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Video Nasties: The Darkest Films of Yesterday

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‘Video Nasty‘ was a term coined in Britain around 1982 which applied to certain films distributed on video cassette that were criticised by the media and various religious organisations for their violent content. While cinema violence had been regulated by the British Board of Film Censorship for many years, the lack of regulations for video sales (combined with the claim ...

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Evolution of Science Fiction in Television: The War of the Worlds

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Greetings Earthlings! I have come to educate the non-believers, and reminisce with the faithful followers of science fiction. In this monthly column, we will start at the beginning then go back to the future…..I will be showcasing the best science fiction shows on television from the terribly awesome 50’s to today. Let’s start with the granddaddy of them all…….. War ...

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Key Genre Films 1940s

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The forties got off to a cracking start with Paramount’s Technicolor production of Doctor Cyclops (1940) starring Albert Dekker as a crazed scientist who discovers the secret of miniaturisation deep in the South American jungles. The film contains superb special effects sequences which required the construction of gigantic sets and props of everyday articles, including books, chairs, pot-plants and scientific ...

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To See The Invisible Man

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Scientific knowledge was never one of the requirements needed for a successful Hollywood scriptwriter. At least science fiction authors are usually aware of scientific flaws and try to disguise them with pseudo-science. For instance, they’ve long got around Einstein’s law regarding the impossibility of faster-than-light travel by taking a short-cut through ‘hyper-space’. My old friend H.G. Wells was well aware ...

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The FX Shop: Frank Ippolito (Frank FX / Chiodo Bros Studio)

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Good DAY my bloody fiendish friends…Today i bring you another special FX man thats done make-up work on such Hollywood Blockbuster films like Pirates of the Carribean 2 & 3, The Chronicles of Ridd*ck, and many others! Hes Also works with the famous Chiodo Bros. FX team who have done amazing work on such cult favorites such as Killer Klowns From ...

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Doc Rotten’s Halls of Horror: 70s Frankenstein’s Monster

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One of the most recognizable movie monsters in horror cinema is the Frankenstein Monster. Beginning with Frankenstein (1910) and, more famously, Frankenstein (1931) from Universal, Mary Shelley’s man-made monster has taken many forms. In 1957, Hammer Films jettisoned the creature into the Technicolor age with Curse of Frankenstein. Throughout the Sixties, Hammer Films would produce a variety of Monsters created ...

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Serial Killer Movies P-Z

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The following article is the third and final part of a three-part list of films featuring serial killers. I’ve deliberately avoided movies concerning ‘spree killers’, ‘obsessed fan’ films, and movies that contain supernatural elements. It is not intended to be a complete list nor terribly insightful, but a simple rundown of the best, worst and most interesting serial killer titles ...

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Serial Killer Movies F-O

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The following article is the second part of a three-part list of films featuring serial killers. I’ve deliberately avoided movies concerning ‘spree killers’, ‘obsessed fans’, and movies that contain supernatural elements. It is not intended to be a complete list nor terribly insightful, but a simple rundown of the best, worst and most interesting serial killer titles to be found, ...

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