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Happy Anniversary BATMAN '89 (And A Surprise To Come?)

On June 23rd 1989, the world was reintroduced to The Dark Knight.
As a kid, I grew up with the campy Adam West television show "Batman 66." It's still a hoot to watch the show these days. But for many, that was Batman, as well as his Blue Suited version on the Super Friends cartoon show, which I also loved.
So when I went with my family to the movie theaters to see 1989's "Batman," I was thrilled to see a much darker, weirder version of Gotham City. And to see this new, ominous, black suited Batman was...just so cool. With an amazing performance from the legendary Jack Nicholson as The Joker, a new era of Batman mythology was born.
It was a box office blockbuster, the first of it's kind since 1978's "Superman: The Movie." And it was fitting to have the two greatest superheroes have such massive hit films.
I grew up as a Superman guy, but I had to admit that in 1989, the torch was passed. Batman became (and still is to this day) the Top Do…

Happy Fathers Day From Ghoulish Grin Films!

To all of those fathers out there, I hope you have a great Fathers Day.
It's definitely a new world we live in (at least for now), and though the next Fathers Day may present a better world and a more joyous time, I hope you can find some joy in the day...with celebrations with family in a more intimate setting.
Thank you to all of the great fathers out there who have raised great kids who will work towards a better world. Things will get better and here's to those fathers seeing better days ahead. And to those fathers acting as mad scientists creating monstrous kids...well...lets just hope that creation of yours doesn't run into crazy mobs with pitchforks and torches!
From Ghoulish Grin Films, enjoy your Fathers Day.

The Gentleman Of Horror (Happy Birthday Peter Cushing!)

As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I knew the great Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin. His icy cool demeanor was noticeable as a kid, though every youngster tends to gravitate towards the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
It wasn't until my teen years that I realized the true greatness of Mr. Cushing.
Boris Karloff's legendary turn as "Frankenstein" was immortal, and even at a very young age I understood the greatness of that film. So seeing a remake of it was something I was interested in but thought it would never achieve the classic heights of that Universal Studios masterpiece.
I was wrong.
To this day, I don't shun remakes simply on the strength of "The Curse Of Frankenstein." It didn't copy that original film. In fact, it's a whole new thing. A true horror classic in its own right. And the strength of that film fell on the performance of Victor Frankenstein. Mr. Cushing was truly brilliant in the film.
So it was on to "Horror Of Dracula" a…

The Beginning And End Of The Prequels (Star Wars Anniversary)

On May 19th 1999, I was besides myself as I entered the movie theater. I was about to see the first Star Wars movie in 16 years!
After 1983's "Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi" had closed the pages of the Original Trilogy, I had a few things. A couple of Ewok movies. An Ewok cartoon show, along with a Droids cartoon show (with toys to accompany them). Some great Extended Universe comics and books ("Shadows Of The Empire" being my all time favorite). But not a new film.
I had said before that I literally dreamed of new Star Wars toys during this dry spell. So seeing brand new Star Wars toys in Toys R Us hyped me up to dizzying levels.
I can look back at it all now and really understand how this film could never live up to the hype. The film still isn't as perfect as those original films, but I always felt that "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" aged well and thanks to analysis from Star Wars sages like Dave Filoni, the layers are de…

Will THE DARK UNIVERSE Ever Take Shape?

In 2014, Universal Studios attempted to resurrect it's legendary Universal Monsters and create their own cinematic universe, seeing the success of Marvel and the attempts of other studios, with "Dracula Untold." This origin story of the iconic vampire starred Luke Evans as Dracula. Though it did make money, it wasn't the result that Universal Studios wanted and it was received with mixed criticism.
The connection of "Dracula Untold" to the 2017 reboot of "The Mummy" starring Tom Cruise was ultimately scrapped and "The Mummy" was supposed to usher in The Dark Universe, the new dubbing of it's cinematic universe. The film made more than "Dracula Untold," but unfortunately it cost much more to make, thanks to the star power of Cruise. It lost the studio money and with that...The Dark Universe was dead.
Because of this failure, Universal returned to stand-alone Universal Monsters films. In 2020, the remake of "The Invisib…

