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Welcome to Monday. The start of another week where we hope for a more positive outcome of our world. We can hope, right? As hard as it is, if we can make one person smile this week, or make one person’s day better, than I think that’s a good start. I’m going to try and do that with a little pictorial puzzle. Before we get to this week’s photo, I was surprised at the number of correct guesses for last week’s photo. Here I was thinking that because you couldn’t see Jonathan Frid’s face, it might be a little tougher. You guys proved me wrong! It was of course from Dan Curtis’ House of Dark Shadows (1970), the big screen version of the TV series. Kudos out to the following: Hoby Abernathy, Dave Fronto, Kevin Hart, Bob Hartman, Troy Howarth, Doug Lamoreux, Gary McGuire, Jeff Owens, Bryan Senn, Michael Shields, Vincent Simonelli, Mark Turner, Dave Voigt, Todd Warren, and William Wilson. Well done, indeed!

Now this photo is not going to be as easy, that I promise you, so we’ll how clever all of you are! Take a peek below and send in your guess in an email to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

Movie Review: After.Life

(2010)
Directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Starring Liam Neeson, Justin Long, Christina Ricci, Chandler Canterbury, Josh Charles, Celia Weston

This is a strange film. Billed as a psychological thriller but is really a creepy horror movie dealing with a very twisted serial killer. Or is it? That’s the beauty of this film. All throughout the movie, you’re pretty sure what is really going on, but you’re never really positive since they never tell you one way or another. That in itself, might just piss off a few film fans that like to know the outcome of a movie and not have to think.

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Any Black Christmas Fans?

Black Christmas is one of those early horror films that made a huge impact, though it seems to get lost in the shadow of another big title that came out 4 years after Bob Clark’s ground-breaking film. But now you can learn even more about this film and why it is important in our horror film history. Author Paul Downey & David Hastings give us It’s Me Billy: Black Christmas Revisited, a 320-page volume going into the history and discussion of the film’s themes and characters, with interviews with the cast and crew. The book not only covers the original, but the remakes as well.

Published by BearManor Media this Feb., you can get it either in either a hardcover edition ($43 only from BearManor’s site), or in Softcover ($33). I know I’ll be adding this to my library as well, and know that once I dig into it, I’ll be revisiting the classic film once again!

Discover the Horror Episode 8 Is Up!

As horror fans, we’re guessing that everyone out there has been asked one time or another, “why do you like horror?” It’s a question that can get many different answers, but no matter what the answer might be, it never seems to get across to the person asking it, or at least enough for them to truly understand our strange passion of this particular film genre. Join us as we discuss this topic, and while maybe not answer that age old question for everyone, we’ll at least give our insight into why we are still love horror after all these years.

Joining us in this episode is our first guest to the Discover the Horror Podcast, Dr. AC (aka Aaron Christensen! He runs the Horror 101 with Dr. AC website, as well as being editor for books like Horror 101: The A-List of Horror and Monster Movies and Hidden Horror, which won the Rondo Award for Best Book in 20013. So, help us welcome AC into our little philosophical discussion as we delved into the dark recesses of our minds, attempting to answer the not-so-simple question, Why Do We Like Horror?

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If you ever wandered the video store aisles back in the ’80s, then you most likely came across the box for our photo from last week. A big box case with one of those monkeys with the symbols on it, almost like it was watching you as you walked by! The film is The Attic (1980) starring Carrie Snodgress and Ray Milland. A little slow but definitely worth seeing, if only for Snodgress’ performance and to see how much of a jerk Milland can be! Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Kevin Hart, Gary Miller, & William Wilson. Well done.

Okay, this week’s photo might be pretty easy, or a little tougher than you think. Let’s see how good you are. Take a peek and see what you can come up with. Remember, just send your answer to me through email (so I don’t forget) to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

Peter Bogdanovich – Rest in Peace

While Mr. Bogdanovich wasn’t prolific in the horror genre, on one of his first films he worked with on the horror greats on one of their last films. The film was Targets (1968), and the star was Boris Karloff. Bogdanovich not only directed the film but starred alongside him as well. The story is about an old aging horror icon tired of the old ways, that beautifully (and terrifyingly) blends the old fictional horror with new and real horror of the day when a young man goes on a killing spree for no apparent reason.

Bogdanovich gave Karloff a chance to show once again that he was a much more talented actor than most would ever give him credit for. But Bogdanovich was a true lover of cinema in every sense of the word, and when you hear him talk about movies, you understand a little more the power of cinema.

Our thoughts go out to him and his family in this difficult time. Gone, but not forgotten.

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Welcome to the new year! Hopefully everyone stayed safe over the holiday and is ready to start the new year right! And what better way to do that than get that brain working on a little pictorial puzzle? But first, our last photo from 2021 was from Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972). Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron AuBuchon, Kevin Hart, Bob Hartman, Alan Tromp, William Wilson, and Greg Wojick. Well done!

For our first photo of the year, we decided to pick something a little obscure, but not too much, especially if you were one that was constantly browsing the video aisles back in the ’80s. You definitely would have remembered the box for this one. Just a little hint to start off the year right! As always, just send your answer to me at jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

2021 Year End Review: Best Viewings

Compared to my movie-watching totals from last year, I really was slacking off! In 2020, I clocked in 422 titles! Not sure how I did that, but that really set the bar high for me from then on. But in 2021, I only got through 278 titles, but at least 160 of those were new viewings. My goal for this year is to hit at least 300, but we’ll see how that goes!

Below are the 10 films that I thought stood out amongst the rest and are definitely worth seeking out. These are listed in alphabetical order, and as always, these are all new viewings to me, so it doesn’t matter what year they actually came out. Enjoy!

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2021 Year End Review: Part 2 – Those We Have Lost, But Not Forgotten

As a movie fan, the older we get, the more names and faces we lose that have helped entertain us throughout our lives. Whether they are directors, actors, makeup artists, cinematographers, or set designers, they all helped create something magical to entertain us, whether it was scaring us, making us nervous or filled with anxiety, laugh, cry, or even enlightening us, making us want to be better people. For those brief moments of their work, we are forever grateful. Thankfully, most of those memories are permanently recorded and can be experienced time and time again, whenever we want, as well as them being there to do the same thing for newer audiences every single year. While we are bound lose such great talent through the passage of time, as movie fans, we can rest assured that we will help keep their memory, and their work, alive for decades to come.

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2021 Year End Review – Part 1

This has been a strange year. We still seemed to be struggling to get this pandemic under control, which really is easier than it seems if people would just do the right thing and think about everyone else besides themselves or thinking that their “rights” are somehow think are being violated. Lighten up, Francis!

I am forever hopeful that intelligence and compassion will win over idiocracy and herd mentality. I hope, because I want to the world to get back to normal, where friends can gather and create new happy memories, enjoying each other’s company. So, here’s to 2022 and that we make that step towards that little goal. But I got to say, it’s getting harder and harder to remain optimistic anymore. So please, let us all help a little bit to show that we are a better species than that. Just take a moment and do something positive. Tell someone something positive, whether it be a friend or total stranger. Give some help to someone that might need it more than they are letting on. It can be something so simple that could change that person’s day.

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