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100 Things I Love About Movies

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It’s good to have rituals. It’s good to reaffirm your faith in certain institutions. And clearly, if you’re reading this site, then you know that cinema is one of those institutions. It’s time for another “100 Things I Love About Movies” list. As you may recall from the other times I’ve performed this exercise, this list isn’t a top 100, nor is it the ONLY 100 things I love about movies. It’s a snapshot of 100 specific things I love about movies. A complete list of things I love about movies would be staggering, as is the case for most of us. Continue reading

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Frankanthologystein

Each October, I watch an absurd amount of horror from mid-September until at least Halloween. And each year, my viewing selections take on a certain flavor. One year, I watched a lot of B-movie horrors. Another year, it was arthouse horror. This year, my 45ish days of horror have been peppered with anthologies. Even when I wasn’t trying to watch horror anthologies, I still managed to watch horror anthologies. I have yet to see a few major entries into the anthology horror genre, but I do feel qualified to create a perfect horror anthology. And I’m going to do it by sewing together some of my favorite vignettes from various anthologies. Call it Frankanthologystein. Continue reading

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Become a Horror Lover in Nine Easy Steps

I recently saw a great article from Ryan McNeil over at The Matinee. Ryan confessed his inherent aversion to the horror genre, and mentioned his desire to sample more of the genre to expand his tastes. As you probably know, my love of horror is so deep that it’s frightening (GET IT? Ok, dumb joke, let’s move on). And while I’m not as knowledgeable about the genre as some, I do like to think of myself as a wannabe Johnny Horrorseed. Any interest I can inspire in the genre makes me really happy. All of that is what prompted me to compile this list of steps a viewer should follow to learn to love the genre. Continue reading

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Hammer’s Nail: Amicus Pictures

At some point in every horror lover’s education, they invariably stumble upon the various studios. Universal’s creature features are an obvious example. Ghost House Pictures has made a name for themselves in recent years. Troma is floating around out there for horror fans to discover. The UK’s Hammer Studios dominated the 1960s and 1970s, crafting a legacy that still brings smiles to the faces of horror fans. However, during Hammer’s heyday, a lesser known challenger arose. The studio was named Amicus Productions, and they carved quite a niche for themselves. Continue reading

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The Universal Backlot: Horror’s Petri Dish

Homer: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute… Lisa honey, are you saying you are never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
Lisa: No!
Homer: Ham?
Lisa: No!
Homer: Pork Chops!?
Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal!
Homer: Yeah right Lisa, a wonderful “magical” animal.

When I first saw the list of classic, iconic horror films that were filmed at Universal, I had the same reaction as Homer. “Right. All filmed by a wonderful, ‘magical’ studio.” But it’s true. An impressive and influential list of American horror films all came from that same wonderful, magical studio. As if that wasn’t enough, they were all filmed to varying degrees on Universal’s backlot. Continue reading

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Review: Sint (2010) (aka St. Nick, aka Saint)

I first heard about St. Nick (2010)– a horror movie from the Netherlands- from my sister in law, who is Dutch. It was a few years ago around the holiday season. It seems that the film was causing all sorts of problems in the Netherlands with kids who were horrified by the prospect that St. Nicholas could be evil. I knew it would be a few years before I could see it because foreign distribution in the US can be spotty at times. But my inner-horror lover filed it away. I knew I’d get my chance. And my chance finally came.

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Flowchart: Which Horror Movie Should You Be Watching?

October is in full swing. That means that Halloween is quickly approaching, and movie watchers everywhere are looking for a good scare. There are thousands of excellent selections to choose. Just in case you’re still undecided, I’ve created a flowchart to help you narrow down exactly which movie you should be watching this month. Enjoy! Continue reading

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The Film Geek’s Guide to Halloween

October has arrived in full force. Jack o’ lanterns have started to populate the landscape. Children will soon be donning their best ghoul and goblin costumes while going door to door seeking sugary treasures. And that means that it’s time to start watching movies that possess a supernatural flare. You don’t have to be a gorehound to get in on the fun. There’s more than enough creep to go around for everyone. Here are some top-shelf selections, perfect for Halloween: Continue reading

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Genre Change: Horror Versions of Non-Horror Films

The horror genre’s culinary equivalent is the mushroom. If you like it, you love it. If you don’t like it, you’re repulsed by it and probably won’t go anywhere near it. At best, you might put up with mushrooms (or horror films) for the sake of a date. But you won’t enjoy it. As for me, I love mushrooms and wish they were in every dish I ate. Here are some non-horror dishes that I’ve given a new flavor by adding mushrooms. Er… I mean, horror.

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Re-Watchterpiece Theater: Scream (1996)


As times change, so do people. New events alter the course of people’s lives. They live in different places, gain new friends, have new family members, and get new jobs. And as a result, perceptions of certain things may change. Movies are no exception. The things that I enjoyed about The Fox and the Hound in 1981 are not the same as the things I’d enjoy about it today. Today, I’m starting a new series called “Re-Watchterpiece Theater”. The focus is on the way films are seen after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more.

My most recent re-watch was the 1996 slasher classic, Scream, which is fresh on everyone’s mind right now with Scream 4 hitting theaters in recent weeks. How did my opinion of the first Scream change upon a second viewing? Continue reading

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