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Joe Blevins is a freelance writer living in the suburbs of Chicago.

The Unrelenting, Kid-Traumatizing Horror of “Prudent Hans”

Despite their ubiquity in popular culture, the fairy tales collected by German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early 1800s have not lost their ability to shock and unnerve readers over the course of two centuries. While these stories have been considerably softened over the years, especially as interpreted by the Walt Disney Company

Amazon Prime Roulette: ‘Draug’ (2018)

Goddamn, what is wrong with me? It’s been over a month since I posted anything to this site. I have all this free time. Shouldn’t the words just be pouring out of me by now? Well, the sad truth is that I’ve simply been out of ideas. Out of inspiration. Out of gas. I’m used

Real Nightmares: Joe Meets the Yeti

Let me tell you the earliest recurring nightmare of mine I can remember. I must’ve had this same dream a dozen times when I was around 4 or 5. I can’t even believe I’m typing it up now. This may be the single most personal thing I’ve ever written. In this dream, I’ve been taken

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.

A Low, Ominous Rumble

8:45pm — Yeah, hi. Maintenance? This is Paul Gneiss. That’s G as in golf, N-E-I-S-S. I’m in building 408, apartment 103. Uh, so I know it’s after hours, but uh… I saw this number posted on the office door and didn’t know who else to call. I don’t think that it’s a maintenance emergency exactly,

Raising Rhoda Penmark

In the pantheon of movie brats, there are few who can compare to Rhoda Penmark, the pint-sized predator of Mervyn LeRoy’s The Bad Seed (1956). With her braided pig tails, impeccable manners, and immaculate clothes, Rhoda seems like every parent’s dream. But make no mistake, this young lady has killed before — her victims including

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