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Creepy Covers

I have to agree with Todd’s post about the superior effectiveness of monsters who are mad at each other on their movie posters, rather than chummy and convivial. In a world where so much Entertainment Weekly-style quasi-insider information floats around,…

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D’Oh! Simpsons Movie A Future Classic?

When The Simpsons Movie opens this weekend, I’ll be so there.  As I chomp Starburst fruit chews while I sit in the theater, I’ll be wondering, is Matt Groening’s big screen creation a future classic?  Groening and his cohorts…

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Frank R. Paul, The Father of Modern SF Illustration

One of my pet passions is early pulp science-fiction magazine covers. There’s just something so exhilarating about the garish splash of four color on glossy paper. The splendid scenes pulp covers reveal — tentacles aliens advancing upon platinum blondes,…

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Romero and Gordon at Toronto Midnight Madness

Why George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead is premiering in the Midnight Madness slot (programmed by Colin Geddis) in early September and not in the central programming is a question worth asking. Diary is about a group of…

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Shivers! John Saul’s The Devil’s Labyrinth

Yesterday, John Saul’s hot, new horror novel, The Devil’s Labyrinth, came to me by messenger.  From the first chapter (in which little kids bury a dead iguana only to find, well, a surprise), Saul slowly and masterfully builds a…

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School Shooting Scene in Terminator TV Pilot To Be Cut

During the Television Critics Association Press Tour on Monday, Josh Friedman — Executive Producer of The Sarah Connor Chronicles — announced that the opening scene of the pilot episode would be rewritten and reshot in the wake of the…

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Horror Surfer: Angelina Jolie Goes Old School… Really Really Old School

Angelina Jolie meets your High School English curriculum in Beowulf.  Check out the pics. It’s official: this is the poster for Saw IV, coming to theaters October 26th.  A very different Harry Potter. Dragon Wars, previously known as D-War (and…

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Ballerina Terminator: Summer Glau

I am unabashed fan of slight, pale-skinned sylphs who look as fragile as butterflies punching bad guys through brick walls. So I love the diminuitive ballerina turned sci-fi actor Summer Glau, perhaps best known as the brainwashed, psychic bad-ass in…

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SF Cinematography Loses Laszlo Kovacs

There are many people behind the camera in films who are not often recognized, blurred from recognition by the glow of the coveted director, producer and screenwriter credits, but none is more egregiously overlooked than the cinematographer. After all, they…

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Terrifying Clip of the Week

I remember being pretty terrified by this "children’s" film back in those long-ago elementary school days.  The AV slave would thread it up, and we’d all sit transfixed and shuddering until it ended, and the slapping of the loose film…

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