Safe and Secure from All Alarms

My dear, dear friends.  My brethren.  I am here to denounce my transgressions before ye.  I have sinned the sin of misdirection.  For while the movie on which I am about to speak  boasts a villain most heinous, and while it is true that numerous characters suffer both physical and psychological terrors, yet this work... Continue Reading →

The Legendary Last Man

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in October of 2013 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  Cheese-Magnet is people!) I suspect most horror and science fiction enthusiasts are fans of the late writer Richard Matheson (1926 – 2013), although many may not realize it.  As author and/or screenwriter, Matheson was responsible for many genre favourites... Continue Reading →

Call Evil by Its Proper Name

I have always been fascinated with the concept that faith and belief are the precursor to deities rather than, as is usually assumed, the other way around.  The theory is that faith is what brings the gods into existence and what gives them power in a literal sense.  Humanity looks to the gods for guidance... Continue Reading →

Do You Wanna Paaaar-tay!

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in July of 2013 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  All hail the Cheese-Magnet!) In 1968, Night of the Living Dead had a profound impact on the cinematic world.  Not only was it the catalyst behind the splatter and slasher subgenres of horror filmmaking, it lead to an expansion... Continue Reading →

What Evil Drives…

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in June of 2014 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  Long live the Cheese-Magnet!) I should probably preface this article by stating that I am a big fan of The Car (1977).  I have watched it over a dozen times and I own a 1:18 scale die-cast of... Continue Reading →

~~And Now The Review Starts!

Amicus Productions is often confused with Hammer Film Productions.  They were both British film companies active in the 1960’s and 1970’s with significant horror/thriller catalogs.  They had similar visual styles, used some of the same directors such as Roy Ward Baker, and cast some of the same actors, most notably Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. ... Continue Reading →

CAUTION Not for the mentally immature!

There is validity to the argument that, by the mid 1960’s, the golden age of Hammer Horror had already passed.  The horror film market had become much more saturated and Hammer Film Productions was fighting to maintain its niche.  Sad to say but the tried and true formulas and mainstays at Hammer were struggling to... Continue Reading →

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