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Oculus Movie Review

Apr 13, 2014 No Comments

“It was well said of a certain German book that ‘er lasst sich nicht lesen’ – it does not permit itself to be read.” -Edgar Alan Poe, “The Man of the Crowd” Oculus, Mike Flanagan’s cerebral thriller hitting theaters April 11, is a film that does not want to be read or easily understood. It’s […]

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Hammett’s Horror: Re-Reading The Dain Curse

Apr 10, 2014 4 Comments

“He was spare, frugal, hard-boiled.” That’s how Raymond Chandler, a great writer himself, characterized Dashiell Hammett in “The Simple Art of Murder.” Chandler also quipped that Hammett “gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons.” In saying this, Chandler was of course referring to the then more popular British school […]

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I.N.J. Culbard’s Graphic Novel Adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft

Mar 09, 2014 2 Comments

Adaptation, Not Transcription: “I work up a detailed synopsis. I print off a text version of the entire book which is broken down into paragraph chunks and go through it with a red pen. I make a point of highlighting themes and character relationships and how someone might emotionally respond, pin pointing opportunities for dramatic […]

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El Enmascarado de Plata: The Films of El Santo

Feb 19, 2014 3 Comments

Confession time: I used to be obsessed with pro wrestling. Not only did I go to matches (the big ones and the small, indie ones), but I ransacked the arts and crafts stores looking to make the perfect Ultimate Warrior face paint. I even got in the habit of making title belts out of construction […]

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The Music of John Carpenter’s The Fog

Feb 12, 2014 No Comments

Some have argued that it’s his best film. I’m not entirely convinced myself, but I do believe the film’s soundtrack represents his best work as a composer. The film in question is The Fog, and the maestro behind the tube synthesizers is of course John Carpenter. While Carpenter came to film as a fan of […]

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Edogawa Rampo: Japan’s Poe

Feb 09, 2014 No Comments

It’s become commonplace to identify Japan with all things weird. From tentacle porn to wearable robotic cat tails for humans, the Land of the Rising Sun has birthed some seriously strange cultural artifacts. Whether or not Japan has always been like this is a question for someone better equipped than I am, but as a […]

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Yongary: Korean Kaiju

Jan 23, 2014 No Comments

This movie sucks. Because of that, the 1967 South Korean monster movie Yongary, Monster from the Deep was featured on the second season of the Canadian television show This Movie Sucks! Just in case you don’t live as close to the Great White North as I do, then suffice it say that This Movie Sucks! […]

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The Music of James Bernard: Monster Virtuoso

Dec 17, 2013 1 Comment

“It’s rather clanging, don’t you think?” The professor was a short, fashionable blonde, who, despite her 40-plus years of age, still talked like a preening Valley Girl. During that day’s class, the target of another one of her half-formed diatribes was Horror of Dracula –Hammer’s lurid take on the Count Dracula story from 1958. Most […]

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Hellboy: The Midnight Circus Graphic Novel Review

Nov 26, 2013 No Comments

“German expressionism meets Jack Kirby.” That’s how kooky old Alan Moore once described the artwork of Mike Mignola, the creator of the demonic hero Hellboy. Ever since Seed of Destruction was published in 1994, Mignola has been at the top of the heap insofar as writers and artists are concerned. His style, which does indeed […]

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Enter At Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences Book Review

Nov 19, 2013 No Comments

I can empathize with Gary A. Braunbeck. Much like the impressive hand behind 2005’s Keepers, I too once thought that my students could benefit by writing from the perspective of a fictional character. Specifically, during an assignment that coincided with Halloween, I tasked my eighteen to twenty year-olds with rewriting an already published and celebrated […]

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