SCARY STORIES - "Essential Viewing For An Entire Generation"

It never ceases to amaze me how humans begin their life journey seemingly smarter than the much larger and supposedly wiser adults who raise them. They set limitations on children to protect them from the dangers of the world, but wouldn’t you say they sometimes go overboard? For the millions of children who’ve read comic books thought the near century they’ve been in print, how many of them have actually thought they could follow in Superman’s levitating footsteps and tried to fly? The numbers are pretty low aren’t they? My point is that sometimes adults don’t give kids enough credit. They know right from wrong and they can tell the difference between Wile E. Coyote cartoon violence and reality. But that won’t stop grown-ups from their crying foul and over protection.

One such example of parental over reacting is with the collected tales of Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”. Originally printed in 1981, Schwartz wrote ghastly short stories for children, working in…

DOUBLE VISION: "Don't Look Now" Vs. "Antichrist"

"DON'T LOOK NOW" AND "ANTICHRIST" - ARE THEY THE SAME MOVIE? IS IT A COINCIDENCE? IT CAN GO EITHER WAY! Note: "Antichrist"’s main characters are unnamed, simply called He and She. In an attempt to eliminate any confusion, any variation of the pronouns ‘he’ or ‘she’ will be capitalized to be able to tell them apart from using the pronouns to refer to John and Laura in "Don’t Look Now" without capitalization. For example, He/Him/His or She/Her/Hers will refer to "Antichrist", while all lowercase pronouns, he/him/his and she/her/his will refer to "Don’t Look Now".

Also: You know this already I’m sure, but SPOILER ALERT for both films and for the "Don’t Look Now" source material. I will be discussing the majority if not all the important plot points in these films extensively because, well, I’m doing that. Why, you might ask? Because I can. These movies are too similar for me to ignore it. Death and grieving are t…

THE DARK RED - "Don't Mess With Mama"

Do crazy people know that they are crazy? This is a question that I’m sure many of you have wondered at least once. Delusions, voices, paranoia and an altered perception of reality are just a few tropes of horror movie “crazy” but are also real life symptoms of mental illness. People suffering from these afflictions can be erratic, dangerous and capable of self-harm. As a result, they are often committed into a mental health facility for treatment. But what if all the “crazy” that the patient is experiencing was real? What if all their wild and fantastic stories were true but still outside the understanding of the average Joe. How could they get anyone to believe them?

This is the crux that lay at the heart of “The Dark Red” - the new supernatural thriller from creators Dan Bush and Conal Byrne who previously worked together on “The Vault”, starring James Franco.

“The Red Dark” begins inside a psychiatric hospital where Sybil Warren (April Billingsley) is being held against her w…

GOING ATTRACTIONS: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace

When it comes to film history and filmmaking, I always try to expand my knowledge when I can. What kind of self-respecting film fanatic and critic would I be if I didn’t try to know as much as possible? This is why I not only hunt down documentaries, but try to shine a light on them so more people can benefit from the hard work and research put into them.

Speaking of which, you may remember a few years back I covered "Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie". Well filmmaker April Wright is at it again with her follow up documentary "Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace".

Movie Palaces are all but gone now, but they were booming during the pre-depression era and roared through the ‘30s - bringing America a truly lavish Hollywood experience.

In short, "Going Attractions" is about movie theaters. It covers the history of nickelodeons and the earliest movie theaters that were little more than a proj…

THE HEAD HUNTER - "Sword & Sorcery Lives!"

The “Sword & Sorcery” genre is one of the most produced, peaking in the mid 1980s and eventually petering out late ‘90s before the genre had new life breathed into it by Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy. Sword and Sorcery always played little brother to the menagerie of over the top action shoot ‘em ups, over-sexed slashers, and strange chest bursting sci-fi creature features, and yet, they remained a regular staple of the silver screen, and even more so to the straight to video movie rental market.

Most cost very little to make and for every big budget "Conan the Barbarian" or "Willow", there were eight or ten imitators churned out by low budget production companies that utilized the Roger Corman philosophy of filmmaking; show a bloody death or a pair of breasts every ten minutes or so.

In spite of many of these films often being low rent in nature with a cliché plot (one buff dude sword fighting another buff dude - who might jus…