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Today in Movie History: October 16

Clive Barker has certainly made his mark on the horror field, and while his cinematic endeavors have been hit-and-miss, Candyman ranks among his very best. It concerns an ambitious grad student (Virginia Madsen) who pursues urban legends about a hook-handed murderer into Chicago’s infamous Cabrini Green housing project. Barker produced the film, based on one of his short stories, and director Bernard …

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Today in Movie History: August 25

There are movies that merit discussion, exposition, analysis and explanation. Then there are movies that are so tightly woven into our cultural DNA that no further word is necessary. And while it found its audience on those famed CBS broadcasts year in and year out, this was the day its magic officially began. The one and only Wizard of Oz opened today …

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Today in Movie History: February 16

I confess a soft spot for Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, a strange and marvelous little horror film that puts Barker’s talents for the weird and unusual on full display. A tale of beautiful monsters and the men who put their evil to shame, it features (among other things) a surprisingly good performance from fellow horror director David Cronenberg as (what else?) a …