Two Thousand Maniacs!

Movie Released: 1964 | DVD Release Date: February 22, 2000



Six people from the northern United States are lured to the small southern town of Pleasant Valley as guests of honor to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the destruction of the town at the hands of northern troops.






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Screaming Skull

Movie Released: 1958 in b/w | DVD Release Date: January 21,2003



Newlyweds Jenni (Peggy Webber) and Eric (John Hudson) move to Eric’s country home where Jenni learns of the tragic demise of her new husband’s first wife. Jenni starts hearing screaming and sees a skull around her home and property. She comes to the conclusion that her husband’s late wife is keeping an eye on the estate and wishes his new wife harm. Is Jenni going crazy or is there more going on than she could have ever imagined?



[easyazon_link identifier=”B000087F1Z” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Screaming Skull[/easyazon_link] released in 1958, was directed by Alex Nichol. The movie starred John Hudson, Peggy Webber, Russ Conway and Alex Nichol.

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Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Release Date: September 20, 2011


Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

This is a movie review of Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. Moist Von Lipwig (Richard Coyle) is a con man gleefully fleecing the people of Ankh- Morpork. From painting horses to make them look like stallions to causing a banking crash, Moist is looking out for #1 and never looking back at the consequences. When he’s finally caught and sentenced to death, the ruler of Ankh-Morpork, Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance) decides to give Moist another chance. Moist will reopen the defunct post office or die, there are no other choices. Faced with thousands of undelivered letters, a haunted post-office and employees who are quite willing if not very able, Moist must battle ruthless competitor, Reacher Gilt (David Suchet) and potential lady love Adora Loveheart (Claire Foy) to bring the post office back to its former glory.


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Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking

Release Date: January 4, 2011



[easyazon_link identifier=”B0047HXMMU” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking[/easyazon_link] are miniseries exploring the wonder of the universe. From the search for aliens to our own existence to time travel, Hawking leads viewers on a wondrous ride through the world beyond.







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The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

Movie Released: November 16, 2004



The Hebrew Hammer
The Hebrew Hammer

Santa’s son is on a mission to eradicate Hanukah so The Hebrew Hammer teams up with the Kwanzaa Liberation Front to stop his evil plan.










There’s something really fun about a movie that doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is – absolutely ridiculous. The stereotypes are plentiful and unapologetic and the jokes just awful but the result was a truly hilarious film. The take no prisoners style of comedy reminds me of the great Mel Brooks but  [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002WZTQQ” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]The Hebrew Hammer[/easyazon_link] has a unique flavor all its own.

Watching one of the opening scenes in which young Mordechai’s (Grant Rosenmeyer) dreidel is crushed by Santa Claus and then the jolly old elf gives the young Jew the finger, I wonder how the movie would go over released in the Facebook age. Everyone and their grandmother is on Facebook and every holiday you can set your clock by posts touting the War on Christmas. That the bad guy is named Damien Claus (not to mentioned played by Andy Dick) screams that one should leave their preconceptions at the door and just enjoy the wonderful and crazy stupidity for 90 minutes. Savvy watchers will maybe take something away from how crazy it is that Damien wants December for Christmas and to eradicate all other celebrations. It only makes sense for Mordechai to team up with the other religious organizations to hilarious result.

Mordechai’s love interest is played by the fabulous Judy Greer who, I think, is one of the best comedy actors today. She’s not always permitted to be pretty or the coquette in movies but she played it to advantage in [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002WZTQQ” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]The Hebrew Hammer[/easyazon_link]. She’s a classic Jewish American Princess with a heavy dose of bravado and bad ass that this actor does well. I’ve been a fan of Adam Goldberg since the “Dazed and Confused” days. Goldberg has a good comedic timing and seems to have fun in the role which is fitting with a subject so stretching the bonds of taste. Nora Dunn and Rachel Dratch also have roles in the film.

In short, [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002WZTQQ” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]The Hebrew Hammer[/easyazon_link] was a delightfully fun movie with a few cringe moments. Watched in the spirit in which its intended, [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002WZTQQ” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]The Hebrew Hammer[/easyazon_link]  is a classic addition to any holiday library.


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Title The Hebrew Hammer
Director Johnathan Kesselman
Actors Adam Goldberg, Andy Dick, Judy Greer,
Mario Van Peebles, Peter Coyote
Length 1 hour and 25 minutes
Rating R
DVD Release November 16, 2012

Spooky Halloween Reads and More for 2014




For this year’s Halloween we put together some spooky reads. All of these books have been reviewed on this page and the links are included. Check out our selection for you.

Spooky Reads for Halloween 2014

In addition two books were reviewed for this occasion:

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Best Halloween Binge Viewing – Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures

Ghost Hunters: The Complete First Season


RRR_Ghost_HuntersIn 2004 the [easyazon_link asin=”B001KEGTX2″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Ghost Hunters: The Complete First Season[/easyazon_link] show premiered that would change the way I, as a viewer, looked at paranormal research. The TAPS crew featured on Ghost Hunters and led by investigators Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson sought to disprove haunting. Jay and Grant were average guys.



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Stephen King’s: Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

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DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002


Stephen King's: Sometimes They Come BackIn the movie Stephen King’s: Sometimes They Come Back, Jim Norman’s brother died in 1957 after being stabbed by a gang of greasers. In 1974, Jim returns to his hometown to teach at the local school. After the death of one of Jim’s students, a new student arrives in town. The new student looks like one of the greasers that killed Jim’s brother but he couldn’t possibly be the same boy, as he looks the same age as the young gang member did in 1957. Weird coincidence or do they sometimes come back?



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Fades the Light by Ron Foster

Publication Date: December 9, 2012


Fades the Light by Ron FosterFades the Light by Ron Foster takes place ten years after a solar geomagnetic storm killed most of the humans, young people are leaving the lake shelter run by an aging David and his band of brothers that are worried about the future. With decisions to be made, what will these men who don’t feel comfortable returning to the spare society do?



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