The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenny Coleman) must help scientists plagued by crab-like creatures at a North Pole Scientific Station with the help of Santa (Nick Frost) and his elves.
Readers of this blog will know that I am a big fan of Doctor Who as well as the comedic characters normally played by Nick Frost. In [easyazon_link identifier=”B00QHND1BO” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Doctor Who: Last Christmas[/easyazon_link] the actor takes a darker interpretation of an iconic character.
Movie Released: December 18, 1966 | DVD Released: October 20, 2015
The 1966 version of [easyazon_link identifier=”B002JUFPUE” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)[/easyazon_link], voice-acted by Boris Karloff, is a holiday necessity in our household. We own the DVD but always make a point of watching when it airs on television. The green character with a heart three sizes too small and his dog Max, represent the true start to the Dewhirst holiday season.
Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography by Victoria Price
The late Vincent Price was the master of horror and comedy. His movies had an eerie and unsettling quality that made him a horror film icon. Read a review of his biography written by his daughter, Victoria Price.
The Black Witch by Micheal Rivers
In the tradition of his enticing book Verliege, Rivers, once again, takes the reader on a supernatural adventure. This time, he chose the sea as a location for tragedy and suspense on board of The Black Witch—read what happens in this review.
Oh Shit, I’m Dead! by G.R. Williams
This debut novel by Williams is a short story into the afterlife. The character, Ray, takes readers along on an emotionally-charged journey to the final destination. Read The Oh Shit, I’m Dead! review.
Spooks Reads Recommendations
For this year’s Halloween, we put together some spooky reads that have been reviewed throughout the year on this website. Check out our Spooky Reads for Halloween 2015 list.
The Mariner’s Shadow by Clive S. Johnson
Once again, Rabid Reader’s Reviews is able to present one of Clive S. Johnson’s popular poems The Mariner’s Shadow. Don’t miss out on his other two poems From a Moorland Walk and Remiss that were published on this blog in 2014. Clive S. Johnson is a science fiction author and poet. Check out a review of the book Cold Angel Days, the fourth book in The Dica Series.
Last year’s movie reviews proved to be a success. This year again, we reviewed some movie classics for you:
House of Wax (2005 | 1958)
A remake of the original House of Wax starring the legendary actor Vincent Price that does not live up to its 1953’s predecessor. The message conveyed in the modern version is that if you’re going to take a detour, take a lot of friends to keep the killers busy while you look for a way out. Read more about House of Wax.
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
This movie was one of the first that introduced the audience to a formulaic plot line and gory details. It is a parody of southern hospitality, which at times, has a very comical effect. The film was mostly played in drive-in movies and became on instant success. Read more about Two Thousand Maniacs!
The Screaming Skull (1958)
The Screaming Skull is a cult classic and a fun look at the classic, psychological horror genre. You won’t die of fright watching it, but it contains enough highly dramatic and scary moments to keep you watching. The movie was based on the classic horror story by the author F. Marion Crawford and originally published in 1911. Read more about The Screaming Skull.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
This horror, comedy movie is a British-French-American production dealing with an apocalyptic zombie uprising and has become a cult classic. Because of its satirical approach, it is now considered one of the top horror movies of the decade and the best zombie movie ever made. According to Screenrant, Shaun of the Dead is one of Tarantino’s top 20 movies.
Ghost Ship (2002)
Originally, the screenplay was written as a relatively bloodless psychological horror movie. The script underwent several revisions and turned Ghost Ship into a gory film with an emphasis on the supernatural element.
The Uninvited (1944)
This atmospheric and moody film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematorgraphy in 1945. The movie is based on the novel “Uneasy Freehold” by Dorothy Macardle that was published in 1942. The Uninvited is listed as one of the 11 scariest horror movies of all time by Martin Scorsese.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
What type of movie do you get when scientists experiment with tomatoes? A musical, black comedy horror B-movie that is so bad, it became part of the pop culture. Although Attack of the Killer Tomatoes will probably go into the annals of the worst vegetable movie ever made, fans are pushing for a remake.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
This movie is a science fiction, a horror comedy that has reached a cult classic status. Aliens, who resemble evil circus clowns, invade a small town. Although the storyline is considered quite simple, the movie, in general, is reminiscent of past B-movies. Killer Klowns From Outer Space received praise for its special effects and visual design.
Movie Released: 1944 in b/w | DVD Release Date: October 22, 2013
Composer Rick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister, Pamela (Ruth Hussey) fall in love with Windward Mansion while on a seaside vacation. They soon discover that they are not the only occupants of the stately mansion as they hear a woman sobbing in the night and feel inexplicable chills in empty rooms. Will they discover the identity of the uninvited guest before it’s too late?
Release Date: September 24, 2004 | DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
Shaun is a slacker who lives a routine life. With his relationship on the rocks and a contentious relationship with his stepfather, Shaun takes some time to notice that his neighbors are turning into zombies. While gathering his friends and getting to the bar on his mind, will Shaun and his friends survive brains intact?
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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