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New Sword and Sorcery IF Game Released: Rider In The Mist 1.0b (and Happy New Year too!)

Yeah, it’s done. Sort of still beta, but I wanted to release into the wild at exactly midnight. That didn’t exactly happen, but only by twelve minutes – so still within the witching hour as befits a sword and sorcerer/horror … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Christmas Podcast Schedule UK SciFi/Fantasy/Horror/Tech Podcast

Merry Eve of… Christmas Eve! Until today the needle of my Super-O-Meter™ was firmly pointed at ‘Stylish Supervillain’, while I cackled with glee at the squirming masses of humanity from my Tower of Nerditude™. Unfortunately, a last-minute dash to the … Continue reading

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What to Expect In the 50th Roy's Rocket Radio Show

Doctor Who is back and, very soon, so will we be! The following is a small selection of what to expect in our upcoming, and very special extra-long, 50th show: TV: Doctor Who (1st Doctor, Series 3, 4 The Daleks’ … Continue reading

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Writing 2000 Words a Day To Finish My Novel

I am currently twelve thousand words into my mystery/horror novel and have just finished the sixth chapter today. Here is the back cover blurb: The Horus Box Amidst the dot com boom, a traumatised bicycle messenger and an enigmatic war … Continue reading

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Tweeting First Line of Daily 2000 Words, My Fiction, Your First Fiction?

2000 Words Okay, just to prove that I’m not a total flake after the magazine debacle, I’m encouraging myself to keep writing by tweeting the first line of each piece of fiction I write each day. Each piece, whether a … Continue reading

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Trailers: Godzilla, The Expendables 3, Maleficent, Jessabelle, The Quiet Ones

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Trailer: Oculus (2013)

No, not the 3D, scuba-diving, cyclopian mask of doom, but a horror movie starring Doctor Who’s Karen Gillen. We’ll probably review this in a few weeks time.

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UK SciFi and Horror Trailers: Godzilla and Only Lovers Left Alive

Godzilla: New trailer, movie released in the UK on May 16 Godzilla: Last year’s teaser trailer Only Lovers Left Alive: Out now in the UK

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#RoysRocketRadio #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror, with a Touch of Vanilla, #Podcast: What's On

The next two “Sunday” shows will actually be recorded, edited and released two days early, i.e. on the immediately preceding Friday.  The reasons are twofold.  First, The Wolf of Wall Street opens in the UK tomorrow and I don’t want … Continue reading

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#RoysRocketRadio #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror #Podcast Ep 23 & 24 Starting Sun 12 Jan

Episode 23 (This Sunday): Just to fill that diabolical ennui of existence that is Sunday morning, Ill be recording another podcast.  You can expect more measured, thoughtful and learned discussions (or not, well maybe, but certainly better than that found … Continue reading

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Hellraiser: Origins Teaser Trailer for Reboot Pitch

Hellraiser Origins

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Movie Trailers 2014: Maleficent, I, Frankenstein, Seventh Son, Noah and… The Amazing Spider-Man 2!

Maleficent: Angelina. Horns. I, Frankenstein: Will either be brilliant or terrible, hard to tell, but here’s hoping… Seventh Son: Featuring another (RIPD) fine dialect choice from Jeff Bridges. Noah: Mmm, still the threat of Ray Winstone is enough to scare … Continue reading

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Hey, Wannabe #UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Writers! What's Better Than #NaNoWriMo? PLEASE RT!

Actually NaNoWriMo’s absolutely fine, but how about taking the next step and actually seeing your work published in a free online pulp mag? Interested? Of course you are! Okay, visit Star Adventurer Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror NOW! … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi #Movie #Review: Storage 24

Written and starring Doctor Who‘s Mickey (Noel Clarke) and, as Hick’s says in Aliens (1986), “It’s a bug hunt.” Only this time it’s set in a Battersea storage facility. The non-bug characters consist of a motley crew of  Joe and … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Podcast: neRRRdcast AKA Roy's Rocket Radio Episode 17

Episode 17, huzzah! This week, an extra, extra long and very uncut show, featuring oodles of tentacular, nerdy goodness ready for direct brain download: Oldboy, World War Z, Atlantis, Blackout, Breaking Bad, BBC Radio SciFi, The Magician’s Land, StarAdventurer.com, Horrible … Continue reading

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neRRRdcast #Podcast #News and Thought of The Day, #UK, #SciFi, #Tech, #VillainyPrevails

