Twin Peaks Returns: The Fireman
We’re in the homestretch now, and episodes 13 and 14 are chock full of weirdness, tension, some answers and even more questions. We see an old favorite step up in a way you don’t expect, and another act in a way that’s at once horrific and heartbreaking. And there’s... Read more
Twin Peaks Returns: “He’s Dead”
If you saw episodes eleven and twelve and thought they were less than what has come before, you’d be forgiven for thinking so. You’d also be wrong. 11 and 12 answer some long standing questions, as well as raising some new ones.  They may seem superficial on the surface... Read more
Twin Peaks Returns: Gored BY The Horne
When we last met ‘round the campfire in the woods surrounding Twin Peaks, we’d been left shell shocked by the absolute artistry, brilliance, and madness that made up episode eight. After a week off for the July Fourth Holiday, TP returned with episode 9, and cozily ensconced in the... Read more
Twin Peaks Returns: A Woods Full of Woodsman
If episode 7 was as close to what the original series was like, episode 8 is about as opposite as one can get. It makes Eraserhead seem coherent in comparison. This is not a bad thing in my estimation, but it has left a lot of TP fans (fair-weather... Read more
Twin Peaks Returns: Diane…
As we start the middle section of TP, those who were upset it was more Lynch abstractedness than it was the series they overly romanticized were certainly happy with episode 7. Even those of us who like the abstract were thoroughly in tune with it as well. Why wouldn’t we... Read more
Twin Peaks Returns: Hit And Run
Say what you will about Lynch and Frost, but don’t say they play it safe (most of the time), as episode 6 is one of their ballsiest yet. Not only do we see old friends, we meet some new ones, some of whom are pretty bad hombres. Saying this... Read more
Twin Peaks Returns: The Cosmic Flashlight
As we get further into the series, and I scan the TP pages on Facebook, I keep seeing comments that the violence is too brutal or the language too coarse. They expected the relatively benign aspects of the original series, and are taken aback that it’s …well, a David... Read more
Twin Peaks Returns: Flying The Coops
Please note there will be spoilers. It’s really impossible to talk about TP without mentioning anything that’s happening. I try to avoid mentioning major elements, but even still, you can’t please everyone.  If the first two episodes had shades of everything Lynch had done to date, then episode three, the first... Read more
Pouring a Second Cup: Twin Peaks Returns
When I was 25, Twin Peaks made it’s debut. My Father had died suddenly less than a year before, my relationship had crashed upon the rocks of alcoholism, and my job performance and future employment was iffy at best. I needed an escape – anything to get away from... Read more
Happy, Happy Halloween: Halloween Resurrection
No sequels are ever really necessary, and those that are equal to the original are usually as rare as hen’s teeth. Nowhere is this truer, and as applicable as it is with Halloween: Resurrection. I suppose it’s appropriate that director Rick Rosenthal, who helmed H2, also helms the last... Read more
One More Day ’til Halloween: Halloween: H20
Halloween: H20 is perhaps the strongest of the MM infused Halloween sequels. It also does something very smart, and pretends that 4-6 never happened, which is an amazing coincidence as most moviegoers did the same thing.  In the original script for H20, they do include them, including the death... Read more
3 More Days ’til Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers
Now, I don’t want to start any rumors, but this could be the film that killed Donald Pleasence. Sadly, our favorite Loomis passed on a few months before the movie was released-almost as if he knew something. That’s the sad news in regards to H6, the good news is... Read more
4 More Days ’til Halloween: Halloween 5: Revenge of Michael Meyers
How bad is Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers? It made me seriously reconsider finishing this series. Even as bad as a couple of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies were, none made me want to quit. H5 made me want to dig up the rotting corpse of... Read more
5 More Days ‘til Halloween: Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Meyers
With the poor box office performance of H3, the producers decided to go back to the well, and brought back Michael Meyers and Dr. Loomis. Carpenter and Hill signed away their interest in the Halloween series, and it fell to Mousatapha Akkad to destroy the franchise.  Prior to that,... Read more
6 More Days ‘Til Halloween: Halloween 3: The Season Of The Witch
When is a sequel not a sequel? When it’s Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. As everyone knows by now, H3 is the only entry in the series that doesn’t feature Michael Meyers, or any events related to his hijinks (although we do get to see a glimpse of... Read more
7 More Days ‘Til Halloween: Halloween 2
