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Blood In My Eyes: An Interview With Eric Spudic

In Movies by Scott2 Comments

If you’re a regular reader of Cheese Magnet, there’s a pretty fair chance you’ve seen Eric Spudic’s work, whether you know it or not (unless you’re Scott Phillips, as you’ll see). A jack-of-all-trades in the B-Movie biz, Eric was kind enough to take the time to do the following interview. His lifelong enthusiasm for B-Movies is infectious. SCOTT PHILLIPS: I’ll …

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Made for TV Terror

In Movies, TV by MichaelWDenney7 Comments

I agonized a bit over what topic to discuss in this, my first Cheese Magnet post. Ultimately it came down to what appealed to me last night as I looked at my DVD collection. My goal is to have some fun with these posts so I expect whims and whatever strikes my fancy will lead me to my topics. Anyway, this time my whims …

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John Jos. Miller’s Creature Feature

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A Couple of Oddballs I’m going to save the post regarding the ten or twenty worst sf movies of the 1950’s (so far viewed) for later, because I recently saw two really oddball films — one sf of a sort and the other action/adventure — that I’d like to talk about. I’m going to start with the Mike Hammer movie, …

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JohnJosMiller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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About Half Way There So, I took most of the summer off. Not sure how that happened. I’ve decided to blame Jillie, the silver-striped tabby kitten we acquired early on in the season. One of Gail’s co-workers found her wandering on the street, about six weeks old and all of a pound and a half. We were a little concerned …

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A Cheese Magneteer Update.

In Funky Stuff by Scott0 Comments

Hey Folks, Scott P here. It’s been freaking forever since I posted anything on CM, and slightly less than forever since our most prolific writer JJM has posted, and I wanted to give our faithful readers a little bit of an update, because it’s killing me that the site has been dead for awhile. Long story short: everyone who writes …

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John Jos. Miller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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For Fans of Ghosts and Kids’ Lit Sorry for the long silence, but your humble Cheese Magnet correspondent has been holding down the fort alone here for over a week and it seems as if I spend most of my day feeding cats and then cleaning litter boxes.  I’m sure there’s some connection between these two events, but I can’t …

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John Jos. Miller CREATURE FEATURE

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A HEINLEIN TRIO So, making progress on my 1950s novel project.  I thought I’d save up a few Heinlein novels and throw out the reviews all at once.  Three decent books this time around.  None are great, all are at least entertaining. Door Into Summer, The (1957) Characters: The characters all (for the most part) act and talk and seem …

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John Jos. Miller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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A Tragic Vampire and A Killer Tree Today we take a look at two movies I discovered while perusing Warren’s invaluable KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES:  THE VAMPIRE (1957) and WOMANEATER (1958, but not released in the U.S. until 1959). First, THE VAMPIRE.  This is an unassuming little movie (sometimes called MARK OF THE VAMPIRE on tv; it’s not to be …

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John Jos. Miller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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Old School Satanists Dennis Wheatley (1897-1977) was one of the world’s best selling authors from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.  He wrote historicals, World War II adventure, espionage, and occult novels.  THE DEVIL RIDES OUT was actually his second novel (1935).  A direct sequel to his first book, THE FORBIDDEN TERRITORY (1933) a straight adventure which employed the main characters, …

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John Jos. Miller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE, OR IS THAT “FROM OUTER SPACE”? Both, as it turns out.  But beware of this movie, under either title. How can you go wrong with a movie named FIRE MAIDENS OF (or FROM) OUTER SPACE, you ask?  Let me count the ways.  There’s the story.  The screenplay.  The acting.  The so-called special effects.  The direction. …

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John Jos. Miller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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What Is The Best Blob Movie Of The 1950’s? THE BLOB was not the only blob movie of the 1950s.  By “blob movie” I mean a movie in which the antagonist in a big squelching tub of goo that flops around and ingests whatever it can roll down. Examples are X THE UNKNOWN; the Quatermass movie THE CREEPING UNKNOWN (arguably) …

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John Jos. Miller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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Wales: My Triumphant Return 1972 was a watershed year for me.  I’m not really sure I can explain how it was back then to you young’uns reading this on the intertubes.  I grew up in rural upstate New York.  We had television, with six channels.  Radio.  Oh, and something called “books.”  That was pretty much it for the contemporary information …

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John Jos. Miller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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97 Pounds I Really Didn’t Want To Spend After one night at the Royal Crescent, we moved to Marshal Wade’s House (George Wade, Bath MP who obtained the rank of Field Marshal in the army), which is right in the heart of downtown Bath.  I didn’t take any pictures because we had stayed here before (I should have), so have …

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John Jos. Miller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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How I Almost Spent My Spring Vacation As long-time readers of this blog know, your humble Cheese Magnet correspondent rarely complains (much), but, as a general query to whomever it is in the universe who is in charge of germs, WOULD IT BE TOO MUCH TO ASK TO KEEP THEM THE HELL AWAY FROM ME FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS? …

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John Jos. Miller’s CREATURE FEATURE

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Obligatory Apology Post   Sorry for the long silence.  Your humble Cheese Magnet correspondent has been working his fingers to the bone.  I’ve signed on with Green Ronin to do a number of blog posts on the Wild Card series (You know all about that, right?  The series, I mean.) and I had to get three months worth of posts …