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Gold-Diggers Reborn

There used to be a strip club bordering Quality Studios called “Gold-Diggers.” The latter has been recreated. Now it is a “bar/boutique hotel/recording studio.” The current owners purchased the property three years ago and they’ve given it a right proper facelift. All the seediness is gone, replaced with polish and shine. The old 1920s structure…

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THE LOST BOYS Gets a Pilot

This is either great news or lousy news, depending on how you feel about the idea of THE LOST BOYS being reimagined as a weekly television series. I personally am leery, but I’m trying to remain open-minded. The pilot has been ordered by the CW. That’s the same network that graced us with THE VAMPIRE…

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The Sun Returns

That was a quick two months, wasn’t it? It was for me. It might not have been for the citizens of Barrow, Alaska. Probably if I lived in Barrow, these past two months wouldn’t have passed quite so quickly for me. It does seem like yesterday that I was reporting on the sun setting in…

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TV Review: THE PASSAGE Episode Three

Welp, the ratings (for the January 28th episode of THE PASSAGE) dropped again. Just a tenth of a percent, but that still ain’t good. What does it mean, in terms of the series getting renewed or cancelled? Hell, who knows. If I had to guess, I’d say that we’re probably safe from Fox cancelling the…

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New DARK SHADOWS Documentary

Gritty character actor Ian McShane will serve as narrator on the forthcoming DARK SHADOWS documentary, MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS, due out sometime this April. The documentary, directed by David Gregory, will focus on series creator Dan Curtis as well as the show in general and will feature, in addition to interviews with original cast members…

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Update on Denise Nickerson

That’s the same Denise Nickerson who starred in DARK SHADOWS and WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, for those non-fans who might not immediately have recognized her name. You may recall that Denise suffered a stroke some time back, and then a fall and a broken hip, and then a *second* broken hip. I have…

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Movie Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

I don’t focus on non-genre movies on this or either of our sister sites (werewolves.com and darkness.com), but since even the Oscars, the annual overinflated celebration of all that is mainstream and NOT genre, can occasionally let a geek movie slip in—this year BLACK PANTHER is nominated for Best Picture, and remember AVATAR and THE…

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An Early Review of DRACULA

Thanks to THE DRACULA CHRONICLE on Facebook for this gem. It’s a report from the BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE dated January 15, 1900—119 years ago! Stepping back in time, peeps! “DRACULA by Bram Stoker is the name of a book from the pen of the accomplished manager of the Lyceum Theater, London, and of the dramatic…

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The Cursed Ring of Rudolph Valentino

With a lot of the curses you hear about, there is as much evidence to argue against the curse as there is to argue for it. Like with the curse on the tomb of King Tutankhamen. If it existed, it was an inconsistent curse. Strange things did occur after the opening, but the first man,…

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The Monster Returning in PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS?

This, ahem, “news” has been divisive amongst the Dreadfuls (as the fans of PENNY DREADFUL are collectively known). Some think that the new series, PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS should maintain a clear separation from the original series. I would tend to agree to an extent, but the idea of having Rory Kinnear reprise the…

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A New GHOSTBUSTERS! (And Some Sour Grapes)

Fandom en masse celebrated, letting out a collective whoop, when news broke that a new GHOSTBUSTERS movie was in the works, one tying into the continuity of the original film and even possibly serving as a direct sequel to it. This movie will be directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the…

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TV Review: THE PASSAGE Episode Two

“You owe me a unicorn.” Damn, this series is good. No sophomore curse here for episode two. If anything, I found the second episode even better than the premiere. Things slow down a little so they can squeeze in some flashbacks, which serve to better flesh-out the characters and give us some backstory. I expect…

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