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A Slow Walk to the Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972) stands alongside Night of Walpurgis (1970) and The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974) as one of Spain’s most iconic horror films. The depiction of creepy, sightless walking corpses who must find their victims through sound evokes the excellent A Quiet Place (2018), another film relying on visionless creatures to build tension. The optic …

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The Sword and the Sorcerer and the Horror(s)

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) sometimes appears in horror movie resource books, despite being a “fantasy” film. Maybe including the film is appropriate. Fantasy often serves a mix-and-match genre, with horror creatures finding their way into a sword-and-magic tale. The marketing and distribution team that cut the epic theatrical and TV trailers stressed frightening horror elements – witches, deformed …

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Failure to Communicate at Manchester Morgue

Long-time fans of horror films likely can’t shake the shock from seeing “cannibal zombie entertainment” find mainstream acceptance. Decades ago, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead pulled in well over $5 million during its original 1968 theatrical run, yet few production companies took a change releasing an equally violent copycat. It wasn’t until 1974 that a creepy film …

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It’s Not Really About The Alligator (1980), Is It David?

The opening sequence of Alligator (1980) brings audiences to Florida to watch a man lose a wrestling match – and almost his foot – to an alligator. The spectacle prompts an announcer to say, ”Sometimes the alligators win.” Hardboiled and burned-out police officer David Madison could substitute many words for “alligator” in that statement, and the sentiment wouldn’t change much. …

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RainForest Horror: A Cinematic Trek in the Green Inferno – Part 1

Scholars say there are four primary conflicts in literature—man vs. nature, man vs. man, man vs. self and man vs. God. Well, no backdrop better combines all these elements than the Amazon Rainforest—an untamed jungle populated with hostile tribes where all of God’s creatures are out to devour you, if your own fear and ignorance doesn’t kill you first. That’s …

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A Fantasy World of Celluloid Villains Will Fade to Black (1980)

Cinephile loner Eric Binford is not Cody Jarrett, the iconic cinematic gangster James Cagney portrayed in White Heat (1949), but Binford thinks he’s Jarrett. Binford’s love interest Marilyn O’Connor is not Marilyn Monroe, although she becomes the late star in Binford’s mind. Real-life is not a movie, yet Binford can’t tell the difference. Tragedies result when Binford’s warped fantasies disrupt …

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The Best Horror of 2021

Movies, particularly horror movies, let’s discuss. I wasn’t sure if I would make a “List” but I wanted to acknowledge some of the films I was able to review or watch as a writer. There were a few films, web series, anthologies, and SHUDDER, could we just say THANK YOU, SHUDDER. A few films that stood out this year. We …

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Q&A: The Exorcist (1973) Movie

Movie: The Exorcist (1973) – Questions and Answers The next film in the unholy Hollywood trilogy comes from director William Friedkin, which incidentally celebrates its 45th anniversary in December, a film that still cares many, and leaves them wondering if the Demon/Satan won and the exorcism failed, well that question finds itself included as well as many others. Therefore, grab …

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R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Trilogy: The Perfect Representation of the Evolution of Horror

With Halloween just around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to watch some horror movies. And what better way to watch horror than to binge-watch a series set on exploring the conventions of different generations of horror films? R.L. Stine’s Fear Street trilogy is the perfect representation of the horror film industry from the classic ‘70s films all …

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13 Forgotten Halloween Classics

Halloween always means tons of candy, horror movie marathons, naughty nurse costumes, and, of course, holiday song lists. These “horror rock” rundowns usually put “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Pet Semetary” near the top, alongside a parade of Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie tunes. But, to shake things up, I’ve hit the vinyl boneyard to unearth a few …

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