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Red Skelton vs. Bela Lugosi, The Wolfman, and Vampira

This video was considered lost for some time. Now it is preserved, hopefully forever, on Youtube. The rumor was that Bela had become angered by Skelton’s ad-lib style and was unable to keep up with it, being such a serious professional. (It’d be hard for most actors to keep up with Skelton, I daresay.) Some…

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DARK SHADOWS or PEANUTS?

I love this. Love it, love it, love it. Thanks to the Collinsport Historical Society for bringing it into my world. Now I’m bringing it into yours. No need to thank me. If you must thank someone, thank them. Fans of the original DARK SHADOWS probably will agree with me that the character Roger Collins…

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The CHOPPING MALL Brouhaha

As they say on social media platforms, well, that escalated quickly. This one hits close to home for me. Phillip and Kristy, the owners of NIGHTMARE TOYS, are friends of mine. I have not met director Robert Hall, the guy behind the LAID TO REST films, but he is a friend of theirs, thus a…

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Ruminations of the Season Finale of THE ALIENIST

I knew this was going to be one where I couldn’t pass judgment on the whole until its completion. I knew I wouldn’t be able to say for certain whether or not the series was a success or a failure until I’d seen its final episode. So now that I’ve watched the finale, did the…

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In Defense of Horror

I got into a debate with a friend on social media. She insisted that I should not be celebrating THE SHAPE OF WATER winning Best Picture at this year’s Oscars because it isn’t a Horror movie. It’s a Fantasy, she maintained, a fairy tale. Yes, I conceded. It is both those things. It is also…

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#MeToo and Vampires

Here is some editorializing, courtesy of Julie Pleck, who was showrunner on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, commenting on the impropriety of vampire romance in the current atmosphere of the #MeToo movement. Said Pleck: “…you could look at it back through the lens of say the #MeToo movement and object to what may be a little bit…

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Bloodsuckers For Science

Of the primary things that feed on human blood–mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches, vampires, and vampire bats–only the latter two have any value. Vampire bats are cute and cuddly–well, they’re cute–and vampires keep us entertained. They also serve a psychologically healthy purpose in that they make the concept of death less frightening, easier to process; in…

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Requiescat In Naturalitatem

It’s a little mind-boggling if you think about it. The sheer number of people who have lived and died over the course of the history of the planet. As overpopulated as we are as a species–and we are; seriously, folks, if you must reproduce, don’t have more than two children–there are still many, many more…

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The Curse of BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB

When I was little, I was simultaneously drawn to and repelled by the Rock band KISS. They fascinated me, but I was terrified of them. This was the high-water mark of the “Satanic Panic,” and I had been assured by adults–and adults were supposed to know what they were talking about–that the members of KISS…

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THE WALKING DEAD Goes To The Theater

If you’ve ever wanted to watch an episode of THE WALKING DEAD on the big screen, you’re going to get your chance. Fathom Events will be offering SURVIVAL SUNDAY: THE WALKING DEAD AND FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, taking place on April 15. That’s a Tuesday, I believe. It will feature a commercial-free broadcast of the…

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Movie Review: THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT

Why am I reviewing the film here, instead of on our sister site, darkness.com, which caters to all things Horror? I discovered, doing a little research on the film–I wanted to know what the people underneath those scary masks actually look like–well, Dollface, specifically, but while I was at it I checked on the other…

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Romanian Dead Man Fights The Courts To Prove He Is Alive

“I’m not dead!” he maintains. “Yes, you are!” the courts reply. You’d think the very fact that the guy is standing there, telling you that he is alive, would serve as sufficient evidence that he is, in fact, alive. But this is in Romania, so I’m not surprised that they’d require a bit more strenuous…

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