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Spooky ‘Room 213’ is a Family-Friendly Ghost Story at TIFF Kids Fest


The TIFF Kids International Film Festival is close to wrapping up, but there’s a few gems that are still worth checking out. While teens are unlikely to be moved by the charmingly chill ghost flick Room 213, it’s perfect for a younger audience, with a simple story and zero horror histrionics.

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A Canadian Visits His New Jersey Posse and Meets a Ghost


This past May, Andy Burns, editor-in-chief of this site, Biff Bam Pop!, decided to spend time with his New Jersey posse. I’m pretty sure his staff in South Jersey pretty much outnumbers the Canadian staff, but we won’t do a head count, right now. Glenn Walker, senior editor of the site, and all around best friend, took care of the day-to-day agenda for what Andy wanted to do. I asked Andy if he wanted to take a tour of nearby Philadelphia and he did. He had a list: Liberty Bell, the Rocky statue at the Art Museum, comic book stores and, most importantly, he wanted to go on a ghost investigation. Did Andy see ghosts? Grab your ELF Meter and follow me. Read the rest of this entry

31 Days Of Horror 2013: All Aboard The Spectral Engine On The Wednesday Run–October 16, 2013

Ah! You’re here.

Tickets, please. The train leaves shortly. And your destination is a perfect one for this time of year.

All this month, Biff Bam Pop! has been presenting you with various horror-themed pieces. Even this column has gotten in on the act, here and here. Of course, to recommend a horror-themed comic book each Wednesday in October, an interesting one needs to be released. And today is a bit of a cheat.

To ride this train, you could punch your ticket today, like most will. But the real clever readers of graphic fiction – graphic horror fiction – got theirs yesterday.

Yesterday, today. Either way, The Spectral Engine is waiting for you! All aboard!

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Saturday At The Movies: The Awakening

I don’t know about you, but I love the turn of the century British ghost story. Something about the big, gothic homes and the air of uncertainty. Our Marie Gilbert wrote about one of my favourites, The Others, not long ago. Released this past week is a kindred spirit to that film called The Awakening, featuring Rebecca Hall, one of the upcoming stars of Iron Man 3.

Check out the trailer and then read our review after the jump!

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Saturday At The Movies: The Woman In Black

While I’m no actor (though I did play a brilliant Puck in an arts camp production of A Midsummers Night Dream when I was seven years old), I would imagine that the biggest fear for an actor is the idea of getting typecast. For instance, it was that fear that stopped Josh Hartnett from signing a multi-picture deal to star as Superman a little less than a decade ago. If you’re reading this and asking who is Josh Hartnett, we’re probably in agreement that it wasn’t the smartest move.

Then there’s the case of Daniel Radcliffe, known to us all as Harry Potter. Through eight films we watched Radcliffe grow into manhood, but how easy would it be for fans of the Boy Who Lived to see him as anybody else than Harry? How easy would it be for the actor to get cast in roles that wouldn’t simply try and mirror his most famous character?

With The Woman In Black, Daniel Radcliffe plays a part far removed from the wizarding world, and pulls it off fantastically well.

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