Happy 20th birthday, Army of Darkness!

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Well, don’t I feel old today?

When I was in third grade (dating myself….this was 1990), there was this show hosted by Robert Englund that came on USA Networks on Friday night either before or after The Ray Bradbury Theater called Shadow Theater.  I, like every kid from the 80’s, loved all things Freddy (and Ray Bradbury was a personal hero), so I watched the shows every Friday night.  Anyways, Shadow Theater was basically a magazine show where Robert chewed the hell out of the scenery and showed clips from horror flicks.  (Yes, I know AOD came out in 93…I’ve checked the math…..just stick with me, I’m making a larger point). Continue reading

The ABC’s of Death (2012)

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Twenty-six directors from all over the world were given $5,000 and free reign to direct a short film however they want, as long as the central theme involves death.   What they have ended up with is a bag of cinematic trail mix that runs the gamut from true horror to downright silliness, and this vast range of different stories makes reviewing the film tough to do.  The film by it’s very nature defies convention.  Most anthologies have around five stories tops with each one around twenty-five to thirty minutes a piece.  What you have here are twenty-six shorts at around five minutes a piece with some animated and claymation shorts in addition to live action.  What you will see watching this is one of the most insane movie experiences in a while. Continue reading