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Eight Big-Screen Reboots of TV Shows That Flopped

Hollywood has been turning popular television series into big-screen epics since at least the late 70s, starting with Robert Wise’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) (see below). This trend really took off in the late 90s and early 2000s, however, when it seemed like a new television-show-turned-movie hit the multiplexes every week. Some of these reboots were highly successful, …

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Scary Music II: 13 Legendary Halloween Songs and What Inspired Them

Halloween is creeping up on us and everybody’s got their favorite spooky playlist, including me. However, some readers may be interested to know, what really inspired the following 13 songs about werewolves, monsters, witches, Faustian deals, and the like? Some of the answers are surprising. Who would have thought that Zelda Fitzgerald (wife of The Great Gatsby author F. Scott) …

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Fatal Films: Ten Movies Haunted by Lethal Tragedies

While researching this list, I came to the wholly unscientific conclusion that the most dangerous movie sets for performers and crew members are those for sword-and-sandals movies, followed by aviation flicks. Strangely, not a lot of search hits came up for accidents and deaths associated with horror movies, unless the comic VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN (see below) qualifies. This is by …

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Bundyrama: Five Actors Who Played Ted Bundy Before Zac Efron

Now that former Disney teen idol  Zac Efron has been cast as serial killer extraordinaire Ted Bundy in an upcoming film called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, it’s a good time look back at the actors who’ve already been there with Terrible Ted. In chronological order, they are: Mark Harmon in THE DELIBERATE STRANGER (1986), a TV miniseries, directed …

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TV Review: The Haunting of Hill House (Season 1) (2018)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it. REVIEW: The Haunting of Hill House (2018), a 10-episode Netflix series directed by Mike Flanagan; starring Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Timothy Hutton, Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti and Oliver …

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Film Review: Veronica (2017)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Madrid, 1991. A teen girl finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she plays with a Ouija board with her two friends. REVIEW: Veronica (2017) – directed by Paco Plaza from his own co-written script, starring Sandra Escacena, Ana Torrent, and Consuelo Trujillo; in Spanish with English subtitles. Paco Plaza hit it big internationally …

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Film Review: The Doll (2017)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A troubled young woman buys a doll from a sinister street vendor and discovers that the doll has the supernatural power to solve all of her problems—or so she thinks. REVIEW: The Doll (2015).  Directed by B. Tsogt-Erdene; starring N. Munkhsoyol, M. Sarantsetseg, and U. Munguntulga; distributed by Midnight Pulp. Talk about obscure! This movie doesn’t …

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