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The Night He Strayed from Home: The Misdirection of Halloween 5

Making a Halloween sequel is an tricky task indeed.

Back in 1978, John Carpenter gave birth to the low-budget slasher craze with his bare bones tale of an escaped mental patient beset on revisiting the scene of a childhood crime. So cash-strapped were Carpenter and his crew that they cut the eyes out of a William Shatner mask and sprayed it white, fortuitously giving birth to a horror icon […]

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System Spotlight – Atari 7800

There aren’t many consoles I’ve ignored like the Atari 7800 ProSystem.

I’ve owned Atari’s 3rd foray into home console gaming for many years, but since my initial purchase along with a handful of games in the early 2000’s, I’ve rarely played it. This is largely due to a lack of nostalgia or any viable memories on my part. Officially released nationwide in 1986, the Atari 7800 had been in development since 1983. Atari wanted to quickly release a successor to the poorly received Atari 5200, correcting two of that console’s biggest mistakes […]

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Tradition Evolved: Near Dark and The Vampire Revolution

Prior to the 1980s—with the exception of alternative vampire outings such as George Romero’s Martin and David Cronenberg’s sort-of vampire horror Rabid—there was very little in the way of genre deviation when it came to representing Western vampires onscreen.

Throughout the 60s and 70s, depictions of vampires tended toward the traditional, with Hammer Horror at the forefront of perpetuating the traditionally hammy genre template that favoured aristocratic, middle-aged evildoers comfortably ensconced in the Gothic revivalist period […]

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