Anthony Perkins, Norman Bates, and The AIDS Crisis

Anthony Perkins is well-known for portraying Mama’s Boy Norman Bates in Alfred Hithcock’s Psycho, based on the Robert Bloch novel of the same name. Bloch based the character on real-life serial killer Ed Gein. Perkins reprised the role of Norman in three Psycho sequels through 1990, and even directed Psycho III in 1986. Sadly, theContinue reading “Anthony Perkins, Norman Bates, and The AIDS Crisis”

My Learning Curve From Silence Of The Lambs

There is a discussion to be had about LGBTQ+ representation in the media, and how poorly it has been handled, and it’s not a discussion I would avoid. However, this is not about that. This is me speaking of my own experiences. This is not me speaking on behalf of everyone. Please bear with meContinue reading “My Learning Curve From Silence Of The Lambs”

Cheers To The Horror Soundtracks Of The Millennium

We don’t see “Music From and Inspired By” on the CD cases for soundtracks much anymore, if at all. This is not to knock on modern horror soundtracks. We’ve heard some amazingly beautiful and terrifying musical scores in recent years. This is an ode to the nostalgia of walking through the aisles of a SamContinue reading “Cheers To The Horror Soundtracks Of The Millennium”

“We Interrupt Our Program of Dance Music To Bring You A Special Bulletin” The War Of The Worlds Broadcast

The War Of The Worlds broadcast was one of my blindspots up until about five years ago. I had driven up north with a friend for a day-trip and they were shocked to learn that I had never actually heard the broadcast. The drive home was a little over an hour so the broadcast filledContinue reading ““We Interrupt Our Program of Dance Music To Bring You A Special Bulletin” The War Of The Worlds Broadcast”

My Business Is All About You- The 15th Anniversary of Red Eye

Content warnings: sexual assault/rape The short of it- Red Eye was a rape revenge movie without being a rape revenge movie and Lisa is a Top Tier Final Girl that 2005 was not ready for. The long of it-  Red Eye is the first feature screenplay from Carl Ellsworth, who later wrote Disturbia and TheContinue reading “My Business Is All About You- The 15th Anniversary of Red Eye”

Zombies, Man, They Freak Me Out-Land Of The Dead

“My zombies will never take over the world because I need the humans. The humans are the ones I dislike the most and they’re where the trouble really lies.” George Romero Content warnings: suicide mention, mental health The 20 year gap between George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead and Land Of The Dead wasContinue reading “Zombies, Man, They Freak Me Out-Land Of The Dead”

Yes, Sir. F**k You, Sir- Day Of The Dead

Suddenly, I got this conceit: Maybe I’ll do one of these every ten years, reflect a little bit of what’s going on. So Day Of The Dead really grew out of that 80s feeling of giving up on everything- government, the military, faith in the financial systems. George Romero In the dawn of the 1980s,Continue reading “Yes, Sir. F**k You, Sir- Day Of The Dead”

This Was An Important Place In Their Lives- Dawn Of The Dead

Place your bets on how fast you’ll get Robin Sparkles’ “Let’s Go To The Mall” stuck in your head.  The term “shopping mall” itself is a specifically modern North American term used to define a “shopping precinct or shopping center in which one or more buildings form a complex of shops with interconnecting walkways, usuallyContinue reading “This Was An Important Place In Their Lives- Dawn Of The Dead”

Hey, You’re Still Afraid- Night Of The Living Dead

It was something hybrid that mixed terror and laughter and social comment into one heady, totally unpredictable witches’ brew of entertainment unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Wes Craven We might as well start at the very beginning. George Andrew Romero was born on February 4, 1940, in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. HeContinue reading “Hey, You’re Still Afraid- Night Of The Living Dead”