Film Work & Reviews

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“Don’t Go in the House Again” (Scorpion Releasing, 2016)

As a historian and paranormal investigator, Greg Caggiano has an interesting taste in movies. He loves watching historical dramas with an eye for accuracy, as well as horror and science fiction. His reviews are listed below (he has seen over 1,100 movies; those are just the ones he reviewed). But Greg has also done some film work. It started by complete accident in 2011. While blogging about the extended director’s cut release of Gods and Generals, he was noticed by Warner Brothers and asked to enter into an editorial partnership. This entailed interviewing actors and covering the premiere of the film in Virginia. He then went on to work for director Ron Maxwell on the official website for his next film, Copperhead, which came out in 2013. He has since worked behind the scenes on two Civil War documentaries, The Battle of Shiloh (2012) and Called to Duty: The Civil War Training Camps of New Jersey (2016).

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“The Battle of Shiloh”. (Brad Clark, 2012)

In his spare time, he co-produces and hosts a paranormal web-series Ghosts on the Coast, which has episodes featuring both raw footage of their investigations and mini documentaries. Greg also serves on the board of directors of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society. It is housed at the Strauss Mansion Museum, which was used as the set for the 1979 cult classic exploitation horror movie Don’t Go in the House. For the 2016 Blu-Ray release of the film by Scorpion, Greg was filmed for two featurettes included on the disc: Ghost Hunting at the Strauss Mansion, and Don’t Go in the House Again, a then-and-now documentary of the film set.

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At the Strauss Mansion after a screening of “Don’t Go in the House” in October 2016. Pictured left to right: Lou Fligor, Hunter Dillon, Greg Caggiano, Joanne Dellosso, and AHHS President Lynn Fylak.

Greg cites his favorite movies as being The Exorcist, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Amadeus, and The Wild Bunch. He has hosted several film screenings at the Strauss Mansion Museum, including a horror film series in the fall. In October of 2016, Greg along with his paranormal team and members of the AHHS screened Don’t Go in the House. The event sold out and was standing room only. He notes that there is no better way to watch a horror movie than on its actual set. Greg considers himself very lucky to be apart of such an organization.

If you live in the Monmouth County area, Greg regularly presents a lecture series at Brookdale Community College titled, “History Goes to the Movies”. Past talks have focused on historical accuracy in Hollywood, the American Civil War, and the Alamo. In the spring of 2017, the series will include a look at the Titanic on the big screen.

Movie Reviews

(Alphabetical Order, Out of 10 Stars)

Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012): 4 stars

A Bridge Too Far (1977): 8 stars

A Bucket of Blood (1959): 7 stars

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930): 8 stars

Amazons and Gladiators (2001): 2 stars

A Night to Remember (1058): 8 stars

Antichrist (2009): 8 stars

A Trip to the Moon (1902): 8 stars

Beast: A Monster Among Men (2013): 0 stars

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979): 6 stars

Big Jim McLain (1952): 5 stars

Black Sunday (1960): 8 stars

Blood Alley (1955): 6 stars

Blood of Dracula’s Castle (1969): 2.5 stars

Caligula (1979): 5 stars

Chandler (1971): 3.5 stars

Che (2008): 8 stars

Chopping Mall (1986): 5 stars

Copperhead (2013): 8.5 stars

Conspiracy (2001): 9 stars

Dark Skies (2013): 7 stars

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010): 7.5 stars

Don’t Go in the House (1979): 6.5 stars

Earthquake (1974)

Executive Action (1973): 7.5 stars

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977): 7 stars

Eyes Wide Shut (1999): 7.5 stars

Forbidden Planet (1956): 8 stars

Friday the 13th (1980): 4 stars

Get the Gringo (2012): 8 stars

Gettysburg (Director’s Cut) (1993): 9 stars

Gods and Generals (Director’s Cut) (2003): 9.5 stars

Haunt (2014): 2 stars

Horror Hotel (1960): 8 stars

Immortal Beloved (1994): 9 stars

I Walked with a Zombie (1943): 6 stars

JFK (1991): 9 stars

Judgement at Nuremberg (1961): 9 stars

Killing Lincoln (2013): 6.5 stars

King of the Zombies (1941): 6 stars

Knife Edge (2009): 5 stars

Legion (2016): 8.5 stars

Legend of the Lost (1957): 6 stars

Lincoln (2012): 8.5 stars

Lizzie (2012): 1 star

Madmen of Mandoras (1963): 4 stars

Men Behind the Sun (1988): 6 stars

Mercy (2014): 7.5 stars

Meteor (1979): 7.5 stars

Night Train to Terror (1985): 3.5 stars

One Man’s Hero (1998): 7 stars

Parting Shots (1999): 6 stars

Phase IV (1974): 8 stars

Rebecca (1997): 8 stars

Red Lights (2012): 7 stars

Revolt of the Zombies (1936): 2 stars

Revolution (1985): 1 star

Ride with the Devil (1999): 8 stars

Rosemary’s Baby (1968): 8.5 stars

Slaughter High (1986): 4.5 stars

Slaves (1969): 6 stars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): 9 stars

The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987)

The Angry Red Planet (1959): 2 stars

The Assistants (2009): 8 stars

The Battle of Algiers (1966): 8 stars

The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955): 2 stars

The Body Snatcher (1945): 8.5 stars

The Brotherhood of Satan (1971): 6 stars

The Cosmonaut (2013): 1 star

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957): 6 stars

The Devil’s Hand (1961): 5.5 stars

The Fall of the House of Usher (1949): 2 stars

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992): 7 stars

The Hanoi Hilton (1987): 6 stars

The House of Seven Corpses (1974): 5.5 stars

The House That Dripped Blood (1971): 8 stars

The House of the Devil (2009): 8 stars

The Invisible Invaders (1959): 5 stars

The Last House on Cemetery Lane (2015): 1 star

The Last Wave (1977): 8 stars

The Legend of Hell House (1973): 4 stars

The Longest Day (1962): 9 stars

The Mephisto Walz (1971): 7 stars

The Mummy (1932): 7.5 stars

The Mummy (1959): 8 stars

The Mummy’s Hand (1940): 5 stars

The Ninth Gate (1999): 9 stars

The Parallax View (1974): 7 stars

The Phantom Carriage (1920): 8 stars

The Possession (2012): 6 stars

The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (1958): 1 star

The Sacrament (2013): 6.5 stars

The Sea Chase (1955): 5.5 stars

The Second Civil War (1997): 8 stars

The Seventh Seal (1957): 9 stars

The Swarm (1978): 3 stars

The Undying (2009): 3 stars

Titanic (1953): 9 stars

Trick R Treat (2007): 7.5 stars

Twilight (2008): 6.5 stars

Valkyrie (2008): 8 stars

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966): 8 stars

Wolfen (1981): 7 stars

You Don’t Know Jack (2010): 8 stars

Zero Dark Thirty (2012): 7 stars