When Enough is Enough: Halloween II and the Curse of the Horror Sequel

When is enough enough? In an era of reboots, prequels, sequels and expanding cinematic universes, it seems that the answer is never.

Sequels have been around in some capacity for as long as mainstream cinema has existed. The golden age of horror would set the proverbial ball rolling, monsters such as Frankenstein returning time after time to meet popular demand. If something is marketable then let’s make more of it. It’s standard business practice.

Inevitably, people would tire of Universal’s revolutionary […]

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Time to Join the Club: How The Lost Boys Started My Fascination with Horror

Which film or TV programme scared you the most as a child?

Which did you watch at too young an age, was the one that made you run out of the room when it all became too much? There are a few strong contenders for me – The Company of Wolves, Episode 3 of Doctor Who’s ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy’, Superman III and so on – but the one that takes the top spot was a film that not many would regard as a seriously scary horror, a film that proudly showcased itself partly as a comedy. It wasn’t even an ’18’. It was The Lost Boys […]

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Early NES Box Art 3 – The Gold & Silver Experience

Nintendo phased out their aesthetically pleasing but uniformly basic looking black box designs in early 1987 after the release of Pro Wrestling, Slalom and Volleyball that Spring.

They served their purpose by showcasing an honest representation of what the game’s graphics actually looked like as opposed to those beautifully drawn yet comically inaccurate Atari game boxes. That doesn’t mean Nintendo was completely done with the concept of categorizing their games into a series to help clarify the style of gameplay for each title. What eventually fell by the wayside, besides the black box design, was the color coding aspect that was assigned to each game series category. This color coding was used for both the series icon on the box cover and the game’s title printed on the cover and the sides of the box. These color coded titles made for a really clean look when […]

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An 80s Treasure: The Goonies and the True Price of Freedom

It was the winter of 1984, and Richard Donner was embarking on a very different kind of project.

After shooting to fame with supernatural horror The Omen (1976), the director would quickly land the original Superman movie, proving himself on the grandest scale before forging one of the most successful action movie sagas in the Lethal Weapon series. But before tangling with the likes of Hollywood heartthrob Mel Gibson, Donner would try his hand […]

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