Before the Blood Wars Part 4: Awakening in a Strange Land

Kate Beckinsale slips back into the leather catsuit and corset with Underworld: Awakening. So confident was Sony about her return that they stacked the production with an incredible $70 million budget. For number four, the franchise’s most essential participant was… Continue Reading


Before the Blood Wars Part 3: Lycans Ruled the Underworld

Not to get too far into the weeds with this stuff (too late, I know), but there’s a distinction between Underworld’s two major conflicts. The “Vampire-Werewolf War” (glimpsed at the start of Underworld: Evolution) signifies vampire Marcus’ crusade against his… Continue Reading


Before the Blood Wars Part 2: The Evolution of a Franchise

Underworld

Underworld: Evolution begins the franchise’s contradictory tradition of improving on its predecessor while conversely regressing. Written and directed by those responsible for the original (Kevin Grevioux is absent from the story credit, leaving it to Danny McBride and director Len Wiseman),… Continue Reading


Get With IT, Part 1: Catching Up with Pennywise’s First Victim Actress Chelan Simmons

“Laurie Anne…don’t scare Mama, now…” Laurie Anne Winterbarger was Pennywise’s first victim in the 1990 ABC miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel, IT. Played by young actress, Chelan Simmons, Laurie Anne’s fate was sealed early on in the film… Continue Reading


Halloween II (1981) 35 Years Later – A Worthy Companion Piece to the Original or Not? Part 2 of 2: The Companion Piece

Halloween II is more than just a follow-up to the original film as it is very much a companion piece. It does what very few sequels do by picking up exactly where the previous installment ends continuing “The Night HE… Continue Reading


Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982): A Retrospective Review

Tenebrae

Starring: Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borremeo, Mirella D’Angelo, Veronica Lario, Ania Pieroni, Eva Robins, and Carola Stagnaro Written and Directed By: Dario Argento Synopsis: Visiting Rome on a promotional tour for his newest novel, author… Continue Reading


Halloween II (1981) 35 Years Later – A Worthy Companion Piece to the Original or Not? Part 1 of 2: The Original

John Carpenter’s original 1978 theatrical version of Halloween is best viewed as a singular work rather than part of the franchise it spawned. Beginning with Halloween II, that first film’s elements became more and more tainted as the series went… Continue Reading


Retrospective: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) – 30 Years of Pure Evil

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer inspired by the real life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas is a character study portrayal of the titular character. This true-life inspiration is based more on Lucas’ confessions and fantasies rather than the actual… Continue Reading