Boba Fett Returns! ("The Mandalorian" Season 2 Casting)

I was aware of the extended universe stories (now referred to as Legends) of Boba Fett and how they brought him back from the Sarlacc Pit. "Return Of The Jedi" is my favorite film in the Skywalker Saga and seeing it as a kid back in 1983 I never really wanted (or cared) if Boba Fett lived or died. I thought he was a cool character but I wasn't as obsessed with him as certain other fanboys were.
The same thing ended up happening to Darth Maul. I originally thought that bringing him back from the dead was absolutely ridiculous, but now having seen his character give purpose to the overall story arc of The Clone Wars I have come to respect the decision and I now think it was a great call.
So thanks to The Hollywood Reporter who broke the news the characters demise from the original trilogy now has brought Boba Fett back to the Star Wars Universe...and is now officially canon. He did survive and will now serve his purpose in the upcoming season of "The Mandalorian,&quo…

Revenge Of The Fifth! (Happy Cinco De Mayo!)

Attention Rebel Scum!
You had your fun with your silly Star Wars Day! May The 4th Be With You? I think NOT!
Declare your allegiance to The First Order or prepare to be terminated!
By order of our Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, you are ORDERED to dismiss with all Rebel alliances and hokey Jedi religions and bow to us!
Order must be preserved! Join our Stormtrooper legion or DIE!

May The 4th Be With You! (Happy Star Wars Day!)

Back in 1977, the first film in what would be a nine episode saga would be released. "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" would change the cinematic landscape forever and create a fandom that would have its ups and downs but ultimately would come to love the core of the story. The Force. The Dark Side. Space scoundrels and galactic princesses. A fantasy for the ages.
As we enter another year of Star Wars, lets celebrate it as family. For whatever we love or hate about the franchise, we can all agree that...we love and hate things about the franchise.
A fan is a fan for accepting their love for what it is. Warts and all. You can like one episode and hate another. Love the movies and not get into the animated series. Love the animated series but not the extended universe. And so on and so forth. But if you like a small corner of that galaxy, you're a fan.
For whatever you think of the past, you can always root for it's future.
My love for this universe, this saga, conti…

Hail The Scorpion King! (Happy Birthday To The ROCK!)

In The '90's, the WWE was moving away from the squeaky clean image of Hulk Hogan and the 'say your prayers and eat your vitamins' era of wrestling and moved to the 'Attitude Era' of the entertainment sport. This was in response to the rivalry of the WCW and created a new era of sports entertainment. It would become an era of 'antiheroes...' wrestlers that the fans loved because of their bad attitudes.
And among the very best of that era was Dwayne Johnson...A.K.A. The Rock.
He was physically as imposing as any WWE star but what made him special was his insane charisma and mic skills. Truly one of the all time best trash talkers in wrestling.
Soon, Hollywood would want to capitalize on that charisma and he would make his film debut in the rekindled Universal Monsters franchise The Mummy. 2001's "The Mummy Returns" was a spectacular blockbuster hit and would catapult him to he would be given his own film based on the character …

"End Of An Era: Mad" Now Streaming At Amazon!

Now streaming at Amazon is the newest installment of the "End Of An Era" series, MAD!
A fun and loving tribute to the wacky magazine and all media surrounding it, it will give you the nostalgic feels you need in these uncertain times.
Enjoy this episode and other "End Of An Era" episodes for FREE with an Amazon Prime membership! "End Of An Era: Mad" can also be purchased for rental for only 99 Cents!
Thank you as always for your support and stay safe everyone!

