Monthly Archives: October 2022

“Halloween Ends – A Not So Fitting Ending”

Warning: Several spoilers. John Carpenter’s “Halloween” premiered on October 25, 1978, in Kansas City, Missouri. From that moment forward, the film went on to  become a marvel of the horror genre. The characters of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, and Dr. Loomis, brought … Continue reading

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“Danse Macabre By Stephen King” (1981)

The idea for Stephen King’s non-fiction book “Danse Macabre” came from his friend, and former Doubleday editor, Bill Thompson. “Carrie,” “Salem’s Lot,” “The Shinning,” “Night Shift,” and “The Stand” were all edited by Thompson. King was at first hesitant to … Continue reading

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“Dracula” (1974)

The television movie “Dracula” begins with a shot of a mist filled lake, in the evening. In conjunction, a large number of Alsatians are barking, as they race toward a mountaintop castle. Thereafter, as discordant music plays, the hulking presence … Continue reading

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“Frenzy – Hitchcock’s Penultimate Film”

At the start of the film, “Frenzy,” a crowd has gathered. They are listening to Sir George (John Boxer), a politician, who is talking about how the pollution in the River Thames, is going to be cleaned up. The speech … Continue reading

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“Smile – Once You See It, It’s Too Late”

When I was in graduate school, earning my master’s degree in secondary education, I had a professor, a former lawyer, who was fond of something referred to as ‘but for causation.’ It is a simple test, which asks the following … Continue reading

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“Jack the Ripper (1988)

On August 31, 1888, the infamous, Jack the Ripper claimed the life of Mary Ann Nichols, the first of his five known victims. Historical speculation has suggested that there could have been more murders. Nichols was an easy target for … Continue reading

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“Mary Reilly Offers an Interesting Take on a Classic Story”

Many of you who are reading this are probably familiar with the basic essence of the characters, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll, the respected doctor and scientist, represents the educated and genteel side of humanity. Conversely, Hyde is a … Continue reading

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“The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula, Parts I & II”

On occasion, someone who reads my blog posts, of which I say to all of you who do, I very much appreciate your readership, will reach out to me. Usually, it is someone I know, a family member, or a … Continue reading

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“Prince of Darkness” (1987)

During the opening minutes of the film, “Prince of Darkness,” an elderly priest dies in his sleep. He is found on his death bed holding a silver box, inside of which is a key. In addition, the priest’s private journal … Continue reading

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