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Sanguinarian Survey

Hey, you! If you are a Sanguinarian, that is, a human being who consumes blood, my online friend Erin Chapman from VAMPED wants to hear from you! Or if you yourself are not a Sanguinarian but you know someone who is, please pass this information along. There is a new survey, and the larger the…

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Coleman and Eddie

Coleman Francis was the writer and director of THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS, which starred Tor Johnson and was released in 1961, two years after Johnson appeared in Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. The former film and its creator are put forward by some as challengers to the latter film and its respective…

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The Day Mrs. Ed Wood Met Johnny Depp, Revisited

Remember this post? In it, I credited Denise DiNovi, co-producer of the film ED WOOD, as being the person who escorted Mrs. Kathy Wood, widow of Ed Wood, onto the set of the film. It seems this information was fallacious, and it seems, I fear, to have irked one of the writers of the screenplay,…

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A Plaque on the Site of Castle Dracula

Dracula scholar Hans de Roos discovered in early 2012, in Bram Stoker’s personal notes for the writing of DRACULA, the coordinates of latitude and longitude that Stoker listed as his intended site for the fictitious Castle Dracula. Or to be more precise, he deciphered the coordinates, using the novel and the current geography (as well…

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Revisiting the “Classics”: ZOMBIE SHARK

A couple of things I want to note upfront: One. They should have called this one ZOMBIE SHARKS, as in, sharks, plural, since there’s more than one poorly-rendered-by-cheap-CGI zombie shark in the movie. Two. Shark Head was by far my favorite character. By FAR. You have to watch the movie to see Shark Head. But…

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The Vampire Batman Funko

This is the version of Batman from the RED RAIN graphic novel series, although I’m glad to report that it doesn’t look all that much (or at all) like the way Batman is drawn in those comics. (Sorry, I’m just not a fan of Kelly Jones’ overexaggerated artwork.) It does, however, look even better than…

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Movie Review: IT – Chapter Two

What I predicted would happen did happen for me where this movie was concerned. I enjoyed it more than I did its predecessor. Whereas with the first installment of IT I couldn’t help but draw comparisons—though I tried so hard not to—with the TV miniseries, and found the movie to be superior in some ways…

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Movie Review: READY OR NOT

There is a supernatural component to this nifty little thriller that wasn’t evident from watching the trailers. If you saw the latter, you saw that a newlywed bride is being hunted by her new in-laws, who are trying—unsuccessfully—to kill her. That alone is a sufficient setup to let you know this is a film worth…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: The House on the Rock

Just up the road from architect extraordinaire Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate Taliesin sits an architectural marvel that dwarfs it, in more ways than one, the creation of a man whose genius eclipses Wright’s in every respect. Alex Jordan wanted to build a house on top of a rocky outcrop in rural Wisconsin, and he did….

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: Vampires at Ripley’s

I just got back home from an excursion to Wisconsin, where I attempted to track down the legendary Beast of Bray Road. (Read all about my exploits in the land of cheese and werewolves over at out sister site werewolves.com!) While in Wisconsin I stayed at a charming little motel called the Indian Trails Inn,…

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Stony Shrouds

This is just amazing to me. I saw a photograph on a friend’s social media profile. I had to look it up, as I suspected it was photoshopped. It wasn’t. It’s a real thing. THE VEILED VIRGIN is a sculpture created by Giovanni Strazza, on display at Presentation Convent in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador,…

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Revisiting the Classics: MAD LOVE

Of all those great old black-and-white Horror movies of yesteryear, this one isn’t as well know. That’s a shame, because it’s as good as many and better than some of them. It lacks a Dracula, or a Frankenstein, or a Wolfman or Mummy to make it stand out, but it does have a mad scientist….

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