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Ferris Bueller: Ben Stein’s Debut

Ben Stein was a nobody in Hollywood when he arrived for one day of work on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “By total chance, without ever having seen the inside of an acting school, without ever having read scripts or gone…

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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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Pakistani Zombies Invade Philly!

Philadelphia’s growing reputation as a city for horror has much more to do with resident filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.  De Palma shot his 1981 classic Blow Out there and local film enthusiast Exhumed Films have been running horror and…

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Pumpkin Pie

Michael Myers, famously written into the script of Halloween as "The Shape" is scary.  He’s scary because he looks like a big, expressionless guy who wants to hurt you.  The mask makes him seem like a force of nature that…

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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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Voorhees? Voorhees?

So, when they put the vocal track from one song over the music from another song they call it a mash-up.  Should this be called a slash-up?  All I know is it works.  It’s like an arrow that fits perfectly…

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This Week’s DVDs: Godzilla vs. Bava!

On one hand, it’s a slow week for genre DVDs, with only a few notable titles coming out. But man, oh man, those titles sure are doozies!  But if you had to twist our arms, we’d say the top…

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Halloween

Often called one of the most successful independent films of all time, this little horror gem grossed roughly 200 times what it cost to make, raking in over $65 million at the box office. Read more about the terror…

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In Theaters: Grindhouse and The Reaping

It may only be April, but 2007’s most eagerly anticipated horror film finally opens this Friday.  After an originally scheduled late 2006 release date, this bound-to-be classic frightfest will at long last give moviegoers all over the thrills, chills…

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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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