Literature

Theater of Fear & Horror : Expanded Edition: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris, 1897-1962 – Review

The legacy of the Grand Guignol is still overlooked by many horror fans. The melodramatic and often stomach churning plays, as performed at the small Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol, had as great an impact on 20th century horror as gothic novels and art. Thankfully, the third edition of Mel Gordon’s acclaimed book provides an… Continue reading Theater of Fear & Horror : Expanded Edition: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris, 1897-1962 – Review

Literature

Russell Howard: Round The World Tour at the Manchester Arena Review

Last night, I broke an all time absolute never by attending a stand up comedy show in an arena. Personally I prefer the intimacy of a comedy club. It really does take a talented and confident performer like Russell Howard to keep 10,000 plus people laughing for nearly two hours. He didn’t disappoint. Performing on… Continue reading Russell Howard: Round The World Tour at the Manchester Arena Review

TV and Film

Dexter Morgan: The Moral and Well-Loved Serial Killer

Dexter Morgan might just be the world’s most-loved serial killer; blood-spatter analyst for Miami Metro Homicide by day, and a killer by night – but only a killer of killers. What makes Dexter so fascinatingly different is that he has a code to follow for his victims – they must be, without a doubt, murderers… Continue reading Dexter Morgan: The Moral and Well-Loved Serial Killer

TV and Film

The X-Files: ‘My Struggle II’… One Year On

Seriously Carter another opening monologue?! I get it, it’s Scully’s ‘Struggle,’ and her face morphing into an alien is actually quite cool. But in a forty three minute episode that needs to justify returning to and changing an already convoluted mythology arc, it’s an epic waste of time. And the first example of why the… Continue reading The X-Files: ‘My Struggle II’… One Year On

TV and Film

Buffy at 20: 5 Ways It Impacted Popular Culture

It’s hard to believe that Buffy the Vampire Slayer started 20 Years ago today. The brainchild of Joss Whedon, after the mediocre original movie in 1992, it must have been difficult for any of the cast and crew to imagine just how much of a phenomenon it would become. I have many happy memories of… Continue reading Buffy at 20: 5 Ways It Impacted Popular Culture

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The X-Files: ‘Babylon’… One Year On

I’ll say it once, I’ll say it again, there are some not so great X-Files episodes. Some mediocre, some uninspiring and a couple that are truly awful. But this episode takes the biscuit for being a major WTF. One of the first (of many) problems with Babylon, is that it suffers from Home Again syndrome… Continue reading The X-Files: ‘Babylon’… One Year On