‘The Haunting of Hill House’ masterfully uses horror as a template for processing life (TV review)

Some people won’t watch horror movies or TV series because they don’t want to be scared. As I was drying my eyes after watching the beautiful ending of Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” I thought “Those people are missing out.” The horror genre has always been a way to work through real-life fears in the safety of a fictional journey, but showrunner Mike Flanagan’s 10-episode series does it better than almost anything before it.

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An outsider’s take on the ‘Halloween’ saga: ‘Halloween: Resurrection’ (2002) (Movie review)

Although I’ve seen some of the “Halloween” films, I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember them. So this watch/rewatch of the saga marks my first time thinking about them as a movie reviewer. Armed with categories suggested by “Halloween” superfan Michael (Olinger, not Myers), here’s my review of the eighth entry, “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002).

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An outsider’s take on the ‘Halloween’ saga: ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’ (1998) (Movie review)

Although I’ve seen some of the “Halloween” films, I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember them. So this watch/rewatch of the saga marks my first time thinking about them as a movie reviewer. Armed with categories suggested by “Halloween” superfan Michael (Olinger, not Myers), here’s my review of the seventh entry, “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” (1998).

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‘Angel’ flashback: ‘Image’ (2002) (Book review)

The competition is on: Is Jeff Mariotte or Mel Odom the best “Angel” novelist? At this point in my re-read, Odom moves out in front with “Image” (April 2002), the best “Angel” novel so far. It has a lot going on, but everything is meaningful. Angel, Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn have warmed up to each other again after Angel’s Season 2 dark period, which lingered in Mariotte’s “Haunted.” “Image” feels entirely like an “Angel” episode, yet it has the heft of a novel … yet the scope doesn’t get too big and overshadow the TV series’ events; that’s the highest compliment I can give to Buffyverse spinoff fiction.

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An outsider’s take on the ‘Halloween’ saga: ‘Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers’ (1995, 2014) (Movie review)

Although I’ve seen some of the “Halloween” films, I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember them. So this watch/rewatch of the saga marks my first time thinking about them as a movie reviewer. Armed with categories suggested by “Halloween” superfan Michael (Olinger, not Myers), here’s my review of the sixth entry, “Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers” (1995, 2014).

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Strong leading lady, intriguing house make ‘Malevolent’ a decent horror diversion (Movie review)

The new Netflix horror movie “Malevolent” is arguably cashing in on the fact that viewers love haunted house yarns (see also the Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House”), but it undercuts that right off the bat. Four young – and shady – entrepreneurs in 1986 are themselves cashing in by pretending to be ghost hunters. While 100 percent of viewers will correctly guess that the faux-ghost hunters will encounter real spirits in “Malevolent,” the movie has enough worthwhile elements on top of that to be a decent diversion.

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First episode impressions: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 4 (TV review)

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (9 p.m. Eastern Fridays, The CW) spends a lot of its Season 4 premiere reminding us where the story is at – and it’s at a very weird place. Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) is in jail, which is where she wants to be as penance for being a horrible person, not necessarily for attempting to murder crazy ex-boyfriend Trent (Paul Welsh) – an act for which she has a strong defense-of-others claim.

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An outsider’s take on the ‘Halloween’ saga: ‘Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers’ (1989) (Movie review)

Although I’ve seen some of the “Halloween” films, I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember them. So this watch/rewatch of the saga marks my first time thinking about them as a movie reviewer. Armed with categories suggested by “Halloween” superfan Michael (Olinger, not Myers), here’s my review of the fifth entry, “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” (1989).

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‘Buffy’ flashback: Season 8, Issues 1-10 (2007-08) (Comic book reviews)

A few years after “Buffy” went off the air, fans got the exciting news that the story would continue in comics, with Joss Whedon overseeing the project. Dark Horse even labels Whedon the “executive producer,” to provide a sense that this is another season of “Buffy,” in a different medium. Most comics prior to this became non-canon (with some exceptions, such as “Fray”), but while all Dark Horse comics from this point forward are canon (the situation with IDW’s “Angel” and “Spike” is more confusing), are they any good? Let’s begin our revisiting of the post-TV era of “Buffy,” which would eventually expand all the way to Season 12:

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