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George Ebey is the author of the recently released sci-fi novella DEBBI as well as a contributor to the anthology Brave New Girls. He is currently working on a full-length series of adventure tales set on Mars. You can connect with him on Facebook and on Twitter @Ebeybooks. Or visit his website at www.georgeebey.com.

House of Wax (1953)

House of Wax (1953)

This will be a quick entry. After all, it’s the middle of October and I have a ton of creepy flicks I need to catch up on before another spooky movie season passes us by.

Speaking of which, I recently had the opportunity to see the horror classic, House of Wax, the way it was intended to be seen: on the big screen. I love it when theaters re-release classic films. As much as I like the home viewing experience, there’s something special about the idea of watching an old move in the theater. It offers something that you just can’t get from home video. Read More

Visionaries of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

The recent passing of film legend George A. Romero inspired me to take another look at his groundbreaking debut, Night of the Living Dead.

Prior to this film’s conception, the idea of zombies was rooted in Haitian and Voodoo lore. Their appearance in early films was sporadic at best, often depicting them as mindless henchmen under the spell of some evil overlord as is the case in the 1932 classic, White Zombie, staring Bella Lugosi.

But it wasn’t until Romero and his writing partner, John A. Russo, came on the scene, that the idea of the modern zombie tale was born. These guys were true visionaries and responsible for many of the basic characteristics that we associate with zombies today. The idea that they gather in hordes, are driven by an uncontrollable urge to devour human flesh, and can only be taken down with a blow to the head, can all be traced back to this ghoulish classic.

I’d like to mention a few cool things that I managed to glean from a few sites and documentaries that I checked out recently, but first I wanted to say a few words about why this film is important to me. Read More

Why We Love Coming of Age Tales

Welcome to Retro Time. In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades. These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind. Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in. I’d love to get your feedback. Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

Great Coming of Age Tales

Last summer’s release of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, as well as the recent trailer for the upcoming adaption of Stephen King’s It have shined a new light on an old theme: the coming of age tale. There’s a reason why we gravitate toward stories featuring adolescents facing hardships while on the cusp of young adulthood. Much of it has to do with the fact that we’ve all been through something similar in one way or another.

We’ve all experienced those awkward years of twelve…thirteen…fourteen…when our bodies and minds begin to morph into something far more complicated then we’d known up to that point. For some, the transition is relatively smooth. For others, it feels like chaotic clashing of cymbals loud enough to wake the dead. But no matter which degree of severity we experience, we all end up coming through that time with a real and profound understanding that things have changed. Read More

Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the Cinematic World

Welcome to Retro Time. In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades. These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind. Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in. I’d love to get your feedback. Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

King Kong (1933)

For me, the original 1933 King Kong is one of those reliable films that has always just been there.

I couldn’t tell you the first time I’d seen it any more than I can tell you the first time I ever poured tap water into a glass or petted a dog. Likely, it was playing on the family TV during a time when my infantile mind had yet to form (as Lt. Commander Data would put it) any long-term memory engrams. In my mind, it’s always existed. I’ve always know it. It’s always just…been there.

To this day, I have a copy of it on DVD and am known to throw it on whenever I’m in the mood for some good stop-motion monster carnage from yesteryear. But recently, it dawned on me that I’ve never really taken the time to look into the film’s history. This is funny because I’m usually pretty interested in that sort of thing. I love to read about tales of early Hollywood and learn the backstories of some of my favorite classics. But for some reason, the story of King Kong’s creation has eluded me.

With that in mind, I decided to do some searching and I came across a few interesting tidbits that I felt warranted discussion. Keep in mind, this is basic stuff that anyone can find on IMDB or Wikipedia. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of any of it. All of the “facts” listed here are presented in the spirit of fun.

So with that said, let’s begin. Read More

I’m Your Huckleberry

Welcome to Retro Time. In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades. These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind. Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in. I’d love to get your feedback. Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

Tombstone

LSG Media’s recent coverage of historical drams such at 310 to Yuma and The Last of the Mohicans inspired me to take my own look at another period-based film that I consider to be one of the greatest ever made.

Tombstone, released in 1993 and directed by the late George P. Cosmatos, was a watershed moment in movie fandom for me. I’d grown up on a steady diet of westerns, so I was no stranger to the genre. But this film captured my imagination in that special way that only a perfect piece of work can. In the near quarter of a century since its release, its mystique and grandeur continues to have a hold of me. To this day, I still believe that it’s one of the best movies ever made, and here’s why. Read More

The Best Movies of 2016

Welcome to Retro Time. In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades. These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind. Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in. I’d love to get your feedback. Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

2016 in Review

Okay, so this post is a little bit of a cheat. Typically, my blog is about “retro” entertainment, movies and TV from past decades. But as 2016 prepares to hit the road (and hopefully take its celebrity-slaying bloodlust with it), I feel compelled to take a look back at the films from this year and reflect on some that I feel deserve to be seen. Besides, it’s all going be considered retro someday, right?

