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Good Cinema: The Raven (Dir: Lew Landers, 1935)

“When a man of genius is denied of his great love, he goes mad.”
Dr. Vollin in The Raven


Fewer actors are identified by a single role more than Bela Lugosi. 2,394 more words

Good Cinema

Penny Dreadful 3X03 review

By Paul Downey

One thing you can never accuse Penny Dreadful of is holding back when it comes to extreme violence.

Following the return of the ‘Natural Born Killers’ aka Dorian and Lily, we get another taste of their rampage as they impose their plan on the newly liberated Justine. 248 more words

Joan of Arc

May 23, 1430, the young woman warrior, Joan of Arc, is captured by the Brit loving Burgundians.  Joan was fighting the British.  Our woman warrior, Jen of Sterling, fights vampires.   80 more words


Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer

In 1816, John Melmoth, a Dublin student, visits his miserly uncle on his deathbed. He finds a portrait dated 1646 hidden in his uncle’s closet depicting a mysterious ancestor with eyes ‘such as one feels they wish they had never seen.’ At his uncle’s funeral, a servant tells John an old family story about a stranger called Stanton who arrived looking for ‘Melmoth the Traveller’ decades earlier… 2,423 more words

The Gothic

Hotel Transylvania 2

This week is off to a good start with the release of Lost Trails 2: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West which includes my Lovecraftian horror story “Reckoning at the Alamo.” I wrote about the anthology in detail over at… 484 more words


Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula isn't...

Worth your time, that is, though it definitely would have been cinematically mindblowing when released in 1992 (or so the Ministry assures me).

It shamelessly invents an entirely new storyline of how Mina Harker (Winona Ryder) is actually somehow a new incarnation, or doppelganger, of Dracula’s (Gary Oldman’s) long-lost wife from five centuries beforehand. 634 more words


Penny Dreadful. A Blade of Grass theory.

So by now we know that tonight’s episode, A Blade of Grass, will be more focused on Vanessa and John Clare’s story. By the way, I think we’ll learn John Clare’s real name. 523 more words