Dimly lit B-movies from the early 1980s look way crappier now than I remember them looking in the early 1980s. This could be because I’ve been spoiled by things like Blu-ray, HD, and 4K or because I was a child in the early 1980s I wasn’t paying attention to things like lighting in films. Using […]

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What I Learned from MOTEL HELL

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the film Motel Hell. Never trust a farmer who is known for the best meat around, especially if his pork doesn’t taste like any pork I’ve ever tried. As soon as I saw that Farmer Vincent had the best meat around, I knew where he was getting it. However, […]

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Fungus Among Us

That, is a big fungus. I don’t know what it’s called. The wife probably knows, but she’s in the other room reading a book and I’m not going to interrupt that. But really, does it matter? Because, LOOK AT THAT FUNGUS!!! It’s huge! And look how it hangs there so majestic, so pure, so, flat […]

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The Legend of Hell House

“The house tried to kill me, it almost succeeded.” Movies come into my life in many ways: recommendations from friends, critic’s reviews, studio marketing, or just plain dumb luck. The Legend of Hell House (1973) came to my attention in the form of audio samples on Skinny Puppy’s 1985 album, Bites. Their music often deals […]

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Kids and the Cinema

I don’t always agree with the ratings assigned to films by the MPAA, but as a parent I question the sanity and judgement of someone who takes their 8-year-old to an R-rated film. I know, I know, we all snuck into an R-rated film or two as youngsters. I remember telling my parents I was […]

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Hollywood vs. Video Games

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved movies. My first movie memory is watching The Intruder Within with my parents when I was four years old. It’s an obscure made-for-TV horror film from 1981 about drillers on an oil rig off the coast of Antarctica who dig up more than they bargained for. […]

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The Early History of United Artists

“So, the lunatics have taken control of the asylum.” This famous quote from Richard A. Rowland (head of Metro Pictures Corporation), about the formation of United Artists (UA), may seem more than a little dismissive, but it held a certain amount of truth. Getting four people to agree on something is difficult, but when those […]

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