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Quarantine Horror Binge 2020

During these days of staying in and needing content, Ghoulish Grin Films provides free content for viewers.
Whether it's the popular YouTube playlist FREE HORROR MOVIES or free Amazon Prime binging at the Ghoulish Grin Films Amazon page, watch films either for free with ads or with an Amazon Prime membership.
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Stay safe everyone and watch until there's light at the end of this dark, scary tunnel.




Make Every Week EARTH WEEK

Remember, ladies and gentlemen..
The small things add up. Recycling, conserving water, using reusable bags, abstaining from meat at least one day of the week.
In these unprecedented times, the earth seems to be healing itself. We probably have bought some time. Let's show the earth some love and keep up the small steps...but giant leaps towards a healthier climate for our future generations.

All Play And No Work Makes Jack A Birthday Boy (Happy Birthday Jack Nicholson!)

Born on April 22nd 1937, the great Jack Nicholson celebrates a birthday and a legendary career spanning six decades. His filmography is littered with Hollywood classics, like "Easy Rider," "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," "Terms Of Endearment," "Chinatown," and "The Departed." Much like movie star icons Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and James Stewart, he is an actor often imitated but more often than not it's out of love.
He has been nominated 12 times for the Academy Award (the most of any male actor) and won once for Best Supporting Actor ("Terms Of Endearment") and twice for Best Actor ("One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and "As Good As It Gets"). Surely a career worthy of praise.
But if you erase all of those accolades and just recognize him for his role in horror and his roles in villainy, it's STILL an impressive career.
Early in his career he starred in Roger Corman's cult cla…

A Modern Man Of Many Faces (Happy Birthday Tim Curry!)

The sign of a truly great actor is his ability to BECOME the character. Slide into it as the actor or actress disappears and the character becomes real.
Few actors have achieved the kind of disappearing acts of a true actor that the great Tim Curry has.
He rose to fame as the transvestite mad scientist Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult classic "Rock Horror Picture Show."
Aside from theater roles like "Hair," he also starred in supporting roles in the film "Annie." My sister was a massive fan of that film and I used to watch it often when I was a kid. Many a great performer appeared in that film, and Mr. Curry held his own with legendary talent. Of course, he would become legendary himself in the years to come.
He would have a hellish time portraying Darkness in the 1985 film "Legend." This is perhaps the ultimate 'disappear into the character' role as he was simply unrecognizable in the extreme make-up. The film is still a curious fantasy…

Honey, I'm Blowing Out The Candles! (Happy Birthday Rick Moranis!)

Rick Moranis was born on April 18th, 1953 and originally started his career in entertainment as a disc jockey in Toronto, Ontario, where he was born.
He ended up doing sketch comedy in the Second City Television Series (SCTV) and continued to rise, heading off to Hollywood.
From there he starred in some of The '80's most beloved comedies. "Little Shop Of Horrors." "Parenthood." The great Mel Brooks spoof "Spaceballs," which was such a treat being a Star Wars fan. And of course the "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" franchise.
But I knew him from one beloved '80's franchise...Ghostbusters.
His character Louis Tully provided some of the biggest laughs in an already hilarious pair of films and he, along with the famous cast, brought such joy to my childhood.
I used to watch the films, the cartoon show (which his character also appeared from time to time), had the toys, drank the Ecto Cooler. What a time to be alive!
He also had some impres…

Unrivaled (Happy Birthday Rowdy Roddy Piper)

I grew up an insane WWE (formerly WWF) fan and I loved the energy and excitement of the wrestling superstars. Hulk Hogan. Randy Savage. Andre The Giant.
They were all larger than life.
And of the the greats from that era was the amazing 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper.
He displayed an energy that was unrivaled. And that's saying something, since every superstar was as over-the-top and insane as you can remember.
For those that don't know wrestling, there's a term called 'heel.' Basically in the early days there were good guys and bad guys. It was The '80's...pretty clear cut in those days. And Piper was a heel. But he was so brilliant in his delivery and his mic skills that he was among the most popular of superstars. I believe all of the 'grey' wrestling superstars have benefited from his legacy. You could be considered a heel but if you had the charisma, you were loved.
And much like a handful of wrestling superstars that made the leap to The Big Scr…

