Category Archives: Films

Christmas Day – Small Blessings

Christmas Day began early. I was woken up by the sound of violent wind. I happened to turn in the bed and only half awake realized the front door had blown full open. Panic set in and woke me up … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve II Christmas 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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Movies for October – Horror Without Screams

I’m going to start with some generalizations. They of course do not apply to all modern movies by any stretch but there is a reason for starting so. Modern movies are loud. Surging orchestral soundtracks, explosions, gunfights and battles abound. … Continue reading

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Movies for October – The Work of Val Lewton

Certainly in the run-up to Halloween people start thinking of the spooky movies they want to watch. A lot of people don’t like what are considered horror movies. Many are derivative, repetitive or just plain poor quality. There are some … Continue reading

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Boris Karloff – A Halloween Icon

It’s not Halloween without costumes and every year you see recreations of the classic monster from the movie Frankenstein. In 1931, Universal chief Carl Laemmle Jr, offered director James Whale his choice of any property the studio owned. He chose … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury The Man Who Discovered the October Country

Orange gold late afternoon light, the sound of dry leaves being scuffed along the sidewalk by passersby, the smell of smoke in the air and the sound of crickets all are signs of coming change, in the weather, in the … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

I am a big fan of the movie “Groundhog Day”. All the characters are believable and the cast do a very good job in bringing them to life.  Every year I try to watch it on the day. Most years … Continue reading

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