Remember When 1981 Was The Year Of The Werewolf?

It’s been said that Hollywood and the entertainment industry is an incestuous environment and by that I mean that people work together so much that there’s degrees of separation. Sometimes, producers, writers, actors and directors hear things on one set or at one party and pass it along to others. It’s not uncommon for twoContinue reading “Remember When 1981 Was The Year Of The Werewolf?”

‘Ernest Scared Stupid’ Killed The Franchise

Jim Varney had been in the public spotlight for many years before his breakthrough role in the 1987 comedy Ernest Goes to Camp, featuring his signature character Ernest P. Worrell in the first of many movies. It was the first of four movies he would make for Disney before the movies became independently produced andContinue reading “‘Ernest Scared Stupid’ Killed The Franchise”

‘Misery’ Loves The Company Of Hero Syndrome

Kathy Bates is one of my favorite actresses. She was basically an unknown character actor when she got her breakthrough role at 42 as Annie Wilkes in Misery. The movie is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name that he wrote following a fan backlash over his 1984 epic fantasy novel TheContinue reading “‘Misery’ Loves The Company Of Hero Syndrome”

‘Frailty’ Thy Name Is Bill Paxton’s Great Horror Masterpiece

When Bill Paxton passed away in 2017, his death came as a surprise to everyone. At 61, he seemed to be in perfect health, but he had a damaged aortic heart valve most of his life and on Feb. 14 of that year, he underwent open heart surgery and this led to complications that resultedContinue reading “‘Frailty’ Thy Name Is Bill Paxton’s Great Horror Masterpiece”

We Need To Talk About ‘Halloween III’

All film franchises have that one movie that is, for lack of a better word, a bastardization. A Nightmare on Elm Street had its version with the homoerotic Freddy’s Revenge in which it was Freddy Krueger working through a troubled teenage boy. This strayed from going after being in their dreams. Friday the 13th angeredContinue reading “We Need To Talk About ‘Halloween III’”

‘Black Christmas’ The Original Nightmare Before Xmas

In the 2004 Bravo show 100 Scariest Movie Moments, Olivia Hussey, who appeared in the 1974 original Black Christmas recalled how she was brought into audition with Steve Martin for the 1987 romcom Roxanne. She said Martin was very excited and happy telling Hussey he had been wanting to meet her for years as sheContinue reading “‘Black Christmas’ The Original Nightmare Before Xmas”

Why ‘They Live’ Needs A TV Series Continuation

Sometimes, directors do their better and best work after a noble failure from a previous project. David Lynch made Blue Velvet after the failure of Dune. Even though I didn’t like it that much, Brokeback Mountain was a smaller movie for Ang Lee after the disappointment of Hulk and garnered him an Best Director OscarContinue reading “Why ‘They Live’ Needs A TV Series Continuation”

‘The Invisible Man’ Should Be Seen By All

It’s a shame that The Invisible Man had to be quickly sidelined by the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of movie theaters. Made on a meager $7 million budget, it reportedly earned over $143 million worldwide. It’s a rare sci-fi horror movie that actually has a good story, direction and action behind it as wellContinue reading “‘The Invisible Man’ Should Be Seen By All”

Sleepy Hollow Gets Disney Treatment

For the most part, I learned about the Robin Hood legend from the animated Disney movie from the 1970s in which the animals were portraying the characters. Disney also introduced me to another work of literature with The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Released in 1949, the animated movie was a two-parter first focusingContinue reading “Sleepy Hollow Gets Disney Treatment”

In Memory Of A ‘Baadasssss’ Filmmaker

Melvin Van Peebles passed away recently on Sept. 22 at the age of 89. He was a filmmaker and actor, even though you may not remember him in many things. I first saw him on an episode of the HBO sex comedy Dream On. He had a small role in the Eddie Murphy movie Boomerang.Continue reading “In Memory Of A ‘Baadasssss’ Filmmaker”