Halloween 2 is an exception to the rule of all sequels sucking. In fact, I think in many ways H2 is a better and-dare I say it-scarier film than the original. While director Rick Rosenthal has his own style, he doesn’t stray very far from what Carpenter did in... Read more
8 More days ’til Halloween: Halloween (1978)
This isn’t a review I expected to write. Well, I knew I would be writing it, but I hadn’t expected my opinion to change so radically.  Last year I reviewed all the Elm Street movies, and in thinking what to do for this Halloween, it seemed rather obvious that... Read more
Movie Review: Rapt Up And Ready To Roll
In April of 2015, my Weekday Matinee co host Jerry Janda sent me a script to read. This was right after he had been on the Imaginarium and I had gushed like a schoolgirl over how much I had liked Painkiller. I remember it took me awhile to get... Read more
Stranger Things: The Kids Are Alright (Mostly)
While I usually review older movies, there’s the occasional, TV show, book, etc, that demands my attention, and propels me to spill some ink.  Stranger Things is one of them. Netflix newest series took my Facebook feed by storm, and what I’d read was so compelling I had no... Read more
Learing at America, The Norman Lear Years: All In The Family
This will be the first in a series of retrospectives about the sitcoms of Norman Lear and how they changed the landscape of Television.       I never said a guy who wears glasses is a queer. A guy who wears glasses is a four-eyes. A guy who is... Read more
Update: Twink Review, Wade Radford Interview
For the first time, Wade Radford’s aacclaimed film, Twink (for which he was nominated for a best acting award), will be available in the UK. Not only that, but it will be a special edition, with a limited run of only 500 copies. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. They... Read more
The Godfather vs. Goodfellas

Four writers discuss the old question “The Godfather vs. Goodfellas”. Which one of those classic gangster movies held up better?

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RIP T.M. Wright: Remembering Terry
He may not have had the fame of Stephen King, but his contribution to the horror genre is every bit as important and lasting.  I don’t think anyone has contributed as much to the ghost story or surreal horror as T.M. Wright.   I first encountered Terry’s work when... Read more
7 Days Of Freddy, Day 7: New Nightmare
I’ve never considered New Nightmare a true sequel, more like a lateral move from the first one. Craven is back as writer and director, simply chomping at the bit for a final crack at Freddy. While he had some nice things to say about some of the sequels, it’s... Read more
7 Days Of Freddy, Day 6: Freddy’s Dead
This is the way the world end: not with a bang but a whimper. T.S. Eliot   Good old Mr. Eliot must have seen Freddy’s Dead when he penned that classic line, for nothing seems to fit the final sequel (and I don’t consider A New Nightmare an actual... Read more
7 Days Of Freddy, Day 5: Dream Child
Dream Child is really a bit of an odd bird in the Nightmare series. It has ambitions, and attempts to address societal issues such as abortion, drunk driving, eating disorders, yet never quite succeeds. There’s a fair bit of ridiculousness in it, and while it continues with the “humor”... Read more
7 Days Of Freddy, Day 4: Dream Master
Renny Harlin did for the Nightmare series with Dream Master, what his Cutthroat Island did for pirate movies.  The fourth movie in the series is the worst of the bunch by a mile, and Renny Harlin needs to not make another movie. Ever.  To say I dislike Dream Master... Read more
7 Days of Freddy, Day 3: Dream Warriors
According to Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund, Dream Warriors is the fan favorite of all the sequels and it’s easy to see why.  With a budget as big as the first two put together (admittedly though that’s still not much), and Wes Craven back as executive producer as well... Read more
7 Days of Freddy, Day 2: Freddy’s Revenge
There’s perhaps no installment in the nightmare franchise that has been talked about and analyzed more, than Freddy’s Revenge.  It’s been called the gayest horror movie ever made, and while I won’t dispute that, I think it’s also my favorite and possibly the best of the series (that will... Read more
7 Days of Freddy, Day 1: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Those who listened to the Weekday Matinee podcast this month know that A Nightmare on Elm Street was one of my top 5 scariest movies. While it deserves its place there, with a recent viewing for this series I have to say, it wasn’t quite as good as I... Read more
DePalma’s Way, The Selected Films of Brian DePalma: Carrie
There’s been enough ink spilled about Carrie to fill the buckets laden with the pig’s blood at the prom, that another article seems superfluous (a word I love to use whenever I can). Still, you can’t talk about Brian DePalma’s movies without mentioning Carrie. Based on Stephen King’s debut... Read more
Happy 68th Birthday, Stephen King: A Supernaughts Tribute

A belated tribute to Stephen King, who turned 68 this Monday. Four Supernaughts columnists write about the impact the “King of Horror” had on them.

