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Commentary on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT Season Finale

I won’t call it a “review” since the show has already aired and probably everybody has already watched it, but I can’t hold my metaphorical tongue, either. What a sad disappointment. After starting out so lukewarm and then managing to raise the temperature so subtly that you’d have a hard time putting a finger on…

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Think Halloween is over? Think again!

To properly grasp this, you’ll need to consider leap year. Why we have it, what it actually is. Our calendar doesn’t function perfectly, you see, and leap year is necessary to occasionally–as in, every four years–adjust it. The ancients didn’t have leap years. With such being the case, there has, over time, been some “shifting”…

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Openin’ Tombs and Mysterious Pyramid Passageways

Thirty years ago scientists discovered the reputedly cursed tomb of the builders of Giza’s great pyramid–and now they are set to reopen it. As I seem to recall, the skeletons in this communal grave displayed evidence of backbreaking labor and numerous injuries, which only makes sense if these were the guys who erected the monolith….

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A Night in Romania’s Hoia-Baciu Forest

The subheading for this article reads “Forget Count Dracula’s castle; Transylvania’s really frightful place is ‘haunted’ forest Hoia Baciu.” Okay, yes, Hoia Baciu IS reputedly a mighty spooky place. (I can’t say for certain because, sadly, I have never been there.) But FORGET Castle Dracula? I don’t think so. (Nor does the heading mention WHICH…

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More than one Jack the Ripper?

I’m calling horseshit on this one. But it’s a provisional horseshit. There IS some evidence to suggest that Jack the Ripper might have had an accomplice. Last year I reported on one new theory that purported that three Jewish guys worked in tandem to carry out the murders and sow discord. It was an intriguing…

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Cardboard in DRACULA

How did I never notice this before? There’s this big honkin’ ugly piece of cardboard in Universal’s 1931 classic DRACULA. It’s attached to a lamp. I can only figure that I was so focused on Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire Count that I never saw anything else. Except for the armadillos. I did see…

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Movie Review: HAPPY DEATH DAY

I didn’t much care for Scott Lobdell’s comic book work. He’s best known for the “Onslaught” storyline, which ranks right up there with the Amazing Spider-Man clone fiasco in comics infamy. Lobdell wrote the screenplay for HAPPY DEATH DAY, though, and knocked it out of the park. Is the script here good enough to redeem…

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Even Pixilated, Dracula Kicks Ass

That cute little pixilated picture of Count Dracula caught my attention, so I read the article. A hint to advertisers: If you want to snag my attention and get me to read whatever content you’re shilling, putting a picture of Dracula at the head of the article is guaranteed to do it. Granted, you’re only…

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Catching up with AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT

At first I didn’t think I was going to like this season of the hit TV series. I almost, in fact, stopped watching it. Little by little, it won me over–just the way a charismatic cult leader can win over converts. If that was what they intended all along, it was pretty damn brilliant. I…

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The Day of the Dead

A little tutorial, if you will indulge me. I myself was ignorant of the fact that the Mexican “Day of the Dead,” Dia de los Muertos, also known as Dia de Muertos, takes place not on November 1st but on November 2nd. See, the Christian Church superimposed its own holiday over a preexisting pagan celebration…

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Zombie’s Picks

Where Rob Zombie movies are concerned, the guy’s hit or miss, and unfortunately he’s more often miss than hit. THE DEVIL’S REJECTS was fantastic; it’s predecessor, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, not so much. LORDS OF SALEM and his HALLOWEEN 2 were embarrassingly bad, while the only good parts of his version of HALLOWEEN were those…

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Theatre Du Vampyr

For the past several years, I was attempting to organize and run a haunted attraction while simultaneously preparing a theatrical production. Two years ago I moved my Fall production from October until November, to help ease the time constraints I was having to deal with. This didn’t help all that much, and I at last…

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