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Bram’s Signature

There is a plaque on the wall of the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel in Cruden Bay, Scotland, commemorating the writing of DRACULA. Bram Stoker wrote the first part of the seminal novel there in 1894-1895. Bram is known to have stayed at the hotel at least twice, and he signed the hotel’s guestbook to prove it….

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The Vampire Stump

In New Zealand there lives a stump. “Lives” is sorta a relative term, considering it is a stump and should thus be dead. When a tree falls or is cut down, either it sprouts some new growth to start over or it dies. It doesn’t just remain a stump and remain living. Only this one…

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TV Review: The Season Finale of NOS4A2

I’m so glad to be writing the words “season finale” instead of “series finale.” It was announced at the recent San Diego Comic Con that there would be a second season of this excellent series. The closer for season one sure left the door open for future stories. In fact it sets the stage nicely…

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THE CONJURING House Open for Business

A few years back I visited Phoenixville, Pennsylvania where THE BLOB was filmed. I sought out and ate at the diner attacked by the Blob in the movie. (Said diner is not, as is depicted in the movie, directly across the street from the movie theater; rather it is a few miles down the road.)…

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Two New Glimpses of Dracula

The SyFy series VAN HELSING is not a straight adaptation based on the character from the novel DRACULA. It isn’t even an adaptation of the movie starring Hugh Jackman, which was itself not a straight adaptation of anything. The TV series is all about Vanessa Helsing, a descendant of Van Helsing the vampire hunter. As…

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Tut’s Head

This story hints at a larger issue, one which doesn’t have a clear-cut answer. During colonial times, a lot of treasures got spirited out of their countries of origin and ended up in museums like the Louvre and the British Museum. Some have suggested that those treasures need to be sent back to their home…

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Snyder’s ARMY OF THE DEAD

The title of the forthcoming movie from Zack Snyder puts a wee little lump in my throat, as it hearkens back to classic Romero movies. All that’s missing is the word “living” thrown in there. The movie, though, will mine some material that the maestro Romero never got around to examining in depth. It’s a…

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Obligatory Reporting on THE WALKING DEAD

Yes, it is official. I am over THE WALKING DEAD. And “over” in this sense by the original definition, not the wrestling definition. (In the latter, “over” is a good thing. It means success. To say a guy goes over with the crowd means that he has achieved a degree of status, guaranteed to get…

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THE SHINING vs. THE SHINING

Stephen King hated THE SHINING. The big-screen adaptation from 1980 directed and largely written by Stanley Kubrick. He has over the years had a lot of unflattering things to say about it. It is the reason that he now insists on some degree of creative control over any film projects made based on his books….

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NOS4A2 gets a Second Season!

Just last week I was lamenting the approaching end of this tantalizing series, wishing that it might continue in some way. I haven’t been keeping up with the ratings, since I knew that the series was based on the book, the solitary book, by Joe Hill. The season will tell the story, I figured. One…

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Mahershala Ali is Blade!

To be brutally honest, I don’t know how I feel about this. I don’t particularly like Mahershala Ali in the role. He’s a fine actor, yes, but I don’t really see him as Blade. I’m also surprised they didn’t cast somebody younger. If they’re looking at more than one Blade film—and doubtless they are—you’d think…

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Revisiting the “Classics”: CREATURE (with Klaus Kinski)

This one is not to be confused with the fantastic CREATURE from 2011, the one with the half-man, half-crocodile monster, the one that for a time held the record for the lowest box office opening in history (it may still hold it) but is nevertheless ridiculously entertaining. It also is not the made-for-television miniseries entitled…

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