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I’ve got a bit of news to those who’ve been following Journeys in Darkness and Light for nearly four years. First of all, thank you for reading and for joining me on this journey. If this sounds like I’m saying goodbye, I’m not. I’m simply moving to a new platform: my own website.

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The Horror! The Horror! My Reluctance to Embrace Horror and How Scream Factory and Pure Cinema Podcast May Change My Movie-Watching Life While Sucking My Bank Account Dry

(How’s that for a title, huh?)


I have a very unusual relationship with horror movies. I own very few of them and most of the ones I do own are from Hollywood’s “classic” era, including several of the Universal monster films and later more “psychological” horror films such as The Innocents (1961) and The Haunting (1963), films that suggest more than they show. Most of the horror in those films comes from implications and a sense of dread rather than actual physical danger and mayhem. These are the elements that – at least to me – offer the best justifications for rewatchability. Yet after listening to the latest Pure Cinema Podcast, I might be picking up more horror.


In their most recent show, Episode 6: Scream Factory, I came away with at least 16 titles I absolutely must check out:

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CORRECTED UPDATE: Rarefilmm Returns!


My apologies to Jon over at Rarefilmm. Some time ago, I posted that Rarefilmm had returned as RareFilm, which is incorrect. RareFilm.net is a completely different site that is not affiliated with Rarefilmm and is not managed by Jon. My apologies to Jon and anyone else who was confused by my post.

If you haven’t visited Rarefilmm, please do! Jon has a welcome message that brings readers up-to-date on what’s been happening with the site, a showcase for over 200 films. I see several titles I plan on watching soon, including many film noir titles I’ve been seeking out for years. Enjoy!

The Best of 2016 Lists


This time of year you can count on holiday shopping madness, eating too much and a proliferation of “Best of the Year” lists. I try to limit myself on the first two items  (usually without success with either) but go nuts with my “Best of” lists.


During the next few weeks, I’ll be posting sporadically with several “Best of” lists that I hope you’ll enjoy. My first list should be a Best Books on Movies list. These won’t be books to movies, but rather books about movies, some new, some old. (I also look forward to reading your “Best of” lists.) See you then…

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