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From SEVEN and featuring Richard Portnow as Dr. Beardsley and Michael Reid Mackay as Victor (Sin of Sloth)



From HEMLOCK GROVE and featuring Freya Tingley as Christina Wendall:



From BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON and featuring Angela Goethals as Taylor Gentry and Nathan Baesel as Leslie Vernon:



From DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW and featuring Larry Drake as Bubba Ritter:



From Child’s Play and featuring Brad Dourif as Chucky:



From FRIDAY THE 13th and featuring Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees and Ari Lehman as Jason Voorhees:



Once again my friend Mike at Mike’sFilmTalk has decided to pick me for blogger’s tag. I think this is the 3rd or 4th time that he’s picked me for this and that leads to one final and startling conclusion: he can’t stand me. Why don’t you like me, Mike? What can I do to change your heart? Is it too late?

I jest. Mike is a great guy and he has a great blog and I strongly urge each and every one of you to check it out. As for blogger’s tag, it’s a little game we play whose rules go a little something like this. Someone tags you, you answer 11 questions that they’ve prepared for you and then you make up 11 questions for the 11 people you tag to answer. Let’s break it down:

I, along with 10 other people, got tagged by Mike aka Darth Blogger.

Mike provided us with 11 questions to answer:

1. Have you ever been made redundant from your job and how did you feel about it?

I’m a security guard; I feel redundant all the time.

2. If you were interviewing someone for a writing job, what 3 qualities would you look for and why?

Grammar, talent and respect for the genre in which they ply their literary trade. 

3. What is your favorite board game and why?

Monopoly and seeing as how I lose every time I have no idea why I even play the game.

4. When you look at the stars, what do you see?

I see one of the many splendors of God‘s creation.

5. When you look at the ocean, what does it remind you of?

That Godzilla is lurking out there somewhere in its depths.

6. How do you overcome writer’s block?

By veering off the intended course and allowing myself to entertain other possibilities for approaching what I have to say. 

7. If you could say 3 encouraging things to another person, what would they be?

I love you just the way you are, love the one you’re with and don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.

8. Do you prefer to write your stories/books/poetry/prose/articles on paper first, then type them up and edit them, or do you like to type them straight into your computer to edit?

What is editing? You can do that? Seriously, you can do that?

9. Do you like writing in one genre or more?

I like scary stories; so when I finally do write something it will probably be in the horror genre.

10. As a writer, do you think actions speak louder than words?

Shooting someone with a real gun is way more effective than saying ‘he shot him.’ Action speaks volumes.

11. What is your favorite quote and why?

God’s Grace is giving us what we don’t deserve; God’s Mercy is not giving us what we do deserve.-I like this because I have to remind myself of it every day.

Okay, now here are my 11 questions for my 11 victims:

1. Aliens have landed on Earth and have asked that we give them our least intelligent person. Who would that be?

2. You’ve been voted the Sexiest Man/Woman Alive by People magazine. What are the first five words of your acceptance speech?

3. You’re on a deserted island with Kim Kardashian, Honey Boo Boo and Jason Voorhees. You want to engage in an intelligent conversation. Which of the three would you talk to?

4. Your spouse, whom you have loved and cherished for years, has just become a flesh-devouring zombie. Do you shoot them yourself or try to get them a spot on The Walking Dead?

5. What would happen if we were given the right to kill one person of our choosing without fear of punishment or retaliation?

6. What was the first Album, 8-track, cassette, CD or digital recording you ever purchased?

7. Elvis has come back from the dead. What fate lies in store for all those impersonators?

8. What are the worst book, movie and song you have ever read, seen or heard?

9. Horror movies have been banned and to be caught with one is punishable by death. What do you do?

10. If you could live in any TV or movie universe which one would you choose and why?

11. You have one hour to teach the Frankenstein monster one thing. What would you teach it? By the way, a song and dance to ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz‘ has been done and is therefore not an acceptable answer.

Yay. That was fun. Now let’s see who my victims will be.

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I know; I’m missing six victims. If you feel like participating then consider yourself tagged. Oh, and pass it on, okay?


Before I get started I want to get a few things out of the way. First, here is the somewhat mandatory Nostalgiathon badge:


Then there is the also somewhat mandatory link back to Andy Watches Movies and his post regarding Nostalgiathon. Don’t be afraid to click it.

Okay, now that that’s all out of the way I can get down to this business of nostalgia. What is nostalgia, exactly? To me, nostalgia is when we fondly remember the good things about our past that we are never going to experience again. Maybe it was Sunday dinner with the entire family in one room; eating, laughing and communicating about the events of the day. Maybe it was your first kiss from your first girlfriend or boyfriend. It’s always the good things we remember and look back on with fond remembrance. You never hear someone say “Do you remember when Uncle Ted was working under the car and the engine fell on him and Aunt Gracie didn’t find him until three hours later? *Sigh* those were the days.”

