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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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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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How Many Times Can They Turn the Screw? The 9 Most Accessible Versions of The World’s Most Famous Ghost Story

It’s been called “the world’s most-filmed ghost story.” Yes, it’s The Turn of the Screw, an 1890s ghost story written by Henry James. Movie makers and TV producers just can’t seem to stop themselves from filming it, apparently. The long list of English-language productions in the IMDb ranges from a 1959 live telecast featuring multiple Oscar-winner Ingrid Bergman (unfortunately not …

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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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Kirk gets Spooky: Six Bizzare Horror Movies Starring William Shatner

As a young actor just starting out—years before STAR TREK (TOS)—William Shatner seemed to have a taste for roles that veered into the otherworldly or the macabre. His early filmography includes one episode of ONE STEP BEYOND, two episodes of the original TWILIGHT ZONE, one episode of the original OUTER LIMITS, and two episodes of Boris Karloff’s early 60s anthology …

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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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Top 10 Southern Gothics: It’s True What They Say About Dixie

For ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night, the rich and strange landscape of the American Southeast provides an abundance of creepy hiding places. Which brings us to the literary/cinematic genre known as “Southern Gothic,” a vein of storytelling that, like good art, is hard to define, but you do know it when you see …

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7 Great Horror Movies that were Slammed by Critics

Night of the Living Dead (1968), directed by George Romero; starring Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea as two strangers who join forces to survive the original Zombie Apocalypse. One of the most influential horror movies ever made, Night of the Living Dead was initially dismissed by many critics as a cheap “exploitation” film (Rex Reed was a notable exception). In …

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