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‘The Fair Haired Child’ – William Malone’s Master of Horror Story

“Anything done out of love is beyond good and evil.” William Malone is truly a Master of Horror and has done some amazing stories with hypnotic visuals and soundtracks, like House on Haunted Hill (1999), FearDotCom (2002), Creature (1985) and episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares, as well as he memorable Parasomnia – one of my favourites! In 2006, William Malone delivered yet another tale …

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Mortal Kombat, 25 Years of Horror

Its 1992 and you’re 6 years old. You are a video game fan most notably the Nintendo Entertainment System and the new fangled Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The graphics are primitive with unrealistic 8 or 16 bit sprites. Even arcade games which were graphically superior still displays cartoon-esque images. The games at the time are child friendly and can be …

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Retro Review: THE ZODIAC KILLER (1971)

Looking for an intense thriller centered on the Zodiac Killer? In the mood for a true-to-life depiction of Zodiac’s heinous crimes? Yes? Well, you certainly won’t find it in 1971’s The Zodiac Killer, the inaugural release from the American Genre Film Archive (AFGA), in conjunction with Something Weird Video.  Zodiac’s reign of terror has the entire city of San Francisco …

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Evil Is Strange: John Carpenter’s ‘Prince of Darkness’ Turns 30!

What would a former Catholic Church basement, theoretical physics, a swirling green liquid, Alice Cooper and Satan all have in common? Why, Prince of Darkness, of course! Warning:  This trailer itself contains a spoiler! Welcome to the world of Prince of Darkness, where all your dreams come true — provided they’re alternately cryptic, apocalyptic, creepy and zany. Personally, I don’t …

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Inevitable Death and Insanity in Werner Herzog’s ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre’

Every vampire story is a little bit different. Werner Herzog’s 1979 classic Nosferatu the Vampyre is no exception. For one thing, it doesn’t take place in Transylvania, but in Wismar, Germany, and Herzog’s Dracula (Klaus Kinski) somehow comes across not as mythical but as an inevitable force of nature — like a disease or mighty hurricane. This Dracula is, without …

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