Keystone Cheops – The Mummy On Film




The Mummy can, in many respects, hold claim to being the most unloved of the classic movie monsters – if not, then surely the most inconsistently served. The oft-quoted line from Kim Newman, that the issue lies with “no foundation text” upon which to base the creature, certainly carries some weight, though Mummies had certainly been written about in the 19th Century – notable works include Poe’s short story, Some Words With a Mummy (1850), Conan Doyle’s Lot No. 249 (1892), the latter establishing the Mummy as a malevolent predator seeking revenge, as well as touching upon elements also explored in later films, such as the methods of resurrection and the supernatural control of a ‘master’.


Poe’s tale is rather more barbed, the bandaged cadaver reanimated by electricity and quizzed upon its ancient knowledge (or lack of), a side-swipe at both modernist self-aggrandising and the Egyptomania which had swept…

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José Mojica Marins – actor and director




José Mojica Marins (born March 13, 1936) is a Brazilian film-maker, actor, composer, screenwriter, and television and media personality. Marins is most famous for his alter ego, Coffin Joe (translated from Zé do Caixão). Although Marins is known primarily as a horror film director, his earlier works were Westerns, dramas and adventure films.


Marins was born in São Paulo in Brazil on Friday 13th 1936, at a farm in the Vila Mariana, to Antônio and Carmem Marins. His father was born in Brazil but journeyed to Spain where, for a time, he became a bullfighter. On returning to Brazil, he met his future wife who made a living travelling around Brazil singing and dancing at various events. His parents tired of the endless travelling necessitated by the lifestyle and they elected to run a cinema owned by his father’s cousin. In a retrospectively unlikely parallel to the events of the film, Cinema…

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Paul Naschy – actor & director




Paul Naschy (born Jacinto Molina Álvarez, September 6, 1934 – November 30, 2009) was a Spanish movie actor, screenwriter, and director working primarily in horror films. His portrayals of numerous classic horror figures—the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, Count Dracula, the Hunchback, and the Mummy – have earned him recognition as the Spanish Lon Chaney. His signature role was that of the werewolf, Waldemar Daninsky, whom he played a staggering twelve times.He had one of the most recognizable faces in Spanish horror film, though his long filmography reveals Naschy also starred in dozens of action films, historical dramas, crime movies, TV shows and documentaries.. In addition to acting, Naschy also wrote the screenplays for most of his films and directed a number of them as well. King Juan Carlos I presented Naschy with Spain’s Gold Medal Award for Fine Arts in 2001 in honour of his work, the Spanish equivalent of being knighted.



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13Hrs aka Night Wolf




13Hrs is a 2010 British horror film directed by Jonathan Glendening. It stars Isabella Calthorpe, Gemma Atkinson, Gabriel Thomson, Antony De Liseo and Tom Felton.



Also known as Night Wolf, 13Hrs comes in a long line of British-made horror films in the last five years which are heavy on marketing and scant on plot, acting and quality of any discernible kind. On the plus side, director Glendening spends an appropriate amount of the budget on the stalking beast which terrorises the cast who are holed up in the large family house, seemingly just to argue with each other and get drunk.


The dynamics see Sarah (Calthorpe) returning from LA to leafy England and reuniting with her brothers Stephen (Peter Gadiot), his girlfriend Emily (Atkinson), Charlie (Thomson) Luke (De Liseo) and enough hangers-on to allow for a reasonable amount of kills. After rooting around for booze and cigs they soon find a bloodied body and realise that…

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The Dead 2: India



d0The Dead 2: India is a 2013 British horror film written and directed by Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford and produced by Howard J. Ford. It is a sequel to the 2010 film The Dead, which was set in Africa.

Filmed in five weeks, in locations across India, including Rajasthan, Delhi and Mumbai, The Dead 2: India stars Joseph Millson, Meenu, Anand Goyal, Sandip Datta Gupta and Poonam Mathur.


American engineer, Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson, Devil’s Bridge), is toiling in the barren countryside of India, working on wind turbines and fretting about his girlfriend, Ishani (Meenu Mishra) who is 300 miles away on the edge of the slums of Mumbai, under the watchful eye of her disapproving father (Sandip Datta Gupta), who is about to get even more ruffled when he learns she’s pregnant. They will shortly have more to worry about as mother is in bed with a…

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She Freak




‘Behind the tents and tinsel of a monster midway something barbaric occurs on the alley of nightmares’

She Freak is an American-made 1967 film, directed by Byron Mabe and written by David F. Friedman. The film is broadly based on the classic (and still at the time, banned) 1932 Tod Browning film, Freaks. Though the film features far fewer of the real-life sideshow performers seen in the earlier film, it is still notable for its footage of actual sideshows and as an example of 1960’s exploitation film-making.


We are introduced to Jade Cochran (Claire Brennan), a dissatisfied waitress in a run-down greasy roadside cafe who is determined to make a better life for herself. Somewhat remarkably, she considers that waiting the tables at the local carnival, which has just hit town, is a step up the social ladder. It seems she has a point – the people are friendlier and more…

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Jack-O’-Lantern – folklore and tradition




A jack-o’-lantern is a carved pumpkin or similarly-sized gourd or turnip, associated chiefly with the holiday of Halloween, and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisp or jack-o’-lantern. In a jack-o’-lantern, the top is cut off to form a lid, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved out of the pumpkin’s rind to expose the hollow interior. To create the lantern effect, a light source is placed within before the lid is closed, traditionally a candle flame. It is common to see jack-o’-lanterns on doorsteps and otherwise used as decorations during Halloween.


The term jack-o’-lantern is in origin a term for the visual phenomenon ignis fatuus (lit., “foolish fire”) known as a will-o’-the-wisp in English folklore. Used especially in East Anglia, its earliest known use dates to the 1660s. The term “will-o’-the-wisp” uses “wisp” (a bundle of…

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