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Jason and Fulci, Revisited

I wrote before on the resemblance between Zombie Jason from FRIDAY THE 13th parts six through eight and the most recognizable revenant from Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece ZOMBIE (aka ZOMBIE 2, aka ZOMBI, aka ZOMBI 2). Searching for images of Jason Voorhees to accompany an article about my visit this past week to the filming location…Continue readingJason and Fulci, Revisited

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Two Draculas for the Price of One!

Director Chloé Zhao, behind the Oscar-buzzy flick NOMADLAND and the upcoming Marvel blockbuster (like there’s any doubt it will be) ETERNALS, is set to bring us “an original, futuristic, sci-fi Western” version of DRACULA. And to that I must say, please and thank you, ma’am! “Chloé’s singular lens shines a light on stories of the…Continue readingTwo Draculas for the Price of One!

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Buffy, on Whedon

Man, the pile-on continues where Joss Whedon is concerned. It seems Cyborg has opened the floodgates. After Ray Fisher accused Whedon of misbehaving (we still don’t know what he did, exactly, other than being “unprofessional” and “abusive”) on the set of JUSTICE LEAGUE, others are now coming forward with their own accusations. Charisma Carpenter, who…Continue readingBuffy, on Whedon

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The Vampire of the Woods

There’s this lovely park in the town of Montevallo, Alabama, near the University of Montevallo campus. This park has numerous dead trees in it, but instead of chopping them down, a local chainsaw artist has turned them into his canvas. There are faces and creatures scattered all throughout the grounds for a visitor to enjoy.…Continue readingThe Vampire of the Woods

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FRIDAY THE 13TH VI: JASON LIVES…Where’s the Cemetery?

There seems to be some confusion as to the location of the cemetery used in the movie. (Yes, surprisingly they did film in an actual cemetery.) Common knowledge is that the filming was done at New Covington Cemetery in Covington, Georgia. Well, I sought out this place. It’s alternately known as Covington Mill Cemetery, and it’s…Continue readingFRIDAY THE 13TH VI: JASON LIVES…Where’s the Cemetery?

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A Visit to Crystal Lake…No, Make that “Forest Green”

They changed the name of the town, remember? Because the townspeople wanted to distance themselves and their community from the atrocities committed by Jason Voorhees? This was all explained in FRIDAY THE 13th VI: JASON LIVES. In this film, the part of Crystal Lake, aka Forest Green, was portrayed by the small town of Covington,…Continue readingA Visit to Crystal Lake…No, Make that “Forest Green”

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Another Visit to Camp Crystal Lake

This isn’t the one I visited in Alabama, nor is it the one in New Jersey, where the original FRIDAY THE 13th was filmed. This is the *other* one, the one in Georgia, the one I was only vaguely aware existed. That is to say, I recall seeing it in the closing credits to FRIDAY…Continue readingAnother Visit to Camp Crystal Lake

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More Dracula Funkos

Dracula, the character, has been portrayed more often than any, and in more movies. (Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan are the only other two that even come close, but Dracula has them both beat.) It’s fitting, then, that Dracula would have more Funkos created in his likeness than any other figure. I don’t know if this…Continue readingMore Dracula Funkos

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Movie Review: THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO’S POND

Ugh. Terrible title. Or, great title, but for a different movie. BLACK WATERS is taken, or close enough to it, but they could have gone with just ECHO’S POND. THE GAME would have been better, but that on was taken, too. The best title for this one would have been PANDEMONIUM, but I think that…Continue readingMovie Review: THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO’S POND

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Movie Review: THE EMPTY MAN

Even with such a limited supply of new movies in theaters as we had this past year due to the ‘Rona, I found it impossible to get out to see all the movies I wanted to see before they disappeared from theaters. Part of this can be blamed on the theaters themselves, who chose to,…Continue readingMovie Review: THE EMPTY MAN

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THE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 24

Gale wondered how she could feel so calm. As a professional, she knew that such temporary detachment, emotional shutdown in the face of extreme duress, constituted a common psychological response. She’d experienced a similar feeling a few times in her short career, times of high stress when her training took over and she became focused…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 24

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Movie Review: RAGE OF THE MUMMY

I thought I was prepared. I wasn’t. I went into Walmart minding my own business, intent on picking up a few sundries for home, when I caught a glimpse of it out of the corner of my eye. There it sat on the rack. It said RAGE OF THE MUMMY on the DVD case so…Continue readingMovie Review: RAGE OF THE MUMMY