“Hey, anyone remember that old TV show, Candle Cove?”

Mike Painter: “I was wondering if I could take a look at those files.”

Sheriff: “May I ask why? It’s been 28 years since they dragged those kids out of the woods.”

Mike Painter: “Yeah. Missing all their teeth.”

Will Wiles of Aeon wrote that Candle Cove was “among the best creepypastas out there” and a good example of using the messageboard and forum format as a storytelling tactic. The Verge has written praise for the creepypasta, stating that it was “a perfectly dark spin on our nostalgia for the half-remembered stories of our childhood, that realization that the things we liked as kids were much, much creepier than we thought.” It was made into the Channel Zero SYFY-Channel series in 2016.

Read about Creepypastas, here:



What’s on the Tube? The Open House—A Netflix Original Horror Film. Get Ready for a Scare! ⭐️⭐️⭐️3/4


“Well you’ll have to come by and see my husband, he’s dying to meet you.”

”I’m sorry. But, I thought you said your husband passed away.”

”Why would I say that? The devil himself couldn’t slow that man down.”

– The Open House

A tragic death in the family. A sudden move to your sister’s huge “mountain home”. Creepy neighbors. Deep woods. Strangers. Lots and lots of time on your hands. You never know who comes in and goes out of an open house.

Wow. This one really took me by surprise! The tension is slowly ratcheted up as the film progresses. And it has a style about it that’s refreshing*. Camera angles are unsettling and the score is used sparingly. A handful of actors carry this thriller and it’s worth the watch!

Wiki: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Open_House

*I did read all the negative reviews. But, my opinion has always been that “everyone and his grandmother is a critic”. And critics, by profession, have to criticize. We don’t go to horror films to see “artsy fartsy”. There is a lot of subjectivity in art, and so I keep my critical opinions to myself unless they serve to promote something meaningful. And I don’t care what they say I really liked the last 1/4 of the movie.

A fair enough review: https://crypticrock.com/the-open-house-movie-review/

That being said…I like this film and I’d even watch it again!






What’s on the tube? The Void Works on So Many Levels. It Really Creeped Me Out… ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ …and let’s clear up some things about “cosmicism” & Lovecraftian “homages”…


Cop: “What, so you worship the Devil, then?”
Man covered in blood, laughing: “I don’t believe in the Devil. But I believe in this.”

-from The Void


These creepy, crazy-as-shit cult members terrorize a small town hospital in The Void. If you see the black triangle…it’s too late. (IMDb)

The Void is a 2016 Canadian horror film written and directed by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie, and produced by Jonathan Bronfman and Casey Walker. It stars Aaron Poole as deputy Daniel Carter, Kenneth Welsh as Dr. Powell, Daniel Fathers as Vincent, Kathleen Munroe as Allison, and Ellen Wong as Kim. The plot follows a group of people who have been trapped in a hospital by a gathering of hooded cultists. The group soon discovers that the hospital has been inhabited by grotesque creatures. [More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Void_(2016_film)]

I don’t know about you, but THIS is the stuff of which my nightmares are made. But, let’s clarify one thing up front that the “UK Teaser Trailer” below gets wrong:

A Note on Homages

THE VOID IS NOT an homage to John Carpenter. First of all, Carpenter’s 1982 film, The Thing, is based on John W. Campbell’s 1938 novelette Who Goes There?* All three of the “Thing” films, in fact (1951, 1982, 2011**) owe a debt to Campbell’s story.

Carpenter’s film is an homage to Howard Phillips Lovecraft.*** I can’t say for sure whether Campbell had Lovecraft in mind when he wrote Who Goes There?—but it’s possible, since the story was published a year after Lovecraft’s death.

Above, left to right: Alternative film poster for John Carpenter’s The Thing (Pinterest); illustration by “ArtistMEF” for Lovecraft’s story “The Colour Out of Space” (deviantart.com); a poster concept based on Lovecraft’s story “The Colour Out of Space” (Pinterest)

**The novelette inspired the 1951 film The Thing from Another World, which historically, is pretty nifty, but it’s not Carpenter’s 1982 masterpiece:


THE VOID IS an homage to H. P. Lovecraft.



Let’s Talk About Cosmicism…

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From Penny Dreadful to Samson and Delilah to the Fifty Greatest Arias of All Time…


Samson, from the poster for a production of Camille Saint-Saëns opera Samson and Delilah. (https://vaopera.org/experience-2/samson-and-delilah/)

Watching Penny Dreaful on Netflix tonight, I heard a beautiful mezzo-soprano aria and discovered it was called “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” and was from Act 2 of an opera, Samson and a Delilah (Op. 47) by composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

Photos above: Dorian Gray, left, from the series Penny Dreadful and his opulent ballroom, right, where “boundaries” hold no sway…

I was so moved by the decadence of the scene, and the haunting lilt and fall of the aria, I had to learn more about these beautiful things in operas called “arias”…

Here are the Top 50 based on a list I found online.

Turandot, Act 3: “Nessun dorma” (live at Arena di Verona) by Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro Arena di Verona and Armando Gatto

Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act 2: “Lascia ch’io pianga” by Elin Manahan-Thomas, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Harry Christopers

Gianni Schicchi: “O mio babbino caro” by Pilar Lorengar, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Giuseppe Patanè

La Bohème, Puccini, Act 1: “Che gelida manina” by Mario Del Monaco, Opera Orchestra and Franco Ghione

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Mozart, K. 620, Act 2: “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” (Queen of the Night’s Aria) by Luciana Serra, Staatskapelle Dresden and Sir Colin Davis

Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Act 2: Un bel dì vedremo by Sylvia Sass, London Symphony Orchestra and Lamberto Gardelli

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492, Act 1: “Non più andrai” by Wladimiro Ganzarolli, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis

Turandot, Act 1: “Signore, ascolta” by Montserrat Caballé, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta

Tosca, Act 3: “E lucevan le stelle” by Franco Corelli, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Lorin Maazel

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My New Favorite Comedian—James Acaster! U Gotta Catch His 4-Piece on Netflix!








Get James’ book, here…


What’s on the tube? Darling–Stylish Black & White Horror with Bright Pink Credits…Trailer, Posters…

I make it a point not to review film–or any other “art” for that matter. The reason is that art is a subjective experience that can, if done well, also be a universal experience. I wish not to taint the intelligence of the art-viewing, art-experiencing public. I recommend this film. I will say only that.

The King