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The PENNY DREADFUL/THE PASSAGE Connection

This can be a teensy bit hard to follow. Originally the plan was to adapt Justin Cronin’s series of novels into a series of movies, or at least *a* movie. In 2007 Fox 2000 bought the rights for the books for $1.75 million, which ain’t chump change. Ridley Scott was set to direct the movie….

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TV Review and Ratings Recap: THE PASSAGE Episode Six

“I Want to Know What You Taste Like” We’re holding steady in the ratings, which is good news. Not as good as if the ratings were rising, but steady is good. For the fourth straight week, THE PASSAGE earned a 0.9/4 share and was watched by approximately 3.5 million viewers. The latter is down from…

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Movie Review: HAPPY DEATH DAY2U

Generally speaking, I go into it skeptical when a movie is rushed through production, a sequel appearing the year following its predecessor. This doesn’t apply to movies that are filmed sequentially, as was the case with the THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Those are meant to be released thataways. But if a movie is…

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Nashville Nightmare’s “Love Bites: A Valentine’s Haunted House”

Seems like I was just there. I mean, I *was* just there. But while I was there it seemed like I was just there. See, I last visited NASHVILLE NIGHTMARE for their Krampus-themed holiday haunted attraction “A Haunted Christmas.” Man, I love how Horror isn’t just for Halloween anymore! And as a guy who always…

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TV Review: LEGEND HUNTER: VAMPIRES OF NEW ENGLAND

Easily the best episode of this series on the Travel Channel (with the possible exception of the episode dedicated to the Jack the Ripper murders, which for whatever reason never aired, or else my TiVo failed to record it), this episode dedicated to the vampire panic-slash-epidemic that (intermittently) swept over New England for roughly two…

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I Hate People

Color me misanthropic. I, like you, I’m sure, read about trespassers who went into Joshua Tree National Park during Trump’s temper-tantrum governmental shutdown and cut down some of the famed trees for which the park is named, trees which are notoriously slow to regrow. I also see the trash along the sides of the roads—any…

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The Scottish Hanging Tree

If the Scots say a site is haunted, I am wont to believe them. And they say this site is cursed. There was an old tree used for hangings at Fort William, Scotland, which is today known as “the Outdoor Capital of the UK.” Fort William is located in the legendary Scottish Highlands, on the…

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THE PASSAGE takes place in the Godzilla Universe!

As much as I love vampires in general, and the vampires in THE PASSAGE specifically, I have to say, if Godzilla shows up, they’re as likely to get stepped on as the puny humans. Unless you are Godzilla-sized, your best bet when you see Godzilla coming is to get out of his way. (Actually that…

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TV Review and Ratings Recap: THE PASSAGE Episode 5

“How You Gonna Outrun The End of The World?” Good question. We’re halfway through the abbreviated season of this new series, provided we get to see the remaining episodes and Fox doesn’t yank the show off the air first, which seems unlikely at this point but I wouldn’t put it past ‘em. But how likely…

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Barnabas Collins Ventriloquist Dummy

First off, I wouldn’t suggest calling him a dummy. Secondarily, this Barnabas Collins Ventriloquist DOLL was never really produced. It was never available for sale. But I sure wish it was. Like, right now. ‘Cause I’d have to buy one. If you are sufferer from automatonophobia but are conversely a mark for DARK SHADOWS, I…

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Blumhouse Saves The Universe

Glory, hallelujah! The Dark Universe is not dead! (Granted it may not be called the Dark Universe anymore, and that’s okay.) Universal had this idea to bring back all the classic Universal Monsters in family-friendly action-adventure films that would be a part of a shared cinematic universe, ala Marvel Comics. Not surprisingly, this plan blew…

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Bloodsuckers!

What is the deadliest animal on Earth? (Human beings don’t count.) One might be tempted to think of one of the fearsome predators, the lion or the tiger, the bear, the wolf. But one would be mistaken. Crocodiles? Nope. In Africa, hippos kill more people every year than any other beast (except the holder of…

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