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Zombie Chicken

I don’t watch a lot of stuff on the Internet. In fact I don’t waste much time on the Internet at all these days, having to a large extent given up the social media monkey and, elsewhere from Facebook, I never did much time-wastin’ anyway. If I’m online, which I frequently am, and not just…

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Elvira’s Autobiography

So the “Mistress of the Dark”, aka Cassandra Peterson, has a book scheduled for release for Halloween next year. “I’m busier than ever writing away on my autobiography. I now have a DEAD-line from my publishers so no more messing around. My book is due at the end of February so we can have a…

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The Vampire Star

No, I’m not talking about the space vampire featured in an episode of the BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY television show from the 80s. (The episode, entitled “Space Vampire,” is an obvious homage to-slash-blatant rip-off of—it really depends on your perspective—Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, with a tad of NOSFERATU thrown in for good measure, which…

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The Sligo Pandemic and DRACULA

It occurred to me as I was typing this, I’m not really sure of the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic. So I looked it up. I knew that pandemic was bigger, was worse, but it seems that in order to be a pandemic it has to have an international effect. The Sligo cholera…

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The Satanic Panic, or Why R.L. Stine is the Devil

Satanism and nostalgia. They’re a strange sort of bedfellows, but if you’re of a certain age, a child of the 80s, they do ironically enough fit together. Now people today aren’t any smarter than they were back then. I’d say the percentage of stupidity is about the same, and has probably always held steady throughout…

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: The Movie vs. the Books

It annoys me whenever I hear someone say of some novel that has been turned into a film, “the book was way better.” To reach such a conclusion requires one to place two disparate things upon equal footing. It is comparing a painting to a sculpture, or, in keeping with that clichéd food analogy of…

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Movie Review: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

For those who might have seen this one already, yes, that was Bela Lugosi’s face prominently displayed on the bedroom wall of the primary protagonist, as he looked when portraying the character Murder Legendre in WHITE ZOMBIE. If you haven’t seen the SCARY STORIES flick yet, be on the lookout for Lugosi’s mug (although it’s…

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Tut’s Coffin

Last week—or was it the week before?—it was Tut’s head, or the head of a statue of King Tutankhamen, one probably smuggled out of Egypt illegally. (Is it possible to legally smuggle something?) This week it’s Tut’s sarcophagus. The Pharaoh’s gold-gilt coffin is undergoing restoration work (it had developed some cracks) for the first time…

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Remembering DAY OF THE DEAD

Seeing it featured in the latest season of STRANGER THINGS got me wanting to watch George Romero’s masterpiece DAY OF THE DEAD again. (Can an auteur have more than one masterpiece? I think Romero did. All three of his Living Dead movies from the 70s and 80s would qualify. LAND OF THE DEAD might even…

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Renovating Highgate

Highgate Cemetery was probably the inspiration for the cemetery in DRACULA wherein Lucy Westenra gets staked and beheaded by Van Helsing and his cohorts, a scene that was possibly inspired by the real-world exhumation of Elizabeth Siddals, mistress of Dante Rossetti, in 1869. Highgate also allegedly had its own real-life vampire at large in the…

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No Regrets

Chris Morgan was an architect for the planned “Dark Universe” shared universe for the classic Universal Monsters. “I don’t [have] regrets or anything like that…I think it’s just, you know, I think it probably was trying to come together too quickly [which is just another way of saying the whole thing was rushed—ED], I would…

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Movie Review: COLD SKIN

When watching this gem from last year, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Leviathans storyline from DARK SHADOWS. A lot of fans didn’t care for this storyline but I loved it. I loved *all* the storylines from DARK SHADOWS. I mean, sure, I loved some more than others, but anyway. I also couldn’t get the…

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