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Rare Exports Delivers the Goods

Rare Exports Delivers the Goods

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is absolutely delightful. Written and directed by Jalmari Helander, the 2010 Finnish comedy-horror film has a sly sense of humor, a creepy troupe of monsters, and a youthful sense of wonder. Based on his somewhat grimmer 2003 and 2005 shorts, the full-length version of Rare

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Nightflyers Doesn’t Quite Fly

Nightflyers Doesn’t Quite Fly

Nightflyers is a beautiful and ambitious ten episode series currently unfolding on SyFy. Unfortunately, while the show is visually striking it is extremely derivative, without the focus or attention to detail to be a proper pastiche. *** The titular ship looks like a blend of inspirations from Alien, Event Horizon,

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Don’t Look Now: Nicholas Roeg’s Grim Ghost Story

Don’t Look Now: Nicholas Roeg’s Grim Ghost Story

Nicholas Roeg’s 1973 film Don’t Look Now has long been considered a classic of the horror genre. But it was the director’s recent death that inspired me to finally watch it. I’m glad I did. Based on Daphne du Maurier’s chilly short story, Don’t Look Now is not just a

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Art & Arcana Brings D&D to Life on the Page

Art & Arcana Brings D&D to Life on the Page

Art & Arcana: A Visual History is a huge, gorgeous compendium of what helps make Dungeons &Dragons so wonderful. Leafing through it brings up so many memories that I can’t gush adequately about it. The art is all so familiar, evoking the glorious campaigns our DM ran, the several editions

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Fledgling: A Look Back at Octavia Butler

Fledgling: A Look Back at Octavia Butler

Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler’s final novel, is a disconcerting read that takes on vampires, racism, and cultural creation myths in one long gulp. Told entirely from the viewpoint of an amnesiac child of a symbiotic species, Fledgling challenges the reader to accept an alien physiology and culture and its unusual

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Automata Is Less Than Meets the Eye

Automata Is Less Than Meets the Eye

Automata, a bit of Spanish-Bulgarian science fiction from 2014, begins in familiar territory. A post-apocalyptic world. A monolithic city with the remains of humanity huddled inside. A vast, radioactive wasteland. And, naturally, sentient robots. Many films have made these components work. But despite some talented actors, dramatic scenery, and the

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Stan Against Evil Season 3 Still Charms

Stan Against Evil Season 3 Still Charms

  Stan Against Evil came back for a third season on Halloween night, and boy, am I glad. The enthusiastically silly and low budget show continues to be a bright spot on IFC’s schedule. It has embraced its humble status and run with it, cementing its place as a goofy and

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Dark City: Landscape and Memory

Dark City: Landscape and Memory

Dark City, Alex Proyas’s 1998 follow-up to his legendary The Crow, is an ambitious, overfull classic in its own right. I had not seen it since it was a new release on VHS, and wondered about how well it would hold up twenty years on. It did not disappoint. Dark

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Ghost Stories Knows What’s Really Scary

Ghost Stories Knows What’s Really Scary

Ghost Stories is a low-key movie that blends the supernatural and the mundane into a genuinely eerie episodic tale. In structure Ghost Stories is a loose anthology, with the traditional three short stories surrounded by the framing story. But instead of tying everything neatly together, the framing story becomes more

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Re-Read This: The Year’s Best Horror Stories

Re-Read This: The Year’s Best Horror Stories

The Year’s Best Horror Stories was a twenty-two volume annual anthology series that ran from 1971 through 1994. Christopher Lee himself wrote the introduction to 1972’s Volume II.

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