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March 05

Bela Lugosi’s Dracula: A Classic Horror Film that Continues to Haunt Audiences

In the world of horror cinema, few films are as iconic or influential as Bela Lugosi’s Dracula. This classic gothic horror movie, released in 1931, introduced audiences to the definitive version of the vampire, as played by Bela Lugosi. His performance remains a standard by which all vampire performances are measured, and the film’s haunting atmosphere and deliberate pacing set the template for countless horror films that followed. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the enduring legacy of Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, and explore the ways in which this classic film has helped to shape the entire horror genre. From its impact on the way that we think about and approach horror movies, to its lasting influence on popular culture, the legacy of Bela Lugosi’s Dracula is as potent and relevant today as it was over 90 years ago.

August 27

Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Final)- “Chapter 14 – Kulan Tith’s Sacrifice” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XIV KULAN TITH’S SACRIFICE The morning of the second day of her incarceration in the east tower of the palace of Astok, Prince of Dusar, found Thuvia of Ptarth waiting in dull apathy the coming of the assassin. She had exhausted every possibility of escape, going over and over again the door and the […]

August 27

Inner Sanctum Mystery – “The Bog Oak Necklace”

The discovery of a necklace around a skeleton recalls the forty-year-old murder of a woman’s sister. This installment was directed by Himan Brown and stars Miriam Hopkins, Santos Ortega, and Lesley Woods.

August 22

Thuvia, Maid of Mars – “Chapter 13: Turjun, The Panthan” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XIII TURJUN, THE PANTHAN The face of Carthoris of Helium gave no token of the emotions that convulsed him inwardly as he heard from the lips of Hal Vas that Helium was at war with Dusar, and that fate had thrown him into the service of the enemy. That he might utilize this opportunity […]

August 22

The Adventures of Superman – “The North Star Mining Company”

June Anderson has given proof of the North Star mine fraud to her brother on a freighter. Dr. Ambrose visits the daily planet to question Kent on his progress but things aren’t what they seem. Bud Collyer plays superman in this week’s installment.

August 21

Thuvia, Maid of Mars – Chapter 12: “To Save Dusar” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XII TO SAVE DUSAR Thuvia of Ptarth, battling for more than life against the lust of Jav, cast a quick glance over her shoulder toward the forest from which had rumbled the fierce growl. Jav looked, too. What they saw filled each with apprehension. It was Komal, the banth-god, rushing wide-jawed upon them! Which […]

August 16

Thuvia, Maid of Mars – Chapter 11: “Green Men and White Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XI GREEN MEN AND WHITE APES A Torquasian sword smote a glancing blow across the forehead of Carthoris. He had a fleeting vision of soft arms about his neck, and warm lips close to his before he lost consciousness. How long he lay there senseless he could not guess; but when he opened his […]

August 16

Suspense – “The Dead Sleep Lightly”

Another classic from John Dickson Carr. The mystery does not give you enough clues to solve on your own however the ending and overall story is still entertaining. Susan Hayward guests stars on this week’s episode of Suspense! “A tingling ghost story about a rich old man and the ghost of his long-forgotten wife. + […]

August 15

Thuvia, Maid of Mars – Chapter 10: “Kar Komak, The Bowman” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER X KAR KOMAK, THE BOWMAN As Carthoris moved through the forest toward the distant cliffs with Thuvia’s hand still tight pressed in his, he wondered a little at the girl’s continued silence, yet the contact of her cool palm against his was so pleasant that he feared to break the spell of her new-found […]

August 15

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century – Dr. Huers Fruitless Trip to Omaha

The plot is in the title folks.

February 18

Thuvia, Maid of Mars – “Chapter 9: The Battle in the Plain” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER IX THE BATTLE IN THE PLAIN The distance from the bottom of the funnel to the floor of the chamber beneath it could not have been great, for all three of the victims of Tario’s wrath alighted unscathed. Carthoris, still clasping Thuvia tightly to his breast, came to the ground catlike, upon his feet, […]

February 18

Inner Sanctum Mystery – “No Coffin for the Dead”

The insane sone of a housekeeper supposedly kills Peter Frame.  However; he was shot while making an attempt to escape from the mental asylum and was left lame.  So who really killed Peter Frame? Inner Sanctum Mystery – “No Coffin for the Dead” – February 20th, 1945

November 08

The Warlord of Mars – “The New Ruler” by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Final Chapter)

THE NEW RULER The flier upon whose deck Dejah Thoris and I found ourselves after twelve long years of separation proved entirely useless. Her buoyancy tanks leaked badly. Her engine would not start. We were helpless there in mid air above the arctic ice. The craft had drifted across the chasm which held the corpses […]

June 20

Buck Rogers and the 25th Century – “Dr. Huers New Relativator is Installed”

The Plot is in the title folks.  🙂 Buck Rogers and the 25th Century – “Dr. Huers New Relativator is Installed” – April 21st, 1939

