Comic Review: Tomie, Volume I – Junji Ito

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Tomei, Volume I is a collection of the first six Tomie stories by Junji Ito. Ito is a master of the horror manga genre, author of three aclaimed series, Uzumake, Gyu, and Tomie, which spawned a series of movies, running nine strong

Down Under Video Reviews: “Red Billabong” and “Glitch”

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Stand on your head! This week, Steve looks at two Australian video imports: one a film and one a TV series. Look for the series on Netflix soon!

Interview with Bruce Boston – Part 1

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Bruce Boston. Among speculative poets and those who read it, he’s a well-known name. But just in case YOU are not familiar with him,...

The Icon of Monsters and Monster Models

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Probably the most well-known monster ever imagined is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Around 1960 Aurora obtained a license from Universal Studios to produce a Frankenstein plastic model kit. It started a craze.

The Real Manga Blues: A “Me and the Devil Blues” Review

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Of all the potential stories to succeed phenomenally in manga form, not many people expect a story centering around blues music in the deep...

Review: The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft

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I am still slogging my way through the complete works of HP Lovecraft. My Kindle tells me I am 28% done, of course that...

NO CLOWNING AROUND: Revisiting IT (1990)!

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IT, Part II is out. Steve looks back at the 1990 TV-series version. Which one does he like? The oldie or the new one? Find out here!

REVIEW—CONSTANTINE: A surprisingly good movie!

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This week Steve drops back ten years to review an underapreciated movie, "Constantine," with Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz, telling us why he thinks the movie deserves another look.

Recap: “Naka-Choko,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 10

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Hannibal recap: in which we learn that meat, frightened as it is being killed, becomes acidic.

The Conjuring (2013)

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The Conjuring may be the single most frightening movie I've ever seen. It's the perfect balance between Classicism and Modernism.

Vampirella: Character or Commodity?

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Do we need an excuse to look at images of Vampirella?

Witch: The Old Woman

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Not all witches are always out to suck a child's soul - or fatten them up and eat them

MOVIE REVIEW: POLTERGEIST (2015): “They’re here!” (Again…)  

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They're here! Or They're Back! Steve asks the movie review question: "WHY?"

Visions of Frankenstein

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VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN is currently playing in theaters, although by the time you read this it may very well not be, having slunk away in...

MOVIE REVIEW: NOSFERATU (1922), Copyright? What copyright? 

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Steve travels back to 1922 to look at the first vampire movie, Nosferatu, and its influence on modern vampire movies.

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE and THE GIRL WITH...

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As Marlon Brando says, “The horror… the horror.” Dr. Smith from Lost in Space says “Oh, the horror!” This week Steve reviews two horror films: one fantasy, one SF; one very good, one good up to a point. Which one is which? Read and find out!

Anime roundup 7/18/2019: Know When To Hold ‘Em

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In this week's viewing: The rest of the summer premieres, plus some second looks.

HALLOWEEN REVIEW: THE SHINING (1997) MINISERIES

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Steve's thinking about Halloween, which often brings up thoughts about Stephen King. How do you feel about that? Seen both versions of The Shining, have you?

John Carpenter’s Christine – Blu-ray review

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By the early 1980’s, following the success of Carrie and The Shining in the cinema and Salem’s Lot on TV, Hollywood was falling over...

Witch: The Young Woman

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In my last blog, I have been looking at representations of Witches, which are depicted as old women: and I have remarked on the...

3 Witches: Reading into Dario Argento’s ‘The Three Mothers’ Trilogy

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As the eyes and ears of the Horror cognoscenti are transfixed by the new season of American Horror Story, Coven, people will be talking about witches. There are innumerable stereotypes, from the kindly medicine woman in a sylvan glade to the full-blown Bride Of Satan. Each Archetype is a potent and loaded symbol, that speaks volumes about the culture and the writer that produced it. For the occasion, we have decided to investigate three of the most infamous Witch flicks out there: Dario Argento's 'The Three Mothers' trilogy.

Dress for the Occasion 2: The Decked-out Heroine

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Previously I blogged about that favourite trope of SF & Fantasy illustration: The Scantily Clad Female. That topic generated a lot of comments, so...

MOVIE REVIEW: INSIDIOUS 3—A Better Sequel 

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Steve dismembers... uh, reviews... a couple of horror movies, then enjoys the sequel. And you might too!

Deconstructing Horror: Haunted Houses

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Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away... - Hughes Mearns, Antigonish We...

Interview with Steve Jackson, author of Fighting Fantasy and the Sorcery!...

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Steve Jackson is one of the biggest names in British fantasy fiction. Along with Ian Livingstone, he was one of the founders of Games...

Cosplay vs. Inspirations, Side-by-side Comparisons

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Being a member of several groups that enjoy cosplay, costuming, etc., does give access to a world of lively discussions. One recent discussion which...

Surrealism: The Art of Disquiet

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Sometimes life becomes so strange, so patently absurd, so like a bizarre waking dream that we say it has become surreal.

H.R. Giger

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Very few artists have had as big an influence on horror illustration and on the look of horror films as had Swiss artist H.R. Giger.