So all in all, I felt that the nectar of the film gods was a bit sour this year. There was definitely some good stuff to be had, but this was no 1984 by any stretch of the imagination. Even still, I’m happy to list out a few that I truly liked. A link to the film’s trailer is attached to each title.

Keep in mind, I didn’t see every release that came out. And since I try to be a positive dude, and this is a best of list, I will refrain from mentioning those I saw but didn’t care for. cough BvS cough 

Here we go in no particular order.  Read More

They Shoot, They Score

Welcome to Retro Time. In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades. These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind. Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in. I’d love to get your feedback. Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

Great Tracks from Classic Movie Scores

In today’s post, I’d like to talk about a particular element of film that is near and dear to my heart: the musical score. First, I’d like to start by saying that I have absolutely no musical background what-so-ever. I don’t play an instrument nor do I have the slightest clue how someone can figure out how to make sixty other people who DO play instruments sound so good together. That might be part of the appeal for me, the mystery of it, the magic that happens outside of my ability to comprehend it all. Either way, I have always looked to a score to give me the movie’s true voice.

It’s hard to write about something like music. No combination of words can adequately describe a particular piece of music with any real clarity or depth. You just have to listen to it and experience it for yourself. So for the purposes of this post, I thought I’d pick a few tracks from several different films and talk about how these notes help to elevate a particular scene.  Read More

The Best Year in Movie History

Welcome to Retro Time. In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades. These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind. Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in. I’d love to get your feedback. Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

1984

For some, the mention of 1984 brings up images of George Orwell’s classic dystopian and its bleak look at a totalitarian future where “Big Brother” is always watching. But don’t count out its good name just yet.  The true year of 1984 had something going for it that no piece of dark and brooding literature can ever tarnish.  Something that will make that particular year sparkle with fond memories and warm thoughts for all time.

1984 was the best year in movie history.

At least in my mind.  And here’s why… Read More

That’s the Signpost Up Ahead. Your Next Stop…

Welcome to Retro Time.  In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades.  These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind.  Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in.  I’d love to get your feedback.  Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

The Twilight Zone

Lists seem to be all the rage these days so I figured it was high time that I chimed in with one of my own.  When looking for a subject to cover, the choice was obvious.  The Twilight Zone has always had a special place in my memory.  A local syndication channel used to play late night reruns when I was a kid and I can remember staying up on non-school nights to watch them. Often I was by myself, the lights turned down, watching as the opening images combined with Bernard Herrmann’s iconic theme to set the mood for the creepy tale to come.

For me, the zone was like the TV equivalent of a campfire ghost story. You know the kind, where a wily camp counselor or tale-spinning uncle sits there with a flashlight under his chin breaking out a bizarre yarn that you eat up right along with your horribly charred marshmallows. Maybe it was the bleakness of the black and white imagery combined with the lateness of the hour that made me feel that way. Whatever the case, these pieces of pure television gold will always shine a flashlight-sized spotlight on the dark corners of my TV-viewing memory.

So let’s get to it. This will not be a top five list. There are too many good ones for me to pick a top five. Instead, I’m just going with five random eps that I felt like talking about. Here they are in no particular order.  Read More

This Post Is For The Birds

Welcome to Retro Time.  In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades.  These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind.  Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in.  I’d love to get your feedback.  Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

The Birds

It’s summer, and there’s just something about this time of year that gets me in the mood to watch an old school monster movie.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s because I have fond memories of staying up to the wee hours during summer break, watching old creature features on late night TV when I was a kid.  I’m talking about stuff they made during the early Cold War era where the fear of nuclear bomb testing had everyone believing that a spider could grow to be as large as a house or a colony of ants could mutate into an army of rubber-skinned, horse-sized terrors.

But when I recently went to throw on one of these horrifying little gems of yesteryear, my mind settled on an interesting choice.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Read More

Graboids: The True Land Shark

Welcome to Retro Time.  In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades.  These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind.  Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in.  I’d love to get your feedback.  Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

Tremors

When Saturday Night Live first landed in 1975, one of their earliest sketches was a playoff of the popularity of Jaws that involved a zany reoccurring character called Land Shark.  Voiced by Chevy Chase, it would knock on its unassuming victim’s door and give some false identity to get them to open up.  Once they did, a foam rubber shark’s head would pop out from behind the door and bite down on the screaming victim to a reworked version of John William’s Jaws theme and the collective laughter of the audience.

I caught this sketch on a rerun recently and it got me thinking.  What big screen creature deserves the distinction of being the true Land Shark on film? Read More

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