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31 Days of Horror 2015: The Burning Times


In 1990, the National Film Board of Canada sponsored The Burning Times by director Donna Read. It is a documentary on the witch hunts of Europe that led to the torture and death of many people, often women, and makes the case that violence against women and mistrust of women’s power today are echoes of those horrific times. Halloween is a fun time of year for silliness, fun, costumes, and horror for entertainment; The Burning Times calls out a period of real-life horror, tells the story of women in those times, and seeks to inspire a world where women’s voices come into fruition, are heard, and are fully valued. The Burning Times is part two of Donna Read’s trilogy on women and spirituality. Goddess Remembered was the first and Full Circle followed.

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Penny Dreadful S02 E09: And Hell Itself My Only Foe


Madame Kali is holding all the aces in her deck of cards. She need only wait for the little scorpion to arrive. On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” Sir Malcolm was captured by the witches, and now, Vanessa must save him, but can she? Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S02 E05: Above the Vaulted Sky


Something evil this way comes, and on last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful” we saw just how easily evil spirits can enter a home. How will Vanessa and her friends keep the witches from attacking again when the magic of voodoo is used against them? All we do know, my little pennies, is that Inspector Rusk won’t give up until he finds the person responsible for the bloody massacres. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S02 E04: Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places


What is to become of our dear Miss Ives? On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” Vanessa told Ethan the reason she draws the scorpion symbol in blood and about her meeting, Joan, the witch of the moors. Is Vanessa doomed to be the object of an eternal satanic quest? Maybe Lyle can find the answers in the Verbis Diablo.  Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S02 E03: The Nightcomers


Vanessa Ives needs help and on last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” the battle began in earnest with the devious Madame Kali. What does Vanessa draw on the floor of her chambers? How does this protect her? On this episode, my little pennies, we meet an ally, but is she strong enough to help our dear Miss Ives? Follow me to the door of the Cut Wife to learn the answer. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S02 E02: Verbis Diablo


What frightens you the most, my little pennies? Is it the monster dressed in sheep’s clothing? The one you are unable to banish? On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” Madame Kali used the devil’s language to hound our dear, poor Miss Ives. She is a witch in the service of Satan.  Caliban meets his bride. Will it be love or fright at first sight? Grab your relics and follow me down that dark and shadowed cobbled path to the British Museum. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S02 E01: Fresh Hell


When last we walked the dark and dangerous cobbled streets of London in season one, Miss Ives had survived the dark voyager that attempted to possess her. The devil has failed, thanks to the gentlemen who risked their lives to protect Miss Ives. But, evil never rests and a new enemy threatens to seek her ruin. “Penny Dreadful” has returned for a second season and with its return, our nightmares renew. Read the rest of this entry

31 Days of Horror 2014 – Rosemary’s Baby (1968)


It’s so much fun expecting a baby, what with the shopping for little booties and preparing the baby’s room, a new mom-to-be is practically glowing with expectations. But when that little bundle of joy growing inside her is from Hell, she might want to rethink those birth announcements to friends and family. Rosemary’s Baby was birthed in the late sixties and we haven’t recovered since. Read the rest of this entry

True Blood Final Season Primer


Season seven is the final one for HBO’s “True Blood,” and we’ll be reviewing it episode-by-episode here at Biff Bam Pop!. New to the show, or just need a refresher from last season? Here’s the place to start. Got your fangs in and the top popped from a cool warm bottle of Tru Blood? Then you’re ready. Check out Biff Bam Pop!’s Final Season Primer for “True Blood,” right after the jump.

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The Not-So Great and Powerful Oz?

Oz_-_The_Great_and_Powerful_PosterTaking on the daunting task of living up to an immortalized legend of a film is no easy task. However, Disney is the one to do it if every there was a studio that could. They took on The Wizard of Oz with the same flair they approached the very successful Pirates of the Caribean movies. The result? OZ: The Great and Powerful – a gluttony of visuals and effects that quickly turns into a stomach ache only a quarter of the way through the movie. There’s not much of a plot to speak of, but I will summarize after the jump. And be warned – there will be spoilers!
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