If all goes well, and the pathetic home you call earth does not explode in fiery death by tomorrow night, ready yourselves for yet another, almost splendid and very nearly passable, neRRRdcast… “So soon?” You exclaim, wide-eyed with astonishment. To … Continue reading

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Ryuhei Kitamura's Midnight Meat Train (2008) and No One Lives (2012)

Japanese filmmaker Ryuhei Kitamura has turned out a sparing, but neat line in superior quality exploitation horror-with-a-twist in the shape of Midnight Meat Train (2008) and No One Lives (2012). In Midnight Meat Train, an artistic photographer (Bradley Cooper) stumbles … Continue reading

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The Conjuring 2013

Based on actual real “demon-hunting” couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, nonetheless, I fell asleep within the first few minutes. Not scary. Go dig up Frailty (2001) instead.

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Under the Dome (2013)

Mysterious dome-shaped force-field thingy traps small, hick town. Not as atrocious, or as good as some of Stephen King’s other screen adaptations. A bit long-winded too, like much of his writing of late, but thankfully not too soapy. Apparently renewed … Continue reading

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The Ruins (2008)

A bunch of young tourists visit an archaeological site in Mexico and then… Remarkably reminiscent of comic book maestro Richard Corben’s one-shot that I read years ago. A not-bad survival horror, but not something I’d bother to see at the … Continue reading

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The Purge (2013)

A near future government in America allows the citizenry one night per year free of any laws. They can steal, murder and maim without legal repercussions. For twelve hours they can, as is mentioned in the film, choose to “unleash … Continue reading

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The Possession (2012)

Girl is possessed by antique box. Slight twist on traditional possession movie in that here we are delving into Judaic mysticism. Apart from that, not particularly memorable, except musician Matisyahu’s portrayal of hip Hasidic excorcist Tzadok.

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Byzantium (2012)

Vampire mum and daughter hide out in decaying seaside resort (okay, it’s Hastings), in Neil Jordan‘s bloody and brilliant vampire-flick. Everything a horror movie about vampires should be: bloody, spooky, sexy, seedy, sleazy, otherworldly etc… except in one rather annoying … Continue reading

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Looking Back at The Fury and The Medusa Touch (1978) #SciFi #Horror #Thriller

I just tweeted a YouTube trailer of the The Medusa Touch (1978), based on a novel by the late Peter Van Greenaway, only to discover that another of my favourites was also released that year. It was the year that … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: The Gorgon (1964) #Hammer

Hammer Films’ The Gorgon (1964), starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Filmed at Bray Studios in Berkshire, UK:

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#SciFi, #Horror, #Fantasy: "…send us a story if you think you can mix up some pulpy goodness…" #UK, #Canada & #Mauritius

I’m busy writing and not getting paid right now, in case anyone has any weird ideas of how I’m profiting from Star Adventurer Magazine (I AM NOT). So dust off your cynic’s hat and send us a story if you … Continue reading

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#Horror #Movie #Review: Psychopathy and Sociopathy, Part 1: American Mary (2013)

Back in the Jurassic Era, when I was sitting A’Level English Literature, I wrote an essay about how psychopathic and sociopathic behaviour, as displayed by Shakespeare’s dramatic interpretation of Richard the III, can be an appealing trait in lead characters. … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Beautiful Creatures (2013)

I’m not giving much away, from things you would have already seen in the trailer by telling you that Lena is a teenager who will soon undergo a transformation that will determine whether she becomes a good or evil witch. … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Stoker (2013)

Rich, bored teenager, from rich, bored family is liberated from apathy by mysterious, psycho uncle who arrives shortly after her father’s death. The film is not quite as disturbing as it purports to be except for one particular scene, (hint: … Continue reading

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NEW #STORIES at Star Adventurer Magazine of #SciFi, #Fantasy, #Horror and #Pulp

We have just published another two pieces of fantastic fiction over at Star Adventurer Magazine: Claws and Skyscraper Glass by Brock T.I. Penner (Science Fiction) Lollipop by Roy Mathur (Horror) I wrote Lollipop with these songs swirling around in my … Continue reading

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Normal Services Resumed: Reviews for: A Good Day to Die Hard, Dark Skies, No One Lives, Rebellion in Next neRRRdcast

Subscribe via iTunes or RSS/Bookmark New podcast coming soon with reviews for: A Good Day to Die Hard, Dark Skies, No One Lives, Rebellion etc…

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Writing Submissions for Star Adventurer Magazine: Proofread Several Times Please

I’m addressing this post to myself as well as those thinking of submitting to Star Adventurer Magazine, so please do not be offended. I proofread and re-edited my last short-story, The Black Tower, for the final time and posted it … Continue reading

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New Nerdy Media Empire Reaching Warp Speed: Star Adventurer, neRRRcast etc… #SciFi, #Fantasy, #Horror, #UK

Pardon the egotistical title of this post, but if I’m not going to blow my own trumpet, I doubt anyone else will either. You can now: Read our fantastic new genre magazine Star Adventurer. Listen to the neRRRcast here or … Continue reading

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Star Adventurer Magazine: Please Read the Guidelines!

