Love and Universal Monsters

Inside the beating heart of every horror fan is a closet romantic, armchair psychologist, or misanthrope with a glimmer of idealism left in their soul. While horror on the Silver Screen stretches back to silent film era, Universal Studios gave rise to "the monster" as a sympathetic -- and often tragically romantic -- figure. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there's no better time ...

Retro Horror Review: The Monster Club

An anthology of stories within a story, The Monster Club was a movie I'd seen countless times on late night public access television as a kid. I recently conjured up the 1981 film via that necromancer's delight known as Tubi. Initially, I was worried that, once the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia were removed, it would be a hot pile of schlock that should have ...

In Defense of Halloween III: Season of the Witch

As a devout fan of the genre, I've often found myself defending some of my choices of horror movies. Despite being a "genre of the people," horror snobs sometimes sneer down their noses at certain flicks for one reason or another. One such film that gets a lot of flack is Halloween III: Season of the Witch.  Released in 1982, this unfairly maligned, redheaded stepchild of ...

Ten Putrid Picks for Halloween Horror

Some people like to (to paraphrase the words of a song from Sesame Street) “keep Christmas with them all through the year.”  There are, however, some whack jobs like myself who prefer to perpetuate the Halloween spirit throughout the year. Chances are, you’re probably bored with the same ol’ selections on the tube. (That is, if you can find any worth watching that haven’t been played ...