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Revisiting the Classics: THE MIDNIGHT HOUR

A lot of you will have never heard of this one, and that’s a shame. This was a made-for-television movie from the Halloween season of 1985. I honestly can’t remember it ever being rebroadcast after that initial airing. The movie is very similar in tone to HOCUS POCUS, and it’s unfortunate that it hasn’t become…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: THE MIDNIGHT HOUR

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THE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 11

“Sit,” the man said, his voice deep and melodic, with a strange accent Brian couldn’t place. “Where am I?” Brian asked as he complied. The man continued to smile. Brian looked at him with slow, dawning recognition. He had seen this man before, once, though his memory from childhood had made of the stranger a…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 11

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Human Aging Process Reversed

Well, here we go, then. The aging process in human beings has been reversed in a study conducted in Israel. (Kinda fitting, if you think about it, for those of us in the Western world who come from a Judeo-Christian background.) As I’m not a scientist and there’s really no reason that I can see…Continue readingHuman Aging Process Reversed

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Mumm-Ra’s the Word

It stands to reason that, on my list of most beloved cartoon series, the two that rank nearest the top of the list are HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE and THUNDERCATS. (They occupy the pinnacle, jockeying for position with the Filmation TARZAN cartoon series and THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN; these even top SCOOBY-DOO WHERE…Continue readingMumm-Ra’s the Word

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Franklin Castle and The Punisher

Penning (or technically keyboarding) an article this week concerning Franklin Castle (alternately the Tiedemann House after its original owner, Hannes Tiedemann) in Cleveland, Ohio, called “the most haunted house in Ohio” and referred to by famed paranormal investigator and author Hans Holzer as a “frightful place filled with souls”, it kept bugging me that the…Continue readingFranklin Castle and The Punisher

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J’accuse!

Maybe. To announce “I accuse!” might be a little bit harsh. I find it distasteful to slander a person after he/she is dead. It would be better for me to say “I suspect”, then, as I have no direct evidence to support my position. It must then remain speculative. Still, “j’accuse!” has a better ring…Continue readingJ’accuse!

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Movie Review: AFFLICTED

I hadn’t made it a point to see this one before now because it’s a found-footage movie, and I am *so* over found-footage movies. It’s to my regret that I waited, because AFFLICTED can take its place alongside such films as LET ME IN, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT,…Continue readingMovie Review: AFFLICTED

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Happy Anniversary to BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

Permit me to wax nostalgic for a moment. The date was November 13, 1992, a Friday the 13th, just like the one we just celebrated this year. 28 years ago. That’s hard to believe. I was a young wet-behind-the-ears whippersnapper with a mullet and a Members Only jacket, and I went to the theater at…Continue readingHappy Anniversary to BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

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THE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 10

It took less time to cross the distance to the pyramid than Brian had expected. But he found he had been correct in his estimate of the structure’s overall size as he drew near, bathed now in the light of the torches. Both statues alone had to be fifty feet or better in height. Brian…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 10

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Vikram and the V-A-M-P-I-R-E

As much as I love Atlas Obscura, we may have to fight. This article makes much hash out of the differences between the Indian (the country) version of the vampire, the Vetala, and the standardized vampire that we know today.  Yes, there are differences. Every culture has its own version of the vampire myth. The…Continue readingVikram and the V-A-M-P-I-R-E

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FRIDAY THE 13TH Kaput?

This isn’t meant to be a clickbait title. For the record, I’m not making any such claim. The writer of this article from over at Bloody Disgusting, however, is suggesting this is a real possibility. Allow me to quote: “But over time, the probability of a new Friday the 13th, in particular, starts to look…Continue readingFRIDAY THE 13TH Kaput?

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A FREAKY Sequel

It’s kinda hard to imagine there wouldn’t be one, honestly. It’s hard to imagine the movie won’t turn a nice profit, even with the ‘Rona ragin’ and all that. It’s bound to go over the top in a few weeks if it doesn’t do so immediately. And with the critical consensus consisting of nigh universal…Continue readingA FREAKY Sequel