Movies I Want Everyone to See: Dead of Night (1945)

dead_of_nightI think everybody loves the idea of sitting around a campfire, a dark living room or driving at night in the car and listening to a spooky story. We have been trying to entertain one another since the first primitive man came back from the hunt and shared his tale of the day with the rest of the tribe. I suspect that the first ghost story told was by the next guy, who in trying to one up the hunter made his story more supernatural in nature and more interesting as a result. Ghost stories and horror pull us in because they show something that we would not want to encounter in real life but don’t mind living through vicariously. Movies have attempted to frighten audiences from the beginning. One of the most vivid images that people have of silent films is Max Schrek in Nosferatu walking out of the shadows and revealing the horror of a vampire. Universal Studios was built by the monsters they showed in their films. Monsters are not the only kind of horror that early film makers tried to exploit. Psychological terror is a subject of many early films. It was natural that at some point the process of telling the stories would become part of the story itself. That’s where anthology films began to show up and up the ante with each succeeding tale. “Dead of Night” is maybe the first well know horror anthology and it is a “Movie I Want Everyone to See”.

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A Haunted House

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“A Haunted House” is scary alright.

It’s scary as hell that anyone ever thought that this offensive piece of garbage would be funny.

Vulgar, racist, contemptible, nauseating, dim-witted, and ultimately pitiable, “A Haunted House” makes a strong early bid at Worst Movie of 2013.

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New Episode of the (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!!

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Here we go everybody! It’s a brand new episode of the (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!

This week up it’s another review spectacular, with a whopping six current movies to discuss for your listening pleasure. Zero Dark Thirty, Gangster Squad, A Haunted House, Broken City, The Last Stand, and Mama!

Then we introduce a new feature to the show, one that we plan on running occasionally as we go froward… the (title pending) Valhalla!

It’s a really good episode, you don’t want to miss it! You can download it directly, here, or as always, search for us on iTunes and Stitcher radio using the keywords (title pending) or Tank and Fogs!

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Daniel Fogarty

The 2013 Winter Movie Season Preview

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Ok, boys and girls. The Holiday Season is over… and the Spring Season, full of mini Blockbusters, is still months away.

Between now and then lies Hollywood’s dumping ground. The Hollywood fields lie fallow in the winter, bearing little quality product. It’s the two months of the year we need to “Get through”. While January typically offers some limited releases from the prior year going wide, there’s typically little else to get excited over.

Will this year be different? Are there any movies to get excited about these next two months? Let’s take a look at the release slate and see what we’ve got!

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