Horror on TV: Suspense 1.7 “A Night At The Inn” (dir by Robert Stevens)

Suspense was an anthology series that aired from 1949 to 1953.  As you can probably guess from the show’s title, each episode was a thriller of some sort.  Occasionally, the episodes were also horror-themed.  Suspense was also a live production, with each episode essentially functioning as a 30-minute play.

Tonight’s episode of Suspense originally aired on April 26th, 1949 and it features Boris Karloff.  It deals with four thieves hiding out in a British Inn, after having stolen a ruby eye from a holy statue in India.  Needless to say, that was not a particularly wise decision.


Horror Scenes That I Love: Smashing The Mirror in The Boogey Man

Ulli Lommel’s 1980 slasher film The Boogey Man is a pretty silly movie but I do like this scene.  The idea of seeing something in the reflection of a mirror that doesn’t appear to actually be in the room is one of my top nightmare fuels.

Plus, after the storms we had last night and the fact that there’s still debris all over the place and just driving from one location to another is kind of a pain in the ass right now, there’s just something satisfying about watching a mirror get destroyed.

Break, baby, break!


4 Shots From 4 Films: American Psycho, Final Destination, Ginger Snaps, Shadow of the Vampire

4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

This October, we’re using 4 Shots From 4 Films to look at some of the best years that horror has to offer!

4 Shots From 4 2000 Horror Films

American Psycho (2000, dir by Mary Harron)

Final Destination (2000, dir by James Wong)

Ginger Snaps (2000, dir by John Fawcett)

Shadow of the Vampire (2000, dir by E. Elias Merhige)

Enter The Vault of Horror

by Johnny Craig

Along with The Haunt of Fear and Tales From The Crypt, The Vault of Horror was a horror anthology comic book that was published, from 1950 to 1955, by EC Comics.  Hosted by The Vault-Keeper, The Vault of Horror featured adaptations of classic horror stories along with totally original tales of terror and fright.  The Vault of Horror was so popular among young readers that eventually a psychiatrist named Fredric Wertham claimed that it, along with other comics, was responsible for juvenile delinquency and every other social ill facing 1950s America.  Congress investigated and, because of all the bad publicity, EC canceled all of their horror titles.

However, the jokes on Wertham and Congress because The Vault of Horror is now eagerly sought after by collectors and is viewed as a high point in comic book history.  Below are a few covers from The Vault of Horror, all done by artist Johnny Craig.

Are you read to enter the Vault?


Horror on the Lens: Curse of the Swamp Creature (dir by Larry Buchanan)

Today’s horror on the lens is 1966’s Curse of the Swamp Creature!

Probably the best thing about Curse of the Swamp Creature is that it was filmed in the town of Uncertain, Texas, which is right near the Texas/Louisiana border.  Uncertain, which sits on the shores of Caddo Lake, was incorporated in 1961.  Reportedly, when filling out the paperwork, the town’s founders wrote “Uncertain” in the blank for the name because they genuinely hadn’t come up with a name.  And …. well, you know what happens when you try to make a joke on an official document.

Anyway, this film was directed by Larry Buchanan and that’s really all you need to know about it.  Buchanan specialized in making low-budget remakes of other films, though he always claimed that Curse of the Swamp Creature was a totally original idea on his part.  The film is about a mad scientist who lives in the swamp and is trying to reverse evolution.  Things don’t always work out the way that they should and occasionally, the mad scientist has to feed his alligators.  John Agar’s in the movie, of course.


Music Video of the Day: American Horror by Speedy Ortiz (2014, dir by Peter Binswanger)

Needless to say, the part with the dancer being controlled and then transformed into something else totally freaked me out, mostly because I’ve had nightmares like that.

And then, of course, you have the tentacles and the graffiti, which feels like something that H.P. Lovecraft would have come up with if he had lived in New York City in the 1970s and had to travel on the subway everyday.  It’s easy to imagine old Howard Lovecraft, heading to an accounting job while staring at the graffiti all around him and wondering what type of monster was responsible for it.  Cthulhu tags his territory.

As for the wizard with the eyes — well, glowing eyes are always freaky.


Lisa’s Week In Review: 10/14/19 — 10/20/19

Hi, everyone.  As I type this, we’ve got a tornado moving through my hometown so I’m going to go ahead and schedule this to post now, just in case we lose power.  If today’s list is incomplete, just assume I lost power before I could complete it and I will complete it when the power returns!

Be safe!

Films I Watched:

  1. All Monsters Attack (1969)
  2. The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
  3. Blood Cult (1985)
  4. The Children (2008)
  5. Critters Attacks! (2019)
  6. Elektra (2005)
  7. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
  8. Headline Shooter (1933)
  9. The Hunger (1983)
  10. Incubus (1966)
  11. The Iron Rose (1973)
  12. The Last Black Man In San Francisco (2019)
  13. The Laundromat (2019)
  14. Mommy’s Little Princess (2019)
  15. The Nude Vampire (1970)
  16. The Plague of the Zombies (1966)
  17. The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)
  18. The Rider (2017)
  19. Secret Obsession (2019)
  20. Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
  21. Unlawful Entry (1992)

Television Shows I Watched;

  1. 9-1-1
  2. Beverly Hills 90210
  3. Dancing With The Stars
  4. Degrassi
  5. The Deuce
  6. Fear Thy Neighbor
  7. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  8. One Step Beyond
  9. Saved By The Bell
  10. South Park
  11. Survivor 39
  12. The Terror
  13. The Veil
  14. The Voice
  15. The Walking Dead
  16. Watchmen

Books I Read;

  1. David Warbeck: The Man and His Movies (1996) by Jason J. Slater and Harvey Fenton
  2. Monster (1992) by Christopher Pike
  3. Psycho II (1982) by Robert Bloch
  4. Save the Last Dance For Me (1981) by Judi Miller
  5. The Vampyre (1816) by John William Polidori

