Halloween 2K17: A Review of “Son of Dracula” (1943)

This was the third installment in the Dracula franchise. Unlike the second, Dracula’s Daughter, there is not much striving to be unique. The bloodthirsty count had already been killed off, and done in such a way that he could not return. That was the admirable decision I blogged about in the last review. However, the…

Halloween 2K17: A Review of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936)

There are some interesting choices present at the beginning of Dracula’s Daughter, which is the direct sequel to the classic Dracula. It picks up right where the previous film left off—literally within minutes. Count Dracula has just been killed by Van Helsing. The body is still warm. The police arrive to find the body of…

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…

HALLOWEEN 2K16: A Review of “The House That Dripped Blood” (1971)

This might be the coziest horror movie you will ever see. The House That Dripped Blood takes place in the English countryside, in a beautiful cottage. It is an anthology film, with four different stories presented. Each have two things in common: the house in question and the untimely and bizarre fates of the person…

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 2K17: A Review of “The Vampire Bat” (1933)

They might as well have named this film How To Make a Cheap Knock-Off of Dracula Without Really Trying. Oh, it’s bad, alright. Not bad by today’s standards, just plain bad. The Vampire Bat is a movie that actually does not contain any scenes of vampirism or a bat (go figure), yet manages to include…

Live Blog: October is Horror Movie Month! (Updated 10/26)

Don’t you just love this time of year? For some it’s the coming of cool fall air, for others, its the wonderful foliage, but for many, it’s time to crack out the horror flicks and watch as many as you can in the month of October! For me, the mainstays have always been The Shining,…