I cannot emphasise more strongly that prospective authors need to closely read the submission guidelines here. Granted, they have been in a state of flux, because we are tweaking things, and you may have been caught out by changes.  However, … Continue reading

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Rules/Terms and Conditions for Submitting Work to Star Adventurer Magazine

Please see revised rules. Thanks

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Old-Fashioned #Pulp #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Fiction #Magazine Seeking Submissions. Please Re-Tweet

As you have no doubt realised by now, I am attempting to start a good, old-fashioned pulp SciFi, Fantasy and Horror magazine. If you are interesting in contributing short stories or cover art, please visit this page.

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#Horror #Movie #Trailers: The Conjuring

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#Horror-#Comedy Movie #Review: Frankenweenie (2012) (#Family #Animation)

Frankenweenie (2012) is Tim Burton’s comedy-horror themed family animation. It is a tribute to early classics like Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and famous movie monsters like Godzilla, Mothra, King Kong and even the Gremlins. In the movie, a … Continue reading

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#Horror #TV Review: The Walking Dead (2013) Season 3 Finale (Lots of Spoilers)

Although last week saw the rather unpleasant outlaw biker Merle going walker briefly before getting stomped by his tearful brother Darryl (if ever blood was thinner than water…), in the season finale, David “The Gore-venator” Morrissey finally… DID NOT BUY … Continue reading

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Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: #Horror and #Action #Movie #Reviews: Kill List and RED

Kill List (2011), stars Neil Maskell as a hit-man and an even more “off-his-trolley” hit-man than the one he plays in Utopia (2013). This low-budget British horror movie from newish director/writer Ben Wheatley is about a couple of hit-men working … Continue reading

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#Nerd #TV #Review: #Cult (2013 on #CW)

Just checked out Cult (2013), the new horror/mystery show on CW about a journalist who’s brother, a fan of a fictional CW show called Cult, goes missing. Talk about meta. Talk about vanity. Before shows like Lost and Heroes, this … Continue reading

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The Dark Tower: Movie, Animation, TV Series, Bardem or Not Bardem… It's Driving Me Nuts!

How annoying this whole development fiasco is. First a movie, then an animation, then a TV series, then, then, then… Now I hear that Stephen King wants to muck about with some sort of cameo appearance.  I’ve seen his cameos … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Slight Buggerup With Episode 11 (#SciFi, #Horror & #Fantasy #Podcast)

Sorry if you tried to download Episode 11 and got Episode 10 instead.  My fault entirely and the situation has been remedied.  Just to reiterate the highlights of what is in the latest podcast- Chico and Rita, Following, Jack The … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning: The Ninth Gate, Coffee and Chocolate

Ahhh instachino, second mug coming soon, chocolate digestives and The Ninth Gate.  Sinnnnnnnnnnnnful.  };-> Mwah.  Ha. Whatever happened to Emmanuelle Seigner?  

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#Horror #Movie #Review Just Watched: Berberian Sound Studio

So I just watched Berberian Sound Studio released recently on DVD.  As you know if you’ve been visiting this blog, I enjoy a few schlocky horror movies and this one is a homage to the particular sub-genre of schlocky horror … Continue reading

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I'm Watching Berberian Sound Studio Tonight (#Horror, #Giallo)

The New Years only a few hours away, but instead of having fun or working, I wasted way to much time tarting up my home page.  Why don’t I just download a web template like normal people? Anyway, enough of … Continue reading

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Amphigorey: The Best of Edward Gorey (#Books, #Horror, #Fantasy, #Art)

Quite well known in the USA and Canada, but less known in the rest of the world, the late, lamented Edward Gorey was an artist, illustrator and poet of the peculiar.  This book is a nice collection of some of … Continue reading

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Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: Blog Report 2012 #SciFi, Horror, #Fantasy

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,700 views in 2012. If every person who … Continue reading

