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Thankful for DARK SHADOWS

It occurred to me the other day just how fortunate we fans are to have DARK SHADOWS. Just look at what happened to THE EDGE OF NIGHT, a mystery and crime-based soap opera that is the closest contemporary show we have to which we can compare DARK SHADOWS. THE EDGE OF NIGHT went on the…

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Take a bow, Clara Bow!

(In the interest of honesty, I don’t know how Clara Bow pronounced her last name, whether with the hard O sound, as in bow-and-arrow, or as in “taking a bow.” Anybody know?) Clara Bow, in her mid-twenties, was one of the biggest stars in the world during the 1920s. (I’m going to say “one of”…

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Silent Vampires

Did you know there was a silent vampire film? No? That’s because there isn’t, not unless you count Georges Melies’ THE HAUNTED CASTLE (1896), the first official Horror movie, which featured a vampire-like character transforming into a bat, or DRAKULA HALALA, aka DRACULA’S DEATH, a 1921 Hungarian/Austrian silent film that beat NOSFERATU by a year…

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Revisiting the Classics: NIGHT MONSTER

Bela Lugosi starred in a lot of the “off-Broadway” type movies, and by that I mean B-list films from secondary and independent studios, in the years after the apogee of his career at Universal, but 1942’s NIGHT MONSTER is actually a minor film *from* Universal. Here Bela is given what amounts to a bit part…

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Movie Review: TALE OF TALES

When I review an old movie, usually after I have literally re-viewed it, or on occasion after I have seen one of the old ones for the first time (I’ve managed to miss a few here and there), I will title my summation “Revisiting the Classics.” Even though the Italian/French/British film TALE OF TALES came…

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TV Review: THE PASSAGE

Don’t get too attached. (I’m talking to myself here.) This is network television we’re talking about, and Fox in particular is notorious for premature cancellation of its series, leaving fans hanging. Has the network given us anything resembling any kind of commitment? One of the main reasons I stopped watching network television, second to the…

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2019: The Year of the Vampire?

Isn’t every year the year of the vampire, if you get right down to it? I know it is for me, and since you’re on this site, reading this article, I’d be willing to bet it is for you as well. But what about 2019 in particular will make it a banner year for vampires?…

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Another Rook Sighting!

To refresh your collective memory, The Rook is a character I created—perhaps in more ways than one. I confess that I didn’t put much stock in it the first time someone reported seeing The Rook when there was no one else in the house. (The house in question is The Historic Lowry House in Huntsville,…

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In Defense of the Leviathans

Last week, writing about my sighting of a copy of THE DUNWICH HORROR in AQUAMAN, I mentioned the former as having been the inspiration for the Leviathans storyline in DARK SHADOWS. This got me to thinking. Among DS fans, the Leviathans are divisive. Some fans didn’t care for the storyline. A few have even—erroneously—gone so…

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That’s a Lotta Cemeteries!

You’ve likely heard about the tradition of vampires in New England. Anyone who’s given even a cursory study to vampire myth and legend knows about it, the Mercy Browns and the Frederick Ransoms, et al. Thoreau wrote the following about it: “The savage in man is never quite eradicated. I have just read of a…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR

Terrible title for an otherwise nifty little mystery. Released in 1943 and directed by Benjamin Stoloff, who directed a ton of movies, none of which you’ve probably ever heard of, and starring a cast of, for the most part, unknowns (they are by today’s standards if they weren’t back then), and with a modest budget…

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Pour One Out For Ya!

I expect it goes back as far as human history, and by that I mean well into prehistory, when humans were as much animals still as they were “civilized.” I’m speaking of the belief that the dead, after death, still require sustenance. Better to feed them and give them drink, lest they become angry and…

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