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THE PASSAGE takes place in the Godzilla Universe!

As much as I love vampires in general, and the vampires in THE PASSAGE specifically, I have to say, if Godzilla shows up, they’re as likely to get stepped on as the puny humans. Unless you are Godzilla-sized, your best bet when you see Godzilla coming is to get out of his way. (Actually that…

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TV Review and Ratings Recap: THE PASSAGE Episode 5

“How You Gonna Outrun The End of The World?” Good question. We’re halfway through the abbreviated season of this new series, provided we get to see the remaining episodes and Fox doesn’t yank the show off the air first, which seems unlikely at this point but I wouldn’t put it past ‘em. But how likely…

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Barnabas Collins Ventriloquist Dummy

First off, I wouldn’t suggest calling him a dummy. Secondarily, this Barnabas Collins Ventriloquist DOLL was never really produced. It was never available for sale. But I sure wish it was. Like, right now. ‘Cause I’d have to buy one. If you are sufferer from automatonophobia but are conversely a mark for DARK SHADOWS, I…

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Blumhouse Saves The Universe

Glory, hallelujah! The Dark Universe is not dead! (Granted it may not be called the Dark Universe anymore, and that’s okay.) Universal had this idea to bring back all the classic Universal Monsters in family-friendly action-adventure films that would be a part of a shared cinematic universe, ala Marvel Comics. Not surprisingly, this plan blew…

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Bloodsuckers!

What is the deadliest animal on Earth? (Human beings don’t count.) One might be tempted to think of one of the fearsome predators, the lion or the tiger, the bear, the wolf. But one would be mistaken. Crocodiles? Nope. In Africa, hippos kill more people every year than any other beast (except the holder of…

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Marcus Aurelius and the Blood of Gladiators

Old Marcus has a reputation for being the philosopher Emperor. He ruled over Rome from 161 AD to 180 AD. He was the last of the so-called “Five Good Emperors” and the last Emperor of the Pax Romana, the period of peace and stability throughout the Empire. His writings, the MEDITATIONS, are still valued today….

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A Blum-verse? Yes, Please!

How cool would this be? Jason Blum of Blumhouse has gone on record stating that he’d like to integrate all his films, all the films under the Blumhouse banner, into a shared cinematic universe, ala what Marvel has going on. Obviously Mr. Blum doesn’t have creative control over some of the properties he has produced….

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Disney Does Dracula

Okay, no, not really. This is fake. But it caught my eye because somebody went to a lot of trouble with it. I can’t imagine *why* that somebody would go to such trouble to create such an extensive history for a movie that never existed, but who am I to question another’s creative impulses? (Yeah,…

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TV Review: THE PASSAGE Episode Four: “Whose Blood is That?”

The ratings are in for the latest episode of THE PASSAGE. It got a share of 0.9/4 and was watched by an estimated 3.80 million viewers. No change from last week, but at least the ratings didn’t continue the trend of diminishing returns as it has with with each passing week. Is that enough to…

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DRACULA UNTOLD Director to Set Sail on the QUEEN MARY

Now *that* is a set! Talk about location filming! The QUEEN MARY is, along with her sister ship the QUEEN ELIZABETH, one of the world’s two most famous—or infamous—haunted ships. (The most famous haunted ships still afloat, that is.) It surprises me that a movie hasn’t been made about the ship already. It has enough…

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The Iceman’s Curse

Last week I reported on the cursed ring of Rudolph Valentino, a curse that is difficult to scoff at given the probability-straining list of tragedies attached to it. This week, as we are settling in nationwide for one of the worst cold spells in recorded history (this sounds all super dramatic, but remember that we’ve…

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Mea Culpa—I mean, Mea Tulpa!

At first I was only half-serious. It was fun, entertaining. When people started reporting seeing The Rook—a fictional character I created for a series of murder mystery plays—when nobody else was around, no actors were dressed in the Rook costume, no actors were even on site, part of me suspected that the witnesses were just…

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