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Great #Vampire #Horror #Movies: Martin, The Hunger, Near Dark, Let The Right One In

Possibly the best movies about vampires ever made- Martin (1976) is one of the best and most psychologically disturbing of all vampire movies.  In this movie, we meet nerdy young Martin who is either a child of the night or … Continue reading

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Great #Seasonal #Horror #Fiction: Robert Bloch's The Night Before #Christmas

One of my favourite Christmas horror Stories is Robert Bloch’s The Night Before Christmas featured in the seminal Dark Forces collection from the 1980s as well as various other anthologies. I can’t say much about it without giving away spoilers, … Continue reading

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Latest Official #Movie #Trailers: Aftershock, Evil Dead, Carrie, Django Unchained

Aftershock Evil Dead Carrie Django Unchained

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Topics for the Next #SciFi, #Horror and #Fantasy #Podcast (#Movies, #TV and #Comics)

In the next podcast we’ll have a mixed bag to look forward to.  Neo noir, early/golden age genre cinema, the Arthurian Myth on film and a smattering of classic comic book artists… Here’s a rough list of what to expect: … Continue reading

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.tek & Other Torments: #Programming: Lazarus, #Mauritius: Birthdays, #TV: Homeland, Walking Dead

Hey,  I LIKE TurboPascal, never got into Delphi, FreePascal’s bearable, but Lazarus IDE?  There’s always some damn error trying to compile anything other than the simplest programs.  This is obviously because I don’t really know what I’m doing, which is … Continue reading

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#Movie #Trailers: World War Z and Iron Man 3

World War Z Iron Man 3

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#Movie #Review: #Argo, #Paranorman, #Sinister

Argo – In a nutshell, the CIA hatch a plan to get US embassy workers out of revolutionary Iran by disguising them as a SciFi film crew on a location scout.  The movie starts with a little potted, and surprisingly … Continue reading

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Latest 2013 #Movie #Trailers: Pacific Rim, Mortal Instruments, GI Joe 3, Iron Man 3, Die Hard 5, Now You See Me

Pacific Rim The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones GI Joe: Retallaiation Iron Man 3 A Good Day To Day Hard Now You See Me

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#TV & #Movie Talk: 666 Park Avenue, #Cosmopolis & #Revolution, Comments Please!

So I finally watched an episode or  two of 666 Park Avenue.  Like so much nerd-oriented TV these days, it’s competent, but nothing to write home about. The show is about a couple who are given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show #Podcast Late, Rescheduled for Sunday

Sorry, but I’m experiencing a few network difficulties. (Basically, I have to find a better position for intercept my router’s erratic WiFi signal.)  It’ll be out by Sunday at the latest. Topics- Editorial: Media Jobs, African Nerdery, Real-life violence = … Continue reading

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Future Run: 666 Park Avenue Premiers in 4 Days! #scifi #horror #tv

I hope this is good.  At least it’s a return to the screen of Terry O’Quinn who played my favourite Lost character John Locke.  Just pray that it’s better than the awful American Horror Story.

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Future Run: Berberian Sound Studio: #Horror #Movie #Trailer & #Interview

If you’ve somehow missed these clips on TV, here they are again: Trailer- Interview- In UK cinemas from the August 31st… I’m ready for a big-screen Diabolik reboot. Go giallo!

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Second Run: Jennifer's Body #horror #movie #review

Look what my life’s come to- reviewing trashy horror movies on late night FreeView.  Self-pity aside, I’ve just watched Jennifer’s Body.  Four chainsaws, because it’s the kind of schlocky trash that works.  Funny, gory, with a flesh-eating, killer-cheerleader; what’s not to … Continue reading

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Future Run: The Arrival of Wang #SciFi #Movie Premier at #London #FrightFest 2012 #Horror Festival

Fright Fest is an annual horror movie festival.  Next week, the London part of the festival is going to be held at the Empire, Leicester Square.  Here’s the link- Fright Fest, London The movie that has perked my interest is … Continue reading

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Second Run: #Review of Lars von Trier's #Horror #Movie #Antichrist (With Spoilers) #FrightFest #Filmfour

I finally watched Lars von Trier’s Antichrist on the box tonight. Plot– A couple’s infant son dies in a, frankly, ridiculous accident.  (Yes, yes, yes, I know, OK?  Despair at a horrible mother sticking his shoes on backwards, as we … Continue reading

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Second Run: My Top #Werewolf #Movies

