The Perfect Christmas Film: “A Christmas Carol” (1938)

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I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

I love Christmas.

To anyone who knows me, that’s probably the understatement of 2014. But I do. First and foremost, it’s a celebration of my Lord Jesus. And I like the pretty decorations and friendly attitude that most people are willing to adopt this time of year. People can yap off about consumerism and the like, but if your disdain for early décor, gifts and spirit make you enjoy Christmas less? Then I think maybe you’re just a Scrooge who doesn’t understand why Christmas is special. Time to stop letting other people rain on your parade. Take the good, leave the bad. End of story.

A lot of people have a Christmas tradition. Mine is watching “A Christmas Carol” on Christmas Eve. Now, I don’t always manage to see it on December 24th, but give or take a couple of days in either direction and I’m satisfied.

Charles Dickens’s holiday masterpiece was first published on December 19, 1843. It’s a beautiful tale of love, kindness and redemption. I’ll admit, it took me a long time to finally read this book. In fact, I picked it up for the very first time only about 5 years ago. Like most people, I’ve seen a number of film incarnations, and I was surprised by the length of the original story. Not long by Dickens’s standards, to be sure! Still, a 90-minute film can’t illustrate the entire book. But it’s a beautiful narration on life, no matter how you’re exposed to it. Continue reading

Hidden Words of Encouragement

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Last week I set out to write an important letter to a friend. A “real” letter. Handwritten, not typed. I hate that this necessary skill is sadly becoming a thing of the past. So I for one like to write a good old-fashioned letter once in a while to keep my award-winning penmanship skills in tip-top condition.

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I wanted some lined paper, but not the cheap school-grade three-ringed stuff.

Like myself, my Mom was very organized. She had tons of notebooks filled with finances, schedules and even what we each got for Christmas! (Because knowing that will come in handy SOME day, I’m sure…) Continue reading

The Devil Is In the Details

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The director filmed a different scene than the one that was in the script. Robin Hughes, as the prisoner, was supposed to make a wild escape from the castle and the camera was supposed to catch a glimpse of a cloven hoof jumping over the wall. That was to suggest the prisoner was the Devil himself. There was some argument about it, and they spent considerable time making the Devil more traditional than myth. But the film turned out nicely and few people suspect the difference.

That’s the recollection of actor H.M. Wynant, who played the weary traveller, David Ellington, in my favourite Twilight Zone episode “The Howling Man“, which first aired 54 years ago today.

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Jesus & the Father

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I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered, “Don’t you know me, Phillip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

~ John 14:6-10

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And Now the Screaming Starts…

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The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out, The Horror, and the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there…

~ Stephen King

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Happy Halloween, darlings!

You know what I could go for right now? Right this minute? Yes, yes, of course it’s a scary movie. But not just any scary movie. I don’t want to see Frankenstein’s monster or Dracula’s fangs. At this point, the thought of a lumbering Mummy or a howling Wolfman is inducing nothing more than a few yawns.

I don’t want anything classic or black and white. And nothing typical. I want unusual. Creepy. Campy. Cult. With a nice balance of blood, fear, suspense and surprise. And lots of glorious colour!

It’s not that I don’t normally like all those old-time monster movies. I do! But this Halloween, I just feel like something else. Continue reading

Do You Dare Enter “The House on Haunted Hill”?

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I’m Vincent Price, and you’re invited to my party in the House on Haunted Hill.

Whoa! A party at Vincent Price’s house?! I’m in!

Where so far, the ghosts have murdered only seven people. So won’t you come and make it… eight?

Heck yeah! Er, no, wait, WHAT?! O_O

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Hello, darlings. It’s that time of the year again already! I’ve got my imaginary Elvira costume on as I sit down to write about my FAVOURITE movie ever — “House on Haunted Hill”.

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“Nightmare” Magazine, 1974: An Exclusive Interview with Christopher ‘Dracula’ Lee

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It’s always enjoyable when you go looking for one thing but find something much cooler. That’s what happened to me the other day when I stumbled over an old magazine/comic interview with one of my favourites: legendary actor Christopher Lee. When it comes to articles from these neat old horror magazines and comics, it’s not often you can find transcripts of them, let alone high quality scans of the pages themselves. But much to my delight, this article was available on the wonderful internet library site archive.org — a site that is dedicated to preserving and providing access to all types of digitized information.

I consider my blog to be a gathering place of information as well. A place where I too would like to preserve certain things that interest me, as well as have my say about them. And with Halloween fast approaching, I thought what better addition to my own personal Seeker of Truth library than Christopher Lee talking horror, Dracula and Boris Karloff? Continue reading

Hammer’s Glamour: The Art of Hammer Films

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You don’t need to visit the local art gallery to see some incredible works of art. Two years ago I wrote “The Art of Horror” — a blog post that highlighted the lost art of illustrated film posters.

It wasn’t until the 1980s that illustrated movie posters really started to fall out of vogue. And such a shame that they did too. In my previous post, I focused on posters and artists from Hollywood’s Golden Age. But this time, I’m going to dive head first into a pool of glorious Technicolour — the posters of Hammer Films.

From the late 50’s through the 70’s, the British production company was well known for its love and use of bright colour, scantily clad bodies, lavish sets, and often garish special effects. And you know what? I loved every bit of it. And if you don’t? Something’s seriously the matter with you. ;P Continue reading

If the World Hates You…

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If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.

Annibale_Carracci_-_Mocking_of_Christ_-_WGA04441If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin.

Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

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