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BLOOD SPLATTERS QUICKLY and ANGORA FEVER

You can rip on Ed Wood all you want for the bargain-basement production values in his movies, the stilted acting of his performers, his lack of proficiency in cinematography and editing. But his dialogue? It’s idiosyncratic, for sure. That’s probably the best descriptor for it. You could also use words like “quirky” or “weird.” But…

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PET SEMATARY: Why’d They Switch the Kid?

I refuse to call those people who like to piss and moan online “fans.” They aren’t. They’re mean-spirited lunks, the same class of people who write on bathroom walls, small minds struggling to express themselves and lashing out at anything they can because they themselves feel so insignificant in this life. They are the people…

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THE WALKING DEAD: Winter Is Coming

Make that “winter is here.” I remain fatigued with THE WALKING DEAD. Innovations and surprise bloodshed this season haven’t been enough to shake my sense of ennui where the show is concerned. I still feel that it has jumped the shark. Not that this matters, as it has already been renewed for another season and…

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DRACULA and the Romany

Following up on last week’s post regarding whether or not Bram Stoker’s DRACULA was anti-Semitic, a friend pointed out that while the seminal novel might not be guilty of portraying Jews in a negative light, it does feature some unfortunate depictions of the Romany, aka the Gypsies. He’s right. The Gypsies in Stoker’s novel embody…

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Movie Review: PET SEMATARY

When IT had the biggest opening of all time for an R-rated movie in 2017, we knew there’d be a whole slew of previously existent Stephen King projects getting remade. PET SEMATARY was the first one out the gate, and was destined to either continue the tradition of excellence established by IT or sink it…

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Updates on John Karlen and Denise Nickerson

Good news first. John Karlen, who starred as Willie Loomis (among numerous other roles) on DARK SHADOWS and who recently suffered a stroke, has been discharged from the hospital and moved to a rehabilitation facility. He is reported to be doing much better. Fans who wish to send him a get-well card may do so…

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Movie Review: SUSPIRIA

Talking about the remake here, not the original. In truth the two don’t have much in common. They’re both about a dancing school that serves as a front for a coven of witches and they’re both gonzo weird. That’s about it. Of the two, I honestly don’t know which one I liked better. I honestly…

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Is Dracula anti-Semitic?

I saw something posted on social media the other day. Somebody was calling for all members of the Vampire Community to take a stand for marginalized groups. That’s a good thing. Would that we all would take a stand for marginalized groups. Unfairly marginalized groups, that is. Some groups ought to be marginalized. Nazis, terrorists,…

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Bedlam, Part the Second

Here we go, as promised. More on Bedlam, the world’s most infamous insane asylum. Courtesy of factinate, here are “42 Horrific Facts About Bedlam, History’s Most Notorious Mental Institution.” I wonder how many of them I already knew. Shall we see? The original title, “the Priory of the New Order of Our Lady of Bethlehem”….

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Book Review: FANTASMAGORIANA: “The Grey Chamber” and “The Black Chamber”

I’m going to cover the final two installments of the collection together, as they were obviously meant to be read in tandem, the latter serving as a sequel to the former. It’s unfortunate that the anthology should close with two of its weaker components, and it is obvious upon reading them why “The Grey Chamber”…

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Book Review: FANTASMAGORIANA: “The Ghost of the Departed”

There are different translations available of FANTASMAGORIANA, as indeed there were from the very beginning. The first edition came out in 1812 in French, with an English translation released in 1813. The original contained eight stories. The English version was truncated. “The Ghost of the Departed” or, in its original form, “Le Revenant,” was omitted…

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TV Review: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

It’s not much of a limb to crawl out onto to assume that you all watched the premiere of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS on Wednesday night (or if you’re like me, recorded it and watched it Thursday night). With that being the case you really don’t need to read any reviews to know…

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