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Two Evil Eyes is a double feature from George A. Romero and Italian horror icon Dario Argento.  The two tales are Poe inspired tales The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar and The Black Cat. Romero’s tale is a pretty straight forward.  Jessica Valdemar married Ernest Valdemar for his riches.  She has to keep him alive, but he is nearing death. She is trying to keep her affair with his doctor,… Read More

The Horror anthology has always been risky.  There are few true classics.  Mostly what you get are movies with a couple good tales among some duds. George Romero and Stephen King teamed up to create Creepshow. The five stories included here are all pretty strong.  The first is Fathers Day, the story of a somewhat rotten family gathering to celebrate the birthday of the late patriarch.  This year, he intends to get… Read More

1981’s Escape from New York was a large change from the Fog and Halloween.   There were no supernatural elements and it was not a slasher.  Instead, it was a straight up action film set in the distant future of 1997.  Reagan married Thatcher and they had a kid who became President.  Or something.  Anyways, the president gets stuck in the worlds largest maximum penitentiary.  Also known as New York. Snake Plissken is… Read More

After two TV movies, John Carpenter returned to the screen with an old fashioned  ghost story.  Telling the tale of small seaside town Antonio Bay, the Fog follows events leading up to their Centennial.  The town is planning to celebrate the near mythic four founders of the town.  In the days leading up, there are mysterious events.  Add a dense, unnatural fog.  The Fog is not the scary part…there is something in… Read More

The same year Carpenter unleashed Halloween, he wrote and directed this television thriller.  Lauren Hutton is Leigh Michaels, a television  producer, new to Los Angeles.  She moves into a high-rise apartment and then starts to receive ominous calls from a creepy voiced stranger who seems to know a lot about her.  She has an ex who won’t give up and is trying to start a relationship up with a new man. As… Read More

During 1972 and 1981, beloved horror director had made five films.  His sixth was the coic book movie “Swamp Thing”.  Based on the iconic character initially brought to life by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.  It was more horror than super-hero and even though it had ended in 1976, producer Michael Uslan had purchased the rights to Swamp Thing and Batman (which would not see the screen for seven more years) out… Read More

The horror anthology format is one that can yield tremendous success (Trick’r Treat, Creepshow) or terrible results (Creepshow 3, V/H/S 3).  It has a somewhat spotty history, but the tradition holds strong.  Probably the most ambitious, but not entirely successful were the two ABC’s of Death films, which each contained 26 short films.  Tales of Halloween keeps it to ten stories, which is probably the limit for getting a good yield of… Read More