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Land of Shadow and Substance: Walking Distance

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Land of Shadow and Substance – Walking Distance– (10/30/59) There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call … Continue reading

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Land of Shadow and Substance: Sixteen Millimeter Shrine

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Land of Shadow and Substance – Sixteen Millimeter Shrine – (10/23/59) There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which … Continue reading

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Land of Shadow and Substance: Mr. Denton On Doomsday

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Land of Shadow and Substance – Mr. Denton On Doomsday- (10/16/59) There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Guy Knows Everything (short film) (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: The story follows bar pals who face off in a game of sports trivia, when a stranger, with a penchant for whiskey, ups the stakes with a seemingly unending knowledge beyond sports into their personal lives. With the clock ticking towards a midnight deadline, will the group survive using their wits alone before the money and time runs REVIEW: Trivia questions have always been a rage, spinning off game shows and board games alike.and … Continue reading

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Land of Shadow and Substance: And When the Sky Was Opened

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Land of Shadow and Substance – And When the Sky Was Opened – (12/11/59) There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is … Continue reading

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Land of Shadow and Substance: Judgment Night

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Land of Shadow and Substance – Judgment Night – (12/04/59) There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we … Continue reading

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Land of Shadow and Substance: One for the Angels

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Land of Shadow and Substance – One for the Angels – Episode 2 – (10/09/59) There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It … Continue reading

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Land of Shadow and Substance: Where is Everybody?

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The Land of Shadow and Substance – The premiere episode – “Where is Everybody?” On October 2, 1959, America had the opportunity to view a brand new television show from CBS that eventually proved to be a classic. However, this very first show was different than the rest of the series, with only the story tale type and filming style staying consistent. While the name Twilight Zone remained the same, the show’s title lettering was … Continue reading

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Land of Shadow and Substance: Inaugural Article

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The Land of both Shadow and Substance with Thomas Scopel Inaugural Article The date, January 13th, 2013. The place…somewhere nestled in a small beachside cottage along the mid-eastern seaboard of Florida. Now usually, going as far back as Christ’s disciples, including Judas, which was the thirteenth, to the more recent popular slasher horror film franchise, the number thirteen is primarily viewed as an unlucky number, often associated with negativity, wickedness and evil. But this number … Continue reading

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Film Review: Django Unchained (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. REVIEW: At first glance during the opening credits of Django Unchained, the film appears to be nothing more than a typical spaghetti western. However, within the very first few minutes it becomes clear that it is not, as a tense standoff between the slave trading Spic brothers and a witty and wise dentist … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Vanishing (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on. REVIEW: Surprisingly demented and creepy is the best way to describe the 1993 film The Vanishing, directed by George Sluizer, and it is a film that, to this reviewer, is astonished to find that most horror fans are completely unaware of. While the film’s subject matter alone is rather disturbing, it is Jeff Bridges exceptional performance and portrayal … Continue reading

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Film Review: End of Days (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It’s up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him. REVIEW: After all the action films that Arnold Schwarzenegger has been in, itÂ’s rather interesting to see him attempt his skills in a horror based film. And, as most folks will attest, his acting skills arenÂ’t what you would call Oscar caliber. But, also … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sphere (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years’ worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean. REVIEW: Realistic and believable, the film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s best selling novel Sphere combines acting heavyweights with the intriguing tale and doing it justice. When a spaceship is found sunken beneath years of coral growth buried under one thousand feet of water, a psychologist, Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) is called in under the guise … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lost Souls (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: A small group of Catholics led by an ailing priest believe that Satan intends to become man, just as God did in the person of Jesus. The writings of a possessed mental patient lead them to Peter Kelson, a writer who studies serial killers. They think it’s his body Satan will occupy. The youngest in the group, a teacher named Maya Larkin, goes to Peter to investigate further and to convince him to believe … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Haunting (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house’s ghostly past. REVIEW: With direction by Jan De Bont, The Haunting, a 1999 Dreamworks big budget ghost story with an equally big budget cast, started off slick, creative and impressive in every way and had the potential to wow audiences. However, after … Continue reading

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Film Review: Haute Tension (High Tension) (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: Two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and blood) while on vacation at Alexa’s parents’ country home when a mysterious killer invades their quiet getaway. REVIEW: As the name implies, High Tension (2003) is certainly not a misnomer. It is a terrifyingly suspenseful film and absolutely one of the best to come out in a long time. But beware, once the gory action starts, relatively soon enough, you will spend the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hostel Part II (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it. REVIEW: Eli Roth is widely known for writing and directing demented films heavily depicting violence and gore and thoroughly shocking viewers. With Hostel II, he has done it yet again, this time pushing the horror even farther, by taking a small portion away. Beth (Lauren German), along with best friend Whitney (Bijou Phillips) and emotionally … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hostel (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them. REVIEW: Touting welcome to your worst nightmare, and rightfully so, Hostel is certainly one of the most gruesome films ever created. And, considering that the film is presented by Quentin Tarantino, and written and directed by Eli Roth, does it really surprise? Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) are two … Continue reading

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Film Review: Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Nerdy, reserved bookworm Needy and arrogant, conceited cheerleader Jennifer are best friends, though they share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. As Needy’s male classmates are steadily killed off in gruesome attacks, the young girl must uncover the truth behind her friend’s transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rabid (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. REVIEW: Rarely is an ex-adult film star ever seen in a normal role. Typically this is primarily due to lack of acting ability and being pigeon holed in the genre. However, occasionally one does breakout and explore alternatives, which Marilyn Chambers … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Legacy (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: A millionaire and a million-dollar prostitute, a star-maker and a nation-killer, a woman whose lusts are as cold as graveyard snow…Five of the most powerful people in the world, gathered in an ancient mansion to inherit a Legacy of bloodsome horror. And Maggie makes six. REVIEW: Initially, I was intrigued by this 1978 film directed by Richard Marquand and starring Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, two exceptional actors in their own right. However, when … Continue reading

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About Wee Willie Wicked

Wee WillieWith the seeds firmly planted in his mind by Pittsburgh's Chiller Theatre, Thomas Scopel found the weekly scares he desired. After obtaining a degree and working in the engineering field and constantly feeling the writing itch, he pursued it, becoming a correspondent at the Daytona Beach News Journal. This scratched the itch, but left only raised, bloody, horror aspirating welts on his flesh and he converted to horror fiction.

Since entering the macabre he has been published in various horror based publications and his alter ego, an evil clown named Wee Willie Wicked, was born. His tales include: The Pumpkin Patch, Lickety Split, While You Sleep, All the Creatures Were Stirring…Even the Mouse, The Eight Legs of Night, The Argument, A Cup of Sugar, The Horrors of Easter, Don't Forget the Fingers: A Guide to the Perfect Zombie Family Picnic, Welcome, The Christmas Help, and more.

He has written two novellas, Twitch and The Daily Death – How I Killed My Co-Workers In 30 Days, a collection of macabre fictional death tales.