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31 Nights of Horror. Night 20: The Shining

The Shining (1980) is one of my favorite movies. I have watched it so many times that I can practically cite it line-by-line. It is a great story, even though is does not stay on pace with Stephen King’s story all that much. Jack Nicholson is brilliant. He nailed the role of “Jack” and set a standard for every other …

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31 Nights of Horror. Night 19: The Omen

There are movie that have scary kids, Namely that crazy kid from Home Alone in the scary/drama The Good Son, to Chucky–well he is a doll, not a kid. But none of them take the viewer by the throat and don’t let go than the little monster in kickers named Damien. Admit this little snot-nose is creepy. Heck he is …

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31 Nights of Horror. Night 18: Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock’s best work, at least in my opinion, is Psycho (1960). It is the benchmark for American cinema today. It not only has superb acting with Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh nailing it from early on in the film, to cool visual effects and camera work that Baby Boomers weren’t accustomed to. Hitchcock is pure genius. He kept the …

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31 Nights of Horror. Night 17: Dracula

The original Dracula (1931) has probably spawned more re-makes and sequels than any other movie in American film history. It has set the bar for the blood lusting lady’s man that wears a cape and sports a widow’s peak. Bella Lugosi nailed it with superb acting even if it looks cheesy by today’s standards. The use of light brings on …

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31 Nights of Horror. Night 15: Friday the 13th

There are horror films that stand the test of time. They are Dracula, Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, Psycho. But many would argue that the original Friday the 13th (1980) and its hundred (or so) sequels, is one of those. Back in the early 80s when butterfly collars were cool and speedo swimsuits, enter Kevin Bacon, were all the rage, …

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31 Nights of Horror. Night 16: Van Helsing

My horror movie tastes span across a large area in the genre. I love the classic movie monsters of the 1930s, the grindhouse-type flicks of the 1970s, some sic-fi and slash ’em ups and even some of the fake documentary stuff that has become really popular lately. But there is one film that pays homage to all the classics and …

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31 Nights of Horror. Night 10: The Fields

There are movies that you watch that are just so terrible that you just want it to end. I remember when I was very young my dad took me to see the movie, The Deep at the theater. It was so bad that my dad was pacing the aisles before it was halfway over. The Fields (2011) was one such …

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31 Nights of Horror: Night 11: Candyman

When my daughter, Nicole was 3 years old I can remember her sitting with her dad on his lap in his Lay-Z-Boy and watching this movie. Here we are 12 years later and she loves this stuff! What have a done? Created a monster? Who says that letting your kids watch scary movies at the age of a toddler will …

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31 Nights of Horror. Night 12: Night of the Living Dead

Tonight film is Tom Savini’s verison of the George A. Romero classic, Night of the Living Dead. When it was released in 1990 it is almost an exact scene-for-sence remake of the classic (1968). It is said that some of the reasoning behind this that Savini thought no matter how good the orginal film was, moviegoer’s of the 1990s would …

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31 Nights of Horror. Night 13: The Exorcist

The Exorcist (1973) is by far my favoirte scary movie. WE watch it every year as part of the 31 Nights or Horror and it even won tbis year’s scary movie bracket during March Maddness. The Exorcist’s raw terror doesn’t come from gore and slash ’em up but a great story, tremendous acting and special effects that somehow put current …

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