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So Nude, So Dead Book Review

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments

Ed McBain, real name Salvatore Lombino, burst onto the crime fiction scene in 1956 with Cop Hater, not only one of the best titled books in history, but also one of the most unique. Rather than one detective, McBain gave his crime novels a whole precinct—the 87th Precinct, to be exact. As the prince of […]

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The Sons of Zaroff: The Most Dangerous Game and Real Murder

Aug 18, 2015 No Comments

When something bad happens, and when the perpetrator or perpetrators show the obvious signs of influence from popular culture, the question usually comes up. In this case, it’s always THE QUESTION: does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? It’s rhetorical, of course. The relationship between art and life is akin to the bond […]

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Furious Movie Review

Aug 04, 2015 No Comments

I once got wired on ten straight cups of coffee and spent the night watching horror movies in a haunted building. Also, when I was a little pup, I pretended to go fishing with my family in the backwoods of West Virginia, but in reality I undertook a one-man quest for the dreaded Abbagoochie. None […]

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Shadow World: The Haunting of Mysti Delane Movie Review

Jul 28, 2015 No Comments

It all started like a horror movie. A set of four DVDs came in the mail without much in the way of markings. Just silver discs with titles on them. The studio, Sector 5, could’ve been real or fake. I had never heard of them, that’s for sure. Anyway, this was my assignment: pick them […]

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We Are Still Here Movie Review

Jul 10, 2015 No Comments

It’s billed as an homage to Lucio Fulci, and at times, it feels superior. We Are Still Here, which is Ted Geoghegan’s debut full-length film as a director, touches the Fulci basics: it’s got gore, an isolated house in New England, a troubled family dealing with grief, a clairvoyant, a vaguely Lovecraftian plot, and a […]

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Interview with Legendary Composer Claudio Simonetti

Jun 04, 2015 No Comments

Claudio Simonetti has taught me a lot of things. As a member of the legendary Italian prog rock group Goblin, he helped to show me and the rest of the world just how awesome weirdo space rock could be in murder movies or films about witch-haunted dance academies. Signor Simonetti also helped to enlighten the […]

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The House With 100 Eyes Movie Review

Jun 02, 2015 No Comments

Some films merely gross you out. Others call “Playback!” every time the lights go out. Then there are those films that make you rethink your agnosticism. Namely, there are a select few flicks that are so twisted, so damned diabolical that they make you seriously consider going back to confession for the first time in […]

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Beyond the Grave Movie Review

May 12, 2015 No Comments

Brazil came late to the horror film, but when it did, its debut offering was worth the wait. Few countries can claim such a schlocky thing of beauty as José Mojica Marins’s 1963 classic At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma) as their kickoff, and right before a military coup d’état […]

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Demons Soundtrack 30th Anniversary Edition Review

Apr 28, 2015 No Comments

It’s been thirty years since the release of Demons (or Dèmoni in its original Italian). Directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by legendary maestro Dario Argento (who received a much bigger billing in advertisements for the film), Demons is a quintessentially ‘80s splatterpunk flick about an isolated movie theater in Berlin that gets overrun by […]

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It Follows Movie Review

Apr 02, 2015 1 Comment

David Robert Mitchell, the Michigander writer-director responsible for It Follows, clearly has a “thing” for the coming-of-age tale. Before writing and directing It Follows, Mitchell did the same honors for his first full-length — 2010’s The Myth of the American Sleepover. Now, while The Myth of the American Sleepover is the type of angst-ridden, yet […]

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