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Viy: A Russian Folk Horror Movie

Jul 05, 2017 No Comments by

When it comes to spooky tales of witchcraft and deviltry, Russia and surrounding countries like Ukraine and Belarus should never be overlooked. The old Slavic myths that saturate these countries are brimming with stories of ghosts, forest demons and cannibal witches but are not that well-known here in the West. Well, with me being a […]

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Dissecting the Trailers for IT and THE DARK TOWER

May 10, 2017 No Comments by

2017 is going to see its fair share of Stephen King love.  With a few book projects due out later this year (Gwendy’s Button Box on May 30, Sleeping Beauties on September 26) and reports of a Firestarter remake as well as a J.J. Abrams-produced television series based in the King-created town of Castle Rock […]

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Stranger Things Ahead?

May 01, 2017 No Comments by

There’s fashionably late and then there’s ridiculously, are-you-kidding-me late.  My name is Justin Hamelin and I admit that when it comes to watching the first season of the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things, I am a party of the latter group. My wife and I just finished the season a few nights ago and if […]

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America’s Most Haunted Hikes

Feb 07, 2017 No Comments by

A hike through the wilderness is a great way to soothe the soul and feel at one with nature. But some trails have dark secrets and murky histories, plagued by rumors of restless spirits and ghoulish activity. While some hikers prefer a relaxing trek, others enjoy the thrill of a far spookier adventure, choosing to explore some of […]

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Goodbye, Tom Neyman: The Master of Manos

Nov 15, 2016 No Comments by

Tom Neyman passed away on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 from heart failure. Tom was best known as The Master from Manos: The Hands of Fate, but I knew him as my friend’s Dad. Tom was the father of Jackey Neyman Jones who played Debbie, the little girl, in Manos: The Hands of Fate. I met […]

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Four Pack of Fear Part II: GENOCIDE and THE LIVING SKELETON

Oct 31, 2016 5 Comments by

In the last installment of “Four Pack of Fear,” we talked a little about Japan’s Shochiku Studios and their horror-sci-fi hybrids of the late 1960s. Genocide is a continuation of this tradition, while The Living Skeleton is not. Without further ado, let’s get right down to these disgusting morsels. Genocide Also known as War of […]

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Four Pack of Fear Part I: THE X FROM OUTER SPACE and GOKE, BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL

Oct 25, 2016 No Comments by

Shochiku is not a name a lot of gaijin know. And why should they? Even connoisseurs of Japanese films are probably not familiar with the company. Founded in the late 19th century, thus making it the oldest film company in Japanese history, Shochiku originally began as the brainchild of two kabuki producers named Takejiro Otani […]

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10 Horror Movie Scenes that will Haunt Your Halloween Memories

Oct 18, 2016 No Comments by

Every Halloween the internet is flooded by a tsunami of horror-themed list making. Best films, best candy, best costumes, etc. In the holiday spirit, I offer a somewhat different list. Here are 10 horror movie scenes that, for widely varying reasons, have stayed with me. Although some of these films are classics, in no way […]

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Goodbye to the Godfather of Gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Oct 03, 2016 1 Comment by

You don’t get the nickname “Godfather of Gore” by accident and it certainly takes a special kind of person to live up to that name.  With over forty films to his credit, most of them as director, producer, or both, Herschell Gordon Lewis was a man truly ahead of his time. Lewis was born on […]

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Death Masks: Dissecting the Three Wax Museum Movies

Sep 19, 2016 1 Comment by

Certain themes have a way of repeating themselves. Call it lack of creativity or call it timelessness, but the horror movie world certainly has its fair share of commonalities. From the silent era into the early sound period, the “old dark house” genre dominated, with somewhat funny, somewhat spooky tales about wills read at midnight […]

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