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THE CHOSEN Part Four: A GUIDED TOUR OF THE ABYSS, DISCOUNT PRICED Chapter 12

Brian turned. Now the scene became one of a wide river, flanked on both sides by massive factories. Rusted drainpipes of immense size poured forth an acidic sludge into the river, which teemed with dead, floating, rotting fish. The smokestacks of the factories regurgitated clouds of black smoke that filled the sky, obscuring the sun.…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Four: A GUIDED TOUR OF THE ABYSS, DISCOUNT PRICED Chapter 12

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UNHOLY Timing

I didn’t get the chance to catch THE UNHOLY over the weekend. I wanted to, but couldn’t find the time to squeeze it into my schedule. I plan to go next weekend. There aren’t any new movies releasing next weekend, so it’ll work out just as well. I did, initially, think the decision on the…Continue readingUNHOLY Timing

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Mummies on Parade (or, a Curse in Action)

Now we know what happened with that ship getting stuck sideways in the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal is in Egypt, remember. (It’s an artificial canal, like Panama; dug through the Isthmus of Suez, it cuts north to south, or south to north, runs just over 120 miles in length and connects the Red Sea…Continue readingMummies on Parade (or, a Curse in Action)

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The Lament of Crucifixion

Don’t worry, we’re not about to get all preachy and religious or anything here on this site. While I make no attempts to hide my spiritual beliefs, I also don’t believe a believer should ever try to shoehorn those beliefs into others, and even if I did believe that, I’m professional enough to realize it…Continue readingThe Lament of Crucifixion

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News Roundup: JAKOB’S WIFE and THE RISE

There’s a new vampire flick entitled JAKOB’S WIFE starring genre superstars Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden (the latter better known for his directorial efforts than his numerous onscreen appearances) and will release on VOD and in (some) theaters on April 16th. Here’s hoping one of those “select” theaters is within my basic geographical location. Given…Continue readingNews Roundup: JAKOB’S WIFE and THE RISE

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Once Again for the Peanut Gallery, Abhartach is NOT Dracula

Bram Stoker drew on numerous sources when crafting his novel DRACULA. It’s possible that the legend of Abhartach, an Irish dwarf (or alternately a giant) who was a sorcerer in life and returned from the dead after being slain by the hero Fionn Mac Cumhail, who had to kill the revenant two more times and…Continue readingOnce Again for the Peanut Gallery, Abhartach is NOT Dracula

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News Roundup: Abhartach and WELLINGTON PARANORMAL

Some exciting things from the world of the Undead (in entertainment, that is) to report this week. First up, and the most exciting to me, is that WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is getting a spinoff! Technically WELLINGTON PARANORMAL already exists, and has since 2018, but it’s never aired outside New Zealand before. But…Continue readingNews Roundup: Abhartach and WELLINGTON PARANORMAL

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THE CHOSEN Part Four: A GUIDED TOUR OF THE ABYSS, DISCOUNT PRICED Chapter 11

How long have I been here? Brian tried to remember. It might have been moments. It might have been years. He could scarce remember a time before this. He knew that madness loomed near, that he teetered on the brink. Can anyone remain sane in Hell, he wondered. “The damned are anonymous,” the Darkness said,…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Four: A GUIDED TOUR OF THE ABYSS, DISCOUNT PRICED Chapter 11

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Gremlins in the Rough

FX artist Chris Walas, who designed the Gremlins and won an Academy Award for his work on THE FLY, took to Twitter recently to share some early designs for the furry Mogwai and their reptilian Gremlin form. “Found my very first rough sketches for the Mogwai. I think you can see the tarsier influence here,”…Continue readingGremlins in the Rough

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Grotesque Giant Man-eating Monster Bats

“An alien virus that once wiped civilizations out in ancient times has returned overnight by a mysterious thunderstorm infecting all the bats in the area, causing them to grow into grotesque giant man-eating monster bats.” That’s the synopsis for BATS: THE AWAKENING. I don’t know if this one has any connection to the movie BATS,…Continue readingGrotesque Giant Man-eating Monster Bats

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Zombie Braaaaaiiiiins

Those old anecdotes about hair and fingernails continuing to grow after a human body dies always kinda creeped me out. (Science tells us that this is a myth, that they do not keep growing, although I have heard testimony from people who work with bodies, and read written accounts of exhumations, which maintain that yes,…Continue readingZombie Braaaaaiiiiins

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Why PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is better than CITIZEN KANE

Writing about the film HOST and commenting on the ways in which it so perfectly captures the zeitgeist and ortgeist (“spirit of the time” and “spirit of the place”, respectively, if you ain’t bilingual) got me to thinking about other movies that managed to do the same. Movies that tell us so much about the…Continue readingWhy PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is better than CITIZEN KANE