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Beach Read: Dying Days by Armand Rosamilia

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Armand Rosamilia – Dying Days Need a good horror story for the beach? Recently, I had the good fortune of visiting beautiful St. Augustine, Florida with my family. I’d been meaning to read the first novel in Armand Rosamilia’s zombie horror series, Dying Days, for a few months, and this vacation provided the perfect opportunity. Dying […]

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He Knows You’re Alone

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“Come on. Let’s do it on the table.” He Knows You’re Alone (1980) is a straight-forward slasher that tries really, really hard to be Halloween. So hard that everything from the set pieces to the steady-walking killer seem pulled from Carpenter’s classic. Don’t automatically label He Knows You’re Alone as a copycat hack. Directed by […]

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Fright Night (1985)

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“Back, Spawn of Satan!” Ready to have fun? You’d better be, because that is what Fright Night (1985) is all about. A classic horror date movie, Fright Night tells the tale of Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale), an unassuming teenager who suspects his new neighbor is a vampire. Of course, nobody believes Charley’s story, even when […]

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Friday the 13th Part 2

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“These kids smoke better dope than I do.” The sequel almost never lives up to the original. Except in the case of Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), which might just be the best installment of the infamous slasher horror series. Yes, it clearly rivals Friday the 13th (1980) in terms of scares, fun, and […]

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The Last Broadcast (1998)

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“The story and characters depicted in this movie are entirely fictitious. But please don’t tell anyone.” A cable access television crew of three takes to the wilderness in search of the Jersey Devil. When only one of the crew members returns, it is assumed he murdered the other two. But after the footage from the […]

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The Fog 1980

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“11:55…almost midnight. Enough time for one more story.” – The Fog 1980 In 1978, John Carpenter and Debra Hill took a bare bones budget and crafted a masterpiece called Halloween. In 1980, the world found out what Carpenter could do with a real budget at his disposal. The Fog 1980 is one of the best horror […]

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Jack Ketchum – Hide and Seek Review

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The followup to Jack Ketchum’s breakout debut, Off Season (1980), Hide and Seek (1984) is the story of Dan, Steven, Casey, and Kimberly, four young people who spend a frightening first half of summer together in the coastal Maine town of Dead River. The story is told from the perspective of Dan, a town resident […]

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Halloween 4

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“You can’t kill damnation, Mister. It don’t die like a man dies.” – Halloween 4 In 1982, Halloween 3 ticked off a lot of people expecting to see Michael Myers and his Captain Kirk mask chasing after Jamie Lee Curtis. In truth, Halloween III was a good little movie, but the angry audience was expecting […]

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Friday the 13th – The Original

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“Kill…kill…kill…Ma…ma…ma…” – Friday the 13th It all started with underage hanky-panky, bad swimming instruction, and a whole lotta Betsy Palmer. In 1980, just in time for the summer movie season, Victor Miller and Sean Cunningham unleashed a movie that would forever leave its mark on horror history. Friday the 13th (1980) was released on the […]

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Madman

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“It all started during a campfire at North Sea Cottages, a special retreat for gifted children.” – Madman You must not say his name above a whisper. Madman (1982) is one of two slasher movies based on the upstate New York Cropsey Killer urban legend, the other being The Burning (1981). When it was learned […]