So, what was a nostalgic time for me? I don’t think it was so much a time as it was a friend and a mutual adoration that our elementary and junior high school brains shared for all things horror. His name was T.J. Johnson; and every Saturday, and later Sunday, I would be glued to my TV as Shock Theater and the monsters that I first feared but soon grew to love would play out their macabre adventures before my eyes. It was here that I first made acquaintances with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Fly, The Invisible Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. My parents couldn’t understand why I loved these ghouls so much, but that was because they didn’t understand that to a boy who was smaller than most and picked on constantly by his larger peers that these monsters were the bodyguards that I had always dreamed of. With that much said, let’s fast forward to Monday morning and homeroom.

Monday was the best day of the week. It was the day that T.J. and I could compare notes and wax on and on about the movies that we both knew the other had watched over the weekend.

“You see it when Frankenstein killed Igor?”

“Did you hear the screams as she ripped the hood from the Fly’s head?”

“Man that was sure cool seeing that guy turn into the Wolf Man!”

On and on we would go. It was because of T.J. that I discovered a love for the trivia behind the scenes. I began to devour, at first, issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland and later Fangoria and now the latter magazine and Rue Morgue and HorrorHound magazine. The Universal Monsters gave way to Hammer Films and Christopher Lee as Dracula and Peter Cushing as his arch-nemesis Van Helsing. Oliver Reed howled with the Curse of the Werewolf and Herbert Lom was the lonely Phantom lurking beneath the streets of London. Then as seasons change and people live and die then again these monsters would give way to the violent and silent Leatherface and Michael Myers, the undying and relentless Jason Voorhees and the razor sharp knives and wit of Freddy Krueger. I ramble on and on and I apologize; but what I am trying to say is that though the monsters may have changed and the movies may be color instead of black and white and we see the blood and the gore instead of just imagining it is that my love for horror all started with a long canceled TV show, Shock Theater, and a long unseen friend, T.J. Johnson.

I lost touch with T.J. in the ninth grade. I can’t tell him about all the great horror movies or about my life and its ups and downs and about the wonderful woman that I call my wife and best friend. I don’t know whether he’s alive or dead. I like to think that he reads my blog and say ‘hey, I remember that guy.’ If he is then I just want to say thanks for some good fuckin’ times.

So, there you go; that’s what nostalgia means to me.

Take care and stay scared.


CANDYMAN-United States-1992

Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle

Tony Todd as Candyman/Daniel Robitaille

Xander Berkeley as Trevor Lyle

Kasi Lemmons as Bernadette Walsh

Directed by Bernard Rose

Screenplay by Bernard Rose

Based on “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker

They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What’s blood for, if not for shedding?’-”Candyman”

Leave it to the mind of Clive Barker to create an urban legend from an urban legend. What, didn’t you know? The legend of “Candyman” is a variation on the tale of Bloody Mary. Go into your bathroom, turn off your lights and say ‘bloody Mary’ three times into the mirror. When you do, she’ll appear behind you with a bloody butcher knife and slice your throat from ear to ear. Or maybe it was a razor. I heard the story from a friend of a friend’s second cousin twice removed on his uncle’s roommate’s side, so the story may have gotten a little diluted or maybe even embellished. Anyway, go try it. I’ll wait right here.

Hmmm, I see that you’re back but that there are less of you. Oh well, for those of you still here I can assure you that although “Candyman” is a derivative of an old urban legend that certainly doesn’t make it any less frightening. Quite the contrary actually; the film, which is loosely based on Barker’s “The Forbidden” from his “Books of Blood”, is one of the most atmospherically unsettling films I’ve seen in a long time. There is a feel to certain scenes that make you feel as if you are watching with a lead weight on your chest. The first time I watched the film I literally felt as if the room were closing in on me and I am not claustrophobic in the least.

Tony Todd as the “Candyman” brings to life a character that is deservedly every bit the horror icon that Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees has become. He is pure menace wrapped in vengeance and angry evil. The best way to describe the “Candyman” is by his own words: ‘I am the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom’…’I am rumor’…’To be whispered about at street corners, to live in other people’s dreams. But not have to be.’

To give you an example of the effect that “Candyman” has on us I will share with you this little tidbit; of all the friends that I have who have seen the film not one of them has ever had the guts to say his name five times in the mirror as the film suggests. ‘Whisper in the classroom’, my eye. We all believe in the “Candyman”.


There is a Guy Fawkes mask hanging next to Helen’s bathroom mirror. Fawkes is an infamous figure in English history (an influence from Clive Barker’s original story perhaps), who attempted to blow up the English Parliament on November 5, 1605. Every year the British celebrate Guy Fawkes Day by lighting bonfires and burning Fawkes in effigy.

Virginia Madsen is allergic to bees, so an ambulance was always on set while filming the bee sequence.

Exterior, hallway and stairway scenes were actually filmed for a few days in the infamous Cabrini-Green housing projects, though the producers had to make a deal with the ruling gang members to put them in the movie as extras to ensure the cast and crew’s safety during filming. Even with this arrangement, a sniper put a bullet through the production van on the last day of filming, though no one was injured.

The architecture flaw of the medicine chests and people being able to sneak in, is something that Bernard Rose discovered in his research for the film and there was actually a series of murders that were committed this way.


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