Film Review: The Last Man On Earth (1964)

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SYNOPSIS: “Doctor Robert Morgan is the only survivor of a devastating world-wide plague due to a mysterious immunity he acquired to the bacterium while working in Central America years ago. He is all alone now – or so it seems. As night falls, plague victims become part of a hellish undead army that’s thirsting for blood – his!” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: This week’s film is the misunderstood classic The Last Man On Earth (1964) or, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Raven (1963)

SYNOPSIS: “The magician Doctor Erasmus Craven, who chooses not belong to the Brotherhood Of Magicians, grieves the loss of his beloved wife Lenore and lives in a castle with his daughter Estelle. One day, a raven knocks on his window and Craven learns that the bird is actually the magician Doctor Adolphus Bedlo who was turned into a raven after challenging the powerful magician Doctor Scarabus who was an enemy of his father. Craven makes … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Legend Of Hell House (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House REVIEW: “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Fall Of The House Of Usher (1960)

SYNOPSIS: “After a long journey, Philip arrives at the Usher mansion seeking his loved one, Madeline. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Madeline and her brother Roderick Usher have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick’s senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

SYNOPSIS: “Robert Scott Carey and his beloved wife Louise Carey are spending vacation on the motor boat of his brother Charlie. When Louise goes to the galley to bring a beer to Robert, he is engulfed by a weird mist. Six months later, Robert is sprayed by insecticide and when he goes to the doctor for the routine medical examination, he realizes that he had become shorter. Then he goes to a laboratory to be … Continue reading

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Film Review: Twilight Zone The Movie (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: “Four horror-science fiction segments directed by four of Hollywood’s famous directors based on TV’s most popular anthology series, bookened by a funny and scary prologue and epilogue. In the first story, a loud-mouthed bigoted businessman with an intense hatred for Jews, blacks and Asians gets the tables turned on him when he walks out a bar and is inexplicably transported back in time to being pursued by Nazis in 1940s France, then as an … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone (season five episodes)

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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound; a dimension of sight; a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into…The Twilight Zone.” #121 IN PRAISE OF PIP – In the early sixties, small-time bookie Max Phillips hates his life. His only pride is his son Pip, currently serving in the … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone (season four episodes)

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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound; a dimension of sight; a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into…The Twilight Zone.” #103 IN HIS IMAGE – A young man named Alan grapples with an urge to kill and confusion about his origins. Upon visiting his hometown his memory seems … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone (season three episodes)

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“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop…The Twilight Zone.” #66 TWO – The opening narration tells us the time could be the distant past or the far future. A female soldier, the survivor of an apocalyptic war, stumbles into a deserted war-ravaged town. Searching a derelict restaurant she finds a can … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone (season two episodes)

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“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead. Your next stop…The Twilight Zone.” #37 KING NINE WILL NOT RETURN – A pilot of a downed WW II bomber comes to in the African desert and desperately tries to find out what happened to the rest of his crew. Directed by … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone (season one episodes)

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“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…The Twilight Zone.” #1 WHERE IS EVERYBODY – A man … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone (Original TV Series)

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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound; a dimension of sight; a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into…The Twilight Zone.” Few television shows have bequeathed a more treasured legacy of ideas and style, and it still stands as the role model for the anthology genre. Its trenchant parables … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV series)

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Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) was the best investigative reporter you’ve never heard of. The reason for his anonymity? His exclusive accounts of mass murders and serial killings always wound up being suppressed by the authorities or shelved by his disbelieving editor, Tony Vincenzo (Simon Oakland). He had the scoops, they just never made it to print. Kolchak was the textbook example of the detective-journalist, right down to his crumpled seersucker suit and tape recorder. He … Continue reading

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Anthology Television Part 2

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Continuing on with our essay,  we present –  Vintage Screams: Anthology Television Part 2. If you missed the first part you can access Vintage Screams: Anthology Television Part 1 directly here. DARKROOM aired from 1981 to 1982, each hour-long episode featuring two or more stories of varying length hosted by actor James Coburn. Starring Steve Allen, David Carradine, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, June Lockhart and Esther Rolle, in stories of suspense and terror which characterised the short-run series: An imaginative teenager … Continue reading

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Anthology Television Part 1

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An anthology television series is a program that presents a different story with a different set of characters in each episode. These normally have different actors each week but some employed a permanent ensemble of actors who would appear in a different drama each week (like Four Star Playhouse). Others would have different actors and stories set in the same ‘shared world’ (like Welcome To Paradox). Many anthology shows would have a host to introduce … Continue reading

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Film Review: Duel (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: “David Mann is feeling emasculated in his life, especially after a fight with his wife the evening before. While driving to a business appointment along a two-lane relatively secluded highway in the California desert, David, innocently he believes, passes an eighteen-wheel fuel truck. Later, the truck comes across him again, playing games of road chicken. David initially thinks that the truck driver is just a bad driver. Then, he believes the truck driver is … Continue reading

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Spotlight: The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)

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You’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, you think you have your whole life figured out, then you’re swimming in the paranormal, things suddenly happen that you can’t explain. You’ve stepped into…the Twilight Zone! Even if you never have seen an episode, The Twilight Zone has such a cult following and is so extraordinary in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror community, I’m sure you have heard the theme song before. Did you know that even though … Continue reading

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The Quiet: A Novella

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James Benton might be the last man on earth. Racing to get to work, he finds random abandoned cars, smouldering pile-ups, and something even stranger. Everywhere he goes there’s no grass, no people, not even a bird in the sky. Alone in a barren world, James travels west in search of someone, anyone who might have survived The Quiet. You can read a sneak peak of it at http://www.scribd.com/doc/61657643/The-Quiet  

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Small Men And Tall Women

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Possibly the most interesting science fiction film of 1957 was Jack Arnold‘s The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). After passing through a radioactive cloud while on a motor boat, combined with later exposure to dangerous pesticides, the man begins to decrease in size, slowly at first, and then much faster. By the time he’s a mere three feet tall it’s become obvious to both his wife and himself that things are never going to be the … Continue reading

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Roger Corman Tackles Edgar Allan Poe

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When the cinema of horror was temporarily abandoned in the late fifties, it was mostly low-budget black-and-white films about monsters. At the beginning of the sixties the budgets were lower than ever, but everything else was changing. As monsters flew out the window, doomed neurotics were plodding hauntedly through the door. The day of the Gothic Costume Drama had arrived, and its prophet was a brisk young fellow named Roger Corman. The Gothic was a … Continue reading

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