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R.I.P. Herman Stein

You may not immediately recognize the name of film music composer Herman Stein, but chances are that if you’re someone who loves the classic Universal-International sci-fi and horror films of the 1950’s, you’ve heard his music. Films like It…

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The Beatles vs. The Zombies!

There are two things I simply cannot stand. One is movie remakes. Rare is the redux of a film that I love which hasn’t made me violently angry. I usually avoid seeing them, although on a few occasions I’ve…

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R.I.P. Freddie Francis

It’s always hard to measure the worth of an individual artist who’s greatest achievements come from their collaborations with other artists who’s infamy so far outweighs their own. And so it was that on Saturday, March 17th, BSC lighting…

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Signs of CGI in Zodiac

I’m never comfortable calling a real-life crime drama a horror film as it feels like a disservice to the surviving participants of a life-shattering event to reduce their pain into a convenient genre label. Nonetheless, cinematician David Fincher’s recent…

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MAD MAX Sans Mel?

The Mad Max series of films have always been a favorite of mine, although it’s hard to categorize them into a specific genre as the basic premise is sci-fi but the car crashing setpieces have always pushed them squarely out…

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Ox vs. Snake: Only In New York!

I had the good fortune of meeting wrestler Ox Baker the other day while helping out as a camera person on a documentary in development about old school wrestling champions. In case you’re wondering why I’m mentioning such a thing…

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A Rose Grows in the GRINDHOUSE

Okay, I’ll admit that I’ve been ignoring all the hooplah surrounding the upcoming release of the Tarantino/Rodriguez double-team GRINDHOUSE flick. I gave up on post-modern super-cool macho-posturing cinema just around the time my permanent teeth started growing in. And then…

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Zombies I Have Known

Did you ever wonder where Zombies come from?  If the movie is by George Romero, then some of them may have just been innocent bystanders on set grabbed by Romero and pressed into Zombie service. One such insta-zombie happened…

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More Morricone

Old style justice was served during this years Academy Awards ceremony when one of the great living film soundtrack composers, Ennio Morricone, finally received the honorary Oscar that had thus far eluded him (after 5 nominations!) for his entire career….

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Great Horror Composers — And A Surprise!

When you think of great horror film music, which composers come to mind? Is it John Williams’gut-level primal Jaws theme? Or maybe the pulsating rhythms of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells that was so memorably used in The Exorcist? The eclectic…

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