William Castle

Plastic skeletons dangling on wires above the audience! Theatre seats wired to buzz the audience! Fright-breaks giving cowardly customers a chance to escape to the lobby! Insurance policies guaranteeing audience members against death by fright! These and other outrageous gimmicks designed to pull in more moviegoers may seem like the creations of a P.T. Barnum rather than a directorial master of suspense and terror. In fact, they’re the creations of a man who is a … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 59

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Happy Halloween! What films do you watch each October? That is a question that fascinated Doc and this week’s co-host, Dave Dreher. So, the two joined forces and compiled a list of eight (8) horror films they watch each October to celebrate Halloween. Classic with Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr. along with newer films like the terrific anthology film, Trick R Treat. Doc and Dave sit back for an hour and reminisce about … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 53

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The old dark house. The creepy dilapidated manor. The remote isolate hotel. Haunted Houses! The idea fascinates audiences, directors and screen writers creating one of the most chilling of horror sub-genres. James Wan’s latest film, The Conjuring, is a brilliant example of a haunted house film…and more. Co-hosts, Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani, join together to run through their lists of Top 10 Haunted House films. The Shining. Poltergeist. The Haunting. Ghost, spirits, demons and Jack Nicholson. Get Ready! … Continue reading

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Film Review: House on Haunted Hill (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past. REVIEW: The movie “House on Haunted Hill” has always been a guilty pleasure for me. I can’t express as much enthusiasm on the sequel (Return to House on Haunted Hill), but as a viewer, (and at the time of seeing this in theatres) it just held all the right elements that I found … Continue reading

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Film Review: House On Haunted Hill (1959)

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SYNOPSIS: “Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his fourth wife, Annabelle, have invited five people to the house on Haunted Hill for a ‘Haunted House’ party. Whoever will stay in the house for one night will earn ten thousand dollars each. As the night progresses, all the guests are trapped inside the house with ghosts, murderers, and other terrors.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: This week I’m discussing one of my favourite films of all time, as I … Continue reading

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