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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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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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