Summer has become a time for Hollywood to release its blockbusters to eager audiences who would rather be inside then out. I remember reading movie ads in the paper proudly touting theatres having the wonders of air conditioning. Movies about summer are another bottle (now comes in a tube) of suntan lotion as they have... Continue Reading →



Some things are simply made to be seen on the large screen and some large things are made for the same reason. The original GODZILLA or Gojira is one of these momentous beasts. I had the good fortune of attending a screening of this 1954 classic in glorious black and white at the Egyptian theatre... Continue Reading →


“A house is not a home without music, mood music. When lights are low and all is still. The songs from the HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN settle over you. It makes you a real cut up.” The above quote is part of the original narration introduction as performed by Bob MacFadden from the album THEMES FROM... Continue Reading →


I wanted to write on ‘Classic Horror’ in film, television, and literature and in areas that these images touch. We can look on our breakfast table and see Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Boo Berry cereals. The ‘monsters’ become ‘friends’ that you marvel at as you appreciate the mythology. It is why I am reluctant to... Continue Reading →


When I set out to do this blog, I gave myself the deadline of one article per week, alternating between NITRATE FROM THE GRAVE and the Classic Hollywood Blog STARDUST and SHADOWS. I said I would write what I thought would be interesting in each on that time frame. Sometimes I had half formed ideas.... Continue Reading →


One of the staple images that cross over between horror and science fiction is the ‘mad scientist.’ That character could manifest as part of mainstream cinema; for example, the sinister pharmaceutical company in THE FUGITIVE. The medical industry as a whole is the evil ogre in countless novels, stories, and television series. And even the... Continue Reading →


For those of you who have taken the time to read my bio on this blog you will know that I am a ‘Monster Kid” from way back. We face the fact that information is at our fingertips now with this wonderful tentacle entwining, tube filled creature called the internet. How easy it is to... Continue Reading →


We live in time in which the Net can make someone (anyone) into a music star without even doing press, touring and getting the music heard by playing shows until you can't stand up why should I be surprised that the zombies have literately risen to the forefront of the horror scene. Why do we... Continue Reading →

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