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What could be better for Halloween than the new Blu-Ray release of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection , with deluxe editions of eight classics:  “Dracula” (1931, 75 min.), “Frankenstein” (1931, 71 min.), “The Mummy” (1932, 74 min.), “The Invisible […]

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Woody Allen’s charming depiction of trick or treating in Manhattan: Sending good thoughts and hopes for only happy scares to all of New York, New Jersey, and everyone recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

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“And I would have gotten away with it if not for you meddling kids!” Scooby-Doo and his pals are the ultimate in funny-scary.  Created for television by Hanna-Barbera in 1969, the stories of investigations of haunted amusement parks and mysterious […]

The Force is going to be a whole new generation.  Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion and has announced that it will produce a new Star Wars trilogy, with the first one coming out in 2015.  As all true fans […]

One of my favorite Halloween movies for older kids is the original Poltergeist.  The scares are great but what makes it work are the human characters.

People often ask me if I’ve ever walked out of a movie.  Fortunately, I seem to have an endless tolerance and sometimes even affection for bad movies.  But just once, I did insist on leaving the theater, and a delightful […]

This week, a new film from Disney pays tribute to the early years of video games, when designers were limited to 8 bits and you had to go to the arcade and pay in quarters.  “Wreck-It Ralph” is a fictional […]

As we think about scary movies for Halloween, I wonder what the vampires in “Twilight” or “True Blood” would think of one of the earliest screen depictions of a vampire, “Nosferatu.”  If the story seems familiar, it is because they […]