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A Happy Ending for PET SEMATARY?

First things first. SPOILER ALERT! If you have yet to see the new movie and if you care how it ends, then stop reading now. As opposed to the way the film ended, where mother, father, and daughter are all now Deadites and are about to get their clammy undead hands on little Gage, Stephen…

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THE CONJURING Universe and the DC Universe are the Same Universe!!!

I thought it was just a sight-gag, a joke, a paying of homage when Annabelle showed up in AQUAMAN. After all, James Wan directed that film and is the overseer of all things relating to THE CONJURING. As it turns out, though, it was much more than just a one-time tribute. Annabelle also pops up…

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BEETLEJUICE Sequel Shelved

Well, shit. This is not good news. The long-gestating sequel to 1988’s BEETLEJUICE is now officially dead in the water. No less a personage than Tim Burton has gone on record stating that, in regards to the proposed film, “Nothing, nothing. I don’t know. I doubt it.” That’s what he told USA TODAY. And if…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES

Released in 1966, and a shining example of Hammer Studios golden age, THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES was directed by John Gilling (who also directed THE REPTILE and THE MUMMY’S SHROUD), written by camera operator turned scriptwriter Peter Bryan (who also wrote THE BRIDES OF DRACULA and THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES), and starred the…

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BLOOD SPLATTERS QUICKLY and ANGORA FEVER

You can rip on Ed Wood all you want for the bargain-basement production values in his movies, the stilted acting of his performers, his lack of proficiency in cinematography and editing. But his dialogue? It’s idiosyncratic, for sure. That’s probably the best descriptor for it. You could also use words like “quirky” or “weird.” But…

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PET SEMATARY: Why’d They Switch the Kid?

I refuse to call those people who like to piss and moan online “fans.” They aren’t. They’re mean-spirited lunks, the same class of people who write on bathroom walls, small minds struggling to express themselves and lashing out at anything they can because they themselves feel so insignificant in this life. They are the people…

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THE WALKING DEAD: Winter Is Coming

Make that “winter is here.” I remain fatigued with THE WALKING DEAD. Innovations and surprise bloodshed this season haven’t been enough to shake my sense of ennui where the show is concerned. I still feel that it has jumped the shark. Not that this matters, as it has already been renewed for another season and…

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DRACULA and the Romany

Following up on last week’s post regarding whether or not Bram Stoker’s DRACULA was anti-Semitic, a friend pointed out that while the seminal novel might not be guilty of portraying Jews in a negative light, it does feature some unfortunate depictions of the Romany, aka the Gypsies. He’s right. The Gypsies in Stoker’s novel embody…

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Movie Review: PET SEMATARY

When IT had the biggest opening of all time for an R-rated movie in 2017, we knew there’d be a whole slew of previously existent Stephen King projects getting remade. PET SEMATARY was the first one out the gate, and was destined to either continue the tradition of excellence established by IT or sink it…

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Updates on John Karlen and Denise Nickerson

Good news first. John Karlen, who starred as Willie Loomis (among numerous other roles) on DARK SHADOWS and who recently suffered a stroke, has been discharged from the hospital and moved to a rehabilitation facility. He is reported to be doing much better. Fans who wish to send him a get-well card may do so…

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Movie Review: SUSPIRIA

Talking about the remake here, not the original. In truth the two don’t have much in common. They’re both about a dancing school that serves as a front for a coven of witches and they’re both gonzo weird. That’s about it. Of the two, I honestly don’t know which one I liked better. I honestly…

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Is Dracula anti-Semitic?

I saw something posted on social media the other day. Somebody was calling for all members of the Vampire Community to take a stand for marginalized groups. That’s a good thing. Would that we all would take a stand for marginalized groups. Unfairly marginalized groups, that is. Some groups ought to be marginalized. Nazis, terrorists,…

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