This Boy’s Knife: Ranking the Original Halloween Series

In the weird and wonderful annals of horror filmmaking, few have left a cultural impression quite like Michael Myers. In the hand’s of creator John Carpenter, Haddonfield’s most infamous offspring was a colossal figure: patient, elusive and as swift and brutal as they come.

Down the years, it all got just a little bit silly, but in spite of The Shape’s dwindling mystique we followed him through thick and thin, hoping that a movie would one day come along and revitalise the franchise. Almost half a century later and we are still clinging to that hope, a series of sequels, prequels and reboots unwilling to let Carpenter’s creation rest […]

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We’re ‘Cohen’ to the Movies: King Cohen and the Story of a True Maverick

I’ve been thinking – when was the last time one of Larry Cohen’s films was screened on terrestrial TV?

I’m not counting Phone Booth, the brilliantly simple and super-tense Joel Schumacher thriller from 2002 that he wrote. No, I mean a proper, legit Larry Cohen-directed film. There are more than a few out there. Blimey, was it really around twenty or so years ago, when Channel 5, in its infant years, screened Q: The Winged Serpent on a Saturday night? It might be. I remember […]

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Biceps for Your Buck: The Movies of Hulk Hogan

The ‘Immortal’ Hulk Hogan: catchy moniker or self-fulfilling prophecy?

For any wrestling fan of the latter part of the 20th century, both will ring true, but whether or not you bought into Hogan’s pro-America schtick, ‘The Hulkster’ was a bona fide superstar for more than two decades, and even now it is hard to dispute him as one of the most recognisable human beings on the planet. Back in the early 1980s, promoter Vince McMahon laid waste to regional territorial system by taking pro wrestling global. Before the rise pay-per-view, there was an unspoken code of ethics that saw regional territories exchanging talent […]

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The Best of Times the Worst of Times: Ranking the Original Friday the 13th Series

Love him or you loathe him, he can’t be denied. The indomitable Jason Voorhees: a cynical Halloween cash-in who Paramount would take a punt on time and time again, and they wouldn’t regret it. For more than a decade the scourge of Camp Crystal Lake was one of horror’s most profitable creations, and although he would later return for a Fred Kruger crossover and a couple of modern reboots, he will always be remembered for his original run, a 21-year period in which he racked up an incredible 129 kills […]

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