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Posts by Colin Rafferty

A Frightfully Good Collection of Universal Monster Movies

Only six years pass between 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon, the last of the classic Universal monster horror films, and 1960’s Peeping Tom, the first film we might call a “slasher film,” but once the gates were open for blood and violence and full-bore terror, it didn’t take long for more horrifying movies to…

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Sullivan’s Travels: Road Tripping at The Byrd

Along with Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and the Village People’s “YMCA,” Jack Kerouac’s 1959 novel On the Road must be one of the most misunderstood works of American literature. The novel’s protagonists, Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty (fictionalized versions of Kerouac and his friend Neal Cassady) crisscross the country in a variety of…

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Shane and Pale Rider

The Western has always been a means for Americans to see morality played out on the screen—good versus evil, the downtrodden saved by a person who nobly sacrifices in order to make sure that justice is done. Shane and Pale Rider, two movies separated by 32 years and a revolution in cinema, don’t deviate from…

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