June 19

House of Dracula (1945 Universal Pictures Full Film)

Tired of immortality, Dracula seeks out the castle home of Dr. Franz Edlemann, a doctor who has been working on a possible cure for vampirism.  Dracula relocates to the home permanently to receive a series of transfusions of blood mixed with the clavaria formosa.  The mysterious plant that can change the structure and qualities of […]

June 19

The Warlord of Mars – “The Tide of Battle” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

THE TIDE OF BATTLE But Solan’s last loud cry had not been without effect, for a moment later a dozen guardsmen burst into the chamber, though not before I had so bent and demolished the great switch that it could not be again used to turn the powerful current into the mighty magnet of destruction […]

June 19

X Minus One – “Child’s Play”

A timid lawyer receives a mysterious package, which turns out to be a kit from two hundred years in the future.  What could be inside? X Minus One – “Child’s Play” – October 20th, 1955

June 11

Jungle Captive (1944 Universal Pictures Full Film)

The final chapter in the ape woman saga, Jungle Captive is the third film of the series.  It is preceded by Captive Wild Woman and Jungle Woman where we witness the ongoing struggle of beautiful women who have the superhuman strength of a gorilla and the temperament as well.  When will these mad scientists get […]

June 11

The Warlord of Mars – “The Magnet Switch” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

THE MAGNET SWITCH The guardsmen paid not the slightest attention to their wards, for the red men could not move over two feet from the great rings to which they were padlocked, though each had seized a weapon upon which he had been engaged when I entered the room, and stood ready to join me […]

June 11

Inner Sanctum Mystery – “Death is an Artist”

Four dead cats and a man are found in an apartment…all with their throats slit or their heads cut off! The story of the human victim involves a hated wife and murder. A delightfully macabre story. Inner Sanctum Mystery – “Death is an Artist” – January 1st, 1945

June 07

Jungle Woman (1944 Universal Pictures Full Film)

In the sequel to Captive Wild Woman, we see the return of Paula Dupree, the ape woman.  The film sets out as a series of flashbacks rehashing the events of the previous film.  We learn then that Paula indeed survived as Cheela.  Once revived she is can turn to her human form this time without […]

June 07

The Warlord of Mars – “Follow the Rope” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

“FOLLOW THE ROPE” What could it mean? “Follow the rope.” What rope? Presently I recalled the cord that had been attached to the parcel when it fell at my side, and after a little groping my hand came in contact with it again. It depended from above, and when I pulled upon it I discovered […]

June 07

The Adventures of Superman – “Atomic Fuel Cylinders Stolen”

Dr. Dahlgren’s Atomic Beam fuel cylinders have been stolen by “The Yellow Mask.” The Adventures of Superman – “Atomic Fuel Cylinders Stolen” – February 28, 1940

June 06

Captive Wild Woman (1943 Universal Pictures Full Film)

Exotic animal trainer, Fred Mason, is returning from a safari where he captured a large selection of animals for John Whipple, his employer.  Whipple is the owner of a circus and often hires safari experts to routinely capture dangerous and rare animals from all over the world.  One such animal is Cheela, a gorilla who […]

June 06

The Warlord of Mars – “The Pit of Plenty” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

THE PIT OF PLENTY I did not languish long within the prison of Salensus Oll. During the short time that I lay there, fettered with chains of gold, I often wondered as to the fate of Thuvan Dihn, Jeddak of Ptarth. My brave companion had followed me into the garden as I attacked Thurid, and […]

June 06

The Shadow – “White God”

The Shadow and Margot visit an island to find out why a dozen ships have vanished in “The Graveyard of the Pacific.” The Shadow – “White God” – May 1st, 1938

June 05

Bowery at Midnight (Monogram Pictures 1942 Full Film)

A professor of psychology maintains a soup kitchen in the Bowery.  Secretly, however, he’s also a gang boss who uses the soup kitchen to recruit members for his organization.  One such recruit is a doctor who has become addled and addicted to drugs and alcohol.  The doctor, however, happens to be quite adept at corpse […]

June 05

Suspense – “In Fear and Trembling”

“At the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea is the grey stone mansion weather-beaten by the storms of several decades. To this mansion four years ago Gilbert Durant brought his wife Lucia and until a year ago when Lucia’s half-sister came to live with them they were quite happy. The gradually something began to […]

June 04

The Black Cat (1941 Full Movie)

An oldie and a goodie.  The Black Cat, which is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story of the same name stars Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, and Alan Ladd.  Lugosi also starred in the earlier 1934 film with the same title.

June 04

The Warlord of Mars – “With the Yellow Men” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

WITH THE YELLOW MEN Thuvan Dihn was not long in joining me; and, though we found the hooked weapon a strange and savage thing with which to deal, the three of us soon despatched the five black-bearded warriors who opposed us. When the battle was over our new acquaintance turned to me, and removing the […]