Buy a Ticket for Admission to the … House of Wax

On April 25 1953, Warner Bros Studios released House of Wax. It was the first Hollywood color film to use 3-D technology. Additionally, it marked Vincent Price’s first foray into the horror genre. What followed was a legendary career for the horror icon. Its story of a brilliant wax sculptor, driven mad by betrayal and disfigurement, […]

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Roger Corman: A Selection of the B-Movie Master’s Best Work

Legendary director and producer Roger Corman’s career spans several decades. From 1954 to the early 1970’s, Corman directed over 50 movies. Today, he’s still producing feature length films. His low-budget approach aesthetics played a significant role in the growth of the indie movie scene in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Like William Castle, Roger Corman cut […]

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Romantic Horror: Five Horror Movies for Broken Hearts and Jilted Lovers

Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day. If you’re single or recently had your heart broken, it’s a bit of an exclusive holiday. Romantic comedies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Or maybe you’re just worn out from all the Hallmark Christmas movies on Netflix. In this Chopping Block column, I have a list of five ‘alternative’ romantic […]

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Vincent Price – The Best Movies of the Horror Icon

On October 25th, 1993, we lost a horror icon – Vincent Price. Baby boomers grew up watching Price in Roger Corman’s B-film adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe. For horror-obsessed kids like me who grew up in the 1970’s and 1980s’, Vincent Price was Dr. Anton Phibes and the host of Canadian-produced kids show, The Hilarious […]

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The House on Haunted Hill: Dare To Spend An Evening With This Remake?

Legendary director and producer William Castle was the master of gimmicks. Most of his work was cheesy, low budget B-films. But Castle filmed and marketed his productions with a childlike enthusiasm. As a result, Castle’s movies have retained much of their charms in spite of the passing years. One of Castle’s best movies was The […]

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Cushing, Lee, and Price – Hidden Gems in Their Filmography

This past weekend marked the birthdays of not one, but three icons of the horror genre. Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Vincent Price would have all celebrated birthdays over the last weekend of May. Throughout the 1950’s to the late 1970’s, all three performers defined the horror genre with their various roles. They are horror […]

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The Fly (1958): A Classic That Deserves To Be Passed On

Universal Studios and their Gothic supernatural monsters dominated the horror genre for two decades. Following World War II and the dawn of the atomic age, horror films looked to the skies or science for frights. Science fiction and horror formed a mutually beneficial relationship across drive-in theatres in North America during the 1950’s. One of […]

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William Castle: The P.T. Barnum of Horror

Born on April 24th, 1914, vintage horror fans remember legendary filmmaker William Castle for his showmanship. As a director and producer, Castle had a knack for stretching small budgets to create memorable horror films. Before The Blair Witch Project claimed to be “found footage”, Castle floated prop skeletons over audiences. Years before The Texas Chainsaw […]

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Enter These Haunted House Films … If You Dare

Today, Lionsgate Films is releasing the haunted house film Winchester, to streaming platforms. Based on the real Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, Winchester tells the supposedly true tale of Sarah Winchester, widow and heir to the Winchester gun manufacturer. She believed that she was haunted by the spirits of all those unfortunate souls killed […]

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