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DePalma’s Way, The Selected Films Of Brian DePalma: Obsession
I know, I know, I was supposed to talk about Carrie this week. I mean, I did mention that at the end of the last article after all. However, while watching Obsession (one of the few films of DePalma’s I hadn’t seen), I realized that I had to write... Read more
DePalma’s Way, The Selected Films Of Brian DePalma: The Phantom Of The Paradise
Welcome to my latest look at Hollywood’s best directors (best in my opinion). After a summer break, it’s time to get back at it, and this time I’m featuring the works of Brian DePalma. Unlike my other retrospectives, I’m not going to go through all of his works, but simply the... Read more
Eli Hayes is Makin’ Waves
This should have been posted a week or two ago. Those who are familiar with my internet issues know the problems I’ve dealt with. Still, it’s better late than never. This is more a companion piece to episode 37 of Imaginarium (releasing on 7/37/15), but felt Eli Hayes, the... Read more
Fluid Boy: The Perils Of A Liquid Diet
The lesson we can take away from Wade Radford’s second foray into horror is, if you go to an audition and there’s plastic tarp on the floor, run-don’t walk, run! Had poor Julie Farrow heeded that advice, she never would have run into the problems she did.   Fluid... Read more
Necrophiliac: The Lustful Dead, A Review: From Prison To The Grave
One of the many great things about being able to call Wade Radford a friend is the privilege of getting to see his work ahead of time and whetting people’s appetites for its release. Though he’s been a guest on The Supernaughts, The Imaginarium, as well as a co-host... Read more
Pernicious Review: Not Your Average Golden Girl
While many Western religions have practices of a dubious nature, none compare to those of Thailand, where a fetus is dry roasted and covered in gold. That is at the core of James Cullen Bressack’s new horror title, Pernicious.  While the child in question is quite a bit older... Read more
Evangeline: Revenge Done Right
Of all the sub genres in horror, the revenge theme has to be at the top as the most overused plotline of the past decade or so. It’s not that it’s inherently bad, but how can you make it stand out and stand up to classics like I Spit on... Read more
Hooked Up Is Off The Hook!
  Hooked Up is being billed as the first full length movie shot on an iPhone, and if that was all it had going for it, I’m not sure I would’ve bothered watching. However, I’m glad to say it’s far more than that. Once it gets going, Hooked Up is... Read more
Supernaught Favorite Nominated For Award
  Congratulations to actor/writer/producer/director Wade Radford for his best actor nomination for Twink! Wade has been a guest on The Supernaughts, Imaginarium, and co-host of the Bitches of OZ. Help support Wade by voting for him here: http://www.tlavideo.com/gaybies/a-2 . Click on his name and hit the vote button at the... Read more
Boys Behind Bars 3: Depravity Unleashed
It’s no secret that I count Wade Radford, the star, co-director, producer and writer of Boys 3 as a good friend, yet even he will tell you that I don’t let our friendship get in the way of an honest opinion. If anything, it’s that honesty that draws us... Read more
Update: Twink Review, Wade Radford Interview
  For the first time, Wade Radford’s aacclaimed film, Twink (for which he was nominated for a best acting award), will be available in the UK. Not only that, but it will be a special edition, with a limited run of only 500 copies. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.... Read more
Retro Review: The Fourth Man
There are some films that resonate so deeply, that touch such a core part of who the viewer is, they become ingrained and embedded like celluloid DNA. Paul Verhoeven’s The Fourth Man is one such movie for me. With its heady blend of religious mania, unrepentant sexuality, thoughts about... Read more
Do You Remember Your First?
