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Urban Dead and Other AV Club Love

A couple of pieces popped up over at the AV Club today that are worthy of some attention. The most pertinent to horror fans is an excellent essay on They Live written by Scott Tobias as part of his ongoing "New Cult Canon" series. Tobias addresses a lot of the issues that swirl throughout that film. It's certainly Carpenter's most overtly subversive film, filleting Reagen-era America with almost comic levels of paranoia.

The Fog: Rated R Horror for 12 Year Olds

As part of my ongoing series: "Catching up with older movies that I should be embarrassed about not having seen," I sat down with John Carpenter's The Fog this past Sunday. There wasn't any real impetus to take up this film, other than my desire to check out all of Carpenter's lesser discussed works (Christine, Village of the Damned, Vampires, etc). Carpenter has one of the strongest voices of any horror director, and his style heavily permeates all the films that I've seen.

The Dirtiest Player in the Game

I started this post as a comment on Mark's recent post about Ric Flair. It started to get a little long-ish, so I figured I'd go full blog post with it.

My wrestling fan years lasted from about the middle of 4th grade to somewhere early in high school. I saw the "Return of the Warrior" tour live in Philly

The Comics Code and the Death of EC

Anyone who has dabbled in comics likely has at least a passing familiarity with the Comics Code. The Code, which went into effect in 1954, was established by the Comics Code Authority, which was handled under the auspices of the Comics Magazine Association of America. This organization was charged with overseeing the comics industry to ensure that the vileness that had pervaded comics wouldn't continue to destroy America's youth.

Sci-Fi Channel Movie... Not Garbage!?

When I see "Sci-Fi Channel" next to the word's "Rock Monster," the word that I least expect to see next is "good." But flipping through today's Variety, that's exactly what one would encounter. In an almost shocking turn of events, reviewer Brian Lowry has many pleasant things to say about this week's Sci-Fi Channel Saturday evening offering. His lead paragraph spills most of the goodies:

Greatest Family Ever?

Probably.

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Passing of a Legend

News just came across my wire that sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke passed away today. And when I say that he died today, I actually mean tomorrow because as crazy as it sounds, one of the finest minds in science fiction was living in Sri Lanka. So it's morning there.

Fright Night

Watched Fright Night over the weekend. I had never seen it, and so I figured it was time to catch up. I don't have a whole lot to say, largely because most of the themes have been thoroughly mined, and perhaps more successfully in other films. Some of the special effects were terrific, with a great sort of retro feel (for more discussion of why that's awesome check out Episode 18 of the podcast). One aspect of the film that really cracked me up was how they tried to sex up Amanda Bearse, who played the main love interest.

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