“The Alamo” (1960) Never Looked Better

John Wayne’s 1960 film The Alamo has been marred in the home viewing market for years. The director’s cut or “roadshow edition” was badly damaged over the years in storage and was never even released on DVD because of such poor quality amongst the cut and later restored scenes. The standard, shorter version of the…

Movies in 2018

In 2015, I watched my 1,000th movie. Considering 2018 was a year of transition for me with a move, I still managed to see 108 movies with 53 of them being for the first time, bringing my lifetime total to 1,271 (according to my IMDB lists). Last year, there was a healthy mix of new…

Halloween 2K17: Horror Movie Screenings at the Strauss Mansion Museum

Is there a better place to watch a horror movie than a haunted Victorian mansion? We found out the answer to that last year when we, the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, hosted three film screenings during the month of October. This year, we are doing three more—two of the same, and a new one fitting…

A Note on the Passing of William Peter Blatty

Every writer has an author who inspired them at a young age. For me, that person was William Peter Blatty. I’m not prolific by any means. I’ve written one book, have about a dozen manuscripts I started but never finished over the years, and a few more ideas I would like to see published at…

“Don’t Go in the House” is out on Blu-Ray

As detailed earlier in the year, Don’t Go in the House is officially out on Blu-Ray via Scorpion Releasing. Things have been very cryptic lately with no news coming for months. Then Scorpion made a few posts on their Facebook page last week and voila, we have a release. Yesterday, December 5th is the official…

“The Exorcist III” and “Legion” Marks the End of an Era

The rumors may have begun as early as 1990 when The Exorcist III immediately struggled at the box office and with critics. There was a superior cut called Legion somewhere out there, writer-director William Peter Blatty’s ultimate vision. As the years turned to more than two decades, fans anxiously waited. All they had were some…

HALLOWEEN 2K16: Bela Lugosi or Christopher Lee?

One was subdued, regal, and spoke with a careful distinction—hypnotic. The other took over the screen with rage, and a violent tenacity that had not yet been seen for the character. For that reason, comparing Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee in their iconic roles as Count Dracula is like comparing apples and oranges. You can have…

HALLOWEEN 2K16: “The Exorcist III” Director’s Cut Blu Ray Is Out

I blogged about this in January when Morgan Creek had sent a series of cryptic tweets regarding the possibility of a long-awaited director’s cut of The Exorcist III. I followed the story for a few more months and then it appeared that all was for nothing. You could imagine my surprise this morning when I saw…

Halloween 2K16: A Full Schedule of Events at the Strauss Mansion

Just like last year, Reel to Real will feature a special series for the fall season. Titled “Halloween 2K16”, this will be where I blog about horror movies, share fall recipes, and also let you know what’s going on in my paranormal investigating adventures. October is going to be a busy month. My team, Ghosts…

“Don’t Go in the House” Coming to Blu-Ray in July

We do not have an exact date yet, but Scorpion will be releasing Don’t Go in the House to Blu-Ray at the end of July, according to their Facebook page. As readers of this blog know, I worked with one of their representatives this past January for a documentary which will be included on the…