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Fireside Chats: Dracula’s Easter

Eastertide is a season, not just one day, as anyone belonging to a liturgical tradition is aware. So if it happens to be past Easter Sunday when you’re reading this, you’re still good. It’s still seasonal. And it’s a great story to read any time of year, anyway. So how did Dracula—the historical Dracula, that…

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Welcome Back, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS!

A two-for-one to start this second season off. Two back-to-back episodes to get us off on the right foot. Two shows in and we’ve met a zombie, a necromancer, several ghosts, and one Babadook. (If you didn’t see it, it would be hard for me to explain.) Seeing Jesk, aka Jeshk, aka Jeff, aka Gregor…

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The West Memphis Three

I recently watched the three-part documentary on the case that aired on ID. Did you catch it? I’d been somewhat familiar with the case beforehand, but the new special went into depth and revealed some (to me) new details. I’d already known that the case stands as a testament to how far justice can be…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 9

“God Almighty!” Charlie shook his head in awe. “Don’t blaspheme, Charlie!” Selivanov said. “Not here of all places! Oh, I know it’s a common expression. But after all, there is no ‘God.’ And, if there is, he certainly is not ‘all mighty.’ That title should be reserved for our Master.” “Yes, sir.” The sight which…

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Fireside Chats: Shelter in Place with the Corona Zombies

With thanks to Dread Central for compiling them for me, here’s a trio of public service announcements about the ongoing global health emergency. I speak, of course, of the Corona Zombie plague. CORONA ZOMBIES, you will recall, is coming to us on April 10th via Full Moon Features. Nobody, but nobody, can accuse Charles Band…

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Fireside Chats: Zombie Meets Jigsaw

Jigsaw *puzzle*, that is. I ordered this puzzle from my friends at NIGHTMARE TOYS. It’s big, around 2 foot by 2 foot, give or take. It features the instantly-recognizable—to Horror fans—visage of the “walking flower pot” zombie from Lucio Fulci’s 1979 masterpiece ZOMBIE, aka ZOMBIE 2, aka ZOMBI, aka ZOMBI 2. (George Romero’s DAWN OF…

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Fireside Chats: 28 DAYS LATER

When this movie released in 2002 it was a real game-changer. It reinvented the zombie cinematic archetype and introduced the world to Cillian Murphy. If you haven’t seen it in a while there is no better time to revisit it, dealing as it does with a pandemic and the collapse of civilization. That’s what Horror…

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Revisiting the (Recent) Classics: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

Being under quarantine does allow one the opportunity to catch up on his viewing. I’d intended to see the Netflix series THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE ever since it became available on DVD, and this past week I sat down and binged it. I had heard really good things about this adaptation. Those things I…

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Movie Review: OPEN GRAVE

A man awakens in a pit filled with dead bodies. He has no memory of who he is or how he got to be there. He gets out of the pit and finds his way to a nearby house, where he encounters other individuals who are likewise amnesiac. Annnnnd that’s all I really want to…

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Movie Review: THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM

In the featurette concerning the creation of this movie, someone described it artistically as a William Blake painting brought to life on film. That’s a good analogy. It is at one time firmly rooted in the Victorian-era London of Jack the Ripper and yet part of a fantasy world, a fever dream of London in…

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Fireside Chats: Virtual Tours with Dracula

While we are all stuck indoors, deprived of the ability to travel, several outlets have presented themselves whereby we can experience a virtual tour of places we would prefer to visit in person. No, it isn’t the same thing as being there in the physical sense, but it’s still nice for those opportunities to be…

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Fireside Chats: Easter and Impalement

Almost everyone, whether Christian or not, recognizes the name Pontius Pilate. He is the Roman governor who sentenced Jesus Christ to death by crucifixion. Out of all the intimate players in the Christian story, it is Pilate who can most easily be proven, historically, to have existed. (That just means there is physical evidence in…

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