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. 8-Bit Heroes
  2. Amy Winehouse
  3. Big Data
  4. Bloc Party
  5. Boy Harsher
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  7. Coldplay
  8. Cradle of Filth
  9. Danko Jones
  10. Dillon Francis
  11. DJ Snake
  12. Duffy
  13. ERAAS
  14. Fantastic
  15. Fatboy Slim
  16. Goblin
  17. Jessica Simpson
  18. John Carpenter
  19. John Williams
  20. Joji & Jackson Wang
  21. Marilyn Manson
  22. P!nk
  23. Robert De Long
  24. Saint Motel
  25. She Wants Revenge
  26. Sia
  27. Spice Girls
  28. Tina Arena

Links From Last Week:

  1. NBC’s culture of corruption and sexual abuse may be even worse than anyone thought
  2. Oppressed Chinese Citizens Apologize To NBA Players For Disrupting Their Difficult Week
  3. In Defense of Dee Day

News From Last Week:

  1. Martin Scorsese Doubles Down & Calls For Theater Owners To “Step Up” Against Marvel Films: “We Shouldn’t Be Invaded By It”
  2. Funeral cracks up as dead man screams ‘Let me out!’ of coffin
  3. A ‘Breaking Bad’ restaurant opens in West Hollywood this week
  4. Nick Cave says he’s “repelled” by “self-righteous” woke culture
  5. Matt Lauer had an affair with a ‘well-respected’ NBC star
  6. Blood fills Iowa family’s basement
  7. Edward Norton Says Spielberg Is Wrong: Netflix Isn’t Destroying Movies, Theaters Are
  8. Stephen King’s Iconic House in Maine Will Be Turned into a Stephen King Museum and Writers Retreat!
  9. Kurt Sutter Fired From FX for Being an “Abrasive Dick”
  10. “Everybody Is Freaking Out”: Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law
  11. Quentin Tarantino Won’t Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ for China (Exclusive)

Links From The Site:

  1. Fieldmouse Press launched their inaugural fundraising drive!  Help out an independent publisher if you can!
  2. Case reviewed Episode 3 of Creepshow, Deer Woman, Horns, The Odyssey of Flight 33, Episode 4 of Creepshow, Dagon, and The Outsider!
  3. Erin shared the Ghastly Covers of The Haunt of Fear, along with Tryst With Terror, Black Candle, Castle Terror, Some Beckoning Wraith, Island of the Accursed, Shadow of an Unknown Woman, and So Many Midnights!
  4. Jeff reviewed Unlawful Entry, Eat Me, The Planet of the Apes TV Series, Futureworld, Suspended, Curse II: The Bite, Silent Hill, Rivals, The Witness, The UFO Incident, Destroy All Humans, Destroy All Humans 2, Alien Nation, X-Men #144, Dark Phoenix, Twice Dead, and 1181!
  5. Ryan reviewed Black Budget, Alay-Oop, and Free Shit, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  6. On Monday, I shared a music video from Fantastic.  I shared a movie called Hotline.  I paid tribute to the year 1992.  I reviewed The College Admissions Scandal.  I shared a scene from The Birds.  I shared an episode of One Step Beyond.
  7. On Tuesday, I shared a music video from ERAAS, the silent version of Phantom of the Opera, a scene from Psycho, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed Psycho II The Movie, Incubus, Psycho II The Book, The Griper, Psycho III, and The Resurrection Gavin Stone.  I paid tribute to 1994.
  8. On Wednesday, I shared a music video from Boy Harsher, The House on Haunted Hill, a scene from Simon of the Desert, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed Headline Shooter, Mommy’s Little Princess, The Amazing Mr. X, Le Viol Du Vampire, Monster by Christopher Pike, and Blood Cult.  I paid tribute to 1995.
  9. On Thursday, I shared a music video from She Wants Revenge, Night Tide, a scene from the Iron Rose, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed The Possession of Hannah Grace and The Children.  I paid tribute to 1996.  I listed 6 more paranormal creatures who deserve a movie of their very own.
  10. On Friday, I shared a music video from 8-Bit Heroes, The Terror, a scene from Poltergeist, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed The Laundromat and All Monsters Attack!  I paid tribute to 1997!
  11. On Saturday, I shared a music video from Danko Jones, Dante’s Inferno, a scene from Plague of the Zombies, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed Elektra, The Plague of the Zombies, The Iron Rose, David Warbeck: The Man and His Films, and the Banana Splits MovieI paid tribute to 1998.
  12. On Sunday, I shared a music video from Cradle of Filth, the Lodger, a scene from Nosferatu, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed The Hunger, The Nude Vampire, The Vampyre, and The Flesh and Blood Show I paid tribute to 1999.

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Please consider subscribing!
  2. On Pop Politics, Jeff shared: Where’s Bob Malak?, Waiting for the End in the Netherlands, Get Off The Train, Elijah Cummings, RIP, and Nick Tosches, R.I.P.!
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared Duck, Another Duck, A Dark Place At Sunset, Tunnel, Tunnel 2, Inside the Tunnel, and Tunnel Light!
  4. On SyFy Designs, I shared: What Day Is This? and There’s An All-Degrassi Channel on Pluto TV!
  5. I reviewed Survivor for Reality TV Chat Blog!
  6. On my music site, I shared songs from Danko Jones, Amy Winehouse, Tina Arena, P!nk, Bloc Party, Fatboy Slim, and Jessica Simpson!
  7. Over on Horror Critic, I reviewed Burnt Offerings, The Sentinel, Demon Slaughter, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Thirteen Ghosts, Secret Obsession, and Critters Attack!

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