Archive for the "1980s" Category

Titles of Interest: The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas

The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and the Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil by Al Ridenour (Feral House, 2016) With the appearance of the demonic Christmas character Krampus in contemporary Hollywood movies, television shows, advertisements, and greeting cards, medieval folklore has now been revisited in American culture. Krampus-related events and parades occur both […]

Documentary "Room 237": Kubrick's "The Shining" and Interpretive Depth

Folks seem to love or hate Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining. I still remember seeing it in the theater, and it remains one of my favorite horror films that is worth repeated viewing. Over the years the film has become the subject of interpretive controversy, with some pointing out many alleged continuity errors, and others […]

John Muir Interview: 1980s Horror Films, and Tobe Hooper

One of the privileges I have had in operating this website is to meet and dialogue witha lot of creative and reflective people. One of these people is John Muir, a writer and journalist who is the author of twenty-two reference books covering science fiction and horror on film and television through McFarland Publishing (, […]

The Lost Boys as "Bloodsucking Brady Bunch"

One of my favorite vampire films is a "cult" classic, Joel Schumacher's 1987 film The Lost Boys. I was therefore pleased to find a paper presented by Jeremy Tirrell at the national convention of the Popular Culture Association that deals with the film titled "The Bloodsucking Brady Bunch: Reforming the Family Unit in the The […]

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