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Famous Monster Masks

If you are of a certain age, the accompanying photograph above this article likely brought a wide smile to your face, and possibly a touch of melancholic nostalgia as well. This is the ad that ran in the rear of many an issue of Forry Ackerman’s FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine. Gorgeous, aren’t they? I…

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ZOMBI Mask and a Victim of the Impaler

I made another pilgrimage the other day to Nightmare Toys in Madison, Alabama. I had some money that I really should have spent on more practical things that was nevertheless burning a hole in my pocket. (Who needs practical stuff, anyway, when there are Horror action figures to buy?) I got some awesome new wall…

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Zombie Skittles—Found!

Yes, after countless years—um, more like days; no, actually, more like hours; alright, minutes—of scouring the aisles of the big department and grocery stores in search of the new Skittles Zombie-flavored Halloween specialty candy, I finally found some. What I wanted was a box and all they had were large packages of mini-packages meant for…

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A Remake of BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB?

I recently rewatched the Hammer classic BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB and it got me to thinking. Instead of trying that relaunch of THE MUMMY a couple of years ago, why didn’t they just remake this movie? Sofia Boutella in the Valerie Leon role? That’s some perfect casting, right there. And since that movie was…

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Sanguinarian Survey

Hey, you! If you are a Sanguinarian, that is, a human being who consumes blood, my online friend Erin Chapman from VAMPED wants to hear from you! Or if you yourself are not a Sanguinarian but you know someone who is, please pass this information along. There is a new survey, and the larger the…

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Coleman and Eddie

Coleman Francis was the writer and director of THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS, which starred Tor Johnson and was released in 1961, two years after Johnson appeared in Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. The former film and its creator are put forward by some as challengers to the latter film and its respective…

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The Day Mrs. Ed Wood Met Johnny Depp, Revisited

Remember this post? In it, I credited Denise DiNovi, co-producer of the film ED WOOD, as being the person who escorted Mrs. Kathy Wood, widow of Ed Wood, onto the set of the film. It seems this information was fallacious, and it seems, I fear, to have irked one of the writers of the screenplay,…

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A Plaque on the Site of Castle Dracula

Dracula scholar Hans de Roos discovered in early 2012, in Bram Stoker’s personal notes for the writing of DRACULA, the coordinates of latitude and longitude that Stoker listed as his intended site for the fictitious Castle Dracula. Or to be more precise, he deciphered the coordinates, using the novel and the current geography (as well…

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Revisiting the “Classics”: ZOMBIE SHARK

A couple of things I want to note upfront: One. They should have called this one ZOMBIE SHARKS, as in, sharks, plural, since there’s more than one poorly-rendered-by-cheap-CGI zombie shark in the movie. Two. Shark Head was by far my favorite character. By FAR. You have to watch the movie to see Shark Head. But…

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The Vampire Batman Funko

This is the version of Batman from the RED RAIN graphic novel series, although I’m glad to report that it doesn’t look all that much (or at all) like the way Batman is drawn in those comics. (Sorry, I’m just not a fan of Kelly Jones’ overexaggerated artwork.) It does, however, look even better than…

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Movie Review: IT – Chapter Two

What I predicted would happen did happen for me where this movie was concerned. I enjoyed it more than I did its predecessor. Whereas with the first installment of IT I couldn’t help but draw comparisons—though I tried so hard not to—with the TV miniseries, and found the movie to be superior in some ways…

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Movie Review: READY OR NOT

There is a supernatural component to this nifty little thriller that wasn’t evident from watching the trailers. If you saw the latter, you saw that a newlywed bride is being hunted by her new in-laws, who are trying—unsuccessfully—to kill her. That alone is a sufficient setup to let you know this is a film worth…

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