Author Archive: Steve Sullivan

Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI

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Re-Animator: Limited Edition

Re-Animator: Limited Edition

| August 10, 2017

1985 was a banner year for the horror genre, especially for first time directors. Dan O’Bannon (co-writer of 1979’s Alien) made a big splash with the zombie/black comedy Return of the Living Dead. Tom Holland (writer of 1982’s Psycho II) took a stab at directing with the vampire/black comedy hit Fright Night. And, to keep […]

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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

| June 18, 2017

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage is a murder-mystery. But let me assure, dear readers, this film is very different from anything you’ve seen from Agatha Christie, Charlie Chan, or Jessica Fletcher from the hit 1980’s TV series Murder, She Wrote. Crystal Plumage was an original, violent, expertly shot whodunit, from first time director Dario […]

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Brain Damage

Brain Damage

| June 4, 2017

Most of us have fond memories of the name Elmer. Whether it be the glue that you can use to make fake skin, or the cartoon hunter (Fudd) who’s always on the lookout for the waskily wabbitt, Bugs Bunny. But there’s a third, underappreciated Elmer out there. This Elmer is not as fun or funny […]

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Evil Ed

Evil Ed

| May 30, 2017

Disgusting, bloody, over-the-top, cheesy one liners, entertaining, hilarious, homage. Is it possible for all of the above words and phrases accurately describing one movie? Absolutely! The Swedish team of Anders Jacobsson, Goran Lundstrom, Kaj Steveman, Anders Jacobsson, and Doc brought their love of ‘70’s and ‘80’s horror to life in 1995 in the form of […]

Donnie Darko: Limited Edition

Donnie Darko: Limited Edition

| April 18, 2017

Hollywood has a tendency to end their movies on a high, happy note. No matter how sad or bleak the movie had been, apparently a walk into the sunset cures all ills. But what about real life? Does every situation in reality end positively? The answer, of course, is no. Getting to see dark, depressing […]

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RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop

RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop

| April 14, 2017

Spring is in full bloom. Flowers are growing, birds are singing, and Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, & Kevin Murphy are making fun of a legendary bad movie on a Nashville stage! That’s right: the RiffTrax gang is at it again, live from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. And they have quite the doosy of […]

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House: Two Stories

House: Two Stories

| April 13, 2017

Horror was an immensely popular genre in the 1980’s. There were a number of genre offshoots, with slasher films being the most watched. Technically, the first slasher film was the 1960 masterpiece Psycho. The early ‘60’s movie audiences were shocked and not quite ready for more of the same kind of movie. Skip ahead to […]

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Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

| March 28, 2017

The job market waxes and wanes at the drop of a hat. Very few occupations can make it through a stock market crash and the rise of a new technological marvel. What business seems to be less affected by dramatic change? Historically, it’s been the movie business. When the stock market crash of 1929 occurred, […]

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Don’t Kill It

Don’t Kill It

| March 3, 2017

Since the inception of the motion picture, the horror genre has been a major player in the industry. George Melies introduced his horror short House of the Devil in 1896. Over the last 111 years, every possible idea for horror seems to have been exhausted. The trick is how to breathe life into stories and […]

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The Driller Killer

The Driller Killer

| December 14, 2016

Life in New York City during the 1970’s was abysmal. Robberies and murders were not daily occurrences, they were hourly occurrences. The homeless population was staggeringly high; drugs and prostitution ran wild. The city streets were dank and dirty. Unless you were a fan of squalor, New York City was not, to paraphrase Frank Sinatra, […]

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