Dracula Sequels

The last four days have been a cascade of Dracula/vampire sequels from Hammer. I know you know this already, but I really love (vintage) vampires; however, my unvarnished adoration could not save Kiss of The Vampire, a 1963 non-Dracula tale, from the hokey-est ending this side of a corn patch. Oh merciful heavens, the bats. …

Blood of Dracula (1958)

 I wrote about this in 2005 and stand by it: “Here’s another film I vaguely remembered seeing as a tot that I managed to track down. It was magnificent in that B-movie, nothing-here-will-make-any-sense-at-all way. I mean, you should just see the vampire make-up. And the “Puppy Love” production number. The plot deals with a bitter …

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More Adventurous

With every broken heart, we should become more adventurous. When Lanty was diagnosed with that darned Lymphona last summer, I felt, momentarily anyway, the solidity of life drop right out from under me. There was very little that could make it seem right again.  Lanty was the third leg of our little three-legged family.  For …

In Which I Bitch

…(and then attempt to repent) ironic image courtesy of PostSecret I was brushing my teeth last night and feeling sorry for myself. I have one of those Oral-B battery-powered brushes, and as its harmonic buzzing lulled me into a trance-like state, one clear thought popped out of the white noise of self-pity: we have had …

Seen and Heard

I love Chicago. I love it like that uncle you skirt around at family reunions; the one who laughs way too loud and invariably gets jello salad stuck in his yellowing beard.  It frightens me; It makes me laugh. On my lunch hour today, I ran into this fellow, an unsettling pirate relaxing in a …

Where We Take It

This has been a most difficult week. I’m sitting here in our home office, shivering because our furnace is dead (it is 13 degrees outside, 50 inside), preparing to go to work tomorrow where I’ve taken over for a colleague who very suddenly had a baby Tuesday (weeks and weeks early) and my days are …