  The Howling (1981)- It’s trashy and low-budget, but oddly disturbing and fun.  Patrick Macnee is in it!  Incredibly, it’s actually based on a decent novel by Gary Brandner that was published four years earlier.  Another sad loss from my … Continue reading

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Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: New Nerd Forum Launched! #Nerds #Geeks #Otaku #SciFi

Yes, now we have a forum too- Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: Probably the Best Nerd Forum in the Multiverse! “If you build it, they will come.” Not sure about that, but hope to see lots, some, a few more than … Continue reading

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Second Run: Nick Roeg #Movies #Reviews – #SciFi, #Horror and #Fantasy)

Here’s my take on some Nick Roeg movies- The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) – This one’s obviously going to be at the top of my list, how could it not be?  A fantastic film adaptation of superb writer … Continue reading

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Future Run: The Walking Dead Season 3 #tv #horror #scifi

Who’s looking forward to season three of The Walking Dead in October?  I am, and hopefully it won’t be as soapy as the last season. I must say it’s really amazing seeing funny, happy, Brit buffoon Egg from This Life … Continue reading

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Second Run: 2 Underrated and Deeply Demented SciFi Horror Movies #scifi #horror #movies

The Hand (1981) – Michael Caine as a pyscho comic book artist and recent amputee. The Devil Commands (1941) – Boris Karloff loses his wife and attempts bizarre commication. Rating: 5 chainsaws each.  

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Breakfast: Watching Frasier with (an) Asia Argento

Trying out the comedic return thingy. Off to Tai Chi soon, cats and dogs outside. Wonder what a hip coffee recipe named after Dario Argento would be like, or how about the Suspiria cocktail?

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Ice Cream Rocks and So Does Reggie the Ice Cream Man!

This post’s in honour of both ice cream (I had one a few hours ago… mmm…) and those battle-hardened ice cream van operatives who brave the terrors of the semi-post-apocalyptic suburbs to bring us this sweet ambrosia! Reggie the ice … Continue reading

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Second Run Review: Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979): Rubbish

Someone once took me to task for mocking Werner Herzog’s  Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), but I stand by what I said.  It’s overrated crap.  Not even the usual incandescence of Kinski can improve this garbage. One particularly ridiculous scene remains … Continue reading

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Future Nasty: Breaking Bad Season Five and Second Run: Eden Lake

My favourite supervillain is back for a last hurrah this July. Yep, Walter White, ex-school teacher and meth cook par excellence, is returning, post the amazingly gory finale of season four after his bomb ripped Los Pollos Hermanos owner and … Continue reading

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Puny God: Avengers Assemble, Raven's Gate and Horns

Rather religious theme this week with Norse gods, Satanists and the Devil. Avengers Assemble 3D– saw this a few days ago at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus, London.  Best line of the movie is uttered by the Hulk after he … Continue reading

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Second Run TV: American Horror Story: Yawn

American Horror Story is such a disappointment.  I had to force my eyes open to watch the entire first season.  Only the last two episodes where any fun with the big reveal.  Gross (bowl of brains scene), but hardly frightening.  … Continue reading

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Dark Forces: Gorey, Wagner and Bashevis

No, “Gorey, Wagner and Belshevis” is not the name of a law firm in league with Beelzebub, but perhaps it should be.  Those three names are but a few of a distinguished list of horror authors whose works are included … Continue reading

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Second Run: Stephen King's The Night Flier: Seriously Underrated Cult Classic!

I want to credit another review I read somewhere on the internet about a year ago for informing me about the existence of this film, but I just can’t find it.  I am thankful to whoever that reviewer was because The … Continue reading

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Second Run: Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Gonzo of the Macabre!

Carl Kolchak AKA the Night Stalker, played by Darren McGavin, was the main character in two ABC TV movies and a later TV show in the 1970s.  Created by writer Jeff Rice, Kolchak is an investigative reporter for a Chicago … Continue reading

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Second Run: Actual Good Little Red Riding Hood Movies

Although Red Riding Hood (2011) was a horrible disastor, here are two movie interpretations of Little Red Riding Hood that are actually very good: First, there’s Freeway (1996) with the excellent Reese Witherspoon and the uber creepy Kiefer Sutherland.    … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's Terror From Below: Great Underwater Movies!

Best popcorn movies from under the sea! (Or rather cockles and whelks – something I inexplicably actually used to like). Cthulhu (2007): I’ve started with this one, because you probably haven’t seen it. Great and unusual adaptation of the Lovecraftian … Continue reading

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