Do you remember your first? Movie, I mean! I do. It was the musical Oliver. I don’t remember much of the movie from then, but I do remember it was at the movie theater outside the South Shore Mall, in Bayshore, NY, I was with my Mom, and it... Read more
Retro Review: Fade To Black
Eric Binford like most of us here, loves the movies. What we don’t do, to my knowledge anyway, is dress as our favorite characters and murder those who have done us wrong. That’s the premise of the 1980 horror film, Fade to Black, starring Dennis Christopher. Fresh from his... Read more
Rare Exports Review: Ho Ho Horror
All the best Christmas tales have a dark layer hidden beneath the layers of snow laden treacle. A Christmas Carol has the three ghosts terrorizing a cranky old man; It’s A Wonderful Life has themes of suicide, losing everything, and depression. You can now add to the list, the... Read more
A Tale of Two Maniacs: Spinell Vs Wood
Originally published on November 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm When Maniac was released back in 1980, I missed it. I was 15 at the time, and no one I knew had any interest in seeing it. Not until I ran across it on HBO (or maybe Showtime I forget... Read more
A Feast of Consequences Is a Banquet For The Senses
Originally published on October 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm (While music is not something normally covered here at talkbacker, I decided to write this for a number of reasons. This special edition contains not only the CD, but a making of DVD, a gorgeous 100 page hardcover book, and... Read more
Eric Red Interview: From Vampires to Werewolves
Originally Published on November 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm Eric Red is reponsible for two of the most iconic horror movies of the ’80s (Near Dark and The Hitcher), a greatly underrated crime thriller (Tate and Cohen), plus a damn good horror flick that flew under the radar (100... Read more
Retro Review: Die! Die! My Darling!
on October 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm While channel surfing late last night, I came across this on the Movies! Channel (an OTA channel run by Fox apparently, as I’ve only seen it mentioned there). A 1965 Hammer release, with the U.K. version titled Fanatic, DDMD, may be a... Read more
Retro Review: The Screaming Skull May Leave You Yawning
Originally published on October 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm Go into any 99 cent store and you’ll invariably find a bin with old black and white movies, horribly drawn biblical cartoons, and a collection of Three Stooges shorts. Look closer and one movie that will be there is the... Read more
Carrie Review: Seeing Red
Originally published on October 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm I had no interest in seeing Carrie, being quite content with the original version from 1976. As the film’s release date kept getting pushed up, my interest in it waned even further, and had it not been for a friend... Read more
A Shot of Jack (Ketchum again) Part II: The Girl Next Door Review
Originally published on October 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm In the first part of this article (which can be read here if you missed it http://talkbacker.com/?p=8948), I talked about Offspring and how the horror and scares were initiated by the bottomless buck of blood and gore. In the Girl... Read more
A Shot of Jack (Ketchum that is) Part I: Offspring Review
Originally published on October 8, 2013 at 2:05 am In 1981 my family moved from Islip Terrace, NY to Phoenix, AZ. Shortly after arriving, I wandered into a bookstore (remember those?) and found one of the few constants in my life, Fangoria magazine. In one issue it reviewed a... Read more
T.M. Wright Interview: “Enjoy the Cash, Hope For the Best”
Originally published on October 4, 2013 at 4:02 am   The following interview originally appeared on the Apex Online website, and though no longer available there, I decided to post it here, as I think it gives valuable insight into the creative process as well as detailing a book... Read more
Of Top Hats And Empty Devils: A Doctor Sleep Review
Originally published on September 27, 2013 at 10:47 pm   (Please note, I will attempt to keep this as spoiler free as possible, referring to plot points that are readily available on the dust jacket. However, if you don’t want to know anything, read the book first and then... Read more
They’ve killed Fritz! They’ve killed Fritz!
Originally published on September 22, 2013 at 11:11 am   When I wrote about American Pop I said it was one of those movies I couldn’t be objective about. Wizards is another. There is plenty wrong with it, but it still manages to capture my imagination, and at times... Read more
The Times They Ain’t A Changin’
Originally published on September 17, 2013 at 6:00 am 1975 saw the release of Jaws, Barry Lyndon, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Dog Day Afternoon. It also saw the release of Ralph Bakshi’s Coonskin. Before I talk about COONSKIN, let me... Read more
‘Scuse Me, While I Kiss Bakshi
I’ll say this up front; I love this movie as much as I love pizza. And I freaking love pizza. AMERICAN POP is simply one of those movies I cannot be objective about. I first saw AP on HBO in perpetual showings, and from the first viewing I was... Read more
I’m Scott, And I’m A Jediphobe
Originally published September 12, 2013 at 7:45 am There’s no easy way to admit this, so I’ll just get it out and prepare for the hail of stones headed my way. I’m not a fan of Star Wars. I’ll go a step further and say outside of THE EMPIRE STRIKES... Read more
Still Relevant After All These Years
Originally published September 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm If there was ever a heyday for war movies, particularly, WWII, it was the 1940’s.  While many can now be seen as propaganda (which isn’t a slam by the way, it was Hollywood’s part of the war effort, orchestrated at times by... Read more
A Return to the Overlook
  Originally published September 7, 2013 at 8:18 am With the release of Dr. Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, in just a couple of weeks, I thought it was time to go back to the Overlook Hotel, check in, and see how it’s held up for the last... Read more