Halloween Love

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Herschell Gordon Lewis made the ‘Midsommar’ of 1964

There was a time when the sun did not set on the VHS empire. Even in a smallish town like the one where I grew up in the 1980s — Flushing, MI, population hovering around 8,000 — there were a few stores that rented VHS tapes. My folks let me get Jason and the Argonauts

Write It Once, Sell It Five Times

“Make it new” was the dictum of poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972). And it’s a nice thought, really, but let’s face facts. Making something altogether new is a lot of work. And, besides, why bother making it new when there’s plenty of good old stuff you can recycle? Even Ezra may have borrowed his own slogan

This Movie Shows Why Social Distancing Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

So… Pretty crappy week, huh? We’re all social-distancing now. Can’t go anywhere. Can’t do anything. Everything’s canceled or closed down. No concerts. No parties. No shows. You can’t even high-five strangers on the street anymore. These are lonely, anxious times. We miss getting together with friends and relatives the way we used to. But maybe

Let’s Watch Some Ed Wood Tribute Movies

Edward D. Wood, Jr., the hard-drinking, cross-dressing auteur behind the notorious low-budget films Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Bride of the Monster (1955), and Glen or Glenda (1953), died at the age of 54 in December 1978, after which his productivity declined significantly. It was his first significant work stoppage since the late 1940s.

Burial Ground

Burial Ground (1981) could not get more Italian if it tried. I recently revisited the film by watching Severin’s remastered Blu-ray of the classic, and it is exactly how I remember, though it looks far better than it did on the VHS tape I originally watched it on decades ago. If you have not seen

Banana Splat

As a kid I loved watching the reruns of The Banana Splits. It was a goofy show filled with nonsense and “hilarious” sound effects, but for some reason I was into it. I even collected (and still do) the comic books. When I heard a movie was coming out, I was baffled. It did not

The Crow

25 years ago, The Crow was released. I saw it then, a few more times over the years on VHS, DVD, and now, 25 years later, I’ve just seen it on Blu-ray, with better picture and sound than I’d ever seen it before. Still just as incredibly beautiful and tragic, and I’ve only noticed more

First Time Watch of Suspiria (1977 & 2018)

I generally don’t subscribe to the idea of comparing two things in the context of, for example, who played The Joker better, Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger? Because, I can enjoy them both greatly, but separately, as their own thing, their own interpretations. That’s how I feel about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its remake,

Pre-order the WNUF Halloween Special Sequel Now!

If you never saw the first WNUF Halloween Special, remedy that immediately (or we’ll revoke your Halloween fan card): Watch on Amazon (it was available on Netflix and Shudder previously, but Amazon is the easiest remaining option now) Then, after you finish watching it and inevitably love it, or if you were already a fan

Ash vs Evil Dead Review + Giveaway

How strange it is to be discussing Ash vs Evil Dead in retrospect, something that was so surreal to have ever existed in the first place. After the show ended, I already shared my thoughts pretty thoroughly. The show itself was amazing, from beginning to end, but my biggest take-away personally, was that I really

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