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CINE-WEEN: You’ll Never Escape From the DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW

When you’re a horror fan, you have to approach the genre with a Ratatouille-like mindset: not every horror film is going to be great, but a great horror film could come from anywhere. Dark Night of the Scarecrow does not seem like it could be a good horror film. For God’s sake, this thing is a TV movie pumped out in 17 days for CBS. Sure, there’s a long history of high quality made-for-TV movies, but one look at the credits for Scarecrow reveals no luminaries behind the scenes, no name brands like Serling or Spielberg or Chayefsky that might
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REKT: CINE-WEEN EDITION-ALTERED (2006)

There’s a scene at the very end of 1993’s (I guess now) classic alien abduction thriller Fire In The Sky where Travis Walton (played by loveable everyman D.B. Sweeney) takes his former best friend Mike Rogers (played by unfortunately only a human and not liquid metal killer robot Robert Patrick) for a ride out to a field where Travis was abducted by aliens years ago. Rogers expresses nervousness at being there, to which Travis, giving his best aw shucks grin, reassures Mike that, “they won’t be comin’ back”. He then winks at him (I think) and quips, “I don’t think
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Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The Disc Jockey As Greek Chorus

The radio DJ in a film can act like a narrator, transferring action from one locale to another. The best comment on the action, operating like a Greek chorus. They’re a great plot device for a writer or director, as they can communicate information to characters who couldn’t possibly know otherwise, operating as a witty deus ex machina. We’re going to creep in on some very necessary characters from genre film Stevie Wayne, The Fog In John Carpenter’s 1980 ghostly revenge film, The Fog, Adrienne Barbeau plays Stevie Wayne, the only person at Antonio Bay’s KAB Radio 1340, broadcasting from
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Hallmark Punx: (ROMANCE) IN THE DIGITAL AGE’s Emo Nostalgia

If you grew up listening to Taking Back Sunday and going to Warped Tour, director Jason Michael Brescia has crafted the movie for you. The plot summary of his new film, (Romance) In the Digital Age, goes as follows: “When the video of a once-famous emo band performing impromptu karaoke together goes viral, a door opens for the possibility of a reunion the day of the guitarist’s Christmastime wedding.” The film is, essentially, a Hallmark Channel holiday movie for the kids who wore Drive Thru Records t-shirts and still know all the words to Piebald’s “Grace Kelly With Wings.” It
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Are You Afraid of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Twilight Zone? Cemetery Gates Media’s new Kickstarter for ‘Corpse Cold’

Cemetery Gates Media is launching a Kickstarter campaign on September 30th to fund a fully-illustrated book of spooky stories inspired by ’80s and ’90s horror books like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The book, Corpse Cold: New American Folklore, features 17 stories, written by John Brhel and Joe Sullivan and illustrated by artist Chad Wehrle. We found out about the upcoming release via the Cemetery Gates Instagram — which is excellent — so we reached out, and spoke via email with the company’s John Brhel. What brought you to the publishing business? When we were finished writing our
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Bookshelf: LIGHTS, CAMERA, GAME OVER!

In his new book, Lights, Camera, Game Over: How Video Game Movies Get Made (out now via Schiffer Publishing), writer Luke Owen tackles a diverse array of film adaptations. From 1993’s Super Mario Bros., all the way through 2015’s Adam Sandler vehicle, Pixels, it’s a remarkable set of tales. Owen, the deputy editor for the UK pop culture site, Flickering Myth, works mostly chronologically, telling the story of each game in its own, mostly self-contained chapter. The self-containment works nicely, in that you can jump around and look at the games and/or films that interest you most, if you’re so
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Interview: Grady Hendrix talks his upcoming book, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL

The latest book from author Grady Hendrix, Paperbacks From Hell, is a tour through all of those lurid covers you’d see staring back at you from spinner racks at the grocery store in the ’80s. Killer clowns, skeletons with knives, weird little gnomes with fangs; I may or may not be making these up from whole cloth, but if they ring a bell, then you know what I’m talking about. They’re the mass-market horror paperbacks that sold in the hundreds of thousands in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Where’d they come from? Where’d they go? It’s all answered in Hendrix’s
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Interview: Edgar Cantero talks his new novel, MEDDLING KIDS

Edgar Cantero’s new book, Meddling Kids (out now in hardback from Doubleday), was described to me as “Scooby-Doo Meets H.P. Lovecraft.” As much as I had enjoyed Cantero’s first book, The Supernatural Enhancements, you would’ve had me at Scooby Doo. Meddling Kids reminds me of all the Trixie Belden / Three Investigators / Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys books I read as a kid, to say nothing of the Encyclopedia Brown vibes that the movie Mystery Team had. So, yeah: every single thing I enjoy. It tells the story of how The Blyton Summer Detective Club reconvenes after a decade
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FIRE & ICE: A Tragically Funny Movie

Sometimes in life we are blessed with amazing collaboration projects where two amazing artists in their respected fields come together and birth something so great it doesn’t make sense that it could be real. This, however, is not the case with Fire & Ice, while we do have two brilliant and groundbreaking artists in their respective fields. When legendary animator Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Wizards, Lord of the Rings animated movie) and legendary artist Frank Frazetta teamed up together, no one could have fathomed that Fire & Ice was going to be a total bust. While technically Fire &
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