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Remarks on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984

It seems that this latest season of the hit series was hit or miss with a lot of viewers, and some critics, too. But what did *I* think of it? With the airing of the final episode (and my subsequent viewing thereof), I was satisfied. I’d been entertained, and the series wrapped things up in…

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Happy Anniversary, SALEM’S LOT!

Memory is a tricky thing, especially when you’re remembering things from your early childhood. SALEM’S LOT aired on CBS from November 17th through November 24th, 1979. That would have been local channel 19 for me, back when there were only three networks and three television channels. That would put me in the third grade, eight…

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Unholy Water

I am a sucker. I freely admit it. Offer me something that registers on my “cool” gauge at a reasonable price and chances are mighty good that I will buy it. If you don’t believe me, ask Funko. As I sit typing at my computer, there is a small vial of dirt on my desk…

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Remember GARGOYLES?

In so many ways, there is this clear demarcation line between the 80s and the 90s. And it isn’t just in my perceptions, either. True, the 80s were the decade of my childhood and the 90s my first decade of “adulthood,” so there would have been a change in my perceptions, yes. But everything did…

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They’re Just Birds

The lady who wrote this article must be a city girl. Or more likely she’s just playing devil’s advocate. But anybody who looks at an owl, even the ghost-faced owl, and mistakes it for an alien or a ghost is for sure a city slicker. Or under the influence of some chemical. Or probably both….

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Bale Regrets Stress To His Body

If you’ve seen THE MACHINIST—and if you haven’t, why not?—you know how disturbing it was to even look at Christian Bale, he’d lost so much weight. He looked downright cadaver-ish. Then he went from that straight to having to bulk up to play Batman. Then he lost a lot of weight again for RESCUE DAWN….

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Pattinson’s Doppelganger

I think I’ve got it figured out. Being a huge TWIN PEAKS mark helped. For those of you culturally deprived who never watched the show, let me explain. The hero, FBI agent Dale Cooper, was trapped in another dimension, the “Black Lodge,” for 25 years between the show’s second and third seasons. During this time…

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Fanged Miniature Mouse Deer Returns From The Dead

It wasn’t really dead. It, using the collective “it” here to mean an entire species, was believed to be extinct. But turns out it wasn’t extinct, since it has been rediscovered still alive in Vietnam. It isn’t a mouse, either. Nor is it a deer. In actuality it is an ungulate, the world’s smallest example…

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Zombie Jason and Zombie Jason’s Zombie Mom

Inspired by the upcoming release of a new NECA figure of Mrs. Voorhees, mother to Jason, from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART THREE 3D—which is a damn gorgeous figure, inasmuch as a plastic reproduction of a rotting yet animated cadaver can be beautiful, or should I say in the way that *only* a plastic reproduction of…

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Comparisons between THE LIGHTHOUSE and COLD SKIN

The former is the newest offering, the sophomore big-screen effort from writer and director Robert Eggers (who last brought us THE WITCH), starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. The latter is a 2017 French/Spanish film. (Read my review of COLD SKIN here.) Both movies involve two men experiencing the isolation of living on a rocky…

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Why did DOCTOR SLEEP fizzle?

This one I would not have expected. Projected to open to a relatively paltry 25 million, it instead only raked in 14 million. With a budget of 50 million, that’s quite an underperformance. Why? Stephen King remakes are all the rage right now. Both of the IT movies were huge hits. PET SEMATARY was a…

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The Blessing

I debated whether or not to post this. While it’s true that I do work in a haunted house–The Historic Lowry House in Huntsville, Alabama, out of which I base my theatrical company, Evil Cheez Productions–and I have had several personal experiences that I cannot rationally explain except to attribute them to the actions of…

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