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Movies for October – Kaidanshu on Film

Kaidan are the traditional ghost and horror stories  of the Edo period in Japan. Kaidanshu were originally based on older Buddhist stories of a didactic, educational  nature, although the moral lessons soon gave way to the demand for strange and … 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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A Month for Ghost Stories – The Golden Age

The period from the 1880s to the 1920s is widely considered the ‘golden age’ of the ghost story. My personal feeling is the period is somewhat wider than that but it’s certainly true ghost story writing proliferated in that time. In … Continue reading

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And Then There’s Weird Tales

All the characters of the costume parade, the werewolf, the vampire,  the bandaged mummy or the staring zombie showed up in the pages of Weird Tales the infamous pulp fiction magazine. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu stories first appeared in Weird Tales and Robert E … 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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