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Movie Review: THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE

You can’t judge a book by its cover, and you can’t judge a movie by its trailer. Based on the previews, this one looked really good. And it really isn’t. Which is not to say it’s out-and-out lousy. What it *is* is generic. Paint-by-numbers. Phoned-in. Run-of-the-mill. Nothing new, fresh, innovative. While this last criticism need…

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Zarkov vs. Z. Arkoff

There had to be a connection, I figured. So I researched it. It’s one of those things I’ve often thought about through the years, then each time almost immediately forgotten. Hans Zarkov, the character from FLASH GORDON. Samuel Z. Arkoff, the great B-movie producer, known for such films as BLACULA and SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM; IT…

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Introducing the Class of 2019

This year was a great one for Horror, as was last year. What about the coming year? It too looks promising. Shall we peruse some of the samplings that will be served to us at our local cinemaplexes at various points in 2019? Let’s start with the one I’m most excited about, GLASS, which we’ll…

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Elvira Christmas Tree Ornament

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is getting her own Christmas ornament this year. Good for her. If you are a fan, you can purchase this ornament. Which means that the company producing this ornament will make money, which will be money that goes towards recouping the money they paid Elvira to plaster her likeness on…

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Dead Sperm

Edward, the sparkly hero of the TWILIGHT series of books and movies, is supposed to be a vampire, correct? (I will say “supposed to be” and leave it at that, as I’ve no wish to alienate any of our readers who actually *like* the sparkly supernatural species—I am told they *do* exist, though I have…

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Newest Dracula Cast

Well, he has the silliest-sounding name of any of the major actors to portray Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, that’s for sure. Or the silliest looking, at least. His name probably sounds better when spoken than it looks on paper or onscreen. Claes Bang. He’s Danish, so it probably sounds better, yeah. Not that it matter…

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The Last Days of Wood

I’m trying to time this right, so that, by the time you are reading this, the fortieth anniversary of the passing of Edward D. Wood, Jr. will be upon us. Ed Wood died on December 10th, 1978 from heart failure due to alcoholism. He was only 54 years old. Three days prior, on December 7th,…

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Slains Castle: Is The Octagon The Key?

We all know that Scotland’s Slains Castle might have inspired Bram Stoker to create Castle Dracula for his bestselling novel. We know that Stoker visited Slains in 1888 (the year that Jack the Ripper was terrorizing London, by the way, and the year that Tarzan of the Apes was born in western Africa, probably in…

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The Blind Zombies Return!

Glory, hallelujah! Could this be the one I’ve been waiting for? Not altogether, no, but I sure ain’t gonna turn up my nose at it! There is going to be a new Blind Zombies movie! While I have been longing for a big-budget, serious take on the Blind Dead, something like Blumhouse or James Wan…

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A Batman Horror Movie?

Don’t get your hopes up. It isn’t going to happen. It was just an off the cuff remark made by James Wan, that’s all. Here, read it for yourself: “In the past like most people I loved the idea of directing Batman, but a horror version of Batman. That would be a potential fantasy of…

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Lights Out In Alaska

The sun has gone down in Alaska. Barrow, aka Utqiagvik, in extreme northern Alaska, saw the big flaming orange ball set this past weekend. The 4000 folks living there won’t see the sun again until late January 2019. Forget thirty days of night—that’s over SIXTY days of night! Can you imagine? The technical term for…

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Shelley’s Stories

Every self-respecting Horror fan knows the story about how FRANKENSTEIN came to be written. Mary Wollstonecraft, only eighteen years old, the mistress and soon-to-be wife of Percy Shelley, spent the “haunted summer” of 1816 in Switzerland with her paramour and Lord Byron, among others, where they engaged in a contest to see who could craft…

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