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Archive for the month “September, 2020”

Remembering Road Warrior Animal

On September 23 I woke up and read a tweet from Hulk Hogan saying that Animal, one half of The Road Warriors, the most successful and influential tag team in wrestling history, had passed away. Considering he was only 60, I was shocked. Fans and wrestlers the world over reacted with an outpouring of respect and sadness for the loss of one of the all-time greats.

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Movie Review: Vanilla Sky

Last night my wife and I were looking for a movie to watch. I went on to Amazon Prime Video and searched through the popular movies that are currently included with a Prime membership, and I came across Vanilla Sky. Released in 2001, this is a movie I’ve always been aware of but knew nothing about. After watching part of the trailer, we both agreed that it was worth giving a go. Read on for my thoughts on Vanilla Sky.

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Shudder October Highlights

October is just a few days away, and Shudder isn’t messing around. Hot on the heels of surpassing one million subscribers, the horror streaming service is providing a beautiful bevy of content to enjoy in October. Below is the full press release with all of the details, so you know what to look out for.

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Fangoria Under New Ownership

A couple years ago Fangoria relaunched and was widely praised by those in the horror industry, as well as fans, for the quality of the publication. However, its future was in jeopardy a few months back when Cinestate, the publication’s former parent company, got into hot water. Thankfully Fangoria is now under new ownership and the magazine is starting up again with the October issue. Below is the full email to Fangoria VIPs with all of the details. Make sure to subscribe today if you want to get your hands on the October issue of Fangoria!

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Nitro by Guy Evans

Nitro by Guy Evans is the best book ever written about Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling. Prior to this book’s existence, The Death of WCW held this title. Not anymore. At nearly 600 pages, Nitro features interviews with over 120 former TBS and WCW employees. The author also had access to a myriad of internal WCW documents, providing the reader with the nitty gritty details when it comes to contracts, PPV revenue, and more. For a topic that has been covered ad nauseam, Nitro is a fresh take on one of the wildest times in professional wrestling, providing the most comprehensive and satisfying account of the rise and fall of WCW.

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Shudder Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Shudder, the premium horror streaming service of which I’m a subscriber and a huge fan, announced today that it has surpassed one million subscribers. With Halloween almost upon us, this is delightful news — especially considering we’re living in a year that reads like a horror movie script. Congrats to Shudder on a well-deserved milestone. Here’s to the next million! Check out the full press release below for all of the details.

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IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass: Eric Young & Rich Swann

I had the opportunity to take part in an IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass where I, along with other reporters, interviewed Eric Young and Rich Swann about their upcoming main event for the IMPACT Wrestling World Championship at Bound For Glory on October 24, 2020 on PPV. You can watch the full video below.

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Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 4

October 1 is a little more than a week away and you might be in need of some horror entertainment to get you in the mood for Halloween. What do I recommend? Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 4, of course. It’s the fourth entry in the audiobook series dedicated to celebrating classic horror literature, read by one of horror cinema’s most iconic stars: Doug Bradley — best known for portraying the role of Pinhead in the fabled Hellraiser franchise.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Music, Melissa Manchester Releases New Single

Celebrating 50 fabulous years in the music industry, Melissa Manchester is back with a new single from her forthcoming 24th studio album. The single is a newly reimagined take on her classic hit: “Just You and I.” As evidenced by this new take on one of my favorite songs, “Just You and I” is as relevant and potent today as it was when first released 44 years ago. Melissa’s new album, entitled RE:VIEW, will feature eight additional tracks — some of which are new takes on old favorites, while others are previously unreleased.

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A Conversation With Vampiro

Ian Hodgkinson — better known as Vampiro, the lucha libre legend and former star in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) — has a new documentary called Nail in the Coffin: The Fall & Rise of Vampiro. Having grown up watching Vampiro in WCW, I jumped at the chance to interview Ian to learn more about his thoughts on the documentary, his career in wrestling, and more.

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