical production, THE DEATH OF THE ROOK, has just finished its run. Audience turnout was good, and the response from those who saw the show was overwhelmingly positive. I’d mark this one down as a definite win. Throughout the run, however, I kept hoping that my…

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Lorraine Warren and the Haunted Graveyard

Sounds like the title for a movie, doesn’t it? While certainly Ms. Warren visited her fair share of haunted graveyards, the title of this article has to do with the actual cemetery wherein she was laid to rest after her death on April 18th of this year, the Stepney Village Cemetery in Monroe, Connecticut. Lorraine…

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RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD vs. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

That cliché of zombies craving and eating human brains comes not from the George Romero masterpiece NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD or any of the follow-ups in the franchise. It began with THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Gotta give credit where it is due. Romero invented the trope of zombie Horror. Everything that came…

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THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Scam Card

I had thought these were like those prepaid gift cards you can get at Walmart, or purchase at Red Robin. You pay, say, five bucks and you get a card with five bucks credit on it that you can then either save for a rainy day or give as a gift. Had the cards been…

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