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Dracula’s Burial Site (Maybe) and Dracula’s Penmanship

You can find so much on the Internet. Too much, honestly. I have likened it to wading through a sewer in search of treasure. Yes, there are diamonds to be found, big goose-egg-sized diamonds, but they’re floating in all the muck. It takes intent to find the good stuff. Or luck. This photograph above shows…

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Remembering FANTASY ISLAND

As the critical consensus is that the new FANTASY ISLAND movie from Blumhouse is a massive cluster, I chose not to go see it. This isn’t like with BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, for example, or most Horror outings, where the mainstream hates it but the geeks dig it. (You all know how I feel about mainstream…

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Revisiting the Classics: EVIL DEAD

I’m talking about the one from 2013, entitled EVIL DEAD, rather than THE EVIL DEAD, the original, from 1981. When I first watched the former, in the theater, I enjoyed it. But all the while I was missing Bruce Campbell. Watching it again the other night, I think I was able to give it a…

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The Green Knight Cometh

This one has me excited. It takes me back to my college days. As I majored in English Literature, I am more than familiar with the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from the Arthurian legends. Like all the Arthurian stories, it has currents running beneath the surface connecting it to older, more…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter Two

Deb gave a reassuring look to her scowling companion, climbed from the jeep, falling in behind the guard. They splashed along a trail toward a larger building at the far end of the compound. “So,” Deb said. “I can’t help but notice that you’re wearing military fatigues.” The guard glanced over his shoulder at her….

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Bathory Blood

It’s been a year now since my friends Wolf and Ali Mertz lost their home, their beloved pets, and their livelihood, the marvelous Museum of Mystery. They’re doing better these days, I’m thankful to report. They have a new home, which they are busy transforming into a reborn Museum of Mystery. They are acquiring new…

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A Musical MONSTER MASH?

As we wait with bated breath the release of Leigh Whannel’s THE INVISIBLE MAN later this month—at least *my* breath is bated; isn’t yours?—we get word that the Universal Monsters burgeoning cinematic revival continues to burgeon. There are plans for a Musical to be entitled MONSTER MASH and set to star, well, we don’t know….

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FREAKS and the Sleaze Circuit

Tod Browning will always be most celebrated for his work with Lon Chaney and his serving as the director for 1931’s DRACULA, but among the true Horror aficionados he must also be lauded for his pre-code (i.e. uncensored by the government or any ratings board) masterpiece FREAKS, which came out one year later. Even before…

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Dracula’s Cameo on PROJECT BLUE BOOK

If you haven’t been watching the History Channel series PROJECT BLUE BOOK, now in its second season, you’re really missing out. Yes, the series is 90% hooey. While each episode is inspired by a real-life case and the show as a whole is based on the real Project Blue Book, which was the code name…

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Oscars Justice

The Oscars will always have limited credibility because of its history of getting it wrong. Still, it sure is nice on those occasions when they get it right. Joaquin Phoenix won for Best Actor for his role of the JOKER, and never has an award been more deserved. The same is true of Brad Pitt…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter One

Deb Ashemoore thumped her spent cigarette out the passenger window of the jeep, filling her lungs with hot, humid air. The trail which passed for a road had suffered the ravages of a recent storm, the floodwaters leaving deep furrows and scattered debris to complicate the already difficult task of traversing the snaking path. Twice,…

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Movie Review: DOCTOR SLEEP

This one came and went so quickly in theaters that I didn’t even get the chance to go see it. It’s a damn shame that it didn’t perform better financially than it did. Not because its getting a sequel is dependent on its box office success, the way it works with most movies. The only…

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