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The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas

“You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?”

“I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?”

Scrooge trembled more and more.

“Or would you know,” pursued the Ghost, “the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago. You have laboured on it since. It is a ponderous chain!”

Wait, this is a site about ghosts and the like, why am I writing about Christmas?

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Poltergeist Director, Tobe Hooper, Dies at 74

Poltergeist Director, Tobe Hooper, Dies at 74

Sad to see that Tobe Hooper, director of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Poltergeist” has died. “Poltergeist”, in my opinion, is one of the most perfect ghost stories ever told on film. While it certainly has its share of jump scares and gross-outs (the scene with the guy scraping his face off in the mirror?), it really is, at its heart, a ghost story. And kind of a sad one at that.

Even though there are still many who claim it was Steven Spielberg (the film’s credited producer), and not Hooper, who actually directed most of the movie, Poltergeist is still his legacy. I’ve also never seen his mini-series he directed of the Stephen King story “Salem’s Lot”. Now I feel like I need to seek it out.

Read the full Variety article here.

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First Look at Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester

First Look at Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester

Last October, I posted about an upcoming movie about the Winchester Mystery House starring Helen Mirren. At the time there were scarce few details, but now, we’ve gotten a 2018 release date and the first photo of Mirren as Sarah Winchester.

Here’s hoping for a classic haunted house story. The brothers directing it just finished “Saw: Legacy”, which in my mind is not a good omen.

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The Ghost Story from The Fog

“One more story before twelve…”

The great John Houseman introduces the John Carpenter chiller, “The Fog”.

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Winchester Mystery House Gets A Movie

Winchester Mystery House Gets A Movie

I’ve always been fascinated by the story of the Winchester Mystery House. Built by the widow of the maker of the Winchester rifle, she kept workers continually building on it for decades, in an attempt to elude the ghosts of those killed by her husband’s creations.

I’ve not heard about a movie in the works until now, but with Helen Mirren involved, I’m optimistic.