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Hunting the Haunted: The Enfield Poltergeist

  Hey everyone!  I've got a special treat for you today! My friends Jason and Pete have banded together to give the world a show that delves into the unusual.  Kind of a modern day, "In Search Of". Well, this week, their show, "Hunting the Haunted" did an episode one of my favorite cases- the Enfield Poltergeist. This case covered a span of two years- from 1977 to 1979.  It started with Peggy Hodgson calling police saying that furniture was moving.  Soon the Society for Psychical Research sent Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair to investigate.  Their investigation is covered in Playfair's book, "This House is Haunted". This case has been called "England's Amityville" due to it's validity being as hotly debated as the case in Amityville. But enough of my rambling, click on the video below- and give it a watch!
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"War of the Worlds" (1953)

  Some might argue Byron Haskin’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s classic novel is more sci-fi than horror, and technically, they’re right. But the story of Martians attacking Earth, and pretty much kicking our collective asses all over the planet, is a scary one. And Haskin delivers scenes of mass destruction and human tragedy with such panache and gritty realism (for the era) that this film is still horrifying. That’s my pretzel logic on the matter, anyway. Owing more than a bit to Orson Welles’s famed Halloween radio broadcast, this version quickly brings audiences up to speed on the Martian plan, and settles in on a small California town that becomes the focus of much of the film. As with the radio version, the Martian reveal is slow at first, building suspense and drama, before the attack happens. Haskin and screenwriter Barre Lyndon borrow heavily from Welles for the first half hour, but that’s fine. It’s understandable, given what a landmark production his radio play was. Spiel

"Firestarter" (1984)

  We're back with a new review!  Yaaaaay! This week, we're checking out a Stephen King adaptation from 1984- " Firestarter "! Andy McGee and his daughter, Charlie, are on the run.  They are running from a mysterious agency known only as "The Shop".  They're running because The Shop wants Charlie for her abilities. The ability to set things on fire... with just a thought. .. This is one of the earliest adaptations of a Stephen King novel.  Originally, John Carpenter had been tapped to direct, but was replaced when " The Thing " proved to be a financial failure (little did they KNOW).  The new director, Mark L. Lester commissioned a re-write that kept fairly close to the original novel. The story isn't bad, though not really scary.  The slow, plodding pace, and rather stiff dialogue actually make it a little dull and the equivalent of white noise.  It's came across as insignificant background noise.  I found myself drifting off and thinki

"Paperbacks From Hell" (Grady Hendrix)

  Today in "The Corner of Terror," we have a special Guest Reviewer: Jason H from " From the Basement ", so let's see what offering he brings to our dark corner of the internet... There was a time when books were sold pretty much everywhere. Grocery stores, drug stores, smoke shops, you name it. And individual paperbacks could sell 12 million copies in North America alone. That was back when writing a best seller really meant something. This was the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and one of the most prolific – and profitable – genres was the horror novel. What set these books apart from their modern counterparts was an unashamed desire on the part of the writer to gross out, offend, titillate and, at times, outright disturb. Or, at the very least, baffle.  Psychic Nazi dwarves who enjoy S&M? These paperbacks had them. Armies of mutant rats eating the populace of London, England? You betcha! Mystics that bite off young boys’ penises? But of course. This was a time when a