DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS Makes Its Blu-ray Debut

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Gonna be one hell of a haunt season. A bevy of “must own” discs are heading our way and here’s another one to add to that list. The HAMMER classic DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS. Originally release in 1966 and starring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, and Andrew Keir the Blu-ray will be hitting shelves here on Sept. 3rd. Synopsis: For many years after becoming one of the definitive movie Draculas in the 1958 Hammer Films classic … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: Six long years after their last appearance, Gizmo & company are back! But they’re no longer in Kingston Falls, they’re in NYC and have taken over a giant skyscraper as they continue their hi-jinks. Now as they are preparing to go wild on the streets of NYC, who is going to stop them? And how?

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Film Review: The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1959)

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SYNOPSIS: “When Sir Charles Baskerville dies unexpectedly, his nephew and heir Sir Henry returns from South Africa. Dr. Mortimer, the local doctor, is concerned about Sir Henry’s safety as he is convinced that Sir Charles was literally frightened to death. He consults Sherlock Holmes and recounts the tale of one Sir Hugo Baskerville who, several generations previously, had been killed by a huge hound and which now is believed by some to be a curse … Continue reading

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Film Review: Frankenweenie (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Young Victor Frankenstein conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. REVIEW: For those of us who dig animated films in the horror genre have been blessed as of late. Last month we were treated to “ParaNorman“, last week we got “Hotel Transylvania” & last Friday we got “Frankenweenie” which is Tim Burton’s second release this year (“Dark Shadows” was released a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dark Shadows (2012)

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SYNOPSIS:  An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. REVIEW: Sadly I am old enough to remember watching “Dark Shadows” when it originally aired on daytime TV. I wasn’t a real fan of it but my mother was & I would come home from school to find her watching it. I watched along with her every so often but … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: “An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! However he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Wicker Tree (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Two young missionaries from Texas head to Scotland to educate the Scottish heathens in the way of Christ. They are initially charmed by the locals in the town of Tressock, and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision, and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock’s seemingly friendly … 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: Horror Hotel (1960)

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SYNOPSIS: “On 3 March 1692, in Whitewood, Massachusetts, the witch Elizabeth Selwyn is sentenced to be burned at the stake, and her partner Jethrow Keane asks LĂşcifer to save her. About three hundred years later, the college student Nan Barlow decides to spend her vacation in the town to research witchcraft. Her professor Alan Driscoll suggests Nan to lodge in the Ravens Inn, managed by Mrs. Newless. Once in the village, the naive Nan is … Continue reading

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Key Genre Films 1950s

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Just as the thirties had been a golden age for Gothic horror films, so the fifties would do the same for science fiction. The power of the atom had undeniably hooked the public on the wonders of science. This, coupled with the development of rocket power and the first major UFO sightings, provided a wealth of exploitable material for the film industry. The first film off the launch pad was to have been Destination Moon … Continue reading

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Film Review: Funny Man (1994)

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SYNOPSIS: When Max Taylor wins the ancestral home of Callum Chance in a game of Poker, little does he realise that the game is far from over… One by one, Max’s family are murdered by the Funny Man, a demonic jester with a varied and imaginative repertoire of homicidal techniques and an irreverent sense of humour. Meanwhile, Max’s brother is on his way to the mansion with a bunch on hitchhikers who will be lucky … Continue reading

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Film Review: Horror Express (1972)

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SYNOPSIS: “In 1906, in China, Professor Alexander Saxton discovers an ancient frozen fossil in the remote Province of Szechuan. He brings the remains of the being in a box to Shanghai and boards a trans-Siberian train, where he meets his acquaintance Doctor Wells. During the trip, a life force trapped in the frozen creature is released, killing and stealing the memories of the passengers.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Can you imagine what you’d get if you … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Resident (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her. REVIEW: The Resident, a new release under the wing of Hammer films, features the re-occurring Hammer favorite Christopher Lee playing the role of tenant August with our focal characters Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Max the landlord and the ever alluring Hilary Swank as Dr. Juliet Dermer. Juliet … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Wicker Man (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: “Police Sergeant Neil Howie arrives on a Scottish island looking for a missing teenager girl, Rowan Morrison. The place belongs to Lord Summerisle and is famous because of their plantation of apples and other fruits and their harvest. Sergeant Howie realises that the locals are pagans, practicing old rituals, and Rowan is probably alive and being prepared to be sacrificed. The end of the story is a tragic surprise.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: The seventies … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Satanic Rites Of Dracula (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: “In London in the seventies, Scotland Yard police investigators think they have uncovered a case of vampirism. They call in an expert vampire researcher named Van Helsing (a descendant of the great vampire-hunter himself, no less) to help them put a stop to these hideous crimes. It becomes apparent that the culprit is Count Dracula himself, disguised as a reclusive property developer, but secretly plotting to unleash a fatal virus upon the world.” (courtesy … Continue reading

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Doc Rotten’s Halls of Horror: Amicus Anthologies Part 1

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In 1964, American producers Milton Subotsky and Max J. Rosenberg team up to create Amicus Productions, a small independent film company based in Shepperton Studios, England. Among the first films they release is Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, a portmanteau horror film starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. They quickly become closely associated and compared to Hammer Films to which their films share many similarities: directors such as Freddie Francis, stars such as Lee and … Continue reading

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