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Review: THE ALIENIST Episode 2

Random thoughts: The characterizations, as near as I can recall–it’s been some time since I read the novel by Caleb Carr that inspired this series–are spot-on, in particular Kreizler’s and John’s. Visually, it’s sumptuous. The costumes and the sets are impeccable. The period atmosphere is the best I’ve seen since PENNY DREADFUL was prematurely yanked…

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THE WALKING DEAD In Decline?

Technically, yes. It is. Ratings are down significantly this season. Even so, the series has seen ratings dip before, only for them to rebound. And the show has already been renewed for another season, its ninth, and is getting a new showrunner in Angela Kang, who has worked as a writer and a co-executive producer…

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New Dracula Figurines–Now Bilingual!

There has been a new wave of Dracula figurines released, but you can’t read about them here. Not unless you speak Spanish. Fortunately for all us non-bilinguals, the company sent out a press release to this site. The latter is in *pretty good* English. Here’s what it had to say: “Dear Ladies and Gentlemen: I…

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Fangula!

When I was a kid, I couldn’t imagine myself ever growing up. Now I know why that is–I never have. And, at this point, I think it’s a safe bet I never will. I was the kid who always feared getting clothes at Christmas. “Some day you’ll WANT to get clothes at Christmas,” my mom…

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Movie Review: FINDERS KEEPERS

I’m gonna get in trouble if I’m not careful, but y’all, honestly, I thought Patrick Muldoon, who stars in this movie alongside Jaime Pressley (and her unflattering haircut) and Tobin (SAW) Bell, was actually Ian Somerhalder from THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Just being honest, peeps, I did. I never cared for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES–no offense to…

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Revisiting the Classics: I BURY THE LIVING

What a nifty little surprise. You know those Horror movie DVD compilations you can buy at the cheap stores like Walmart and Dollar General? Sure you do. Well, I’d purchased one of them some time back–I own quite a few of them, actually–that contained the film I BURY THE LIVING. Not infrequently I will stay…

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Horror Representin’ at the Oscars

Could it be happening, little by little? Could genre efforts be forcing their way into the snooty world of the Academy Awards? This year it sure looks like it. Based on the various awards programs that have taken place already, and all the “buzz” surrounding the upcoming Oscars, it looks like Guillermo Del Toro’s THE…

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Review: THE ALIENIST

After two decades of false starts, writhing in preproduction purgatory, THE ALIENIST came to television, airing on TNT on January 22nd. With a consummate cast–Daniel (Baron Zemo) Bruhl as Laszlo Kreizler, the titular “Alienist,” or criminal psychiatrist/psychologist; Luke Evans (who played the best Dracula, in 2014’s excellent but incomplete DRACULA UNTOLD, since Gary Oldman donned…

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Movie Review: THE TRANSFIGURATION

The masterpieces of vampire movies in the modern era–and “modern era” begins after the release of 1992’s BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA–we have ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, BYZANTIUM, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, and LET ME IN/LET THE RIGHT ONE IN standing out as the best of the best, the creme de la creme. We…

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The Hunger Versus Let The Right One In

This is not a review–it’s a title fight! No, make that title FRIGHT! A kindred soul contacted me via Twitter and suggested I check out this video, something I was only too happy to do as it sounded intriguing. This is a “fight” between two classic vampire flicks, the David Bowie-starring THE HUNGER and the…

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VAMPIRE CHRONICLES Lands A Showrunner, Maybe

President of Paramount Television Amy Powell has confirmed that Bryan Fuller, producer of such successful shows as HEROES, DEAD LIKE ME, PUSHING DAISIES, STAR TREK: VOYAGER, HANNIBAL and AMERICAN GODS, will be shepherding the forthcoming THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES TV series. Powell hopes that Fuller will choose to stay on, accepting the position of showrunner, after…

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“Real” Vampires of New Orleans

A study conducted by Louisiana State University doctoral candidate John Edgar Browning posits that New Orleans is currently home to 50 real vampires. Really? I’m wondering how he got the headcount. Did he stake out graveyards–pardon the pun–and wait for the revenants to rise from their graves, then stop them to ask them questions? Did…

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