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    A note on NYC play, “FRANKENSTEIN UPSTAIRS”

    Modern extensions of classic monster mythos are rarely enthralling. Often, it’s the straining to connect, or continue that story and losing sight of what should be the focus — this story’s characters and heart —that does it in. Admittedly, that unavoidable exposition is where Mac Rogers’ new play, FRANKENSTEIN UPSTAIRS feels slightly bogged down, but it’s sure not lacking in character, heart or an intense emotional center. Now playing at the Secret Theatre, the show marries domestic drama and horror story with both wit and tragedy, drawing you in with the former before breaking you down in its second act.

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    Stephen King’s “JOYLAND” (Book Review)

    After an uncharacteristically quiet 2012, author and multimedia brand Stephen King is resurfacing with a diverse slate of projects: From the UNDER THE DOME TV adaptation to the big-screen remake of CARRIE to the long-awaited musical theatre experiment GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY to King’s risky revisit with THE SHINING’s Danny Torrance in this fall’s novel DOCTOR SLEEP. While most of the aforementioned projects have yet to see release, it’s safe to declare that King’s new paperback original JOYLAND (out now from Hard Case Crime/Titan) will most likely be judged the runt of 2013’s considerable litter.

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    “THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP” (Movie Review)

    It never ceases to irk me when filmmakers are adamant about their movies not falling into the category of ‘genre’ films; however, THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP (available on Digital and VOD now from Factory 25) can’t be labeled a horror movie per se. Instead, Rebecca Daly’s feature writing/directing debut is a slow burning mystery with elements of horror. Rather than brimming with cheap thrills to induce quick scares, it is wrought with a deliberate tension that builds throughout the course of the film.

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