A Bewitching Talent (Happy Birthday Elizabeth Montgomery)

The Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Elizabeth Montgomery was born on April 15th 1933 and was a star of stage and screen spanning five decades.
The daughter of actor Robert Montgomery, she appeared in her fathers television series "Robert Montgomery Presents" and even won a Theater World Award for her Broadway debut in "Late Love."
But for many fans of classic television, she will forever be known as Samantha Stephens in the late '60's - '70's sitcom "Bewitched."
"Bewitched" ended it's run in 1972 but I was very familiar with the show thanks to syndication. She was a lovely, charming presence onscreen and the show overall was just a pleasant treat for sitcom lovers. It never ceased to put a smile on your face and leave you feeling happy.
After the shows run, she made some notable television movies. My favorite by FAR is her appearance as Lizzie Borden in 1975's "The Legend Of Lizzie Borden." Aside from s…

Ghost Hunter, Scream Queen, Vampire Hunter (Happy Birthday Sarah Michelle Gellar!)

My mom and sister were big on soap operas, and in The '90's I was familiar with Sarah Michelle Gellar as I first saw her in episodes of All My Children with Soap Icon Susan Lucci, holding her own.
She wouldn't stay long in the soap world and her ambition took her from daytime to primetime with the small screen adaptation of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."
Even though it was originally a big screen take, her version of Buffy is now for many the definitive one. Which isn't a small feat considering back then television was still not on the level it is now.
And of course with that success, the Big Screen called.
She would appear in hit movies like "I Know What You Did Last Summer," (which I admit was a fun time at the theater), "Scream 2" (which was a solid sequel to an instant classic), "The Grudge," an American adaptation of the classic Japanese Ju On Horror film franchise, and the following sequel, and the Scooby Doo franchise, where…

Have a Peepy, Creepy Easter!

Not much going on this Easter.
Things are closed. Get-togethers are suspended.
But for my fellow horror fans, you can enjoy a digital Easter.
Enjoy the day the best you can and stay safe. Let the bunny sleep this year.
From Ghoulish Grin Films...have a peepy, CREEPY, Easter!

You Old Smoothie (Happy 83rd Birthday Billy Dee Williams!)

The long and illustrious career of Billy Dee Williams started on Broadway in 1945 in "The Firebrand Of Florence" at the tender age of seven. He made his film debut in 1959's "The Last Angry Man" and from there on had a busy career in theater, film, and television.
He's earned Emmy nominations for 1971's "Brian's Song" and starred alongside Diana Ross in the acclaimed "Lady Sings The Blues."
But to the science fiction fandom, old and young, he will forever be known as gambler, con artist, and  playboy Lando Calrissian in the blockbuster Star Wars Saga.
He first appeared as the character in 1980's "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back," widely regarded as the best film in the franchise. He would then appear in the conclusion to the original trilogy "Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi."
"Return Of The Jedi" was a mind blowing experience for me as a seven year old theater goer in 1983.…

A Titan Of Indie Film (Happy 94th Birthday Roger Corman!)

One of the all time greats of independent cinema, Roger Corman has been referred to as 'The Pope Of  Pop Cinema.' An actor, director, and producer (a role more comfortable to him by his own admission), his career spans decades, with films directed and produced by him either through the major studios or independently.
He's often recognized as giving many a high profile Hollywood artist their big break, with names like Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern, Sylvester Stallone, Dennis Hopper, and William Shatner (who just recently celebrated his 89th birthday) among them. And he's made some high profile cameos in films like "The Silence Of The Lambs," "The Godfather Part II," "Philadelphia," and "Apollo 13."
His films were basically B-Movie fare, but enjoyable. Leaving the pretense to the 'artists' and just giving moviegoers what they want...a great time at the theater.
He did, however, create a memorable coll…