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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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Book Review: FANTASMAGORIANA – “The Spectral Barber” and “Family Portraits”

One or two short stories at a time, as promised, as I work my way through the FANTASMAGORIANA. This latter is the collection of old German ghost stories, translated first into French and then English, that was read by Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Polidori, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the latter’s stepsister Claire Clairmont, at the…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE DEVIL DOLL

Directed by Tod Browning, who is more famous for a little movie called DRACULA as well as FREAKS and the Lon Chaney silent classics THE UNKNOWN, THE UNHOLY THREE, and LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT. It stars Lionel Barrymore (great-grandfather of Drew Barrymore) as a crossdressing murderer and Maureen O’Sullivan (Jane in a whole bunch of the…

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Revisiting the Classics: SPIRITS OF THE DEAD

Three of the more obscure stories by Edgar Allan Poe. Three European directors. Three film vignettes loosely based on those stories. (In the case of one, “Toby Dammit,” very loosely based.) That’s the setup for SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, aka EXTRAORDINARY STORIES, a 1968 French-Italian anthology film that has at times the feel of the…

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A Buncha Bats A-Bitin’

The formula is easily understandable, not that anybody is going to do anything about it. The solution is simple, not that anybody is going to do it. Overpopulation in Mexico has led to more clearing of the southern forests to make room for grazing land for cattle. ‘Cause you gotta feed all those extra people,…

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THE WALKING DEAD: Another One Bites The Dust

Typing the headline to this article just now only serves to remind me that I haven’t seen BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY yet. I must get around to that. I doubt I’ll get the chance to go this weekend, and even if I did manage to make it to the theater, THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE opens on…

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Did Stoker Suck?

Nobody get pissed. I’m as big a Stoker mark as the next guy. Bigger than most. But even as a hardcore fan, I have to admit that Bram Stoker’s work is of varying quality. At the top of the heap sits DRACULA, a true classic in every sense of the word. But what about Stoker’s…

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Bram’s Library Books

The story has been making the rounds. Doubtless you’ve seen the headlines. The London Library in Mayfair has discovered the books that were used by Bram Stoker when he was doing research, working on DRACULA. What blows my mind about this is that those books are still on the shelves, over a hundred years later….

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Jack-O-Lanterns for Thanksgiving

Before we proceed into the days of everything Christmasy, please allow me one more Halloween-related post for the season. Let us talk about Jack-O-Lanterns. You probably know that the tradition comes from the Irish and was imported into America by immigrants. You probably also know that the Irish didn’t use pumpkins to create their Jack-O-Lanterns,…

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