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    Interview with a Foolish Mortal: James Carter on His Haunted Mansion Fan Movie

    I got my first look at The Haunted Mansion when I was 14-years old. In spite of the fact that I was completely enamored with classic horror at the time, I was still afraid to step inside that foreboding house at the end of the road. What was going to happen inside? Were people going to jump out at me (my biggest fear)? Was it going to be silly? Was it a show that we were going to watch from a little room? When the ride attendant stuffed us all into that little room, I got really worried and then crazy things began to happen. The room, wasn’t a room…

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    Going Psycho With Elvira

    When I moved from New Jersey to California, I was all alone. My friend Jeannie had flown out with me, but after a week of playing tourist, I put her on the plane back home. That was a tough day. I had a return trip ticket, because it had been cheaper to buy a round trip than a one-way, so I could have called it off then and there. I was tempted, but I gathered up my courage and my sense of adventure and said good-bye. About now, you’re wondering what all of this has to do with the famous horror hostess Elvira, but stick with me, I’m getting there.…

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    The Episode Where Cynthia Sees Star Wars Before Almost Anyone Else

    I don’t remember how I first learned about Star Wars, but I do recall my being desperate to see it. Lucky for me, the movie was going to premiere at a theater in Philadelphia – just a quick train ride from my home town in NJ. Then, I got even luckier. A local radio station was giving away tickets, not to the premiere, but to a special, private screening. The winners also got a Star Wars prize pack with a pin and the movie soundtrack. All you had to do to win was be the correct caller and answer which of two musical groups had “the force”. For days on…

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    Blast from the Past: Nathan Fillion talks about his “new” show Castle (2009)

    Castle is one of my favorite TV shows, but back in 2009 it was a new series trying to find it’s audience. The show premiered in the spring with only 10 episodes in the first season. Now, we’re used to staggered starts and short runs but in 2009, it was tough for a show to kick-off mid-season. Nathan Fillion, the star of the show, set off on a whirl-wind, phone tour with reporters to drum up support. Usually, these events are handled as conference calls so every reporter comes away with the exact same quotes. Instead, ABC set up one-on-one calls which must have been crazy for Nathan, but was…