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David L Rattigan is a British-Canadian freelance writer with interests ranging from religion, film, and language. His published writing includes Leaving Fundamentalism (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008, ed. G Elijah Dann), and articles for Third Way magazine and The Guardian’s Comment is Free website. He shares his love of Hammer horror at

Interview: Barbara Steele

At the end of the 1960s, the world’s reigning horror queen, Barbara Steele, announced her retirement from the screen. Thankfully, the green-eyed, raven-haired beauty returned to the horror genre in the mid-70s, but before she did, she spoke at length to ...

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Review: Familiar (2012)

It seems appropriate that Fatal Pictures have done such justice to the body-horror genre, a sphere of filmmaking so closely associated with their fellow Canadian and Torontonian David Cronenberg. Familiar begins as an American Beauty-style satire of middle-class North American life, ...

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Review: The Woman in Black

Hammer was always a mixed bag. You had the true classics like Dracula (1958) and The Devil Rides Out (1968). At the bottom were duds like The Terror of the Tongs (1961), Maniac (1963) and The Scars of Dracula (1970). Somewhere in the middle were the competent but perhaps-unremarkable films, such as The ...

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