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What Went Right With... Duel?

Duel is a fantastic thriller, in my opinion it’s one of the best TV movies of all time and it’s arguably Steven Spielberg’s best film, in fact it’s a great movie regardless how you categorise it. 1,066 more words


That First Line

I often wonder about the first line of a short story or novel. Back in the day of my undergraduate degree, I had a teacher who expounded the significance of the first line – particularly for short stories. 392 more words


Groceries, Guns, and Garlic: Richard Matheson and the Survival Horror Genre

On July 16th, 2017, I received three messages in rapid succession telling me that George A. Romero had died. If that name doesn’t ring any bells for you, know that Romero almost single-handedly created the modern zombie tale, as well as many of the conventions and tropes of the horror genre. 1,195 more words


Remembering George Romero

We have lost writer/director/actor/visionary/legend George Romero. He passed away yesterday, peacefully in his sleep, after a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer. His family was by his side, as he listened to the score to one of his favorite films, The Quiet Man. 541 more words


Do Not Read These At Home

More duds for your enjoyment and avoidance, the most recent in an occasional series of hatchet jobs. Links to others in the series are at the end of the page. 1,232 more words


Friday Face-Off - 14th July 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. 151 more words

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Old School Review: Duel

Written by Richard Matheson and directed by Steven Spielberg “Duel” has been at the top of my “To-Watch” list for some time now as it was Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut for feature length films. 481 more words