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Hear Angel Trumpets and Devil Trombones

Nothing sounds quite like a good horror film. It’s not just the scary music, mind you. There’s literally something in the air — an atmosphere, if you will — that permeates the soundscapes of the scariest horror classics. The…

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Is Nothing Sacred?

Remakes these days seem to be either of famous horror films that everyone has heard of (The Hills Have Eyes, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc.) or overseas horror films that nobody has heard of but, according to the laziest…

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And So It Goes

It is with great personal sadness today that I note the passing of a writer who’s work meant so much to me when I was growing up. Kurt Vonnegut died yeterday from brain injuries related to a fall he…

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Grindhouse Roundhouse Grouse

While blow-hard movie executive Harvey Weinstein pretends to have some idea why Grindhouse didn’t shatter box office records this weekend (and really, go here if you want to read the excess verbiage that fell out of his mouth like…

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Cyborg vs. Robot!

There’s something terribly wrong in Hollywood if they can’t even make an hommage to low-budget drive-in garbage that doesn’t cost damn near 60 million dollars. I haven’t sat through Grindhouse yet, but judging from the commercials I’ve seen so…

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The Other Side of Friday

I know you’re at work now reading this because you need a break from the daily grind (don’t worry, I won’t tell anybody). It’s Friday, yes, but it’s been a long work week and the unseasonably cold weather makes…

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Children Shouldn’t Play With a Black Christmas Story

It’s with sadness this morning I’m reporting that director Bob Clark and his son were killed in a car accident yesterday in Los Angeles by some drunken moron driving an SUV in the wrong lane. Clark first came to…

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“Hail to the king, baby!”

The Fear Friday movie on AMC this week is fan-favorite Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness, starring cult film icon Bruce Campbell in the role god molded his chin to play — Ash, the reluctant zombie killer. The third (and…

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Dick & Dickens

This past weekend I had the pleasure of engineering an audio commentary session with legendary film producer and distributor Richard Gordon that was moderated by Tom Weaver — a writer who’s voluminous knowledge of all things film related is…

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Geek Nostalgia Part 1

It’s not until I’m sitting around and talking with fellow horror film geeks my own age that I realize how old I am.  And the media culture has changed quite a bit since I first reached teenager-hood in 1979….

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