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The HEREDITARY Heartrate Challenge

William Castle is one of my creative heroes. Known as the king of the gimmick, Castle was a marketing genius. He didn’t have huge budgets or huge stars (except for the time he directed Joan Crawford in STRAIT-JACKET, a classic that some movie buffs consider superior to Alfred Hitchcock’s similarly-themed PSYCHO, which came out four…

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Graduation of the Girl Who Fears the Sun

We’ve all heard of xeroderma pigmentosum, aka XP, thanks to that marvelous Nicole Kidman movie THE OTHERS, but I betcha couldn’t have said exactly what it is called. I know I couldn’t. If a person has xeroderma pigmentosum, sunlight can literally kill her. At best she’d suffer severe burns almost instantaneously. Eighteen-year-old Riley McCoy didn’t…

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THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES Alphabettery

I like that term, “alphabettery.” I’d never heard it before. My spellcheck tells me it doesn’t exist. Might Anne Rice have made it up, the way Shakespeare used to make up words to suit his needs? The term seems to predate Ms. Rice, being an antiquated term, having to do with printing. But try finding…

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Dracula is a Romance Novel!?!

Imagine my shock when sitting in my college Literature class and the instructor informed the class that DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN were Romance novels. “Horsehockey!” I spat, inflamed at the mere suggestion. Two of my most beloved classics of Fiction, likened to some sappy, namby-pamby Romance novel? What a crock! Romance novels are to women what…

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How Far Is Too Far?

I could take it a step further and ask, what is the purpose of Art? John Steinbeck said that it was to help people understand each other better, and I’m down with that. But I’d add to it. It also helps us to understand ourselves better. In some respects, every artistic expression is a celebration…

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Drew Stepek’s KNUCKLE SUPPER Goes Audial

Remember my review of KNUCKLE BALLED several weeks ago? Sure you do. This past week I heard from Mr. Stepek again; this time he was informing me that he has released the first book in the “Knuckler” series, of which KNUCKLE BALLED is obviously an installment, as an audio book. Working with the company Chilling…

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Fill Out A Form For Dracula

I saw this on social media and thought I’d share it. I’m always glad to help out an aspiring student. Cut the young lady some slack if her English isn’t polished and perfect. It is, remember, her second language. Or it might be her third, or fourth, of sixteenth. The point is, it isn’t her…

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VAMPYR Launch Trailer

This is vampire-related, so I reckon I ought to report on it. In the interest of fairness, though, I should tell you all that the best I can do is parrot what has been written about it elsewhere. I am speaking of the videogame VAMPYR (not to be confused with the masterful movie of the…

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Movie Review: HEREDITARY

Damn. Just damn. I’m gonna keep this review spoiler free, so let me just say, DAMN. Horror movies don’t scare me, okay? It’s been a long time since I was frightened by a Horror flick. Maybe me seeing THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE when I was still in grammar school. I love Horror flicks. Eat, breathe,…

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The World’s Worst Psychopaths –

Allthatisinteresting.com generally is. Interesting, I mean. Not that they cover everything in the history of the world that is interesting. No website could do that. But usually what they publish is interesting, if what I have seen is any proper indication. There is much they have published that I have never seen, thus I can…

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CROW Remake Dead In The Water

Lots of comic book in the news this week. I reported on the prospective Morbius movie that may or may not be in the works from Sony. (Watch the financial and critical success of VENOM, I say, to see whether or not we’re likely to see Morbius. If VENOM succeeds, we are likely to see…

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A MORBIUS Movie?

Sony’s gonna milk that sucker for all its worth. I’m talking about their contract with Marvel. They have the movie rights to Spider-Man and all Spider-Man characters. I have no idea how they determined which characters are a part of the package. Knowing how maddeningly specific legalese tends to be, I expect they listed each…

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