Category Archives: Reviews

Kolchak: Two episodes

The Devil’s Platform “Palmer is evil incarnate! He’s going to go all the way to the White House, to the Oval Office!” Not one of my favorites, but I suppose it was inevitable in the immediate post-Watergate era. In brief, … Continue reading

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Kolchak: Firefall

I’ve always been fond of this episode, in spite of its flaws. It shows a certain originality in merging the phenomena of spontaneous human combustion with the ages-old myths and legends of the double spirit, fetch, or doppelganger; the only … Continue reading

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DVD Review: The Legend of Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden took an axe Gave her father 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, Gave her mother 41. Now that that’s out of the way, I must point out that most of the details in this famous … Continue reading

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DVD Review: Dragonwyck

When I was 15, I was hit by a car while crossing the street on my way home from school. I spent several weeks in a cast and weeks more recovering afterwards, and which gave me a lot of time … Continue reading

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Dark Shadows: Curse of the Pharaoh

Last week, I went shopping on Amazon to see how many other Dark Shadows audio dramas were available, following Return to Collinwood. Quite a lot of them, as it turns out. They come in two types: 1. Audio plays performed … Continue reading

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CD Review: Imprisoned with the Pharaohs

Imprisoned with the Pharaohs (a.k.a. Under the Pyramids) was H.P. Lovecraft’s first collaboration with Harry Houdini; the serialized story was ghost-written for Weird Tales magazine in 1924 as a first-person account of an experience the great escape artist is supposed … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Werewolf

Werewolf on a cruise ship (I know, I know, it’s serious) There’s a lot I really like in this episode, and one thing that really lets it down. But we’ll save that for later. After the usual introductory framing narration, … Continue reading

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CD Review: Dagon: War of the Worlds

This episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre concludes with announcer Eskine Blackwell’s words: “If we’ve taken more liberties with our story than usual, we hope that you and Mr. Lovecraft will forgive us. We thought it would be fun.” Yes, … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Vampire

“This vampire didn’t come from Transylvania. It came from Las Vegas!” Although no one says so distinctly–probably for copyright reasons–this episode is a sequel to the original Night Stalker movie. Catherine Rawlins, the eponymous vampire, is another victim of Janos … Continue reading

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Kolchak: They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be…

This isn’t one of my favorite episodes; I usually skip over it on the DVD. But I’ll bet that Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, likes it more than I do. He’s always attributed the inspiration for his own show … Continue reading

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