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Review:  Castlevania Season One

Dracula hasn’t faired very well in modern film or televsion. The world’s most famous vampire is a genre icon with literally hundreds of adaptations throughout movie history. However, the not-so good Count hasn’t had a solid hit under his cape in years. Dracula Untold was only a modest box office success. TV adventures in the form of the tepid “Dracula” on NBC or Showtime’s critically lauded monster rally “Penny Dreadful” were both cancelled. That makes Dracula’s most succesful outing in relatively recent history Stephen Sommer’s divisive “Van Helsing.” So, it hasn’t been looking really good for the lord of the undead.
But you truly can’t keep a good vampire down. Comic book scribe Warren Ellis and “Dredd” director/producer Adi Shankar have teamed up to adapt the fan favorite horror video game series Castlevania for Netflix. While the results aren’t perfect, they hit the right notes that horror fans are hoping for.

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It Comes at Night

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

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Castle of Horror: King Kong Faces Bondian Villain “Doctor Who” In King Kong Escapes
  We wrap up our King Kong retrospective with King Kong Escapes (released in Japan as Counterattack of King Kong, a 1967 Japanese-American science-fiction kaiju film featuring King Kong, co-produced by Toho and Rankin/Bass. This is a wild, fun film full of 60s spy tropes, an obsession with a... Read more
Castle of Horror: Kong Hits Big Time, Develops Drinking Problem in King Kong vs. Godzilla
  Listen here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/castleofhorror/King_Kong_vs_Godzilla_rev.mp3 Listen on YouTube:   This week it’s Kong, Godzilla, and a brief debate over the merits/flaws of MST3K!     Check out the trailer:   Castle of Horror Podcast Links: Join us over on Facebook to chime in. The show is hosted here. Get our RSS Feed.... Read more
Castle of Horror: Peter Jackson’s King Kong is Lovingly Way Overlong
We continue our look at Kong with Peter Jackson’s 2005 3-hour-plus tribute to the 1933 King Kong, featuring Andy Serkis‘ moving performance as the emotions of the great ape. Listen here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/castleofhorror/King_Kong_2005_rev.mp3 Listen on YouTube:   Check out the trailer:   Castle of Horror Podcast Links: Join us over on... Read more
Castle of Horror: It, The Miniseries Was Goofily Terrifying
While the team is traveling, we’re re-running our look at the TV miniseries It starring Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown. This is a two-part conversation, so both parts are below. Enjoy!   Part 1 Listen here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/castleofhorror/TS-855615.mp3 Or listen on YouTube:         Part 2 Listen... Read more
Castle of Horror: King Kong 1976 Brought Us The Perviest Giant Ape Ever
  We take a fresh look at a version of King Kong just as time-stamped as its 1933 predecessor: the big-budget 1976 version, which featured Rick Baker and his team creating the gorilla-suited Kong. Does this sometimes-problematic, often-political movie deserve rehabilitation? Listen here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/castleofhorror/King_Kong_1976_rev.mp3 Listen on YouTube: Check out... Read more
Review: Life
The highly anticipated SciFi/horror film, LIFE will surely be a much talked about and debated movie this summer. After the initial teasers, Marvel tie-in theory and possible over acting by an all star cast, it was hard to tell if this was going to be a hit or a... Read more
Castle of Horror: Kong: Skull Island Brings Kong to Vietnam
This week we kick off a new retrospective that will review King Kong through the years, starting with the fresh reboot called Kong: Skull Island. The podcast talks about where Skull Island fits in with previous giant apes, and why this movie manages to find freshness by going back in time... Read more
Castle of Horror: Only Lovers Left Alive Is Beautiful, Pretentious
We wrap up our Sexy Vampire Retrospective (for now) with Jim Jarmusch‘s 2013 film Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and tells the story of two vampires living out what... Read more