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Scary Movies from Every Year Since 2000

Every year in September, just as the leaves start turning entrancing shades of gold and red, we start watching scary movies in our house. It’s just what you do. Clean up after supper, gather some blankets, snacks and beverages, then browse through DirecTV, Netflix, Prime, and Hulu, and if all else fails, resort to our […]

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Why This Back to the Future Set Looks Familiar, and Other Easter Eggs

For anyone who has taken the Universal Studios tour, it’s no secret that thousands of films and television shows have been shot on the studio lot, and many feature one of the most recognizable false-front landmarks on the lot, the “Clock Tower,” a courthouse set piece that figures prominently in the 1985 blockbuster Back to the […]

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That Time Will Smith Almost Became Neo

Just about every movie you can think of once had someone else cast in the lead role, only to have the part go to someone else who became a household name. Like Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones, or Meryl Streep as Ripley in Alien. Having a little more fun with Photoshop, here are five more […]

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That Time Tom Selleck Almost Became Indiana Jones

Tales of actors that almost got the role of a lifetime, only to have it go to someone else, have always fascinated me. So, just having a little fun with Photoshop, here are five actors who almost got the iconic roles that turned other actors into household names.

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Evangelizing for the Return of Horror Anthology

I was practically born with a weakness for anthology horror. My mom raised me on scary stuff. There were nights on the couch, watching scary movies and munching popcorn with the lights off, and I always had a weakness for The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. As I got older, I discovered I liked […]

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Short Film: The Root of the Problem

Right from the beginning, “The Root of the Problem” grabs you with a delightfully campy yet intense delivery. In this short film from 2012, Director Ryan Spindell ratchets up the tension from the opening moments and delivers an episode of mysterious dread in a 1950s dentist’s office. This tale would have been right at home […]

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Short Film: Connected

In “Connected,” Luke Gilford’s short film set in the near-future, Pamela Anderson plays Jackie, an aging looker having a mid-life crisis. Jane Fonda provides voiceover as a motivational speaker who urges Jackie to give-in to a new lifestyle in a commune-like environment. Although the first few minutes might seem somewhat mundane, Pam shows surprising depth in […]

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9 More True Stories That Should Be Movies

I previously wrote Twelve Real Stories Begging for Movie Treatment. One of those stories, the Essex disaster, came to the big screen as In the Heart of the Sea, and another, the story of Richard Jewell, is still in development with Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Clint Eastwood reportedly attached. The old saying goes, “Truth is […]

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Short Film Friday: State Zero

Today, for Short Film Friday, I’ve selected State Zero, a short post-apocalypse film by Andree Wallin. This low-budget indie film looks like a big-budget blockbuster. The description from the State Zero YouTube channel sets the stage as such:

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Film Teaser: The Leviathan

The Leviathan is a proof of concept pitch from Ruairi Robinson, director of Last Days of Mars (and the highly regarded short starring Cillian Murphy – The Silent City). Robinson developed The Leviathan with the assistance of Fight Club script writer Jim Uhls based on a novel, high-concept premise. In the time of reboots and […]