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Reviews of movies, both old and new

The Reaping

As I’ve watched horror films over the years, I’ve seen a lot of inspirations for the antagonists. There are threats from insanity (slashers), threats from technology (mad scientists), threats from wronged nature (Godzilla), threats from the supernatural (any number of … Continue reading

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sometimes a cult classic is called such because only a few people have seen it, but all love it. And sometimes it seems that nearly everybody has seen it, but most people move onward while only a few love it. … Continue reading

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Elvira’s Haunted Hills

Some people clearly love their work even when they’ve been typecast by it. Such is obviously the case with Cassandra Peterson, the woman behind the fright wig and vamp outfit of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. From movie host to … Continue reading

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

There are a few ways to achieve cult status in film, and particularly in the horror genre. One is to be a very good film, such as Halloween. One is to be an extraordinarily bad film, such as Troll 2. … Continue reading

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Night of the Living Dead (1990)

If there is one thing that horror movie fans are familiar with, it’s soulless shambling abominations before God and man. By which I mean remakes. All joking aside, there are very few properties in horror that aren’t revisited with a … Continue reading

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Dead 7

I am amazed by this film. Wait, that’s not quite right… I am amazed that such a film has been in my hands. Even with the particular forebodings I had with the selections in the Haul of Dubious Quality, I … Continue reading

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

When you commit to watching each installment of a series as a recurring tradition, regardless of quality, you get a little concerned about the possibility of it being a big mistake. Every year, I watch at least one Halloween film … Continue reading

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Donnie Darko

There are films that lend themselves to easy reviews. Donnie Darko is not one of those films. It’s difficult to say too much about it, because the way in which it unfolds is something that a person should experience for … Continue reading

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1408

A writer of horror stories writes a horror story about a writer. An obvious idea, perhaps, but just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. Naturally, the horror writer in question is Stephen King; a little less expectedly, … Continue reading

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30 Days of Night

There are lots of ways to come up with a story. One of them is to take a few disparate bits of fact and folklore and combine them in a logical but previously-unexplored way. For example, on the folklore side, … Continue reading

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