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Vikram and the V-A-M-P-I-R-E

As much as I love Atlas Obscura, we may have to fight. This article makes much hash out of the differences between the Indian (the country) version of the vampire, the Vetala, and the standardized vampire that we know today.  Yes, there are differences. Every culture has its own version of the vampire myth. The…Continue readingVikram and the V-A-M-P-I-R-E

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FRIDAY THE 13TH Kaput?

This isn’t meant to be a clickbait title. For the record, I’m not making any such claim. The writer of this article from over at Bloody Disgusting, however, is suggesting this is a real possibility. Allow me to quote: “But over time, the probability of a new Friday the 13th, in particular, starts to look…Continue readingFRIDAY THE 13TH Kaput?

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A FREAKY Sequel

It’s kinda hard to imagine there wouldn’t be one, honestly. It’s hard to imagine the movie won’t turn a nice profit, even with the ‘Rona ragin’ and all that. It’s bound to go over the top in a few weeks if it doesn’t do so immediately. And with the critical consensus consisting of nigh universal…Continue readingA FREAKY Sequel

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Revisiting the Classics: RE-ANIMATOR

Did you know that this film was originally intended by director Stuart Gordon to be a stage play? It’s fitting, then, that it went on to become a stage play, a musical, no less! Fortunately for us cinephiles, though, it became a movie first. RE-ANIMATOR is an absolute hoot. I suspect anyone who doesn’t properly…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: RE-ANIMATOR

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Movie Review: STARRY EYES

This is a vampire movie. You won’t hear the word “vampire” ever mentioned in the film. There are no fangs, no coffins, no bats, no bursting into flame in the sunlight, no stakes through any hearts. There’s no blood drinking, except maybe for one brief shot. Nevertheless, this is a vampire movie. And a really…Continue readingMovie Review: STARRY EYES

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Revisiting the Classics: PRINCE OF DARKNESS

This is one of John Carpenter’s lesser-known works, and there’s a reason for that. It isn’t up to the standard he established with his better films. Even so, it has some interesting ideas and is worth checking out if you’ve never seen it, or revisiting if you have. Here’s the skinny: Some seven million years…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: PRINCE OF DARKNESS

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THE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 9

Brian couldn’t understand how he had become lost so fast. He’d taken just a few steps, progressed no more than a few yards. Yet when he looked back the church had disappeared. The terrain in that direction now looked unfamiliar. In an instant, he became disoriented, unsure even of the direction from which he had…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 9

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Better Believe Bela is Back!

The character Dracula has been portrayed more often than any other, fictional, semi-fictional, mythic, whatever. But there is one, and only one, name that rises above all the others of that august company. (The only other one, one that even comes close, is Christopher Lee, who has portrayed the Count onscreen more than any other…Continue readingBetter Believe Bela is Back!

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Was Dracula a Christian?

I saw this discussion going on the other day on social media. What do you think? Is it possible that Dracula, who is repelled by a crucifix, any crucifix, sometimes even by something as simple as a couple of crossed candlesticks, whose stashes of secret Transylvanian dirt are spoiled for him in the novel and…Continue readingWas Dracula a Christian?

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DARK SHADOWS Sequel Series Dead at the CW

The proposed series, meant to serve as a true sequel to the original classic daytime television series from the mid-60s to early-70s, to pick up the story where the earlier series left off, has been nixed by the powers that be at the CW. They never even made it as far as filming a pilot…Continue readingDARK SHADOWS Sequel Series Dead at the CW

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Revisiting the Movie Review: THE WAILING

Alright, so I saw that the 2016 Korean shocker THE WAILING got all kinds of great reviews, and not Normie reviews, either. Credible sites and sources dug this film. And you will recall that I did not care for it, because it didn’t make any sense to me. It also didn’t make any sense that…Continue readingRevisiting the Movie Review: THE WAILING

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Movie Review: FREAKY

Instant. Classic. And Vince Vaughn has finally redeemed himself for that godawful remake of PSYCHO from a few years back. He’s so flippin’ good in this movie, playing the part of a teenage girl flawlessly. His counterpart, Kathryn Newton, is just as good in the role of the deranged psychopath trapped in that teen’s body.…Continue readingMovie Review: FREAKY