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THE TWILIGHT ZONE FOREVER: On the release of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-ray (Part 4)

We continue with the final entry in our series of posts by Arlen Schumer exploring The Twilight Zone. (Part 1 can be read here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here). In Part 4, Schumer continues his exploration of themes of the series, including “the time element,” and “obsolete man”: THE TIME ELEMENT The time […]

Salt Lake Tribune: The Vampire’s Religious Roots

I was one of the individuals tapped to provide information for a piece on the vampire for The Salt Lake Tribune along with Joseph Laycock and James D’Arc. The article by Peggy Fletcher Stack is titlted “Christ’s evil twin? The vampire’s religious roots”. From the introductory material: It takes more than a theological stake to […]

David Skal “Monster Show” Graduate Seminar at Trinity College Dublin

Every once in a while I come across great academic courses related to horror and my latest find is one presented by horror historian David J. Skal. He is presenting a graduate seminar at Trinity College Dublin based upon his book The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror (Faber & Faber, 2001). Here is […]

Airlock Alpha Debate: Is There Too Much Religion in Science Fiction?

An interesting debate is quietly raging on the Internet concerning science fiction and religion. The debate was launched by the website Airlock Alpha with an article by Tiffany Vogt titled “TV Watchtower: Is Religion Killing Good Sci-Fi Shows?”. As Vogt tries to make her case for answering the question of the article’s title with a […]

Strange Kids Club Interview

Already it’s been a busy Halloween week, and with this post I share news on my interview at Strange Kids Club by Rondal Scott. From the introduction: For the most part I like to keep things around the clubhouse light and fun. However, there’s also something to be said for taking a more intellectual viewpoint […]

HEREAFTER: Cinefantastique Podcast 1:37

Yesterday I was privileged to be a guest contributor for Cinefantastique Online with their Podcast 1:37. Here’s the description from the website: Take a journey into the HEREAFTER on this week’s edition of the Cinefantastique Podcast. Special guest John W. Morehead, of Theofantastique, joins Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski for an in-depth discussion […]

THE TWILIGHT ZONE FOREVER: On the release of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-ray (Part 3)

We continue with our series of posts by Arlen Schumer exploring The Twilight Zone. (Part 1 can be read here and Part 2 here.) In Part 3, Schumer continues his exploration of themes of the series, including “suburban nightmares,” and “science & superstition”: SUBURBAN NIGHTMARES “It was the ‘twilight zone’ of the American culture. It […]

THE RITE: Modern Exorcism in Theaters January 2011

Our fascination with the devil in popular culture as informed by the Christian tradition continues, or at least Hollywood’s assumption that this figure is of interest to us, with the release of The Rite in January 2011. The film is “inspired by” the book of the same title by Matt Baglio. See the film’s website […]

HEREAFTER: Genre Impositions and Expectations

This Friday evening I will be accomplishing two things at the same time. I will be able to enjoy dinner and a movie with my wife, and prepare for my participation in a podcast with CineFantastique Online. I have been invited as a guest by CFQ to provide some thoughts on the movie HEREAFTER, which […]

THE TWILIGHT ZONE FOREVER: On the release of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-ray (Part 2)

One week ago saw the first of a series of posts by Arlen Schumer exploring The Twilight Zone. (Part 1 can be read here.) Here in Part 2 Schumer continues his analysis, looking at the influence of the series on television past and present, and beginning an exploration of themes of the series: Star Trek […]

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