Category Archives: Films

Creatures of the Dark – The Illusive History of Vampires

The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia. Cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, Manipuri and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires. Despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these … Continue reading

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Not the Usual Suspects – More Japanese Horror

First the the capitaine yells at the gendarmes, “Round up the usual suspects! ‘ When it comes to Halloween we know who they are. The older generation of Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the Wolfman. Then there are the moderns, Freddy … Continue reading

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The Priceless Vincent Price

Actors and directors associated prominently with horror movies often sufer from Rodney Dangerfield syndome ” Don’t get much respect.”Vincent Price was a highly talented, theatrically trained actor who was never even nominated for a Hollywood award, in spite of working … Continue reading

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Haunted House Movies

The Haunting is a 1963 American supernatural psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson. It stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard … Continue reading

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Not the Usual Suspects – Japanese Horror

First the the capitaine yells at the gendarmes, “Round up the usual suspects! ‘ When it comes to Halloween we know who they are. The older generation of Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the Wolfman. Then there are the moderns, Freddy … Continue reading

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Movies for October – Dark Humor

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Company and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home. … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve II Ghost Stories

“A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins.”      William Shakespeare A Winter’s Tale Act 2 Scene 1   My Christmas must have it’s ghosts and in having this tradition I am in good company. … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Some Spooky Unsolved Historical Mysteries

Here is something a little different for a Halloween History and Mystery. Even after all this time, people still ask, “Who was Jack the Ripper?” The true identity of this Victorian serial killer continues to elude us 130 years after … Continue reading

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Occult Investigators – Carl Kolchak

One of the familiar sights of October is fields of dry corn ready for cutting. Corn stalks are bundled and used as decorations. Deep red, blue and gold colored cobs of corn sit side by side at farm stands next … Continue reading

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Movies for October – A Touch of Gothic

Gothic fiction is well known for emphasis on mood and setting. This made it a natural for translation into film. Gothic fiction is in fact largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror. Its origin is attributed to English author Horace Walpole, with … Continue reading

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