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2014 Stories by Rob Staeger

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  • KEANE EYES

    published December 10, 2014

    If you’re doing makeup for a Tim Burton movie, you go through a lot of eyeliner. The Mad Hatter, Edward Scissorhands, and even some... More >>

  • GELTY PLEASURE

    published December 10, 2014

    What’s more fun than a game of strip dreidel? Popping open a bottle of Manischewitz and celebrating Hanukkah in style with the Schlep... More >>

  • CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPING

    published December 3, 2014

    Baby, it’s cold outside, but that won’t stop some of the city’s brightest burlesque stars from peeling off the layers tonight at... More >>

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    Wolves Feels Like a Western With Werewolves

    published November 12, 2014

    Werewolf movies are traditionally about the beast within, but the adversaries in David Hayter's Wolves are strictly external.... More >>

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    Its Simple Conceit Intact, ABCs of Death 2 Kills

    published October 29, 2014

    Like its predecessor, ABCs of Death 2 has a simple conceit: There's a short film about death for each letter of the alphabet, all by... More >>

  • Blood Ransom Boasts That Its Vampires Live by Different Rules

    published October 29, 2014

    Blood Ransom often feels older than it is. Sure, many of the effects are CGI, but the film's setup hearkens back to when the properties... More >>

  • MONSTERS’ BALL

    published October 29, 2014

    Why choose between the little devil and the angel on your shoulders when you can give both their due? In a downtown Victorian mansion, revelers at... More >>

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    Vincent Price Himself Could've Starred in Stellar Horror Flick Stonehearst Asylum

    published October 22, 2014

    With Stonehearst Asylum, director Brad Anderson doles out a vintage Halloween treat — a straightforward Poe adaptation of the sort... More >>

  • CLOSE ENCOUNTER

    published October 15, 2014

    In the ’90s, The X-Files was an absolute powerhouse of a show, with agents Scully and Mulder driving the pop-culture conversation... More >>

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    Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead Is a Superior Zombie-Nazi Sequel

    published October 8, 2014

    Excellent use of intestines." For a certain segment of the movie-going audience, that's all the recommendation Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead... More >>

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    In Catch Hell Ryan Phillippe Directs Himself Being Kidnapped by Swamp-Rats

    published October 8, 2014

    It's tempting to look at Catch Hell, Ryan Phillippe's directing debut, as something of an incantation. Phillippe plays Reagan Pearce... More >>

  • HEADS WILL ROLL

    published October 8, 2014

    Brains, it turns out, are really salty. So is it any wonder that zombies — noted “crainivores” — would wander from bar to... More >>

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    Inner Demons Produces a Cocktail of Drugs, Demons and Reality TV

    published October 1, 2014

    Demonic possession is a common metaphor for drug addiction, one that makes a monkey on the back look tame by comparison. So is it any surprise... More >>

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    Exorcism Horror Flick Asmodexia Keeps Too Many Secrets

    published September 24, 2014

    Is it possible to be decidedly unsubtle and also maddeningly opaque? Marc Carreté's exorcism film Asmodexia threads that... More >>

  • TEASE, PLEASE

    published September 24, 2014

    Attention, fans of burlesque: This weekend, your D-cups overfloweth. It’s time again for the New York Burlesque Festival, and the debauched... More >>

  • GLAD SCIENTISTS

    published September 17, 2014

    Wondering where your jet pack is? Look around the family-friendly Maker Faire this weekend in Queens. The show floor abounds with creativity:... More >>

  • PAINTING IN THE ROUND

    published September 10, 2014

    Paul Klee once quipped, “A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” Today offers a rare opportunity to join that line as it... More >>

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    No No Shows How Dock Ellis Pitched a No-Hitter Tripping Balls

    published September 3, 2014

    "That ball turned into a silver bullet, his arm into a gun." That's how singer Todd Snider romanticized Dock Ellis's 1970 feat of... More >>

  • TASTE BREAKER

    published September 3, 2014

    Considering Divine’s unpleasant dietary habits in Pink Flamingos, you might want to give the concession stand a wide berth before settling... More >>

  • WHAT’S YOUR POISON?

    published August 27, 2014

    When asked to play the Princess Bride Drinking Game, one immediately starts guessing (and second- and third-guessing) which goblet has been... More >>

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    The Possession of Michael King Is Smarter Than Most Exorcism Movies

    published August 20, 2014

    Eddie Murphy famously asked, "Why don't white people leave the house when there's a ghost?" It's a testament to director David Jung's smart... More >>

  • UNSCRIPTED

    published August 20, 2014

    The success of the World Cup this summer in the traditionally fútbol-indifferent U.S. shows that while we may not love soccer quite yet, we... More >>

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    Dinosaur 13 Digs Up the Controversy around "Sue"

    published August 13, 2014

    Paleontologists are part discoverers, part detectives. After the digging, the more difficult work lies in extrapolating meaning from the... More >>

  • WANNA BE

    published August 13, 2014

    Desperately seeking somewhere to party tonight? Express yourself at Madonnathon, Cathyland’s 11th annual tribute to the Material Girl. Dress... More >>

  • TO THE BAT-CAKE!

    published August 6, 2014

    Seventy-five years ago, a cloaked figure swung over rooftops on the cover of Detective Comics #27. It was our first view of Batman, and... More >>

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