“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…

“Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things”: 50 years of a zombie cult classic…

Rise and Dine. The late George Romero’s 1968 horror classic “Night of the Living Dead” reimagined zombies from their previous incarnation as mindless victims of voodoo magic into rotting, flesh-eating corpses, reanimated from death itself. Romero’s reinvention of zombies has become commonplace today (“The Walking Dead”, and countless other imitators), but it was still a…

Halloween in February: ‘CreepIEcon 2022’ comes to SoCal’s Inland Empire…

“Welcome To My Nightmare…” This past weekend, during a sunny but windy Southern California February, my favorite holiday of Halloween briefly returned to the month of Valentine’s Day. Long delayed due to the COVID pandemic, CreepIEcon 2022 (the “i” and “e” emphasized for “Inland Empire”) finally reached the Ontario Convention Center in the San Bernardino…

Musings for Halloween: “The Changeling” (1980)…

*****SPOOKY SPOILERS AHEAD!***** Many years ago, I remember seeing a trailer for a then-new horror movie coming out which featured George C. Scott (“Patton” “A Christmas Carol”) living in an apparently haunted house. The one thing that made me nearly wet my seat was the sight of an antique wheelchair, shrouded in cobwebs and sans…

Biting the bullets: “From Dusk Till Dawn,” 25 years later…

*****BLOOD-SUCKING SPOILERS!***** Dawn of “From Dusk…” I still vividly remember trying to get my friends to come with me to see the new vampire/crime-drama flick from director Robert Rodriguez (“Desperado” “Spy Kids”) and writer/actor Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” ) back in February of 1996. I was a bachelor in…