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Mystery Writer Victoria Thompson Talks Frankenstein’s Creature

Throughout my writing career, I have had the opportunity and luck to meet and personally study
with some fantastic writers. One of those is the USA Today bestselling author Victoria
Thompson, who is known for her Edgar ® and Agatha Award-nominated Gaslight Mystery
Series and the Sue Grafton Memorial Award finalist Counterfeit Lady Series. I was again lucky
enough that she agreed to talk with me about monsters even though she readily admits to being
“a big scaredy cat” who rarely watches “monster” movies or reads horror.

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Shark Week (the movie): 7 days, 7 sharks? Hell yes!

I love this movie. Honestly, this wasn’t my first time seeing Shark Week. It was more like my 4th or 5th. The online rating of this movie is misleading. Shit, I haven’t seen so many lone stars since my last bender on sixth street. In my opinion, this is a super duper fun one. Why, you ask? Well, lemme tell ya. 

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Getting Six Feet Deep with Phantasm (Part Two)

In my previous post on Phantasm, Don Coscarelli’s surreal 1979 journey into the cosmic horror of Morningside Cemetery and its sinister keeper, the Tall Man, I wrote that “one of the reasons Phantasm is so beloved of horror goons is that its improvisational, less-than-slick qualities lend it a tremendous feeling of authenticity.” That was true of the first film, which was made largely by amateurs and on a bare-bones budget. The authenticity question becomes more complicated when one looks at the four other films in the Phantasm franchise. There is still much to be learned from the films’ longevity and some of the unique elements that have given the franchise staying power and kept it, for all its warts and failings, fresh. As fresh, one might say, as a newly dead corpse given over to the tender mercies of Jedediah Morningside and his pan-galactic empire of shrunken zombie slaves.

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Bad Biology 2: My Megalodon Misery

Folks, I have dedicated my life to the review of sharksploitation movies. A lot of them are bad. Fun bad, but still kind of bad. I knew that going into this ridiculously specific niche review lifestyle. Yet, in the dark of night, when all is quiet, I pull my comforter a little tighter and shudder at the blatant bastardization of science in these films. It can, at times, be truly breathtaking. 

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Independent Director, John M. Ware Talks Zombies

It has been a while since I posted anything. I apologize, but I ran out of interviews, and some people let me down. Enough of that. Enough of that. It’s a new year, and here are hopefully some new, more frequent posts.

Recently, I ran into John M. Ware. If you are a fan of the Syfy Channel, the name might be familiar to you. He wrote, directed, and starred in Thr33 Days Dead, which was broadcast on the network. The making of the movie was also featured in the Syfy series Town of the Living Dead. He agreed to participate in one of my little interviews about zombies.

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Getting Six Feet Deep with Phantasm (Part One)

My earliest exposure to the magic and mystery of horror films came at Top Hat Video, a now-defunct VHS rental joint in the town where I grew up. The town in question was a sleepy little suburb of Salt Lake City, and the vast majority of its residents were Mormon, which led to more strictures than one might think. One such stricture was the community’s approach to R-rated movies, which they viewed as not only morally questionable, but downright sinful (Utah is the state that gave us the Clean Flicks and Angel Vids controversies, after all). The upshot of all of this is that Top Hat had a special room in which they kept their spicier fare. In a normal town, such a room might be where the video store kept their softcore porno tapes; where I grew up, it was where R-rated content was kept, including the vast majority of horror movies.

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