John Black still remembers his first horror movie, sneaking in to a double-feature of Horror House with Frankie Avalon and a Boris Karloff film he can’t remember the name of but will always remember for giving him his first glimpse of cinematic nudity as one of the actresses moved from the bed to the door without putting on any underwear! (Fond family memory: That glimpse, when discovered by his parents, cased John’s mom to call the theater and yelling at the manager for letting her son see ‘such filth’.) Luckily, John was more impressed by the blood and horror than the bare haunches and quickly became a devotee of the genre. John has been a professional movie reviewer since 1987, when his first review – of a Robert De Niro film called Angel Heart – appeared in the entertainment section of The Cape Codder newspaper. He’s been writing about film ever since, primarily now as the entertainment editor at Boston Event Guide. Hardly a day goes by when he doesn’t watch at least one movie, which is how he thinks life was meant to be.
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“Don’t Look in the Basement 2” (2017): Long-in-coming Sequel That Isn’t Worth the Wait

Back in 1973, horror fans were entertained by a grisly low-budget film called Don’t Look in the Basement, the story of the inmates literally taking over the asylum and slaughtering the staff. The movie ended on a haunting note with the last survivor, a mentally challenge African American named Sam, calmly eating a Popsicle and […]

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“Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies” (2016): Nothing Says Zombies Better Than a Bavarian Barmaid Named Rita

Zombie film fans have a new hero, and her name is Rita, the Bavarian barmaid (played by Margarete Tiesel) who joins a pair of hot-shot young skiers to stop the infected from taking over a rundown mountain resort, the village at the bottom of the slopes and, eventually the world. Directed by Austrian filmmaker Dominik […]