AMC’s “Interview with the Vampire”(2022) offers a new take on Anne Rice’s bloodsuckers…

*****BLOODY SPOILERS AHEAD!!***** Anne Rice’s Legacy The late Anne Rice (1941-2021) upended the traditional vampire novel by telling the story from the bloodsucker’s perspective in her groundbreaking 1976 novel, “Interview with the Vampire.” The book was a sensation; breaking new ground in gothic horror and erotic fiction, with its pansexual creatures of the night serving…

Waxing nostalgic with “A Christmas Story Christmas” (2022)…

*****A SLEIGH FULL OF SPOILERS AHEAD!***** “A Christmas Story” (1983) Confession time; I never saw the late Bob Clark’s “A Christmas Story” (1983) in theatrical release. It opened sans fanfare back in 1983, and stayed off my personal radar until the mid-1990s. On Christmas Day of 1993, I’d worked myself into a nasty flu, and…

Seeing 1987’s “The Princess Bride” for the first time … again

*****SHRIEKING EEL-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!****** Last weekend, my wife and I hosted two of our best friends and their 11 year-old son Joshua for a ‘garage theater’ movie night. The movie we chose beforehand was “The Princess Bride”, which, coincidentally turns 35 this year. I have to admit; I’ve always been more a casual fan of…

The new “Quantum Leap” (2022) is worth the time…

*****ZIGGY-SIZE SPOILERS!***** The Best of Both. I’ve recently reviewed the pilot episode of the “Quantum Leap” (2022) soft-reboot in an earlier column, and even though the series hasn’t yet reached its midseason break (as of this writing), I feel it already warrants a closer look. I also hope to reach a few reluctant old-school ‘Leapers’,…

“Halloween Ends” (2022) sees the franchise taking an overdue dirt nap…

*****SPOOKY SPOILERS!!***** Halloween Wanes. In 1978, writer/director/musician John Carpenter (“Assault on Precinct 13”) unleashed his micro-budget thriller “Halloween” into theaters, and the movie became a runaway hit. I still remember seeing another movie at a multiplex around that time, and hearing screams from the “Halloween” screening in the next auditorium. I would eventually see “Halloween”…

“Trick ‘r Treat” (2007) is an underrated, yet definitive Halloween horror flick…

******SPOOKY SPOILERS!!****** Tricked From Theaters. Written and directed by Michael Dougherty and produced by Bryan Singer (the team behind “X-Men 2”, “Superman Returns”), 2007’s low-budget horror anthology “Trick ‘r Treat” took time to find an audience; several years after plans for its theatrical release were unceremoniously scrapped in 2007. A hit at film festivals, the…

Three new Star Trek trailers beamed down to New York Comic Con 2022…

*****STARSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS!!****** Until last week’s New York Comic Con, there wasn’t a lot of solid news on the Star Trek front, beyond rumors floated on “Star Trek Day,” (September 8th). Then, suddenly, we got three new trailers for upcoming Star Trek. While two of the trailers are little more than teasers, the trailer for season…