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Mark Cappelletty
Playa del Rey, CA
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The Yuletide horror film has become, by and large, a comedy of clichés— with the exception of recent and off-beat comic thrillers like Rare Exports and Krampus, the idea of a maniac — often dressed like Santa Claus himself — knocking off teenagers, college students and hapless dolts on Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at GeekWeek
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Thanksgiving is tomorrow and with that, we stuff ourselves on turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and six fan-selected episodes of the Best Of The Worst of Mystery Science Theater 3000 as they bring back the beloved “Turkey Day Marathon.” The cheese begins streaming at 9 AM PST and 12 noon EST... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at GeekWeek
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The remake? Is there a more dreaded word in Hollywood (other than perhaps the more desperate “reimagining”)? Too many films — from classics to near-forgotten B-movie fare — have been put through the remake wringer, less because of any sort of artistic merit and more because a known entity is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at GeekWeek
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It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since horror master Wes Craven, best known as the father of the Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream franchises, passed away from brain cancer, leaving behind a hole the genre has yet to fill. Unlike contemporaries like John Carpenter or David Cronenberg,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at GeekWeek
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With the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion show happening in Minneapolis tonight (broadcast in select cinemas via Fathom Events on June 28 and repeated on July 12), it’s time to take a look at the latest collections of MST3K put out by Shout! Factory and get a primer for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at GeekWeek
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Following in the footsteps of our recent wave of supernatural Blu-Ray releases, here comes a particularly ghoulish delight. Tales From The Crypt was an anthology series based on the 1950s-era horror comic of the same name that ran on HBO for seven seasons from 1989 through 1996. Executive produced by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at GeekWeek
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If there was any theme to horror movies — particularly big-budget studio pictures — in the 1970’s, it was religion and the occult. For every Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Halloween, there was a wave of movies centered around ghosts, ghouls, the undead and the possibility of the Antichrist turning up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at GeekWeek
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Shout Factory hits us with a double-dose of “cheese movies— the worst you can find” with the releases of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for those in the know) Volume XXXIII and Volume One. The former is the latest extension of the classic sci-fi comedy TV show, where show creator... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at GeekWeek
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I LOVE THE 80s Horror cinema in the ‘80’s was dominated by the slasher film and, with it, heavy metal. From Freddy Krueger — who palled around with everyone from Iron Maiden to Dokken — to Jason Voorhees (who can forget Alice Cooper’s “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)”?),... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at GeekWeek
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Tax season is finally over, so grab a frosty beverage (or one on the rocks) and kick back with another volume (32 in the series) of Shout Factory’s venerable Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for short); you won’t need any appetizers, as this box set delivers more rich cheese than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at GeekWeek
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The humble “Christmas Episode” of any series either means an overly-earnest piece where the characters all bond together when they’re stuck in the show’s setting instead of being with their families or, particularly in the ‘70’s or ‘80’s, an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” with the show’s grumpiest or most... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at GeekWeek
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To most, Thanksgiving means turkey, stuffing, gravy, and the inevitable post-meal tryptophan coma. But to many, Thanksgiving also means memories of “The Turkey Day Marathon,” the non-stop, round-the-clock pile-on of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K) that ran for five consecutive Thanksgivings Days in the early ’90’s on Comedy Central.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at GeekWeek
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Vincent Price was a man of many talents— noted actor of stage and screen, art historian, gourmet chef, and all-around bon vivant (and one-time guest on “The Dating Game”). But Price will always be remembered for his body of work in the horror genre, with his debonair mustache and cultured... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at GeekWeek
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Labor Day is over, school is back in session and the days are getting shorter— and the nights longer. Autumn is here and, with it, we slowly inch toward October, it’s time to put the chill in the air with three horror titles that couldn’t be any more different, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at GeekWeek
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Shout Factory brings us, fortunately not a Triple-X version of the venerable Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K), but instead the thirtieth box-set installation of the iconic movie-riff show. Host and show creator Joel Hodgson (later replaced by the show’s head writer, Mike Nelson) and his robot friends Tom Servo,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at GeekWeek
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Some great movies just fall through the cracks— lack of star-power, bad distribution, or something as simple as a tough-to-synopsize-in-one-sentence concept can all lead to the strongest movies to fall under the radar. But if a movie is good enough and strikes the right nerves with the right audience, it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at GeekWeek
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As Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K) barrels through its 25th (!) anniversary, the plucky cable-access show-turned-cultural phenomenon is showcased in another sparkling release from Shout Factory, this one full of rowdy teens, greased strongmen, sentient severed heads and a superhero so inept that he can’t even fly straight (and,... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at GeekWeek
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With all the pundits and analysts saying that physical media is dead — and with major studios, between barely releasing their catalog gems and splitting up special features on A-list titles between retailers, helping to drive a nail into that coffin — it’s amazing how many smaller niche companies have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at GeekWeek
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It’s hard to imagine that Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K to those in the know) has been with us for 25 years. Starting with very humble roots as a cable-access show on Minneapolis’ KTMA and blossoming into a decade-long series on both Comedy Central and later the Sci-Fi Network and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at GeekWeek
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It’s been a good couple of years for John Carpenter, the “Master Of Horror,” on Blu-Ray, with remastered special editions of titles ranging from 1974’s student-film-turned-feature Dark Star through the iconic Halloween all the way up to later high-water marks such as Prince Of Darkness and They Live. When boutique... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at GeekWeek
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There are few haunted houses as memorable and iconic as the “Lutz House,” aka the “Amityville” house. Situated on Long Island, the giant Dutch Colonial home is instantly recognizable thanks to quarter-moon windows that look as evil as scowling eyes and made up the bulk of the advertising campaign of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at GeekWeek
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Horror trends come and go, but for the past decade, zombies have been where it’s at. We’ve had fast zombies (the 2004 remake of Dawn Of The Dead), slow zombies (Land Of The Dead), funny zombies (Zombieland), English zombies (Shaun Of The Dead), rabid zombies (28 Days Later, REC, Quarantine),... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at GeekWeek
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October brings us Jack O’Lanterns, Trick-Or-Treaters, a deluge of pumpkin spiced everything and, in 2013, yet another home-video release of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween. Arguably the scariest horror movie ever made, the 1978 thriller is the granddaddy of the entire slasher film genre— while movies like Friday The 13th borrowed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at GeekWeek
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Movies based on TV shows have been around for decades— before 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, we had such novelties as Dragnet and Our Miss Brooks in the ‘50’s and Munster Go Home! and A Man Called Flintstone in the ’60’s. But a movie based on a TV series... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at GeekWeek
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Halloween may be just over two short months away, but Scream Factory and the Criterion Collection have already pierced the late-summer heat with two of the creepiest, chilliest ghost stories ever— John Carpenter’s low-budget supernatural yarn The Fog and Guillermo Del Toro’s art-house fable The Devil’s Backbone, both recently released... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at GeekWeek