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Film Review: All Dark Places (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Jamie and Christian are giving their marriage one last shot for the sake of love and their young son, Dylan. But when Christian proves unable to hold up his end, forces both within and outside their relationship will decide their future. REVIEW: Clowns have always been my thing…especially the wicked ones. But, I had yet to find one that frightened. Even Stephen King’s Pennywise (with exception of his teeth) is somewhat laughable to me. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Deep Rising (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first. REVIEW: There has always been a fascination with sea monsters, simply take a look at Jules Vern. However, unlike the giant squid of Vern lore, the monster of Deep Rising, similar in shape only, makes … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hatchet (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare. REVIEW: Hatchet, a 2006 film written and directed by Adam Green has all the clichĂ©s of the typical horror flick. A compelling and believable creepy premise, a more than suitable locale, thunder, lightning, rain, darkness, blood, gore, body parts, and victims. Victor Crowley, played by … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mr. Brooks (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. REVIEW: While gore for fear sake certainly does have a place in film, psychological horror stands alone, typically being considerably much more frightening and leaving a lasting impression. When the film is loaded with some of Hollywood’s best actors, this aspect is emphasized even more. Hitchcock was a master at creating that increasingly tense feeling deep within the screener, … Continue reading

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Recipe of Fear

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Cooking up a good scare is nothing more than congealing the right ingredients. While some of the best recipes are typically a matter of taste, most will include darkness and solitude as a base. Keep in mind that no formula is the same and while one ingredient may work well in one instance, it may not in another. Therefore, experimentation is highly encouraged, requiring adding a pinch here and taking away a dash there. Don’t … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beyond the Door II (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman’s former husband who possesses her young son. REVIEW: For those expecting the storyline of the 1977 Italian made film Beyond the Door 2 (originally titled Shock) to be similar to the devil possession storyline based in Beyond the Door 1, prepare to be disappointed. However, don’t let this dissuade you, for it is still a possession tale, just … Continue reading

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Film Review: Night of The Demons 2 (1994)

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SYNOPSIS: Angela, the universe’s most unpleasant party crasher, returns! Angela’s sister, Mouse, is taken by her bullying Catholic school classmates to a party at Angela’s favorite haunt, and before long, everybody’s being turned into demons and only a butt-kickin’ nun, who wields her ruler like a mighty sword of steel, can save the day.. REVIEW: On Halloween night, a blond, a brunette and a redhead enter a house reputed to be the haunt of demon … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bless the Child (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O’Connor’s well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna abandons her newborn, autistic daughter at her home. Maggie takes the baby in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric, and abducts Cody. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beyond the Door (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil’s baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her… but what does he really want? REVIEW: As with many popular and successful American or English made horror films, many times Italian filmmakers seem to be generally compelled at trying their hands with the same subject matter and more often than not only succeeds in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rogue River (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: You can’t outrun family REVIEW: From the opening scene, director Jourdan McClure had completely grasped the audience’s attention with a tattered and blood covered protagonist putting a gun to her head. As the scene fades to black, a single gunshot is heard and the audience feels as if they are in for a gruesome ride. Mara, Michelle Page (Miss Congeniality 2), is driving to where her father had taken her many times in her … Continue reading

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Not Halloween time? Doesn’t mean that you can’t do Something Scary

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Basically, I am a horror nut. I watch the movies, I look at the magazines, I check out the websites, and I write the stories. Most people limit their horror intake and conservatively save it simply for Halloween time. Not me, I try to employ these fright feelings all year long. This is what I did one time. It was October 1991 and I went to a film location that was the place where a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Stigmata (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: An ordinary young woman is affected by mysterious wounds called Stigmata. When a Catholic Priest comes to investigate the so called “miracle”, he discovers this woman may be possessed by someone…or something…and a message originating from the time of Jesus Christ REVIEW: Both controversy and psychological horror clash spiritually in the film Stigmata. Although it is not so much the horror aspect, lending a soft and non-frightening influence to The Exorcist that is the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hunger Games (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A young girl volunteers to take her sister’s place in a fight to the death in a dystopian future. REVIEW: For a few years now, fans of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games (the first book in the three book series, published in 2008), have eagerly anticipated the film adaptation. Well, the time has come and with Gary Ross’ direction, The Hunger Games is now thrust welcomingly upon the world. In a futuristic world known … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dust Devil (1992)

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SYNOPSIS: A woman on the run from her abusive husband encounters a mysterious hitch-hiker. REVIEW: As with most isolated places, there are typically local spirits and superstitions that abound throughout the locals, having been either witnessed themselves or passed down over generations. Many of these types of spirit tales, at least according to the western folklore, are usually good beings that bring things like rain or a good harvest. However, although the film Dust Devil … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Deadly Spawn (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Alien creatures invade a small town and a group of four teenagers, plus one little boy, try to escape from them. REVIEW: There was a time not long ago when English film censors viewed bloody scenes with intrepidation and would stringently rate them accordingly, usually giving the film an 18+ rating, meaning that it was only appropriate for 18 years old and above. While intentions may have been good, most of these films and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him. REVIEW: 1981 saw the third installment of the Omen series and perhaps (although a matter of opinion) it is probably the best film of the three. Directed by Graham Baker, the gripping demonic tale takes place years after Damien; the Omen II ended, and begins when a construction worker finds the seven daggers of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Damien: Omen II

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SYNOPSIS: The continuing saga of the Devil’s son rising to power. REVIEW: The film begins shortly after Robert and Katherine Thorne have been killed (The Omen). Burgenhagen (Leo McKern), the original archeologist in the previous film, has now discovered the Wall Yigael and desperately attempts to convince Morgan (Ian Hendry) that the Antichrist is alive and well. He gives Morgan a box filled with the seven daggers of Meggido and a warning note, to be … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Omen (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist. REVIEW: Directed by Richard Donner, from the beginning frames of The Omen, it is clear that this film is diabolically demonic with a clearly biblical singing choir based soundtrack capable of creating chills. As if that wasn’t enough to imply the film’s tone, during the opening credits, a standing male toddler surrounded by a dark evil red background, is … Continue reading

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Film Review: The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house REVIEW: Paul Henderson (Jon Pertwee) is a film star who disappears after renting an eerie old house. Inspector Holloway (John Bennett) is in charge of the mystery and inquiries at the town’s police station where, the local police sergeant (John Malcolm) begins to explain the house’s horrible history, and so begins the film’s four interwoven tales. Tale one, Method by Murder, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Race With the Devil (1975)

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SYNOPSIS: Two couples vacationing together in an R.V. from Texas to Colorado are terrorized after they witness a murder during a Satanic ritual. REVIEW: Frank (Warren Oates), Alice (Loretta Swit), Roger (Peter Fonda) and Kelly (Lara Parker) are two couples out for the vacation of a lifetime. They have a fully stocked RV, complete with a color television and are heading from Texas to Aspen, Colorado, the first real vacation they’ve had in over five … Continue reading

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Film Review: Absurd (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: Priest comes to small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own REVIEW: Absurd is one of those horror films that use the premise of a hard to kill demon in human skin. The problem is that it is not actually a demon at all, simply … 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.