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Movie Review: OVERLORD

Go see it. Hard work and dedication should be rewarded. When far too many studious crank out projects with no care given whatsoever regarding the quality of their work, with the only thing they care about being the making of a quick buck, to then have a group of creators actually care about the movie…

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In Memoriam: Stan Lee

The Man has left the building. And we are all poorer for it. When Ray Bradbury died in 2012, I proclaimed on social media that the world’s greatest living writer had left us. Now I can unfortunately say that again. Let the snooty-snoots scoff, but I challenge them to name even one creator whose work…

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THE WALKING DEAD Pulls a Bait-and-Switch

They didn’t lie, exactly. It *was* Rick Grimes’ final episode of THE WALKING DEAD. But it isn’t the end of Rick Grimes. They faked us all out. WE were all expecting him to die, weren’t we? Then they went and had him survive, so that he can return in a series of original movies. It…

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Find-A-Ghost

A couple of weeks back I stated publicly that I would not be watching the new Netflix series THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, out of respect for the 1963 film THE HAUNTING, which is a true masterpiece and cannot be topped, and because the remake of that film, also called THE HAUNTING, was so bad…

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Dead Bread

I for one am thrilled that Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, festivities are becoming more and more a part of Americana, more and more a part of our still largely Anglo-centric observance of Halloween. The beauty of the celebration—and it is a celebration—the vibrancy and color, the pathos and poetry, adds…

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DRACULA’S GUEST without Dracula?

On the surface, this linked article, which asks “Is DRACULA’S GUEST even about Dracula?” seems like the exception to that old saying “There are no stupid questions.” I mean, seriously, the guy’s name is in the freakin’ title. Of *course* it’s about Dracula. Reading the article, though, what the author is really asking is whether…

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Zombie Pumpkins

Because it’s still Halloween, dammit! Halloween season runs from the first of October until Thanksgiving. It’s just like Mardi Gras, as one astute reader pointed out. It’s a whole season of celebration. October 31st is just the highpoint, along with, more and more, November 2nd, the Dia de los Muertos, the “Day of the Dead.”…

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Dracula and Frankenstein Do NOT Share a Common Origin

Ah, Halloween, that time of year when spooky programming fare fills the airwaves. Lots of documentary-type shows featuring famous ghost, monsters, and villains of Fiction and History. I caught one the other night, implying, as I have heard before, that the same “haunted summer” of 1816 spawned the creation of both Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster….

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Vlad and Dracula

There are two schools of thought pertaining to the link between the historical Dracula, Vlad III of Wallachia, and Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. On the one side, there are those who, not wrongly, wish to delineate betwixt the two, sometimes going so far as to erroneously argue no connection whatsoever. Those in the other camp,…

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Rod Stewart and the Highgate Vampire

Rocker Rod Stewart—kids, if you don’t know who he is, ask your parents; they remember him—used to suffer from thanatophobia. Literally the “fear of death.” (Don’t most humans instinctually have a fear of death? I’d argue that they do, but the phobia refers to an unnatural or exaggerated fear of death, if not to an…

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The Dracula Coin

I used to make fun of those “collector’s coin” commercials that aired on late-night television, offering you the chance to “own a piece of history!” for just $19.99, but the offer is “limited to five units per customer and will not be repeated!” and “once they’re gone, they’re gone!” trying to sucker people into paying…

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Another Vampire Burial

This one is in Italy. It is the grave of a ten-year-old boy, according to this linked article. I have to wonder how, exactly, they were able to determine that he was ten when he died? Might this be an approximation, based on the size of the skeleton, a guess made by experts? I expect…

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