‘Death Becomes Her’ – 1992 Horror-Comedy’s ‘Tales from the Crypt’ Energy Still Delights 30 Years Later

Sheets of rain blanket the 1978 New York skyline as a marquis comes into view, touting its message in bright, pink letters: Madeline Ashton in Songbird! Rather than flocking in, however, the theater’s patrons seem to be flooding out, stepping on water logged playbills sporting Ms. Ashton’s smiling face as they grumble their dissatisfaction. Still, […]

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The Hilarious Horrors of “Weird Al” Yankovic – 5 Songs for Horror Fans

My friends and I piled into the back of the truck bed, inexplicably excited to slide around the coarse, ridged, plastic frame in a way that only twelve year olds could be. The flagrant disregard for safety and seat belts aside, it was fun to be separated from the parental figures in the cab and, […]

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‘The Haunted Mask II’ – Revisiting the Halloween Sequel On the Page and the Screen [Viewer Beware]

The Haunted Mask II was originally published in October 1995 (Spine #36). The series adaptation aired on Tuesday, October 29, 1996 (runtime: 22 minutes and 22 minutes). Sequels are part and parcel with the horror genre, inescapably ever-present and all but inevitable when any particularly scary, spooky or otherwise strange property manages to profoundly connect with […]

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‘Disney’s Halloween Treat’ – 40 Years of Disney’s Spooky Halloween Special

While Christmas might have beaten out Halloween in sheer quantity of televised specials, in my eyes, it was always the latter that reigned supreme in quality. Chief amongst my October rituals was plotting out what nights I had to be planted firmly in front of our television set to make sure I caught all my […]

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‘The Werewolf of Fever Swamp’ – One of the Best ‘Goosebumps’ Stories on Page and Screen [Viewer Beware]

The Werewolf of Fever Swamp was originally published in December 1993 (Spine #14). The series adaptation aired on Friday, May 17, 1996 (runtime: 22 minutes and 26 minutes). As a kid I was always taught not to judge a book by its cover, but when it came to Goosebumps I did it all the time. […]

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‘One Day at Horrorland’ – The Very Different Horrors of the Book and TV Series [Viewer Beware]

One Day at Horrorland was originally published in February 1994 (Spine #16). The series adaptation aired on Saturday October 25 & Saturday November 1, 1997 (runtime: 22 minutes). My eyes glossed over as they watched the trees thin through the car window and give way to seemingly endless stretches of farmland. We had only been driving […]

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How ‘Night Creatures’ Became One of Hammer’s Most Entertaining Movies [Hammer Factory]

Welcome to the Hammer Factory. This month we dissect Night Creatures (1962). While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, […]

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‘The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight’ Was the Perfect Summer Scary Fun for ’90s Kids [Viewer Beware]

The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight was originally published in May 1994 (Spine #20). The series adaptation later aired on Saturday, November 9, 1996 (runtime: 22 minutes). Whether you liked to sleep in or not, every kid knew there was one day of the week where it was worth getting up early— and it wasn’t for […]

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‘Paranoiac’ Was One of Hammer’s Very Best “Mini-Hitchcock” Thrillers [Hammer Factory]

Welcome to the Hammer Factory. This month we dissect Paranoiac (1963). While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting […]

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‘Night of the Living Dummy II’ Turned Slappy into a ‘Goosebumps’ Icon [Viewer Beware]

Night of the Living Dummy II was originally published in May 1995 (Spine #31). The series adaptation later aired on Friday, January 12, 1996 (runtime: 22 minutes). Despite its iconic cavalcade of creepers, crawlers and creatures which almost always go bump in the night, there is one formidable foe who consistently stands atop the swollen […]

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‘The Evil of Frankenstein’ is a Fascinating Oddity in Hammer’s Frankenstein Series [Hammer Factory]

Welcome to the Hammer Factory. This month we dissect The Evil of Frankenstein (1964). While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting […]

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‘Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die!’ – The Book, The Episode, and Ryan Gosling! [Viewer Beware]

Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die! was originally published in November 1992 (Spine #4). The series adaptation later aired on Friday February 9, 1996 (runtime: 22 minutes). Whatever the number of copies of the Goosebumps book series that my elementary school library actually housed was decidedly not enough to meet the demand of its ravenous patrons. Checking […]

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‘Lust for a Vampire’ Was the Middling Midpoint for a Hammer Horror Trilogy [Hammer Factory]

Welcome to the Hammer Factory. This month we dissect Lust for a Vampire (1971). While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the […]

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Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask – Revisiting a Classic Book and Television Special [Viewer Beware]

Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask was originally published on September, 1993 (Spine #11). The series adaptation later aired on Friday October 27, 1995 (runtime: 44 minutes). The hands on the clock were turning progressively slower, I was sure of it. They had to be. How else could that particular Friday afternoon be lasting so incredibly long? […]

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‘The Witches’ Put an Academy Award Winning Actress Up Against the Dark Arts [Hammer Factory]

While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy in vivid […]

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