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    “THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM” (1961) (Scream Factory Blu-ray Review)

    As a producer, Roger Corman has made some truly terrible movies. As a result, his name is more likely to recall a crappy Syfy monster picture, or even an 80s ALIEN ripoff than anything of true merit. That’s a shame, because he’s actually quite a fine director with an incredibly smart approach to making movies that I wish even one-tenth of the major filmmakers working today would follow. Corman did “crazy” things, like plan the shots, and discuss characters with his actors before shooting, bringing everyone on the same page and keeping on-set tension and issues to a bare minimum (they also had completed scripts before that point, another thing that would be too much to ask for nowadays). 

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    EXCL: Phantom City Creative’s “VAULT OF HORROR” Piece for Mondo’s E.C. Comics Tribute Show

    “Their time was cut short,” R.L. Stine writes in the introduction to Jim Trombetta’s collection and history of Horror Comics and their persecution, THE HORROR! THE HORROR! The GOOSEBUMPS creator continues, “Their star went dark. But the eerie, ghoulish glow they gave off shines on.” Later as he pledges his own allegiance and spot under the influence of E.C. titles like TALES FROM THE CRYPT, THE VAULT OF HORROR and THE HAUNT OF FEAR, it’s clear Stine is but one example of the far-reach E.C., creators Al Feldstein and William Gaines and artists/writers like Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall, Jack Davis, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen, Joe Orlando and Al Williamson exert into the present.

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    “THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER”: The Best Film About Meeting Your Girlfriend’s Family

    Art changes. THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, while ostensibly the same film it was in 1960, has become something else entirely for this viewer. Consumed as a teenager by reverence of its icons—Vincent Price and Roger Corman—USHER was not so much affecting as it simply was “essential watching.” Playing on Turner Classic, it was something that had to be seen and in turn, there was the thought that that was enough. HOUSE OF USHER didn’t properly digest. Or maybe, I didn’t know how to.

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    New York! Celebrate Halloween with Nitehawk, Fango and an All-Night Movie Marathon!

    This Halloween, we’re living the dream. Nitehawk Cinema’s Caryn Coleman and Kris Kring, and FANGORIA’s Samuel Zimmerman are packing a movie theater full of costumed bodies for five movies and a ton of fun in between including short films, trivia, contests and Nitehawk’s delicious menu on tap.

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    George A. Romero-starring “ZOMBIE SQUASH” Game Gets Metal Soundtrack

    Here’s an oddball diversion as you slink into the Halloween season. Sumthing Else Music Works, the indie label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks is about to unleash the ZOMBIE SQUASH Original Soundtrack featuring the heavy metal instrumental score from ACW Games’ tongue-in-cheek mobile game for iOS and Android.

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