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Halloween III: Season of Meaning

Doctors rarely become involved with their patients’ personal lives, much less become amateur detectives to solve a mystery surrounding a strange patient. Little prompting turns Dr. Dan Challis into an amateur detective. The doctor puts his personal struggles and demons aside to solve a murder. Maybe the philosopher Victor Frankl was right when he said, “An abnormal reaction to an …

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The Road to Jurassic Park – Part 1

In June 1993, Jurassic Park celebrated its twenty-seventh birthday—that’s an entire lifetime for an actual T-Rex. Despite huge advances in CGI technology, a slew of imitators and a parade of sequels, Jurassic still stands tall as the quintessential modern dinosaur movie, unmatched in terms of unbridled fun and excitement. But, in truth, Jurassic Park’s Dino-DNA contains a few notable filmic …

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10 Vintage Horror Anthologies You Can Watch Online

Horror fans have an on-and-off relationship with anthology shows. Historically, the television (and now, streaming) landscape is littered with the corpses of great but short-lived shows. Some of these Ghosts of Anthologies Past deserve to be given a second look, and for many, YouTube or DailyMotion are the only way for average viewers to check them out. Here’s a guide …

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EVIL: The Amorphous Obsession

If recently asked whether you’ve seen evil, many would unfortunately be able to reply with a “yes”, to some degree. However the question might actually be far less serious and more entertainment-related than you might think. For if the popularity of the new dramatic series, “Evil”, is any indication, the appetite for insidiously dark, even evil entertainment (pun intended), is …

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Key Genre Films 1960s

Throughout the sixties, Hammer studios continued with their blood-and-thunder remakes, including The Curse Of The Werewolf (1960), The Two Faces Of Doctor Jekyll (1960), The Brides Of Dracula (1960), The Phantom Of The Opera (1962), Kiss Of The Vampire (1964), The Evil Of Frankenstein (1964) and Dracula Prince Of Darkness (1966). Hammer also delved into other aspects of fantasy over …

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Warlocks, Demons and Evil Spells: Beginners Guide to Hong Kong Black Magic Cinema

I am, and have always been, a great fan of satanic, occult and black magic themed horror. From The Devil Rides Out (1968) to Hereditary (2018), there’s just something about a story involving the dark forces that appeals to my specific penchant in horror. Crazy death cults, Satanic conspiracies, ritual sacrifice and evil spells being cast on people; I welcome …

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A Hard Rain Is Going To Fall On Friday The 13th

Horror movies present intriguing hypothetical avenues for critical analysis. Whether an escapist or gritty film, audiences can look for themes within the subtext driving the story. Unless, of course, we are dealing with entirely disposable entertainment. The horror movie genre often roots itself in pure exploitation, with a distribution company-driven product designed to make fast money. Exploitation roots, however, don’t …

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